Volunteering in Canada

  • Age +18 years.
  • Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year.
  • Program Dates: Flexible, though registration is required 8 weeks in advance.
  • Host Family.
  • Airports Transfers.
  • English Level: Intermediate - Advanced.

Program Overview

This program has been designed for university-aged students who wish to experience Canada by participating in volunteering projects and living with a Canadian host. Volunteering is a recognized and growing phenomenon that enriches the lives of everyone involved, and is a highly valued experience in the work environment.

Students will use their English skills in an intensive and challenging environment, while living a rewarding and unforgettable experience.


Red Leaf offers volunteer placement in four different areas:

  • Community Support
  • Environmental Conservation • Animal Care
  • Youth Programs

To apply, applicants must complete a registration form and send an updated copy of their CV. Students may be required to do a phone interview before being accepted to the program, and may be asked to provide an Immunization Record or Police Record Check for some volunteer placements.

Canada immigration requires a medical examination by an approved doctor for volunteers seeking placement with children and seniors. Consult your local representative or Red Leaf.


Volunteering Map

Program Includes

  • Minimum 2-week placement with a qualified host.
  • Private room.
  • All meals.
  • First-day orientation.
  • Volunteer placement in one of the areas of interest.
  • Completion Certificate.
  • 24-hour emergency support
Volunteers Collecting Food Donations In Warehouse

Community Support

Volunteer Profile

Volunteers must be outgoing, friendly, caring and flexible. The participants will contribute their time, talents and skills to enhance the care and provide service and support to senior citizens or the disabled, as well as other organizations involved with Community Support.

Most of the volunteers will be placed within food banks, thrift stores, re-stores or organizations. These organizations depend on the support of volunteers who are motivated to help break the cycle of hunger
and poverty. Collecting and distributing food to the needy, accepting donations, or selling donated materials are some of the activities that the volunteer will be involved in..

Responsibilities may include

  • Unload donations from trucks.
  • Sort donated items.
  • Assist the public in purchases.
  • Event assistance.
  • Recreational activities, such as games, crafts, computer and more.
  • Assisting with meals.
  • Friendly visiting and reading.
  • Wheelchair transport.
  • Administrative help.
Man and central Asian shepherd walk in the park.

Animal Care

Volunteer Profile

Volunteers must love animals and be compassionate, caring and concerned about animal welfare. Some experience with companion animals is reccomended.

Participants may volunteer at Animal Protection Societies, Shelters or Wildlife Rescue Organizations. Most volunteers assist at shelters for domestic animals (cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small companion animals), however, opportunities with wild animals, birds, or sea creatures are possible.

Activities available to volunteers will vary according to the organization’s needs and policy, as well as the skills, experience, interests, and English level of the participants.

Responsibilities may include

  • Cleaning and general maintenance
  • Socialization through play, grooming and handling
  • Feeding/General Care
  • Cat cuddling
  • Dog walking
  • Assisting with special events
  • Office / clerical assistance
  • Community outreach
woman resetting  raspberry sprouts

Environmental Conservation

Volunteer Profile

Volunteers must be curious and passionate about nature and be willing to be outside in changeable weather conditions. Participants must also be in good physical condition.

There are many possible placements for volunteers: botanical gardens, tree nurseries, nature parks, demonstration gardens, fisheries, watersheds, or nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations. In all of them, volunteers play an important role in preserving nature.

For those interested in Biology, Horticulture, or Environmental Protection, this is a great opportunity to learn and share a love of the natural world.

Responsibilities may include

  • Tree and wildflower planting
  • Site restoration
  • Invasive species removal
  • Maintenance and care of planting sites
  • Administrative assistance
  • Community education and special events
Mother Helping Son With Homework In Kitchen

Youth Programs

Volunteer Profile

Volunteers must be outgoing, enthusiastic, nurturing and patient.

Children’s programs offer a safe place for children to channel their energies through a variety of educational and social activities that focus on character, skill development and self-esteem.

We partner with a variety of organizations, including after-school programs and camps that provide invaluable support to parents, children and their communities.

Responsibilities may include

  • Recreational programs such as sports, games, crafts, music, dance, computer, cooking, and more!
  • Tutoring & homework.
  • Individual or group reading.
  • Group field trips.
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