Farmstay in Canada Program

Experience rural life with a Farmstay in Canada

This farmstay in Canada program offers a unique learning-vacation experience on a family farm in the countryside of Canada and a chance to work in exchange for room & board.  The program provides the participants the opportunity to have a truly Canadian experience in a family environment using English or French daily.

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farmstay at a glance

What is Farmstay Canada?

This program is perfect for adults with related work or experience and/or education. You can spend 2-4 weeks on a family farm helping out with day-to-day work, enjoy  the ‘natural’ side of Canada, see the countryside and experience what is farm life like. In the Farmstay Canada progra, candidates are placed on farms in the wilderness of BC, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec.

The program is available year-round except December/January blackout period. Farmstay, like all experiential programs, gives travellers and international students an added opportunity to practice English in a real-life context.

farmstay program description

What is it like to take part in this program?

The Farmstay Canada program offers a unique learning-vacation experience on a family farm in the countryside of Canada and a chance to work in exchange for room & board. The minimum stay is 2 weeks and maximum is 4 weeks with a visitor’s visa.

Candidates are placed in family farms or so-called “hobby” farms. Candidates get to see the outdoors, get up close and personal with animals, try Canadian food (fresh out of the ground) and practice their English and French skill in a real-life context.

farmstay eligibility

What are the requirements?

  • Age: 19 and above
  • Physically able to perform farm work (may include being able to lift 20kg)
  • No animal, wild grass or pollen allergies
  • English or French at lower intermediate level or above
  • NB: Student who wish to work with horses or machinery need to have previous experience

Farmstay Canada Program requires only a tourist visa, if the provided placement is 4 weeks or less.  In case the candidate wishes to extend their farmstay experience or if the work is expected to last more than 4 weeks, a work permit needs is required, such as a Working Holiday Permit.

Tourists and international students may do a farmstay program with a visitor’s permit, provided the placement is 4 weeks or under. From Canada’s FW1 ‘Foreign Worker Manual’:

There may be other types of unpaid short-term work where the work is really incidental to the main reason that a person is visiting Canada and is not a competitive activity, even though non- monetary valuable consideration is received. For instance, if a tourist wishes to stay on a family farm and work part time just for room and board for a short period (i.e., one to four weeks), this person would not be considered a worker. Work on a farm that is expected to extend beyond four weeks would require a work permit.

farmstay placement options

What are my placement options in the Farmstay Canada Program?

The Farmstay program offers four types of placements options:

  • Agriculture – Farms where vegetables are grown and livestock is kept such as sheep, cows, pigs and goats.
  • Arts/Crafts/Artisanal Food Processing – Farms that produce small handcrafts and quantities of cheese and food such as jams and spreads.
  • Horticulture – Farms where fruit and/or vegetables are grown
  • Poultry – Most often include farms where chicken, geese, ducks and turkeys are kept

Types of duties a farmstay candidate will have will depend on the sort of farm at which they are placed, the month they arrive, and any special requests. Farmstay duties may include:

  • Gardening
  • Harvesting
  • Fruit-Picking
  • Caring/Feeding for Animals
  • Cleaning/Maintenance
  • Household accommodation duties
  • General Office Administration

NB: Every farmstay placement experience is labour-intensive & requires the student to be physically fit & active.

farmstay fees

How to apply for the Farmstay Canada Program?

If you wish to receive information regarding the Farmstay Program fees, please Contact us.

This fee includes registration and placement on a hobby farm or family farm in Canada, accommodation, meals, arrival & transportation information and a certificate of participation. The same fee applies for all farmstay programs with the duration of 2 – 4 weeks.

Our standard refund policy applies for farmstay candidates. Students withdrawing before being matched with a farmstay family will receive a refund less $300 administrative fee. Once matched, no refund is available.

Andreas – Barista

“I was placed at a coffee shop in North Vancouver. The location was just amazing. From the counter we had a great view over the ocean and the mountains in the horizon. It was, more or less, always busy and the customers were so nice and polite and were always interested in knowing where you were from. What I like most about Vancouver is the diversity of people and the beautiful surroundings. We went hiking a couple of times, had a Halloween party, saw the Chinese New Year Parade, celebrated Canada Day and much more. Besides that I visited Whistler, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Toronto and Victoria.” – Andreas, Denmark

Anne – Barista

“My adventure started off in Rocky Mountains where I worked at a mountain resort. During my time there I got to see wonderful nature and magical views when I was hiking. It was also a lot of other fun things to do including mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting and canoeing. After the summer season was over I decided to move to Vancouver and now I live in an apartment in beautiful Yaletown. I work in a coffee shop downtown as well so that fits me perfectly.” – Anne, Norway

Faith – Internship

“Coming to Vancouver has really been a learning experience. I saw myself mature in ways I thought I had been. Learning from the pros and seeing the difference between learning at university and mentoring/ learning at work. The ability to stand my own and explore this great city. Since coming here I have found my confidence and passion of product design. Whether it’s from presenting or talking to clients I know I saw myself improve. Thank you, Canada.” – Faith, United Kingdom

Ilse – Hospitality

“My first job was at a coffee shop chain. I worked there for 2.5 months as a Barista. I also got a job as a server in the restaurant at a private tennis club. During this work abroad experience my English improved a lot. That’s mainly because I use different expressions than I learned in school. I can use a broader vocabulary now. Also, I met new people that have different cultures. All the Canadians here are really kind and helpful.” – Ilse, Germany

Shiny – Internship

“I have had a great experience coming to Vancouver. Within the 2 months I have gained so much experience in life and at the workplace. I see myself being more independent and confident, which was one of my main goals. I’m so happy I found Latitude, they worked so hard to make sure I get an internship.” – Shiny, United Kingdom

Rasmus – Barista

“I started to work as a Barista at one of the many coffee shops here in Vancouver. I pretty much worked all summer except for going on two trips, one to Seattle and the other to Toronto. I usually went to the weekly pub nights which were a really fun time. All these events helped me meet so many new awesome people.” -Rasmus, Sweden

Alex – Internship

“As part of my International Business Management studies, I was required to complete an internship so I decided to go to Toronto as I have family there. I learned a lot about the marketing industry and about Canada as well. I have benefited a lot from the work and from the cultural experience during my stay in Canada.” – Alex, United Kingdom

Borbala – City Volunteer

“My volunteering is definitely off to a good start, all the people I met today were super nice and I think I’m going to like the work, too! I’m also settled in with my host family and I think I hit the jackpot with them because they are truly super welcoming.” – Borbala, Hungary

Hannah – National Parks Volunteer

“I really enjoyed the nature with all the mountains and the unique lakes. And besides that I loved it to spend time with people from all over the world and to form friendship with the other volunteers, which will last for a long time.” Hannah, 18, Germany

Participant – National Park Volunteer

“I learned a lot of things about nature, wildlife and myself . I loved all the hikes and also spending time to help Parks Canada. The grizzly bear research allowed me to improve my English during the survey. I strongly recommend this experience!” P., Switzerland

Natsumi – National Park Volunteer

“I had great time and good experience in Lake Louise. I learned about environment system, process, plants, animals etc. They became my new knowledge. Thank you so much.” Natsumi, Japan

Ready? Apply now for the Farmstay Canada Program!