Turtle Conservation

Ontario, Canada



The Experience

Help prevent the disappearance of turtles in Ontario! Get involved in the protection and conservation of Ontario’s native turtles and their habitats in beautiful Canada. The project accomplishes their mission by operating a “turtle hospital” that aims to treat, rehabilitate and release injured turtles and are passionately involved in researches to further conservation and doing programs to educate the public on these awesome creatures.

As a volunteer, there are a number of ways you can help! Help with the transport of injured turtles in need of quick medical attention or help with the ongoing care which includes feeding and cleaning of the injured turtles. Injured turtles usually spend up to a year in the shelter and volunteers are always needed. Your help will also be greatly appreciated in fund raising projects and outreach and educational programs.

At the project, the turtles are your number one priority and depending on your interests/skills you will be asked to do a number of tasks. Cleaning turtle tanks will be one of your main tasks so be prepared to get your hands dirty. The work can be demanding and is not for you if you are looking for an ‘easy holiday option.’


This Is Why

  • Help treat, rehabilitate and release injured turtles in beautiful Ontario!
  • Help to educate the public on the importance of turtles and their habitat
  • Great opportunity to visit and explore Ontario during your days off or after you completed your volunteer work.

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    All year round. (Busiest time is in the summer where all help is needed.)
  • Package Price

    04 weeks: $1,895 US
    06 weeks: $2,295 US
    08 weeks: $2,695 US
  • Volunteer duration
    4 - 8 weeks (Longer durations available upon request)
  • Average Work hours
    5 days a week for about 8 hours per day.
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Private room at host family
  • Internet Access
    Wireless internet included
  • 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
      Turtle Conservation Ontario
    • Airport Pickup

      You will need to fly to Toronto Airport where you will be transferred to your host family.
    • Accommodation
      Private room at a local homestay
    • Meals
      3 meals a day included 
    • 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 Ontario you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance

    Package Price:
    04 weeks: $1,795 US
    08 weeks: $2,695 US
    12 weeks: $3,595 US

    The project depends on the help of volunteers all year round. However, during the summer there are a lot of intake of turtles so this is when most of the help is needed. Depending on your skills/interests, you will be involved in a number of areas. You may be involved in:
    • Cleaning turtle tanks.
    • Weighing turtles to monitor health
    • Feeding the turtles.
    • Education presentations
    • Delivering activities to group (public awareness).
    • Help with fundraising activities
    • General maintenance and upkeep of the project: this includes sweeping/mopping, cutting grass, tidying workspaces, preparing materials for staff and volunteers.

    As a volunteer you will help the staff clean,  health checks and keep the center going.  We would try to have you work in all aspects of turtle care so you would get the most out of this. 

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
    • An interest in Conservation of native wildlife (especially reptiles) is essential. Must be able to work under the guidance of the wildlife rehabilitators. Must be responsible for working their designated shifts or find replacement to cover for you if unable to work shift. Extreme Weather (heat & cold), dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle. Volunteers must remember that they are representatives of the project and should act in a professional manner when dealing with the public.  Remember that we count on the public for support; they must be treated courteously and with respect at all times.
    • 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
    • Proof of current tetanus shot & medical insurance; Good physical stamina and health
    • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must! Patient and comfortable around turtles. Must be able to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics of the project. Good communication skills and the ability to work independently. Good knowledge of the English and Good problem solving skills.Knowing the difference between when to take initiative and when to ask for help are key. Must be able to pay keen attention to detail. A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required. Police clearance.
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • A unique opportunity to have a hands on experience with Ontario’s native turtles!
    • Help in preventing the disappearance of turtles and assist in treating, rehabilitating and eventually releasing these amazing creatures.
    • Gain training & experience
    • Work alongside an amazing team of staff!
    • Live in a foreign country while expanding your knowledge on the different species of turtles and their habitat.
  • 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
      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 your help all year round.
    • Wildlife viewing
      Good, In the nearby surrounds are many opportunities to see wildlife like bald eagles, squirrels, Raccoons, skunks, deer, coyotes.
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Toronto, Canada;
    You will arrive in beautiful Toronto where you will be transferred to your host family.
    For 4 - 8 weeks - Help, rescue and rehabilitate injured Turtles!
    For the next few weeks, you will help the local volunteers and staff at the project to run the daily operation of the center and give every animal there another chance at survival.
    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 improve your English.

    Things to bring from home

    • Clothes for cold temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make sure these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Make sure to bring gloves, a toque and warm socks with you. Jeans and T-shirts can work in the summer.
    • 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


    The volunteer project is in Selwyn, Ontario close to Peterborough. There are lots of community events that goes on throughout the year. There’s a zoo, many parks and trails nearby and in the summer, small music venues. During your days off, explore the small community or you have the great opportunity to explore Toronto and even Oshawa.      

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