Vancouver Wildlife Rehab

4 to 12 weeks
Host Family
18 - 65 years
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About This Program

Do you want to volunteer with wildlife in Canada? Looking to do something meaningful while being immersed in Canadian culture? Then come volunteer at the Wildlife rescue center near Vancouver, Canada - one of the world’s most livable cities! Surrounded by mountains, ocean, ski resorts and Canada's wild nature!

If you are interested in rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife but would prefer to stay in the in the urban areas in Vancouver than this is the project for you! In this project, you will volunteer at the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in terms of intakes in Canada. Wildlife Rescue serves nearly 5000 wildlife patients each year! Wildlife Rescue rehabilitates injured wildlife, raises orphaned wildlife, and treats pollution-damaged wildlife with a goal of releasing back into the wild. In this Project, you will be contributing to the rehabilitation of a wide range of native bird species, including songbirds, water-birds and shorebirds.


  • Volunteer and care for birds, mammals and reptiles
  • Live in the Greater Vancouver Area
  • Get to learn about animal husbandry
  • Get to explore Vancouver and the Canadian Outdoors
  • Improve your English and live with a Canadian host family

Here is what volunteers should expect when onboarding with us as international animal care volunteers:

Start time in the fall/winter is 9:00 am. The volunteers will come in at that time, sign in their names and start the time clock to begin logging their hours. They will most likely get changed, as the work may include getting dirt/food on their clothes. They will then attend the morning huddle, which is a time where the hospital staff and all of the animal care volunteers get together to plan out the day, go through what patients are in care, go over any special or sensitive patients, and go through any other notes to the volunteers.

They will then begin making the diets for all of the animals in care, this may include preparing extra food for following shifts. After that, they will go out to an enclosure with the diet(s), perform a full clean of the enclosure (this differs for different enclosure types) and put fresh enrichment, linens, and diet in the enclosure. For inside enclosures, the volunteer may be required to handle the animal as well, removing it from the cage.

After the feedings and cleanings have been completed, the volunteer may have lunch at this time or a time later when they wish to go. Extra tasks are performed such as; sorting laundry, washing dishes, cleaning kennels and enrichment supplies, taking out garbage and recycling, assisting staff with various procedures, sweeping and mopping, etc.

Food top-ups will also be done to ensure the animals have enough food and water throughout the day and night. The volunteer will assist with shut down duties but their shifts will end before closing. They will then get changed and sign out.

In the summer we have multiple start times for internationals as our hours are extended. For the month of July, the start times are; 8 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm. For the months of May-June and August-September, the start times are; 8 am and 2 pm. The duties for the spring/summer are the same, however, the volunteer may get trained on how to feed the baby birds, and therefore be put on rounds of feedings during their shift, if they desire to do so.

What's Included
Some Activities
Airport Transfers
What's Not Included
Some Activities
Domestic Airfare
SIM cards
Travel Insurance


Live with a Canadian family and that includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet, cable TV and meals. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a great way to get to know the real Greater Vancouver Area and improve your English.


You will be provided with 3 meals a day on weekends and two (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays, specific catering available on request only.

You will leave a huge impact on the wildlife animals as well the local communities who are relieved of injured, nuisance, and sometimes potentially dangerous animals which are rehabilitated. You will help to keep the wildlife population of Canada healthy. The project depends on the help of volunteers to achieve their goals.



Four Weeks
$2095 USD
Six Weeks
$2595 USD
Eight Weeks
$2995 USD
Ten Weeks
$3295 USD
Twelve Weeks
$3895 USD


Canadian Dollar
50 F / 34 F
68 F / 43 F
72 F / 52 F
57 F / 34 F
Vancouver International Airport
( YVR )

Vancouver is one of the biggest cities in Canada, and consistently ranked one of the best place to live. Vancouver is unique in that every neighborhood has a completely different feel and attractions, which draws a variety of people to the city.

Hosted by Fronteering

Fronteering specializes in arranging unique volunteer experiences in places less visited and unspoiled. Our volunteer projects take place in some of the last frontiers and wildernesses of this world:

From the Canadian Artctic where you get the opportunity to volunteer with huskies and go dog sledding to the Amazon rainforest where you will live...


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Yes, I recommend this program

Vancouver WIldlife volunteering

I volunteered for 8 weeks at a wildlife rehab in Vancouver. What a great time it was living in the greatest city in the world! Vancouver! The project and the animals were great, the people were so friendly and helpful! Thanks Fronteering!

The city has literally everything. Within 20 minutes you are in the mountains where you can see wildlife and go skiing while at the same time within a 20 minutes you can be at the beach. The views are so great everywhere and there is a lot to do especially for wildlife and outdoor lovers.

The wildlife center was great and I learned a lot and it helped me set my future choice to become a biologist. I can recommend this program to anyone who loves wildlife but who also likes to be comfortable and be in a city. .

What would you improve about this program?
By not having it end? I had a great time but the time went too fast!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with wildlife Vancouver!

I traveled as a volunteer from Denmark to Vancouver to learn about Wildlife Rehabilitation as part of my study back home. I chose this program as I wanted to care for wildlife but also because I wanted to be in a city and not too isolated. Vancouver is of course the perfect choice for that as it has so much to do!

Vancouver is such a cool city being surrounded by mountains and the ocean while also being able to go to the movies, go party and visit shopping malls. But the best part were the mountains that I could visit on my days off. The views of the city are amazing!

I loved my time at the project caring for all the animals while having a great time exploring the city and spending time with my host family. I want to thank Fronteering for their great help to make this all possible, the host family for their great care and the wildlife project for their great experience!

What would you improve about this program?
nothing I can think of right now. I like the program and was happy.


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