Each school year volunteers help enable vulnerable youth to change their lives at Take a Hike. The program is strengthened with the support of the larger community. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering or doing your practicum with us!

Steps to becoming a volunteer with Take a Hike:

1. Read the role & qualifications


  • Engage youth with individual and group support, provide a positive adult role model, and mentor in the classroom and/or in the outdoors.

  • In-class volunteers will assist staff in day-to-day activities, which include helping students with their schoolwork and achieving their academic goals for the year.

  • Outdoor volunteers will support the youth and staff on outdoor day trips and/or multi-day expeditions.

  • Please note, most volunteers do a combination of in-class and outdoor volunteering.


  • Strong communication skills

  • Positive attitude; ability and interest in dealing with complex youth needs

  • Experience working with youth and/or outdoor enthusiast

  • Applicant age requirement: 21 years old


Volunteers must commit to volunteering with the Take a Hike program for a minimum of half a school year (September to December or January to June). We encourage volunteers to stay for the full year. Take a Hike youth often lack continuity in their lives, and we want to provide a stable and comfortable environment for our students. This will also help ensure there is time to develop positive relationships among youth and volunteers.

Ideally, in-class and outdoor volunteers will volunteer on a weekly basis for approximately 2-4 hours per visit. However, we are flexible with scheduling depending on the volunteer’s situation.

As we are a school, the majority of volunteer hours will take place from Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. We follow the same schedule and breaks as the school district, summer school is sometimes offered, but not guaranteed.


Once the volunteer has completed the engagement process with a Basecamp team member, Take a Hike program staff will be their main point of contact and depending on the volunteer role, accountability may shift between staff members.


Same as above, but we look for practicum students that are doing a 3 week – 1 year placement and we are adaptable to what your requirements may be.

Acceptance into a placement with Take a Hike requires documentation and information on your practicum outline and requirements.

We can accept up to 2 students at a time, per classroom.

2. Complete an online application (link below)

3. Initial conversation with Take a Hike team member (via email, phone or in person).

If you would like to have a conversation about how you can share your time, skills, and experience, but the above roles are not of interest to you, please contact us via email at info@takeahikefoundation.org.

3. Attend volunteer information session and/or interview.

4. Submit paperwork including criminal record check (free for Take a Hike volunteers)

5. Trial volunteer session  

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We are actively seeking volunteers to assist in math tutoring in our lower mainland and West Kootenays classrooms. 

Please note, we are not currently accepting volunteers into our Nanaimo program (yet!), you may still fill out an application, and we will start to look to fill some positions as our new class and team get settled. We thank you for your interest and patience.


Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We use your information only to assess your suitability as a volunteer. We will not share your information with any party outside of our organization. If at any time you have questions about the data we have about you, how we use our data or would like to correct or delete the data we have about you, please contact us at info@takeahikefoundation.org or 604.638.3385.


Volunteer and Practicum Application

Name *
Birthdate (21 years minimum requirement) *
Birthdate (21 years minimum requirement)
Preferred Phone *
Preferred Phone
Home Address *
Home Address
Phone *
I am willing to get a criminal record check done *
Which programs are you interested in volunteering in?
Select all that apply
Do you have experience working with at-risk youth? *
Are you currently a student?
Is this for a practicum or internship placement?
Completed degree, starting program next year, etc.
Are you currently working? *
If relevant to volunteer position
Are you willing to commit to a volunteer position for a full school year, Sept-June? *
If not, are you willing to commit to a volunteer position for a ½ year, Sept-Dec or Jan-June? *
Are you able to volunteer on a weekly basis? *
If NO: Can you volunteer on a bi-weekly basis?
Take a Hike operates from 8:30am – 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. Are you available to volunteer during those hours? *
Please list general availability
Select all that apply
What area/s would you like to volunteer in? *
Pick all that apply
Are you able to provide two references if asked? *
Are you okay with us adding you to our mailing list? *