Food bank & Ranch
Travel to Ontario, Canada and take part in a unique volunteer opportunity of working at a community Food Bank while living on a Horse Farm. Surrounded by 40 horses and ponies and other domesticated animals, expand your knowledge on horses and farm life while helping out at a charitable organization.
If you are interested in having fun and learning new traditions while staying with a Canadian Family on a Horse Farm in Ontario, then this project is perfect for you. Working at a Food Bank is rewarding and the help of volunteers is depended upon as it is a non-profit organization. The community program offers volunteers to help out and give back to a worthy cause by helping to sort out the food items, handout food and much more. The activities on the Horse Farm are demanding and ranges from mucking out the stalls to helping the farrier in her trade and medically caring for the horses. Learning to care for horses and gaining new farming experience will definitely leave you satisfied. Both the Food Bank and the Horse Farm are in need of volunteers all year round. Working at these projects is rewarding and is by no means an ‘easy holiday option.
This Is Why
- Help at a local community Food Bank in Ontario Canada!
- Live on a Horse Farm with a local Canadian Family and learn new traditions.
- Expand your knowledge on horses and help a Farrier with her trade.
- Many opportunities to explore beautiful Ontario!
- Key Start Dates
Year Round (however try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement – keep in mind winter can be very cold and summers extremely hot.)
- Volunteer duration
4 - 12 weeks (longer durations preferred)
- Average Work hours
2 days per week at the food bank from 9 to 4, minimum 8 hours a week on the farm.
- Number of Volunteers
- Volunteer accommodation
- Housing Type
Homestay with A Canadian Family at the Farm
- Internet Access
Wireless internet included at the homestay
- Who Are They Looking For?
Love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. Must be open to learning new traditions and be part of a Canadian Family. The love for children and animals (especially horses and dogs) is important! You must have 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
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
Food Bank & Ranch
- Airport Pickup
We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your Homestay accommodation. You will need to fly to Hamilton Airport where you will be picked up. If you fly to Toronto, you can catch a bus/train into Brantford.
Shared accommodation with a Canadian family on the Horse Farm
Supplies for meals provided. (You will be responsible for cooking your own breakfast and lunch. Dinner will be prepared for you.)
- 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.
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 Ontario you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
What's not included: Flights and Insurance
04 weeks: $1,995 US, 06 weeks: $2,495 US, 08 weeks: $2,795 US, 10 weeks: $3,095 US and 12 weeks: $3,595 US
The responsibilities will differ between the community Food Bank and the Horse Farm. Both projects are physically demanding and you must be willing to do hard work and don’t mind getting yourself dirty at times especially on the farm. The hours will pass by quickly due to endless duties that need to be completed at both projects. Some of the responsibilities you will have at both projects are:
- Food Bank; Organize and restock shelves and check for expired items, Rotate old items to the front, new items to the back, Organize and restock freezers, Break down product, Support clients in accessing our services, Pack boxes with proper portions of food and Pick up and sort donations.
- Horse Farm; Brush Horses, Muck Stalls, Fill water troughs, Feed Horses Grain, Feed Horses Hay, Put coats on horses, Walk horses, Assist in helping the Farrier shoe and medically care for the horses.
- TASKS AND DUTIES
Both projects are physically demanding and you must be willing to do hard work and don’t mind getting yourself dirty at times especially on the farm. The hours will pass by quickly due to endless duties that need to be completed at both projects.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
- Must complete a few days of training and take a short e-learning course on Food Safe Procedures once confirmed.
- NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
- Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
- Age: 18+
- No animal allergies especially horses and dogs
- TOpen to learning new traditions.
- 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
- Proof of current tetanus shot & medical insurance; Good physical stamina and health
- Good communication skills and the ability to work alone and must have Good knowledge of the English Language.
- A Criminal Records Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check (Comes with the Criminal Check when requested).
- Patient and comfortable working with children and animals on the farm
- A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required
- Volunteer Benefits
- A unique opportunity to work at two completely different projects: A Horse Farm and Food Bank!
- Expand your knowledge and skills in horses and experience life on a Canadian Farm.
- Help out a local community foodbank program and feel the satisfaction of giving back to a worthy cause.
- Fast Facts
- Project location
Canada, North America
- Area Famous For
Bears, Root Bears, Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Niagara Waterfalls, Pacific Rainforest and friendly people.
- When to visit
April to November, in summer great hiking at the local mountains and lakes and in the winter to visit one of the local skiing areas. The project needs your help from April to November due to many orphaned baby animals needing extra care!
- Wildlife viewing
Good, In the nearby surrounds are many opportunities to see wildlife like bald eagles, squirrels, Raccoons, skunks, deer, coyotes.
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in Ontario, Canada;
You will arrive in beautiful Ontario where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the volunteer project.
For 4 weeks – Help at a local Food Bank and volunteer at a Horse Farm!
For a minimum of two weeks, you will have the opportunity to live on a Horse Farm with a Canadian Family while working directly with the animals on the farm and doing other activities. You will also be volunteering at a local Food bank!
Your last day - You will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through Canada. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country. If you would like to visit Vancouver or Toronto; we can help you with both short and longer term accommodation.
Your Homestay accommodation will be on a farm with a Canadian family. The accommodation will be shared, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet and cable TV. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. You are responsible for keeping your room tidy and washing your own laundry.
Things to bring from home
- Happy, outgoing attitude and willingness to learn new things.
- Clothes for cold temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Make sure to bring gloves, a toque and warm socks with you. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and you should also pack a raincoat and some sun block. Also, proper safety gear! For the farm, a good sturdy footwear is required. Steel toe would be best as you definitely need a pair for the Food Bank.
- Linen and towels will be provided as well as volunteer t-shirts.
While on the Horse Farm, you will have provisions for three meals a day. Dinner will be made for you but you are responsible for making your own breakfast and lunch. You will be treated as a member of the family and will work as a team around meal time, setting/clearing the table and loading/emptying the dishwasher etc.
The Foodbank is located is located in Brantford Ontario while your homestay at the Horse Farm is located in Caledonia, Ontario. Have fun exploring these two places in beautiful Ontario and be a part of an amazing Canadian experience.