Welcome International Volunteers!
Every year volunteers from around the world join our summer staff team, bringing the diversity of God’s family into our camp world. Visas and required documents vary depending on which country you are coming from. Follow the link below for more information & to apply. Please apply as International staff – Not hired through Camp Canada.
International Volunteer Checklist
To fill out an online Circle Square Ranch Staff Application
To be 18 years of age or older
A current and valid police check from your home town
Letter of Employment (provided by us)
A current and valid passport
Strong English communication skills
Love of children and outdoor education
A strong faith in Jesus Christ
Applicants not through Camp Canada
Alternatively, you can apply for an IEC (International Experience Canada).
The most common starting point for young people wanting to work and travel in Canada is to apply for a working holiday visa- also known as the International Experience Canada visa, or ‘IEC’. The IEC visa enables visitors age 18-30 to work and travel in Canada for a 2-year period. Check if your country is eligible here.
- Availability: Unfortunately, the number of applications for Canadian working holiday visas each year exceeds the total number of visas available. This makes the selection process extremely competitive.
- Duration: An individual can only be issued one IEC visa in their lifetime- and the clock is running for two years straight from the moment it’s valid. If you’re going to get an IEC visa, it’s best to choose your moment wisely.
We are unable to help with the process of getting an IEC.
The process can also take 2-6 months from applying to receiving your paperwork. You can find out more information about applying here.
You will need to have biometrics taken before your arrival in Canada, as well as a comprehensive medical exam, and a minimum of $2500 in your bank account on arrival.
Visas and Work Permits
Camp Canada Applicants
To work at a Canadian summer camp, all the paperwork you need is an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization), which you can apply for online at any time before your trip, and a Canadian Work Permit, which you will obtain once you land in Canada.
All you need to do, is print all the documents that they will send you and bring them with you to Canada. Once you land at a Canadian airport, you will present these documents to the Immigration Officer and obtain your Work Permit.
When you land, you’ll be asked to pay for Biometrics (fingerprints and picture) $85 -Biometrics are valid for 10 years so you will not have to pay this again if you return to camp in future summers.
Although it happens very rarely, the Immigration Officer may also charge you a fee of $155 CAD for your Work Permit.
Once you have your Work Permit, you’ll be ready to leave the airport and get your Canadian adventure started!