News Release Archive

An environmental training program is again providing young people
with the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica. 

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is being offered by
the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps in conjunction with
Canada World Youth and the Newfoundland and Labrador Conservation
Corps.  This is the third year for the program, which will offer
16 young people, aged 21-24, the opportunity to learn about the
environment and community activism
in an international setting.

The ELP is divided into two phases : an international and a local
phase.  The international phase will take place in Costa Rica
under the supervision of Canada World Youth. Participants
will learn about the environmental concerns of Central America,
about north-south issues and about community activism.  The young
people will also learn the skills and issues concerning
leadership.  These skills will be put into practice through
projects undertaken while in Costa Rica, and in Canada.

Upon their return to Canada the participants will become crew
leaders with the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps.  For eight
weeks they will be putting to use the skills and experiences
gathered in Costa Rica while working on projects in their home
communities. They will also be making presentations to youth and
community groups.

"Our ongoing involvement in such a program is evidence not only
of the strength of the program, but is also evidence of
government's commitment to the youth and the environment of this
province," said Environment Minister Robbie Harrison.  "This
program is producing our environmental leaders of the future and
this province will be reaping the benefits for years to come."

Participants in the program are volunteers and as such, their
expenses to Costa Rica will be covered by the ELP.  Participants
will receive a weekly allowance from the ELP and, at the
successful conclusion of the program, will receive a stipend of

Applications for the participants' positions will be accepted
until noon Feb. 10, 1995.  Nova Scotia applicants should
contact the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (phone 424-4924
or 424-5071) for details on the application procedure; or write
to the Administrator, Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps, Nova
Scotia Department of the Environment, P.O. Box 2107 Halifax,
N.S., B3J 3B7.  Successful applicants will be invited to a
selection day to be held Feb. 22, 1995.
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Contact: Bill Smith, 902-424-4924 or Eric MacLeod, 902-424-5071
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