Katimavik seeks host families

Youth volunteers will be billeted for nine days

Katimavik is currently looking for local families to host youth volunteers March 2-11.

The goal is to give them a better sense of culture and life in the community. For some volunteers, it’s also an opportunity to benefit from linguistic immersion. Each family that hosts a Katimavik volunteer receives a stipend to offset costs.

“Here is your chance to get to know a young person who is presently volunteering in Hope while introducing them to your way of life,” said local project leader Chris Stephenson.

“This precious experience will be filled with discoveries for both your family and the volunteer.”

Eleven Katimavik volunteers, aged 18 to 20, from across Canada arrived in Hope on Jan. 5 and will live in the community for the next five months. They are working five days a week at local non-profit organizations including Hope and District Arts Council, CARE Transit, Pages Bookstore, Hope and Area Transition Society, Hope Community Services, Christ Church Historic Site, Advantage Hope and Coquihalla Elementary School.

To become a billet family, contact Stephenson at 1-866-941-6589 extension 2209.