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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 2 - 4 weeks
Maximum number of people: Unlimited
Location: Canada, Montréal, Vancouver, Toronto


Farmstay offers an opportunity for students to enjoy the countryside and experience farm life. The Farmstay Programme gives international students the opportunity to do this, and to get a “natural” Canadian experience.

With this Farmstay programme, students are placed for a 2 to 4 week period on a farm in the wilderness of BC, Alberta, Ontario or Quebec. There, they live with a family and assist in the day-to-day up-keep of a family farm.  Students get to see the great outdoors, get up close and personal with animals, and try Canadian food, fresh out of the ground.

Farmstay gives students an added opportunity to practice their English or French in a real social context.

Sample Placements

Vegetable / Fruit Farm: Small farms specialising in mixed vegetables or fruit, includes orchards.

Arts/Crafts/Artisanal Food Processing: Farms specialising in production of small craft foods or craft products like certain types of jam, or specialized lamb, or heirloom vegetables.

Mixed Farms (animals and produce): These are typical “family” farms that students would be used to seeing on TV programmes and movies.  They include a small collection of animals, and a medium sized patch of crops.

Ranches: Cowboy placements, usually on a small guest ranch, occasionally done on larger cattle ranches. Students must have previous experience with horses.
Vineyards: Small hobby vineyards producing regional wines.

Sample Work

  • Gardening
  • Harvesting
  • Caring and Feeding for Animals
  • Cleaning / Maintenance
  • Household accommodation duties
Please note that every farmstay placement experience is labour-intensive and requires the student to be physically fit and active.


Upon confirmation of completion, students will receive a letter stating they volunteered at a particular location.



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Price includes

  • Room and full-board accommodation
  • One-way bus transportation from city to host farm within province. For any placements out of province (Rural Ontario and St Lawrence Valley Quebec) , students will need to pay for their own transport.
  • Placements include accommodation for the duration of the placement, accommodation during English course is not included unless otherwise booked

Price excludes

  • Students require a visitor visa


* Enrol in the volunteer programme by completing the application, paying the enrolment fee and meeting the programme requirements
* Meet with Volunteer Programme Coordinator upon arrival at school to assess student's interests and opportunities available
* Attend interviews or orientations with selected organisations/companies. When a desired position is offered.
* Perform duties of volunteer position as agreed upon with the Volunteer Programme Coordinator and the organisation/company providing the opportunity
* During the Volunteer Programme, students are encouraged to keep a journal detailing their experience and have the opportunity to meet with other students enrolled in the Volunteer Programme to discuss their experiences of volunteering in the Canada
* In the final week of the volunteer position, send a letter or card of thanks to the organisation/company. Meet with the Volunteer Programme Coordinator for the end of programme assessment
* Receive an official letter of completion from KIND's partners/ local school delivering the programme
* At the completion, students are required to complete a questionnaire outlining the quality of their onsite volunteering

  • Low-Intermediate level of English or French (before placement programme)
  • 18 years and above
  • Students must be physically able to perform farm work. This includes being able to lift at least 20 kg.
  • No allergies to animals, wild grass or pollen
  • Application for Farmstay Programme must be received at least 6 weeks in advance of desired start date.
  • Step 1: Student completes application indicating type of placement and length of stay. Student must make more than 1 choice of farm type.
  • Step 2: Consultation with the student.
  • Step 3: Student is matched with a farm and is sent a Farmstay Profile and a bus ticket (if within province) with instructions .
  • Minimum placement is 2 weeks
  • Maximum placement is 4 weeks
  • 15 to 25 hours per week
  • Students must be registered at least 6 weeks in advance of their placement start date
  • No maximum number of study weeks
  • This is unpaid work
  • Placements are not available in December and January

Your Contribution to Sustainable Development

By choosing this package you help in supporting individuals who has travelled far from their home of origin for the sake of pursing education or to escape difficult living conditions. A generally overlooked group of individuals, Ibn Al Sabeel (Wayfarers/ Refugees) is one of the named channels of zakat expenditure and one of Misr El-Kheir key programmes. We use part of our profit from this package to sponsor the programme to help in providing funding to 5000 Egyptian and expatriate students every year to cover their living expenses and tuition fees, as well as provide aid to refugees living in Egypt.  You can select another project from our projects menu to contribute to.


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