Young Interpreters are children who come to Upper Canada Village and help portray life in the 1860s. They learn about the skills and techniques involved in being a historical interpreter.

The Young Interpreters Program provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of typical 19th-century children. Each child is lent a period costume and instructed in the proper manner of behaviour for a child in the 1860s.

Young Interpreters are assigned to a selection of locations where, under supervision, they observe and participate in the historical interpretation and historical activities. Young Interpreters will develop skills relevant to interpretation, including communication, self-confidence, teamwork, and how to make and present thematic connections. Young Interpreters are paired with an experienced staff member each of the session days. As the Young Interpreters develop their skills, they will receive feedback from their interpretive mentor.

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Program Information

Youths 10 - 15 years of age as of June 1st, are eligible to apply to be Young Interpreters.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 12 children per session. All criteria being met, applicants are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of April. The remaining spaces will be filled up to the first day of each session.

Please note that at present, Upper Canada Village does not provide accommodations for Young Interpreters. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to arrange for transportation and/or accommodation for their children. Snacks and lunch are the responsibility of the participant.

The program cost is $285.00 (plus tax) per participant. This fee is due when you are accepted and is non-refundable.

2023 Dates:

Session 1: June 24, 25, 26 & July 1, 2, 3

Session 2: July 22, 23, 24 & July 29, 30, 31

Session 3: August 19, 20, 21 & August 26, 27, 28

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