Vivakanata's Mission

The goal of Vivakanata is to offer intercultural exchanges to young people so that they can learn about themselves and others in the hopes that they become better communicators as well as skilled and compassionate leaders.


Kanattitude is the word we use to describe someone that is willing to go above and beyond what is expected of them. They are open to new experiences and willing to give it their all. This word is not about age, race or gender. It is about setting an example. It is about trying to be the best person that you can possibly be. It is about giving back to your community. It is about going away to learn about another culture and coming back having learnt more about your own.



Do you enjoy every moment? Do you like learning about new places and cultures? Do you like making new friends? You've got it!

Why should I study abroad?

• You will practice and improve your language skills.

• You will learn about other cultures.

• You will become more independent.

• You will see new places.

• You will meet new people.

Why should I go to Canada?

• You can learn English.

• Canada is a diverse and multicultural country.

• Canada has an excellent standard of living.

• Canada is very safe.

• The combination of modern city and breathtaking landscapes is truly unique.


Kimberley McFarland and Luis Fernando Hernández Espino have been the directors of Vivakanata since we were founded in 1999. Kimberley McFarland studied her undergraduate degree in International Relations and her masters in Applied Linguistics. She has worked for over sixteen years as a teacher both in Canada and in Mexico. Ms. McFarland coordinated the United Nations Program at the American School of Puebla.


Luis Fernando Hernández Espino owned and operated a successful restaurant and lounge for young adults in Mexico. Fernando currently works full time with Vivakanata planning and coordinating upcoming projects.


The guides are the glue that holds it all together! We have both Canadian and International guides. The International team members are bilingual with a good deal of experience traveling or studying abroad. The Canadian team members have a love for meeting new people and expanding their horizons. These people are here to ensure that your children are having a safe, happy and educational time away from home.


Junior Guides

Participants between the ages of 16 and 18 that are motivated, enthusiastic and team players with an excellent level of English have an opportunity to apply to be Junior Guides. JG's are given additional courses and training in order to help them to become better prepared leaders. All JG's must apply for a position and space is extremely competitive as well as limited. For more information please contact Vivakanata.

Be Part of our Team

If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, send your resume to


Please make sure you write down 'Guide Application' in the subject field of the email.


The teachers of Vivakanata are certified professionals with lots of experience working with foreign participants. They are patient, kind and fun.