CANANDA: Environmental research & development


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 varied conservation programme, and enable you to hone your own skills and knowledge.

If you have a particular area of study, or indeed your own research which you wish to develop in a different environment, or even if you just wish to learn more about how you can help the environment, then this is a great project for you. 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.

During your time here you will develop and participate in fish / wildlife conservation and enhancement projects focussed around native amphibian plant and bird life, as well as assisting with the native plant nursery. You will participate in local stewardship events, liaise with community members and help to supervise local volunteers. You will also have chance to research and develop resource materials related to stewardship and fish and wildlife habitat. Assist with the native plant nursery.

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Adventure Package
  • 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

  • Stipend
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance

What will I do?:

Your role as a conservation volunteer will involve:

  • Develop and participate in fish and wildlife conservation and enhancement projects such as fish, amphibian and bird enhancements, native plantings and various wildlife surveys
  • Participate in local stewardship events
  • Research and develop resource materials related to stewardship and fish and wildlife habitat
  • Assist with the native plant nursery
  • Liaise with community members and supervise volunteers

You will need to work well independently and as part of a team and be willing to work in other project areas as needed and directed.

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.

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Map of the Area



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