Raptors & Owls

British Columbia, Canada



The Experience

Always been in awe about the sight of a soaring Eagle or Owl? Then this is the Volunteer Abroad project for you!  Help, rescue and rehabilitate Eagles and owls with the ultimate reward of release and see these graceful creatures fly and be free again!

Situated in the rural areas of Greater Vancouver this project gives the ultimate experience for those who love birds of prey! This project rescues many Eagles and Owls every year. Most of the raptors and owls are fully rehabilitated and released back in to the world. Your mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick, and distressed wildlife. Working with wildlife at the center is rewarding but physically demanding, and it is by no means an ’easy holiday option’! Animal care volunteers are needed mostly during the busiest summer months of April through September, however volunteering through the winter is possible. Experience the best of both worlds of living within the suburbs near the beach in Greater Vancouver while taking care of these magnificent birds of prey!


This Is Why

  • Help, rescue and rehabilitate Raptors and Owls in the great Vancouver Area
  • Live in a homestay with a Canadian family in one of the greatest cities of the world while rehabilitating wildlife!
  • Find out why Vancouver was chosen as the world’s best livable city located between the mountains and the Ocean.
  • Several Ski areas located in the area!

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year Round (however try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement)
  • Volunteer duration
    8 weeks (2695 US$)
  • Average Work hours
    5 days per week, minimum 8 hours per day
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Homestay with A Canadian Family nearby the project
  • 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. 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
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
      Wild life rehabilitation centre – Raptors & Owls
    • Airport Pickup

      We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your Homestay accommodation nearby the project.
    • Accommodation
      A Private room in a Canadian homestay nearby the volunteer project
    • Meals
      3 meals a day included (possible catering available for vegetarians)
    • 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

    Package Price:
    08 weeks: $2,695 US

    This is a fast paced, intense, and physically demanding environment. Four hour shifts pass quickly due to regular feedings that must be kept on schedule and endless cleaning duties. Volunteers help with  hand feeding young birds, preparing diets for self feeding animals, cleaning and enriching animal cages, and general cleaning around the facility such as dishes, laundry, and wash pad. Volunteers that are handy with tools may also help fix or build cages and other structures. Volunteers work both individually and as a team to complete the required tasks. Animals that volunteers work with regularly include: Owls, Eagles, hawks, Falcons and other birds.
    • Feed and care for Birds of Prey
    • Build and maintain animal enclosures
    • Assist with capture and release
    • Educate the public

    Animal rescue and rehabilitation is fundamental to the continued conservation and protection of Canada’s diverse birds of prey species which all need your help. This program offers volunteers ages 19-30 to help in many areas of wildlife rehabilitation. Projects are diverse and include activities such as feeding injured animals, administering medical treatments, cleaning and fixing cages, maintaining observation records, equipment maintenance, office work, answering telephones, and of course leaning about what it takes to care for animals!

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks.
    • Must complete 2-4 days of training and shadow a senior volunteer before starting independent shifts
    • 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
    • The care of animals must be secured around the clock and work may include night shifts
    • 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
    • Fluent knowledge of the English
    • Patient and comfortable around mammals and birds
    • A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • A unique opportunity to work closely with wildlife and participate in offering them a chance of survival.
    • Expand knowledge and skills in animal care
    • Increase knowledge of local wildlife species, ecology, and urban wildlife management.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Greater Vancouver Area within 1 hour from Vancouver Downtown
    • Area Famous For
      Coastal Mountains, Skiing, Tubing, Hiking, Biking, Sky diving, farmland, easy access to Vancouver island
    • When to visit
      All year round, 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 help all year round however the most busy seasons is From March to September due to hatch-lings which need your help!
    • Wildlife viewing
      Good, In the nearby surrounds are many opportunities to see wildlife like seals, Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, bald eagles, squirrels, Racoons, skunks, deer, coyotes and even Black Bears.
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in British Columbia, Canada;
    You will arrive in beautiful British Columbia where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the volunteer project.
    For 8 weeks - Help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals!
    For the coming 2 months you will have a great time working directly with many different kind of animals while be surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and nature!
    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.
  • Accommodation

    Your Homestay accommodation will be arranged by FRONTEERING near the volunteer project.
    Homestay: live with a Canadian family and includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet, cable TV and 3 meals a day. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a great way to get to know the real Greater Vancouver Area and improve your English.

    Things to bring from home

    • 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
    • Linen and towels will be provided.


    You will be provided with 3 meals a day, specific catering available on request only.


    The volunteer project is located in one of the suburbs in the greater Vancouver Area where there is something to do for everyone.  Whether it is enjoying the nature, ski or snowboard, mountain bike, hike, going to the nearby coast and enjoying the sea or visiting Vancouver Downtown there is plenty to do near the volunteer station on your days of.     

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