CANADA: Sustainable Agriculture

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 varied sustainable agriculture 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 to develop new initiatives in this sustainable agriculture, 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 be based in the Community Shared Agriculture program, which produces over 8,000 pounds of organically-grown vegetables annually. A large portion of this produce is given out to low income families locally. Local food production is not only essential in building balanced, sustainable communities, but is also crucial for ensuring local food security and helping to alleviate poverty.

Your time here could be crucial in helping to develop this initiative and to bring your fresh ideas to the table. As well as the farming focus you will also have chance to get involved in the native plant nursery, where they raise native plants to sell at local public events. These plants also are used in the restoration work along the river which ensure that local plant life & subsequently the wildlife is maintained.

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?:

If you have a passion for agriculture, and for finding new ways to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable crop growth then you will love this team!

Your role here in this project will enable you to:
Gain valuable experience in small-scale sustainable agriculture/community shared agriculture (CSA)
Assist the Farm & Nursery Manager to plan, manage and implement the garden season
Assist with physical activities - planting, harvesting, watering in the garden
Organize and assist with weekend schedules
Assist with the native plant nursery
Liaise with community members, project shareholders and supervise younger volunteers

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

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