Who we are

  • Vides Canada is a non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to empower and equip young people by providing them with the opportunity to engage in a meaningful international volunteer experience. The central focus of VIDES Canada is for the education and development of underprivileged children, youths, and women. Training and formation is founded on the educative method inspired by the Salesian spirituality of St. John Bosco .

    What is VIDES Canada?

    • Part of an International Voluntary Organization founded in 1987 by the Salesian Sisters
    • Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) and is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.
    • Established all over the world: 11 countries in Europe, 5 Countries in Asia and 9 countries in America, all of which form part of the Salesian Family.

    Our head office is in Rome  www.vides.org

    What does VIDES mean?

    V Volunteering
    I International
    D Development
    E Education
    S Service

    What does Salesian mean?
    To be ‘Salesian’ means to follow Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello’s way of ‘being’ and ‘working with’ young people. (Salesian Methodology) Salesians recognize the importance of ‘journeying’ with young people, encouraging and supporting them.

    We believe and see the potential in each individual and through formal and informal education we set out to empower young people to be true to themselves, reach their full potential, and to be the protagonists in building a better world.

    Values of Salesian Youth Work
    At the heart of VIDES is the best interests of young people. VIDES adopts and puts into practice specific aims and values. Through this we believe young people receive a professional service that responds to their needs.