Student Guide Program in France – Fall 2024

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Veterans Affairs Canada


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

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$16.99 - $19.48 per hour and $30.00 daily living allowance

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FSWEP eligibility criteria

CLOSING DATE: May 13th, 2024

What you will gain 

Veterans Affairs Canada employs Canadian 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. You will at times be required to give tours of the preserved underground tunnels, you must be comfortable working in confined spaces for a short amount of time.

Duration: Fall 2024
Return Guides: August 5 to December 14, 2024

Guides: August 12 to December 14, 2024

There is a possibility of re-employment

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

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:


 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 in your application if you belong to an Employment Equity group.

At every step, from the application process to the end of the assessment process, accommodation measures or adjustments are available to you.

Tell us what you need. Examples include accessible environments, different formats, larger fonts, adaptive technology, extra time, individual testing, and more.

Accommodation measures are designed to remove barriers to a fair assessment and allow candidates to fully demonstrate their competencies.

To request accommodation measures or adjustments, and for any questions about the process or the position, please contact us at

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 related to a Graduated Driver Licensing program 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 $1000.00)

CLOSING DATE: May 13th, 2024

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