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:
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.