You’ll fly into Vancouver, arriving on a Sunday. (You’ll be advised to book your own flights once you’ve received formal confirmation of your placement, and will need to book your flight to arrive on a Sunday.)
We will organise your airport transfer and arrange your first three nights’ accommodation in a downtown Vancouver hostel. Breakfast will be included. You will receive information about your airport transfer and initial accommodation in your ‘arrival package’, which we’ll send you before you depart your home country, as soon as you’ve sent us your flight details.
Your welcome orientation will be held on Monday morning (the day after you arrive), or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday. During your orientation, you’ll receive information about phone cards, travel options, and general tips about life in Canada. If you have a working holiday visa and plan to work after your farm placement, we can advise you on tax numbers, bank accounts, and where to look for employment opportunities.
Tuesday is a free day to explore Vancouver. On Wednesday, you’ll travel to your farmstay. You may need to travel by plane, bus, or train to reach your farmstay, but we’ll provide you with more information about how to book this travel once your farmstay is confirmed (it should cost between CA$100 and CA$500 and may take up to two days). The farmstay family will collect you from the nearest airport or bus/train station when you arrive.
To reiterate, you should only book your flights once you’ve received a formal offer from your farmstay family. Once you’ve booked your flights, please let us know so we can send you your arrival package and advise you on domestic travel to your farmstay from Vancouver.