Have you experienced one of Live Different’s presentations and dreamed of becoming a part of what we do?
Why not try out a Live Different tour internship?!

We’re looking for interns to fill the positions of:

Admin ● Logistics ● Speaking ● Sound Tech ● Builds Rep

Live Different tour internships are an intense and exciting hands-on way to gain experience working for a non-profit, and to make a difference in the lives of young people all across Canada. Our tour interns are integral to our school presentations program, and help us complete both the on-stage and behind-the-scenes work that help us pull off life-changing motivational presentations every day! You’ll travel the country, have the opportunity to share your story with thousands of young people, develop new skills, and get to meet great new friends along the way!

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We are accepting applications for our upcoming tours.
Email jon@livedifferent.com if you have any questions.

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Overview

What a tour intern can expect to gain from the experience:

  • Opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of students and volunteers through Live Different’s programs.
  • Transferable skills such as project management, relationship building, and team work
  • Character development in the areas of servant leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness
  • Chance to travel across Canada and meeting new people along the way
  • A personalized reference on successful completion of your internship
  • Hands-on professional experience working for a charity/non-profit, and the chance to find out if it’s the right career for you!

This will be accomplished by participating in the following:

  • Leadership and specific skills training for the tour internship role
  • Opportunities for collaboration on projects and events
  • Valuable input towards planning and feedback on Live Different’s presentations and workshops
  • Everyday participation in and facilitation of the life of a Live Different team
  • Practice putting others interests / desires in front of your own
  • Opportunity to show work ethic and initiative to help accomplish the behind the scenes work that is required in order to successfully facilitate Live Different’s programs

Commitment

Hours – Every day on the road is a little different! Generally, each weekday the team will travel to a local school to complete a Live Different presentation – some days that means being in and out of a school in a few hours, and other days it means getting up at the crack of dawn to drive hours to spend a full day at a school, and then to drive all weekend to get to the next province. Let’s be honest…there’s going to be a lot of driving! When not required for travel and events, evenings and weekends are ‘time off’, and interns will be able to have time to themselves, or will be able to join the team and billets for group activities.

4 to 8 months – Each Live Different tour is approximately 4 months long, from mid August to mid December, and mid January to the end of May. You can choose to be a tour intern with Live Different for 4 or 8 months, and we do intake in both August and January. However, due to the amount of training required, our first preference is for a full 8 month commitment.

Living and traveling conditions – Tours are scheduled across the country from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, with the occasional school in the United Sates as well. During your tour semester, you will spend time being based around Ontario, but will also head out to one of Canada’s beautiful coasts – checking out all the sights and schools on the way! The teams travel in buses and vans, renovated for road life. These buses quickly become home, and long highway stretches are a great time to catch up on sleeping, texting, reading, and getting to know the other members of your team. Your meals and accommodations are covered while you are touring with the road teams. Part of the amazing experience that Live Different offers on our road tour is billeting. Billets, or host homes, are arranged by the road team leaders in family homes and community groups across Canada, and give interns the opportunity to have a home away from home in some of the most beautiful, exciting places in our country!

Housing in Hamilton is provided by the Live Different. Accommodations will be provided with at least a double occupancy rate, with access to shared kitchens and bathrooms. Within the road teams’ schedules, there will be some weeks booked in Hamilton during the tour, as well as weeks of training at the beginning of the semester, and so interns should budget to pay for at least one month per semester of their own meals/groceries while in Hamilton.

Intern Positions

Each tour intern will need to have:

  • Experience working with young people
  • A proven ability to work with initiative both independently and with a team
  • A basic understanding of Youth and International Development issues
  • The ability to communicate effectively with young people and adults and the ability to adapt information to different audiences
  • An ability to think and work creatively, especially in changing situations
  • Excellent organizational skills, including excellent time management
  • A passport that is valid until the end of the internship
  • Completion of High School
  • A current clear Criminal Record Check

Each tour intern will be expected to:

  • Participate in the daily set up/tear down of the presentation
  • Spend time engaging with students and staff
  • Participate in and help lead small groups/workshops
  • Be willing to continue to learn about youth issues and social justice
  • Engage with billets and community members
  • Be knowledgeable about and able to promote Live Different’s programs
  • Contribute to team blogs, pictures, social media, etc.
  • Have a consistent positive attitude with a strong emphasis on teamwork and servant leadership
  • Maintain a vocal, respectful, positive, and professional presence of Live Different in all settings
  • Be willing to assist in any admin responsibilities that may need to be delegated
  • Take on any addition task at the discretion of the road team leader

Costs

Live Different tour internships are not paid positions, but are on a 100% volunteer basis, meaning that it does not cost you anything to participate in Live Different programs. While on tour, all of your daily needs are met, and you will only be responsible for your own discretionary spending. During training and any downtime at our location in Hamilton, your housing costs are covered, but you are responsible for your own meals and transportation within the city. You are also responsible for your own costs to travel to and from Hamilton at the beginning and end of your internship.

Costs covered by Live Different:

    • Accommodations in Hamilton and billets while on tour
    • Meals while on tour – in billets homes, at schools, or as a group
    • All ground transportation while on tour

Costs not covered by Live Different:

      • Travel to and from Hamilton
      • Emergency Medical Travel Insurance
      • Meals when team is home in Hamilton

Even though most of your costs are covered, we do realize that committing to a volunteer position for 4-8 months can deplete your finances pretty quickly! Therefore, as a charity, we’re excited that we’re able to help you fundraise through CanadaHelps to offset the costs of your experience. Any donation made towards your tour internship is tax receitable, and we can help you with fundraising ideas and events that will allow people to help you make a difference! For more info, please contact jon@livedifferent.com

Fundraising Info

To Set-Up Your Personal GivingPage

Watch this video or follow the instructions below

  • Register/Login to CanadaHelps to get started.

  • Choose: Login with Facebook or Google ID OR click “Don’t have an account yet? Create one” in the login box.

    • If you click “Don’t have an account yet? Create one.” Fill in the required fields and click the “sign up” button. (Be sure to remember your password as you will need it to access your account and to manage your GivingPage.)

       

    • Click “Create a Fundraising Page” (on the right hand side in blue)

       

  • Scroll down and click “Create Your Fundraiser Now” (in the middle of the page)

     

  • In “Who are you fundraising for?” Type “Live Different” and click “search.” Live Different, Hamilton, ON. Will show up. Click “Add Charity.”

     

  • Under “About your fundraiser,” type “other.“

     

  • Enter the Title of Your Fundraiser: is whatever you want to name your personal GivingPage. A sample GivingPage title may be: (Your name)’s Live Different Internship – help me impact Canadian youth!

     

  • Start / End date: These will be the dates you begin and end your fundraising campaign. Typically the start and end date of the touring semester.

  • Fundraising Goal: Be sure to set your goal to cover the fundraising amount of $2400 per semester. We welcome you to set your fundraising goal higher as all excess funds raised will go toward important needs on this project and others.

  • Enter the name of the page owner: Enter your name.

     

  • Make the list of received donations visible to all visitors: Choose whether or not you would like those who visit your page to see who has contributed to you. Donors often like to leave encouraging notes with their donations, so you may want to choose “YES” for this reason. (Note: donors will still have the option to have their donation made public or not).

     

  • Send me an email each time someone makes a donation to my fundraiser: We encourage you to tick this box and choose to be alerted when donations are made to you so you can keep on top of your fundraising efforts and can send timely personal acknowledgements to those who choose to support you.

     

  • Your Fundraising Story: this is your chance to tell those who visit your page what you are doing and to ask them to support you. You are limited to 500 characters and cannot include hyperlinks. Here is a sample personal message you can use:

     

I am very excited to be taking part in an 8 (or 4) month tour internship with Live Different, an organization that exists to empower Canadian youth to realize their incredible value and potential. I am fundraising to help with the expenses of my participation in this program. I hope that you will support me in my efforts to bring love, hope and change to awesome students across Canada by making a donation via this page to Live Different.

 

    • Summary: A short summary of your story. For example: Support me in bringing the message of hope and purpose to students across Canada!
  • Next page – Here you can add images and video to personalize your page. Click “Save images & video” or “skip this step
  • The next page will give you a unique URL to share with potential donors. Please copy that link and paste it all over your social media, shoot off email to family, friends, faith communities, etc. 
  • Message to charity: You can leave this field blank, as Live Different automatically receives the GivingPage ID associated with every donation that comes through your page.
  • Next, you will be given an opportunity to “upload my own image” to personalize your page. Here are some photos that you can use, or you can upload your own.  Right-click and then save to your computer, then upload to CanadaHelps:

 

FAQ

Fundraising, stipends, charitable donations, how do these work, and what happens if I can’t raise the minimum fundraising amount?

As we are a charity, Live Different can give you the opportunity to fundraise for your internship, and allow your friends and family to get a tax receipt in return for supporting you. The best way to do this is to set up a CanadaHelps GivingPage that allows you to share your story and raise funds online! Out of the funds you raise, Live Different will give you a stipend to help cover the costs that will come up as you tour with us – things like groceries and deodorant (we REALLY want you to be able to buy deodorant when you spend hours every day carrying gear on and off the bus!) The maximum stipend you can receive is $300 every two weeks, which works out to a fundraising goal of $3000 for 4 months, or $6000 for 8 months. If you raise more than that amount, you are totally freakin’ awesome, and we’ll put the donations towards the other costs associated with the tours you’ll be involved in. If you aren’t able to raise the fundraising amount, that’s fine, and you’ll still be permitted to intern with us. However, your stipend will be adjusted to the amount that you’ve fundraised, i.e., if you only raise $1000, then you’ll get about $100 every two weeks, or if you don’t raise anything, you won’t get a stipend at all, and will need to have other means of covering your personal costs while on tour.

I don’t know which internship to apply for! What should I do?

Each internship position has specific skills associated with it, so it’s best to choose the option that you are most qualified for, (i.e., if you don’t have a driver’s licence, don’t apply for the logistics position!) We also ask you to pick a second choice, as we can’t guarantee you’ll be put in your first choice of position. If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, let us know, and we can help you decide! Also, all of the interns will help out with various leadership tasks, and will be able to share their stories with students, whether it be on or off stage, so every position will leave you with valuable skills and an awesome experience!

Can I do this internship to fulfill volunteer hours, or as part of a college/university requirement?

Yes, as long as you can commit to being on tour with us full time. This usually means that you will need to take a semester or a full year off from school to tour with us, or you’ll need to be in a college/university program that allows you to have this time to dedicate solely to your internship. You are also responsible for talking to your college/university to make sure that the duration and components of a Live Different internship would qualify for your program, (we’re happy to help you out if they want to talk to us!) Also, we cannot guarantee that you will have regular internet access, so we don’t recommend doing any online courses alongside of your internship.

I have specific questions about your programs. Can I call or email you?

Yup. Please call us in our office, 1-866-432-4464 or email info@livedifferent.com

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