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Although Canada draws a large number of tourists and is a wealthy country, there are still plenty of opportunities for volunteers. In a country known for a strong sense of national volunteerism, local Canadian organizations also welcome foreign volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to explore Canada's diverse culture, landscapes, and history.
Professional Development: Because Canada is such a developed nation, unlike some volunteer destinations, this is a great place to to add international development volunteer work to your resume.
Work with Children: Canada is a great place to get experience in child care. Education laws vary by province but generally school is required until age 16 or 18 and run by a private board of education. From general support and empowerment to teaching to nursing infants, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities with children. Volunteer to support education in schools, day care centers, orphanages, and more.
Conservation: Canada has a wide range of forests, mountains, and wildlife. Wildlife and national parks are important for Canada's tourism industry. Recently, the negative impacts of human development on Canada's environment and wildlife have been growing. Several animals, including caribou, are on the edge of extinction.
There is very little violent crime to worry about in Canada. Unsurprisingly, heavily touristed areas are sometimes featured in the news for the crime that does happen. Heavy storms in the winter and wildfires in the summer are sometimes problems so always be aware of current weather conditions when traveling to Canada. Since Canada is a Western, industrialized nation, health issues aren't usually a concern for travelers.
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