Turtle Caretaker

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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Help treat, rehabilitate and release injured turtles in beautiful Ontario!
Help to educate the public on the importance of turtles and their habitat
An opportunity to make friends!
Work alongside an amazing team of staff and other volunteers!
Great opportunity to visit and explore Ontario during your days off or after you completed your volunteer work.
Get involved in the protection and conservation of Ontario’s native turtles and their habitats in beautiful Canada! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Help prevent the disappearance of turtles in Ontario! Get involved in the protection and conservation of Ontario’s native turtles and their habitats in beautiful Canada. The project accomplishes their mission by operating a “turtle hospital” that aims to treat, rehabilitate and release injured turtles and are passionately involved in researches to further conservation and doing programs to educate the public on these awesome creatures.

As a volunteer, there are a number of ways you can help! Help with the transport of injured turtles in need of quick medical attention or help with the ongoing care which includes feeding and cleaning of the injured turtles. Injured turtles usually spend up to a year in the shelter and volunteers are always needed. Your help will also be greatly appreciated in fund raising projects and outreach and educational programs.

At the project, the turtles are your number one priority and depending on your interests/skills you will be asked to do a number of tasks. Cleaning turtle tanks will be one of your main tasks so be prepared to get your hands dirty. The work can be demanding and is not for you if you are looking for an ‘easy holiday option.'

The project depends on the help of volunteers all year round. However, during the summer there are a lot of intake of turtles so this is when most of the help is needed. Depending on your skills/interests, you will be involved in a number of areas. You may be involved in:
  • Cleaning turtle tanks.
  • Weighing turtles to monitor health
  • Feeding the turtles.
  • Education presentations
  • Delivering activities to group (public awareness).
  • Help with fundraising activities
  • General maintenance and upkeep of the project: this includes sweeping/mopping, cutting grass, tidying workspaces, preparing materials for staff and volunteers.

Typical day

You will be volunteering 5 days a week for about 8 hours per day. The typical day varies on the patient load and time of the year. 

Free-time activities

During time offs volunteers have lots of opportunities to get involved in leisure time activities. In summer great hiking at the local mountains and lakes and in the winter to visit one of the local skiing areas. There are also many opportunities to see wildlife like bald eagles, squirrels, Raccoons, skunks, deer, coyotes.

Winter Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Application Form, Liability Waiver Form and Volunteer Policies Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes:

  • Placement
  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Mail-holding service
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Toronto Downtown

You will need to fly to Toronto Airport where you will be transferred to your host family.

Your Homestay accommodation will be arranged by Fronteering near the volunteer project.
Homestay: live with a Canadian family and includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet, cable tv and 3 meals a day. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a great way to improve your English.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with 3 meals a day.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Toronto Downtown (YBZ) in Toronto. We assist you to find cheap flights to Canada.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Canada provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Canada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Canada.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

All year round. (Busiest time is in the summer where all help is needed.)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$424 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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