CANADA: Environmental Education

Canada

Adventure Overview:

  • 3 months

This is a great opportunity for you to put your skills to work in a fantastic country amongst some fantastic people! Your time here will assist the team in developing their environmental education programme which has been highly succesful to date, and will enable you to hone your own skills and knowledge.

If you are considering a career in education, or would like to put your knowledge and skills to use by educating & inspiring the next generation to care for the world around them, then this will be a fantastic project for you to join! Education is one of the pillars of this project's work in Canada. Through hands-on learning the education programmes foster a sense of wonder in the world around us.

The Field Study Centres offer year-round environmental education opportunities for school groups, and during the summer they run day camps and partner with other youth camps across the country, equipping them to run their own conservation-care activities. Over 10,000 children and young people engage every year in the various environmental education programs. Set within the beauty of British Columbia and yet only a matter of minutes from major cities such as White Rock & Vancouver, your time here will be one which combines the best of all that Canada has to offer!

This project has been running since 2000, operating several field study centres throughout Canada. The main study centre in British Columbia is run by a mixture of staff and volunteers, reaching out to the local community as well as conducting research in the centre. They key focus of this centre is: restoration and conservation work on the river,  community agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental education programs which host over 2,000 students every year.

The Environmental Centre is located in a rural neighbourhood, surrounded mostly by farms & pasture fields.  However you are far from cut off as you're just 10 minutes from the city of White Rock city - an exciting seaside community clustered around an eight kilometre sandy beach and the warm shallow waters of Semiahmoo Bay. You're also just minutes from Langley - the birthplace of British Columbia, and only 45 minutes from the mecca of Vancouver!

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Information Pack
  • Accommodation:All volunteers in this project share a large and lovely house. Depending on the number of volunteers based here at the time of your stay you will have anywhere up to (but not exceeding) three others sharing a room.
  • Food: All meals are provided during your stay, and here all the team works together to cook. You will assist with meal preparation on a rota basis, and will be guided as to what to do - so don't worry if you're culinary skills only stretch to opening a can of beans!
  • Training: All volunteers setting out on an adventure with us receive pre-departure training to help you prepare for the experience ahead. This training covers all the areas you need to think about before you pack your bags. It gives you time to focus and prioritise, and provides you with the knowledge and information you need in order to have a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. On arrival at your project you will also receive orientation training which will help you to better understand the local culture and support you as you find your way around this new country. On your return we will also support you as you readapt to life back home. We encourage you to keep in contact with us and consider opportunities foryou to stay connected to the work you have been part of with Agapé. In addition to all of this training you will also receive a comprehensive welcome pack full of useful information on your project, the country and the culture, as well as detailed safety and communication lists.
  • Support: Agapé Adventures respects that each person is unique, and thus has different needs, and we endeavour to meet those genuine needs as effectively as we can. All volunteers are supported by Agapé every step of the way. You will be allocated a line manager to assist you in the day to day aspects of your adventure and staff at Agapé’s main base who will be available 24/7 for any out of hours emergencies. All staff involved in supporting you, work together to provide coordinated, personal and professional support throughout your adventure. 
  • Adventure Package: During your time in project we will coordinate an exiting adventure package for you. Where possible we try to tailor this to your interests, otherwise this will be a group event with other volunteers. A time to do something completely different and enjoy the country in which you're living in a whole new way! Here in Ireland the adventure package will be discussed with you all as a group during the first few months of your time in project. 
  • Airport Collection & Drop Off:  When you land into the airport we will make sure that someone is there to meet you and bring you to your project base. We will also provide assistance in returning you to the airport at the end of your time to help you take back all those gifts you've picked up along the way! 

What Isn't Included

  • Adventure Package
  • Stipend
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance

What will I do?:

This is a wonderful chance to get involved with an energetic and passionate team whose desire is to make caring for the environment fun and interesting for young people. The focus is on school children from the local area and also on young people attending camps throughout Canada. Your role will involve the development of new training materials, new games and new information to pass on to the children who come to the centre.

In addition to the school trips the project also  runs fun days for the local community which seek to inspire all ages in caring for their land, their wildlife and also for their neighbours.

During your time here you will:

  • Gain valuable experience organizing and implementing environmental education programmes
  • Gain new passions for children's education, grow in experience and confidence working with children in a learning environment.
  • Lead activities with groups of children for school programmes, daycamp programmes, summer camp workshops and community events on and off-site
  • Research and create resources for these programs and more!

The Local Area

Kayakers bobble past, waving at friends on the beach. A floatplane shimmies over the park, diving to its watery landing strip. A chattery hubbub bounces off the gleaming glass towers that forest the city like latter-day totems.

When the Olympic Winter Games rolled into town in 2010, there was no shortage of jaw-dropping visuals, instantly inspiring people around the world to check out Canada's immigration procedures. Vancouver is, after all, one of the cities that routinely tops those lists of the world's greatest places to live. But beyond the breathtaking snowcapped crags, city-hugging beaches and dense waterfront forests lies a comparatively young metropolis that's still trying to discover its true identity - less than 150 years after a 'gassy' Englishman rowed in and kicked it all off with a makeshift pub.

Covering the city's main outdoor, museum and gallery attractions will certainly keep you busy for a few days. After that it's highly advisable to start digging beneath the surface to find out what really makes this laid-back lotusland tick. You'll discover that the 'real Vancouver' is in the clamorous Commercial Dr coffee shops, the hipster hangouts of SoMa, the gay-friendly streets of the West End, the kaleidoscopic thoroughfares of Chinatown and the historic, re-invigorated old streets of Gastown, where that original pub once stood.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/vancouver#ixzz2ZuR2OWH2

Map of the Area

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