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Canada Indigenous Community Experience

Canada Indigenous Community Experience

Help rebuild the indigenous communities of the Secwepemc people and immerse yourself within their culture amidst the unspoiled beauty of British Columbia!

Prices from $2,395

Since the arrival of the first colonists, the indigenous people of North America faced many difficulties. Within the last few decades however, many of these communities have been given the opportunity to re-establish old settlements. By contributing towards this incredibly rewarding project you will be supporting this local indigenous Indian community in the beautiful Okanagan area of British Columbia.

Living with and helping to support the various community initiatives taking place will give you a truly immersive experience, and the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Secwepemc Nations as well as a chance to learn their language!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself within this indigenous North American Indian community!
  • Learn about the traditions, language and culture of the Secwepemc Nation!
  • Work in the stunning surroundings of beautiful British Columbia. 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Criminal Records Background check 
  • You must be fluent in English 
  • Minimum age 18 
  • Application should be made 6 months in advance

FAST FACTS

Location Canada
Activities Learn about local traditions
Learn the language of the Indians Various community renovation initiatives
Camp duties (gathering firewood)
Day care assistance and education
Career guidance and support
Community kitchen
Agriculture and farming
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared accommodations or homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
In-country transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-Canada Indigenous Community Experience was established by a diverse group of community minded individuals who work together to support the indigenous people of the Secwepemc Nation that live on the reserve.  This programme offers volunteers a unique opportunity to live on an Indian reserve in an area surrounded by lakes, forests and even deserts. It is great place to for outdoor activities and to see wildlife like deer, eagles and black bears.

This incredibly unique experience will see you work alongside the indigenous community and live among them on the Indian Reserve as you learn about their ancient traditions and way of life. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a volunteer you will be expected to work 5 days a week, approximately 6 to 10 hours per day. You will be involved in a variety of tasks and activities. During your time on the reserve you will have the opportunity to get involved within a wide range of initiatives depending upon the focus of the community at the time of your visit. Your responsibilities can also be matched to your own personal skills and experience.
 
Some projects you may may have the opportunity to get involved with are: 
  • As a volunteer you will be expected to work 5 days a week, approximately 6 to 10 hours per day. You will be involved in a variety of tasks and activities. During your time on the reserve you will have the opportunity to get involved within a wide range of initiatives depending upon the focus of the community at the time of your visit. Your responsibilities can also be matched to your own personal skills and experience.
  • Some projects you may wish to get involved with are: 
  • Community service program support (all under staffed and over utilised)
  • Assisting in the language immersion school (up to Grades 9)
  • Day care assistance
  • Health centre assistance
  • Assist in the Education department doing career guidance
  • Help out in the Natural Resource department (With a focus on land based activities such as archaeological works, fisheries and forestry management.)
  • Public works and housing maintenance
  • Information technology department
  • Administration
  • Agriculture division to connect with the people
  • Recreation and events
  • Fitness facility
  • Working in the commercial kitchen
  • Developing economic initiatives
  • Aboriginal housing developments 
In the addition to the projects listed above, there are plenty of areas within the community that will always require an extra pair of helping hands.   
 
Your time spent on the reserve will certainly not be all work. You will also have some free time to meet and mingle with the locals and fellow volunteers. You will also have endless opportunities do fun activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking or simply just walking around and exploring, taking in the fresh air and looking out for a great wild life encounter, however please be aware any additional activities incur an additional fee.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Kamloops BC airport by a friendly local staff member before transferring to the reserve. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.

Alternatively if you prefer, you can fly into Vancouver BC International Airport and transfer to Kamloops by bus where you will be met upon arrival at the bus station.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be placed in a number of different accommodation types within the community depending on your placement location. These can range from shared apartments to private rooms in home stays to staying in trailers!  
 
Internet access may be possible but will be dependent on your accommodation type within the community.  

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included within the cost of this programme, however you will have access to all the facilities you need to source and cook your own meals! The apartments and homes where you will be staying will be equipped with kitchens that you will be very welcome to use. You can also be transported to the nearest town to buy groceries and supplied when needed. 
 
There is also the opportunity to dine out and try some of the local restaurants. Canadian food is very varied and wide ranging and you will surely have the opportunity to find something new and unique or something akin to your taste buds. 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Being surrounded by the beauty of nature will definitely be the perfect backdrop for you as you help nurture the beautiful people of the Secwepemc Nation and help rebuild their communities. The Okanagan area’s location within the interior of British Columbia is famous for various sites such as wineries, lakes and wildlife reserves as well as many activities ideal for all the seasons such as dog sledding and skiing in the winter and hiking, biking and wildlife viewing during warmer months. The 300 acre ranch surrounding Okanagan is a perfect hike destination during summer where one can surely come in contact with an abundance of nesting birds in the wetlands and in the lakes. Wild bears, lynxes and moose also often travel through the Okanagan land. The nearby skiing area of Sun Peaks is also one of the best ski-mountains in the world and would surely be a magnificent snowy sight and an awesome ski experience in winter.       

COSTS

4 weeks $2,395

DEPARTURE DATES

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

Volunteers are welcome all year round but are encouraged to book 6 months in advance to be guaranteed a volunteer placement.

DURATION 

4 weeks

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport or station pick up from Kamloops BC
  • 24- hour In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kamloops (BC) (YKA), Vancouver International Apt (BC) (YVR)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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