I Backpack Canada » Volunteer http://ibackpackcanada.com A backpackers travel guide to Canada Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Volunteer on Organic Farms in Canada with WWOOFhttp://ibackpackcanada.com/volunteer-organic-farms-canada-with-wwoof/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/volunteer-organic-farms-canada-with-wwoof/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:07:24 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=5889 IWWOOF, or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is another great online community, similar to HelpX, but concentrating specifically on organic farmers. Volunteers interested in working on Organic Farms are invited to stay with hosts, where they’ll receive free accommodations and meals. Volunteers that sign up with a host in Canada can expect anywhere from 3 – […]

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IWWOOF, or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is another great online community, similar to HelpX, but concentrating specifically on organic farmers. Volunteers interested in working on Organic Farms are invited to stay with hosts, where they’ll receive free accommodations and meals. Volunteers that sign up with a host in Canada can expect anywhere from 3 – 6 hours of work, depending on the arrangement with the host.

Volunteer In Canada: Free Accommodation on Organic Farms with WWOOF

wwoof-volunteer-canada-logoHosts keen to take on Volunteers allow you to easily get access to information about them. Including Region, smoking tolerance, what type of meals they prepare, percentage of food that they eat that’s organic, which languages they speak, how many people they allow to volunteer at once, and what type of work you can expect. On top of the free acommodation that hosts provide, you’ll also receive free meals, you’ll learn all about sustainable living, organic growing, and will get a sneak peak behind life as a farmer.

While the website is a bit of out of the dawn of the 90’s, the information is regularly updated. The membership cost at WWOOF is $50, or $62 for joint 2 year membership. WWOOF Canada allows you to preview their hosts before signing up, which can let you know if WWOOF might be right for you.

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Volunteer in Canada with HelpX and Trade Your Time for Accommodation & Mealshttp://ibackpackcanada.com/volunteer-in-canada-helpx-trade-time-for-accommodation-meals/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/volunteer-in-canada-helpx-trade-time-for-accommodation-meals/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:17:13 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=5878 I’ve had a few people write to me lately, asking about ways to bring the costs of traveling in Canada down by volunteering. I also noticed that my Volunteer section was looking pretty flimsy. So let’s fix both those problems. If you’re on a gap year, or just doing some extended in travel within Canada, […]

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I’ve had a few people write to me lately, asking about ways to bring the costs of traveling in Canada down by volunteering. I also noticed that my Volunteer section was looking pretty flimsy. So let’s fix both those problems. If you’re on a gap year, or just doing some extended in travel within Canada, or North America, consider checking out HelpX. Their online community allows helpers / volunteers to match up with Hosts in a wide variety of areas. Hosts includes farms, hostels, hotels, homestays, orchards, ranches, and more. You can expect to work about 4 hours per day, which usually covers your accomodations and a meal.

helpx volunteer in canadaVolunteer in Canada with HelpX

Users have the ability to sing up for a free or premier account. Premier members at HelpX cost 20 euros (~$27.00 CAD), which allows you to be registered within their worldwide volunteer network for 2 years. Premier users have a few more options, as they’ll be provided with more detailed descriptions of hosts, as well as reviews of the hosts. This allows you to weed out hosts with a poor reputation. HelpX also features a Companion section, allowing long-term travellers to meet people online with similar interests, keen on volunteering and/or travelling together.

HelpX is limited to people 18 years and older. While under 18’s can join, they’ll need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Hosts also have the ability to vet helpers based on skill level, personality, and work ethic.

What to expect when Volunteering with a HelpX Host

HelpX is a bit like the Couchsurfing of Volunteering. There’s countless perks to volunteering with a reputable host. Many hosts provide not only some extraordinary conversations, but they will happily show you around their part of Canada. I’ve also heard of some that allow you to use their Quads, Boats, Canoes, etc, as they know you’ll likely want to experience what their province is all about while helping them out. Some will ask you to work longer hours, some won’t ask you to work much at all. It really just depends on the type of host you end up settling on. Read reviews on the host, and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. As with couchsurfing, just ensure that somebody you trust knows where you are at all times. But in my opinion, you don’t have much to worry about with HelpX. It’s mostly a lot of easy-going salt of the earth types of people that want to help travellers and get a bit of a hand with the day to day operations of whatever it is they run, be it ranch, farm, orchard, or hostel.

For more information on HelpX check out their Frequently asked questions and List of Volunteer Destinations in Canada.

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3 Great Ways to Save Money while Backpacking Canadahttp://ibackpackcanada.com/3-great-ways-to-save-money-while-backpacking-canada/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/3-great-ways-to-save-money-while-backpacking-canada/#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 12:01:19 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4597 Canada is a great place to backpack, but let’s face it… it’s not exactly cheap. Many backpackers who travel this northern country recount past trips to Thailand or Cambodia, where they could comfortably live off of $10 to $15 a day. While you’ll be hard pressed to come close to that type of budget while […]

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Canada is a great place to backpack, but let’s face it… it’s not exactly cheap. Many backpackers who travel this northern country recount past trips to Thailand or Cambodia, where they could comfortably live off of $10 to $15 a day. While you’ll be hard pressed to come close to that type of budget while backpacking in Canada, there are a few programs out there that allow you to stretch your travels, while giving you a unique look into real life in Canada.

1. WWOOF Canada

WWOOF-CanadaWhile the name might conjure up thoughts of dogs barking, I assure you that WWOOFing is much more approachable. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a global network that bring volunteers and farmers together in order to share and promote education, cultural exchange and a community where food, animals, and land are respected and protected. In short, WWOOF is an organic help exchange with farms in almost every province of Canada. You put in some volunteer hours (4-6 hours per day, 5-5.5 days per week) at a farm, and the WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about their unique eco-friendly lifestyle. WWOOFers are expected to help as much as possible and participate with whatever farm related chores that need doing. If you’re required to do any work with machinery check to make sure your annual travel insurance covers that. If you’re a Canadian backpacker traveling within Canada there’s no need to worry as you’re fully covered under Canada’s medicare system. Most farms will allow you to stay 1 week or longer; however some hosts require a minimum of 2 weeks. Work varies depending on the host, so be sure to ask lots of questions.

How to Start WWOOFing

Register to become a WWOOFer, $50.00 for a single membership, or $62.00 for a join two year membership. Details can be found at their registration page. Once you’re paid up they give you access to the full listings where you’re able to find out more information about the hosts, what type of farming they do, and what type of work you’ll be doing in exchange for a stay. You can preview the listings; however, note they’re limited until you sign up.

2. HelpX

helpx-canadaHelpX is almost identical to WWOOF, however they aren’t limited to organic farms. HelpX is an online listing of hosts that include everything from B&B’s, organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, ranches, lodges, backpackers hostels, and even sailing boats who invite volunteers to stay and work with them in exchange for food and accommodation. I personally find the HelpX website to be a lot easier to navigate and find information about Canadian hosts. There’s typically more images and more volunteer reviews of hosts which ensures your stay will be a safe one without any weird surprises. You can find out easily what type of category your host falls under, and where they’re located along with what type of work they need help with. Note: If you’re not from Canada and plan on doing any heavy duty work with farming equipment, be sure to shop around for a cheap travel insurance package that covers accidents. Accidents are rare, but they do happen and it can’t hurt to be covered.

How to get started on HelpX

You can view a lot of the listings for free; however you’ll need to create an account. In order to get detailed listings though, you’ll need to register to their premier helper membership, which costs $29 dollars for 2 years. HelpX isn’t limited to Canada, you can find hosts in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and USA as well. Their listings are neatly organized and are typically very detailed. HelpX also has a companions section where you can meet other volunteers to work with, as many of the hosts require more than one worker.

3. CouchSurfing

couchsurfing-canadaIf the thought of herding cattle and helping garden doesn’t entice you, there is of course Couch Surfing. Hosts from all over the world, including Canada, will happily let you crash on their couch for an allotted amount of time. The idea behind Couch Surfing is very much a “pay it forward” type of concept. Couch Surfers expect that travellers will eventually settle down, and once settled down can become hosts themselves; thereby expanding the network and allowing for a “give & take”. Obviously people don’t want you crashing on their couch for long, it’s good to ensure that both host and couch surfer are on the same page when they decide when and where they’ll meet up and how long the stay will be. It’s expected that when you’re couch surfing to keep your area tidy, help out around the house with chores, and while not “necessary”, it’s good manners to treat your host to a free meal, or at the very least buy them a beer. Be helpful, after all they’re giving you a place to stay for free!

How to get started Couch Surfing in Canada

First you’ll need to create a profile, upload some photos of you, and explain to the network who you are. Be yourself, explain your interests, passions, etc. Then you’ll want to ensure that you’ve got some favourable reviews and possibly confirm your identity with a credit card. Some hosts will only accept those who’ve been given the “thumbs up” by other couch surfers, however if you’re friendly just as many don’t require it. You can increase your references by participating in Couch Surfing in your local community before hand, or by being a host for a while. Best of all, it’s completely free! For more about Couchsurfing check out their Tips Page.

If you’re planning on doing any amount of long term travel in Canada, joining even one of these communities can save you weeks on accommodation costs ($35 x 14 days = $490, based on Busy Season Downtown Hostel Rates), leaving you with more cash to spend on tours, food, and good times! While all three of these programs are fairly different from one another, they have a lot of things in common. By participating in these communities each offers a great way to save money, a safe way to meet people from all over the world, and a unique way of learning about a completely different region of Canada you might not have been exposed to had you stayed on the “backpacker trail”.

Hear of any other great ways to save money while backpacking Canada? Please feel free to share in the comments!

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How to Volunteer at the 2010 Vancouver Olympicshttp://ibackpackcanada.com/how-to-volunteer-at-the-2010-vancouver-olympics/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/how-to-volunteer-at-the-2010-vancouver-olympics/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:11:51 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=796 How to Volunteer at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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As a backpacker, you have overcome the notion of working 9-5, Monday through Friday, working for something you care so little about. However, after months of Backpacking, the sweet smell of routine is calling your name. Upon smelling this aroma, most backpackers turn and run, distracting themselves with more travel, more sights, and more sounds. However, indulging in this desire is nothing to be ashamed of. There are opportunities in Canada which can allow you to make great connections, along with adding one more unique line on your own personal resume.

The 2010 Winter Olympics just so happens to be taking place in Vancouver. In just a few months, the city will become overwhelmed with people. Some to see the Winter Olympics, some to work. Scattered amongst those crowds of people flocking towards the West coast of Canada, are grateful, unpaid and dedicated workers. They go by the name of ‘Volunteers’, and by filling out a short online form you too could be working at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Olympics are looking for volunteers who are available both before, during, and after the 2010 Winter Games. There is expected to be 25, 000 volunteers, and they do recommend finding accommodation prior to arrival. However they will give as much help as they can in this department. Volunteers must be 19 years of age in order to participate. You must also be able to complete an RCMP Background check, as well as any other security checks needed for consideration.

Volunteer opportunities are available for both Canadians, and non-Canadians. However, if you are from outside of Vancouver and Whistler, you must secure your own accommodation as well arrange and pay for transportation to and from Vancouver.

If you or someone you know has some time available, the Winter Olympics would love to have you. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that could change your life forever.

Click here to apply

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Environmental Jobs in Canadahttp://ibackpackcanada.com/environmental-jobs-in-canada/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/environmental-jobs-in-canada/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 16:17:14 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=323 Environmental Jobs in Canada is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Many people consider Canada a leader in Environmental preservation, although this is normally quite true statistically speaking, there is still lots of Eco-work out there for those willing to help.

Eco Canada has a great job board dedicated to Environmental Jobs. There are countless different areas one can apply for, anything from Lab Technicians and Biologists to Financial Analysts and Secretary’s. If you have the qualifications and want to work in a rewarding area, be sure to check them out.

Another great job board worth looking into is GoodWork. They have more positions, particularly because a lot of the jobs don’t require as many prerequisites as Eco Canada does. Plenty of part time, casual and seasonal work. So if you only plan on staying a while, these jobs might be in your interest.

For those looking at picking fruit and working on a farm, check out WWOOF – Willing Workers on Organic Farms – No experience necessary for these jobs. This is a worldwide organization that helps “willing workers” find jobs on (you guessed it) organic farms. This program is very big in New Zealand and Australia. A one year registration will cost you $45. Once signed up you can browse by province, area, farms, fruits, seasons, etc, and find a place worthy of working. WWOOFing however, is not a paying gig. You are volunteering and in return for your help, you will receive food and accommodation and a locals view on life in that area. It’s not uncommon to luck out and find a farm with all the cool farm toys you can imagine. Quads, bikes, a boat, etc, and more often than not the owners are happy to give you a personal tour of the area. One great thing about WWOOFing is you do NOT need a working visa.conservation

One of my favourite Environmental Job boards is WorkCabin – – They have a massive site and probably the most comprehensive list of Eco friendly jobs in Canada. Volunteer work and paying jobs can be found here. Some for the experienced environmentalist, others for those just beginning work in this field. Keep an eye out for “Field Assistant” jobs, there’s nothing like making a forest or river your pseudo office for a while.

Ducks Unlimited – is a great organization to take part in. They have countless offices across Canada, and if you’re lucky enough to score a job with them, you’re sure to enjoy it. However, jobs are quite hard to come by with Ducks Unlimited. They do have several volunteer preservation programs, many of which depend on the area you are in. If you’re interested in Ducks Unlimited, check the Local Yellow Pages, and find out if they are in need of assistance. While backpacking across Canada you may see their ads on TV, Billboards, and if your lucky they may have an arrangement setup with the local hostel.

Red Leaf is a great organization which provides international volunteers a chance to participate in Environmental Conservation, Animal Care, Children’s Programs, and Community Support. Definitely worth checking out, keep in mind there is a fee to participate, still, they’re doing lots of good work with several projects and could by all means use your help.

If you’re still having trouble finding the work you want after checking all of these sites out, start checking local newspapers in the classifieds section for jobs. Work in the environmental field can be very rewarding, it may not pay the best, nor be the most glamorous job, but it does leave you with a feeling that you’re doing something worthwhile.

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