Student Guide Program in France – Winter 2023

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Veterans Affairs Canada - Student Guide Program in France


Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, France (International)

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$16.99 - $19.48 per hour and $28.00 daily living allowance

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FSWEP eligibility criteria

CLOSING DATE: September 6, 2022

What you will gain

Veterans Affairs Canada employs students as guides year-round at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, located in northern France.

• Live and work in France
• Develop your public speaking and presentation abilities
• Represent Canada as a youth ambassador
• Meet visitors from around the world
• Discover Canada’s rich military history

What you will do

As a student guide, you will be responsible for:

• Providing interpretive information on the preserved battlefields and underground tunnels, in both official languages
• Explaining the Canadian military history and answering questions from the public on the sites, local attractions and points of interest in the region

You will be working in a natural outdoor setting and may encounter small wildlife, such as rabbits and sheep. When working at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, you will be required to lead guided tours through the underground tunnels, and therefore, you must be comfortable working in a confined space for a short period of time.

Duration: Winter 2023
Return Guides: January 16, 2023 – May 21, 2023
Guides: January 23, 2023 – May 21, 2023

There is a possibility of re-employment.


Please note that the period of employment may be delayed, cancelled or shortened due to health regulations and Treasury Board of Canada directives related to COVID 19.

What we are looking for

• You are a post-secondary student
• You are fluent in both official languages (English and French)
NOTE: This means that you are able to provide detailed descriptions on various complex topics, to summarize a discussion and express as well as support your opinions in your second official language
• You possess strong public speaking skills
• You meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria

Note: Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who meet the job requirements.

If you love history and would like to explore the possibility of this unique opportunity, submit your application, ensuring that you are answering to the language optional field, indicating the following:

Language: Bilingual - English and French

Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to self-identify if you belong to an Employment Equity group, when you apply.

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Conditions of employment

Successful students will be required to provide copies of the following documents prior to the employment start date:

• Valid First Aid Certificate
• Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
• Valid Canadian driver's license with no restrictions, and/or a valid international driving permit
• Must hold valid documentation, including a passport, for travelling to and working in France
• Confirmation of current full-time student status in a recognized post-secondary institution (with Registrar's seal) and a signed attestation confirming the intent to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
• Valid work visa for France

Successful students must also:

• Wear and maintain a uniform
• Be willing to work variable schedules (shift work, weekends, statutory holidays and overtime)
• Be willing to operate a government vehicle in Europe, sometimes with passengers, as required
• Able to stand and walk over uneven terrain for a long period of time, in various weather conditions

Additional information

You are strongly advised to consider all necessary medical arrangements and ensure proper and adequate health insurance prior to departing for France.

Accommodation and expenses

• If you choose to live in the housing subsidized by Veterans Affairs Canada, you must sign a Rental Agreement and agree to have the monthly rental sum of approximately $300 deducted from your pay on a monthly basis (approximately $150 per cheque)
• All successful students must arrange and pay for their own travel, including all other related costs
• Upon successful completion of the work assignment and a satisfactory evaluation, you may be eligible for a partial reimbursement of your actual airfare costs (up to CDN $800.00)

CLOSING DATE: September 6, 2022

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