Alpaca Ranch

Alberta, Canada



The Experience

This Great alpaca ranch is located halfway between the Rocky Mountains and Edmonton. They currently maintain a herd of over 20 alpacas that they raise for breeding stock and for fiber production. Join this project and  enjoy every aspect of the alpaca lifestyle and take great pleasure in feeding and maintaining these amazing animals!

The ranch consists of the main building with 4 bedrooms, a small barn, a large work shop and several small outbuildings. The ranch is surrounded by other farms; it is about 15 km to the nearest town. There is a lot of oil and gas activity in this area and Donn and Jerry even have an oil well on their property.
Both of them are also active in show circuit. They produce their own hay and occasionally rent out their large pasture for cattle grazing.
In addition to the alpacas there are also cats, rabbits, a lama and a donkey on the ranch.

This Is Why

  • Learn about Canadian culture
  • Work with Alpaca's!
  • Improve your English
  • Learn about farming in general
  • Live in the beautiful sceneries of rural Canada

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round (however advise to on the ranch between April and October for the best experience).
  • Package Price
    04 Weeks: $1845.00 US
    08 Weeks: $2145.00 US
    12 Weeks: $2445.00 US
    16 Weeks: $2745.00 US
  • Volunteer duration
    4, 8, 12 or 16 weeks (other durations available on request
  • Average Work hours
    As a volunteer, you will be required to participate 4 to 5 days a week, for 4 to 8 hrs per day, depending on the time of year
  • Number of Volunteers
    1 - 2
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Private room in house or trailer
  • Internet Access
    Yes, but limited
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Canada

Where? North America, Canada

Country Size: 9,984,670 km2
3,854,085 sq mi

Population density? 3.41/km2 Great wildlife viewing througout the Western halve of Canada
8.3/sq mi

Country Famous for? Bears, Root Beer, Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Niagara waterfalls, Pacific rainforest, friendly people

When to visit: All year round, skiing and dog sledding in winter and hiking and wildlife viewing in summer

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Alpaca Ranch
    • Accommodation
      Shared room in house or trailer
    • Meals
      3 meals a day included
    • Hostel Package

      1 night of hostel in Edmonton
    • Mail-holding service
      You can use FRONTEERINGS office as a reliable address to have your mail delivered
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Canada after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Transfer to the ranch (approximately 100 CA$, you will be picked up from the bus station), airport pick up

    Package Price:
    04 Weeks: $1845.00 US
    08 Weeks: $2145.00 US
    12 Weeks: $2445.00 US
    16 Weeks: $2745.00 US


    As a volunteer at the ranch you will have some of the following responsibilities:

    • Feeding and grooming of the animals
    • Cleaning barn and stables
    • Gardening
    • Some farm maintenance like checking and repairing fences
    • Light household chores
    • You will learn a great deal about horses and farming in general.

    This experience gives participants the chance to become involved with family activities of a Alpaca ranch. Candidates can use all facilities of the farm. The program is not only about the Alpaca's; it is a cultural exchange program where candidates get a real inside of Canadian culture, mentality etc. The family takes candidates along when they visit neighbors, when they do their grocery shopping or when they go to events like rodeos, community festivals.  Some of the expected duties that you may be asked to do, may include, but are not limited to: assist with daily feeding of livestock, assist with herd management (training & health maintenance, i.e. weighing and injections), garden work, helping with general cleaning of the house and yard.

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
    • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
    • Interemediate Horse Riding Skills Mandatory!
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Age: 18-30
    • No animal allergies
    • Extreme Weather (heat & cold), dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle.
    • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must!
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
    • Good communication skills and the ability to work alone
    • Good knowledge of the English
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Have the opportunity to live with a Canadian family 24/7!
    • Learn about the Canadian way of life and farming in general
    • Improve your English skills
    • Affordable Accommodation and meals included in the placement including the use of wireless internet.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Alberta, Canada
    • Area Famous For
      Bears, Root Beer, Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Elk island National Park, Edmonton, Prairies
    • When to visit
      All year round however we advise to come between April and October as you will have warmer weather.
    • Wildlife viewing
      Great wildlife viewing in the nearby Rocky mountains; bears, elk, moose, wolves, etc
      • Itinerary & Details
        Day 1 - Arrive in Edmonton (hostel included but not airport pick up);
        You will arrive in Edmonton, from where you can take a taxi to the hostel.
        Day 2 – transfer to volunteer project (ticket not included);
        You will travel through Alberta by bus to the nearest town of the ranch. You will be picked at the nearest bust stop by one of the ranchs staff member.
        For 4 - 16 weeks – Volunteer at a reserve!
        For the coming weeks you will have a great time volunteering at a Alpaca Ranch!
        Your last day –
        you will transfer back to Edmonton to take a flight back home. Of course it is possible to extend your stay in Canada and travel around or visit Vancouver; we can help you with trips and/or accommodation you would like to arrange.
  • Accommodation
    You will have a private bedroom situated in the ranch or in a trailer at the ranch with linen and towels, (please make sure that your room is cleaned before you leave) together with (usually) a shared bathroom.  You are responsible to clean and tidy your own room.


    Dinner and most of the time breakfast is eaten with the family. You may have to prepare your own breakfast and lunch once in a while. There is no specific catering for vegetarians, and they cannot accommodate picky eaters; however the meals are wholesome and nutritious. You will eat what everyone else eats. If you require additional food outside of the meal times, you will need to provide this yourself. You will be required to wash and dry dishes. On the ranch they love to experience different foods, so if you would like to cook or bake, this would be just wonderful. There is a limited amount of snacks, soda drinks and fresh fruit provided.  You are more than welcome to travel with the family to town, if you need to do your own personal shopping.


    Countryside of Alberta nicely located between Edmonton and the Rocky Mountains. There are great oppertunities to hike, bike, raft and to see wildlife near the ranch.

The family at the Alpaca Ranch are really nice people. They made me feel at home from the moment I arrived!  I really feel like part of the family. They take me on all of their family trips so I have seen lots of places. They also plan fun activities (like white water rafting, canoeing, day at the lake, shopping etc).  I love the Alpaca's on the ranch. I really like te work with them (thats is my favorite thing) . I have learned so much since i've been here and I love it here! 
Every day at the ranch is diffrent I do lots of diffrent things (like painting sheds, pulling weets, feeding the animals, working on the fence etc.) but I work with the Alpaca's every day!
It is a fantastic experience, and I am really happy about the ranch and Cananda is a beautiful country, I love staying here!

Anne from the Netherlands

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