Volunteer in Canada: Welcome!

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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.

  • Population: 34.5 million
  • Average cost of living: Monthly rent $750-950 USD
  • 10 provinces and 3 territories
  • Second largest country in terms of land after Russia.

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.

  • NGO/Volunteer History: Canada's strong network of volunteer organizations make it a great place to volunteer - whether you want to go through a volunteer provider or set up your own accommodations and placement by working directly with a local NGO.
  • Why Volunteer in Canada? Canada may not be the most obvious volunteer destination, but there are still plenty of ways to give back to the local community. Travel to this unique and wonderful country for a diverse experience like you've never had before! Volunteer with one of the many well-established local organizations to truly live like a Canadian.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Canada:

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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