For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to get an IEC permit but still like to intern in Canada, and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty while you do so, the Wilderness Volunteer in Canada Program provides some exciting and interesting placement options. Whether you already have some experience like this, or you’re looking for new challenges, or you have to complete a placement in order to graduate or you simply want to spend some time outdoors…this program can help you achieve that.
Placements in this program are grouped into two major placement options: Wildlife Protection and Environmental Conservation
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Wildlife Protection
Placements related to wildlife are mostly focused on projects with a goal to protect certain animal species, restoring their habitat, raising awareness of the community on why is ethical treatment of animals important and preventing animal cruelty. From the following, wilderness volunteer in Canada participants can take part in some of the following projects:
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Birds Rescue Projects
The goal of this projects is to gather dedicated volunteers to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured or orphaned birds of prey or spend time feeding birds in care or rescuing / picking up birds from locations across the mainland. In case of primary care, when birds need to receive injections, had to be tube fed or even treatment of broken bones, the work is done by skilled staff. However, volunteers that have been trained through seminars can also perform these tasks. Aside from the actual hands-on experience, wilderness volunteer in Canada participants also get a chance to assist on tours and classroom visits where conservation is promoted through education.
For example, in this project you can learn when you should try to help a bird and when it’s not necessary. Even though chicks learn how to fly in an interesting way, a baby bird on the ground doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s injured. Most if the time, it’s just re-taking an exam in order to become a certified bird ‘pilot’ J
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Salmon Conservation and Restoration Projects
These are volunteer community-led projects. Volunteers in this wilderness volunteer in Canada project operate hatcheries, run educating programs and classrooms on importance of restoring and monitoring salmon habitat. The goal of this project is to restore, protect and conserve the wild Pacific salmon population of British Columbia and Yukon.
Some organizations in this area are present for more than 25 years. During that time, they have organized thousands of projects, brought together many volunteers and produced over 10 million juvenile salmon in hatcheries. Pretty awesome right?
And if you want to see something truly amazing, ask around about the Salute to the Sockeye festival. It’s a pretty exciting view!
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Rabbit Rescue Projects
In these projects, wilderness volunteer in Canada participants will assist with taking care, feeding and well-being of rescued rabbits. Furthermore, volunteers will also be doing educational activities about promoting good rabbit care, rabbit adoption through events, community outreach and writing articles.
Fun fact: Did you know that a baby bunny with eyes wide open and ears up is old enough to survive on its own in the wilderness? Even though they can be very small (between a size of an egg and a large orange) if you do come across a baby bunny, don’t assume that it’s orphaned.
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Marine Environment Protection project
Wilderness volunteer in Canada participants that love marine environment (and not just because of ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘The Little Mermaid”) have the chance to assist on raising awareness of both ecological and cultural importance of the marine ecosystem. Organizations are dedicated in producing and distributing promotional and education material related to environmental issues about plight of marine mammals and their habitat. Volunteers usually work on researching data and using it to creating materials in form of videos, articles, social media content, charts and reports and later on they even get to distribute said material.
Fun fact: Did you know that Canada has eight marine protected areas or MPAs that include: Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents, The Gully, Basin Head, Eastport and many others? Also, Canada has and eight areas of interest which include: Laurentian Channel, Race Rocks, Eastern Shore Islands, Offshore Pacific…
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Humane Treatment of Animals projects
This type of wilderness volunteer in Canada projects is more focused on educational and administrative tasks. Volunteers often assist in organizing events, doing research on animal abuse, writing articles, researching action items or strategies that can help prevent animal abuse. Aside from the admin and educational tasks, these placements also involve some hands-on work.
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Urban Agriculture Projects
Urban agriculture or commonly known as urban farming or gardening is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing of food around urban areas. Aside from this, urban agriculture sometimes includes animal husbandry, aquaculture and urban beekeeping. Through these wilderness volunteer in Canada projects, volunteers have the chance to get familiar with the urban agriculture concept. They do so through community gardens, education and landscaping. Volunteers often assist with demonstrations, workshops on container gardening, organizing and participating in community events related to food security, urban farming, school gardens etc.
Wilderness Volunteer in Canada – Prevention of Animal Cruelty project
Animal cruelty can take many forms, from animal abuse, intentional or unintentional violence towards animals, neglect or failure to provide welfare for the animal. In this wilderness volunteer in Canada project, volunteers assist through activities, such as dog walking, cat wellness (yes that’s a real thing and it sound purrrfect), taking care of rabbits and other types of small animals, fundraising and educational events, advocacy and so on.
Fun fact: Nope… no fun facts about animal cruelty.
So there you have it. A little glimpse on what to expect when you participate in the wilderness volunteer in Canada program. We’ve also mentioned that the wilderness program provides placements focused on environmental conservation…but we’ll talk more about that in our next post. If you would like to know more about the requirements for this program, make sure to visit this page or get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.