Volunteering

Volunteering at Heaven's Gate

If you love animals and nature, here with us in the sanctuary you will feel like in paradise. Our sanctuary has been in existence for 5 years now and we are taking in many animals who with us get a second chance in life. Heaven's Gate is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by a fascinating landscape, wildlife and it is just real nature. Here you can see and watch everything from a cougar to moose and grizzly´s and still there are many other wild animals.  My husband and I enjoy every day and feel privileged to live here in the mountains on 160 acres land.  We are happy to share this wonderful life with young people who truly have a desire for freedom.

With us you can live this dream: “Back Into the wild “  We live off the grid, which means we produce our own power with a windmill and solar energy.  Our large vegetable garden is a lot of fun and provides us and our dear helpers with many vitamins. Since 2011, we have a WWooferhaus with 2 rooms and a small kitchen, our workers love it. When it rains we have our celebrations there and as soon ast it gets warm we sit around the campfire or in our Tippis. Drumming evenings are always a highlight for our helpers. Our day starts at 10 clock, before the breakfast our old and frail animals get taken care off, which some helpers do very quickly.

At about 12:00 we have a lunch break for 45 minutes, at 3:00 pm , we have a coffee and cake break which is baked daily, at 6:00 pm we have dinner. We usually cook international food. Weekends are free, but of course, in the morning and evening the animals need to be taken care off. For good riders there is always a horses available to explore the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. For those not able to ride there are always bikes available. Now and then we go in the mountains to watch grizzlies or black bears. Swimming in our pond is also always a lot of fun.

This year we need :  Men for fence construction and building cabins Someone who can cook People for our greenhouse and vegetable garden Good, happy people with a big heart.   Everybody has to help with the animal care of course Our helpers have to stay at least 2 months or longer !!

Love for animals is a requirement in order to come to Heaven's Gate, animal care is very versatile.  Mucking out, fence construction, wood work, construction of some buildings or gardening will be one of your tasks. We'll learn you how to handle a chainsaw, and many other machines, depending on what you want to learn. It's a wonderful life in the wilderness, daily adventures will astound you.    We are looking for willing and strong helpers and whoever is really interested will have no Problem. We will help you but you must really want it.

WE TRAIN HORSES BY NATURAL HORSEMAN SHIP.    Your accommodation will be in a cabin or Wwooferhaus, the toilets are outside and a shower house is open to all at your disposal.    Heaven's Gate is always a big family and we place great value on teamwork, everyone helps everyone.  Shared meals and shared laughter, shared excursions to the nearby park (Watertonpark) or sometimes to a western bar.

If you're a friendly, animal loving, hard working person who is looking for adventure , Heaven's Gate will be a paradise for you. We are a non-profit organization, when you come to us, you will help the animals.   Please write to us, we are a German couple, who speak German and English.  We are looking forward to your help and hope that you too will become a good friend, like so many before others who have come to visit us.

Any Questions?

Important: If you want to send us an application please use our application form which you'll find here:

Please read our FAQ's (see bottom of this page) before contacting us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We, Brigitte and Al, are happy to provide our helpers own cabins and a living room with kitchen. We are looking forward for a great time with you and hope you enjoy your time on our farm. We share our house, we share our farm, we share everything with you. Please follow these simple rules:

  • Keep the cabin and the Tipi`s always clean

  • Clean after yourself – your mother is not living here. It’s your house – it’s your home. For e.g.: clean the dish, tidy the cabin every weekend.

  • Recycle your waste

  • Absolutely no smoking in the cabin! Please use the provided ashtrays for smoking outside.

  • We life off the grit. Save the power and please make sure to switch off all electronic devices after use.

  • Helpers will be liable for any damage done in the cabin and property above and behind normal use.

  • We provide WiFi. You can use it after work. Please do not use it in the morning. We need a fast connection for our business

  • Taking care about your living area, preparing meals as well as to clean the dish is part of your free time.

  • Be prepared to work for the farm at 9 a.m. Get everything ready before. There is enough time

  • Care for the animals. Feed them before your meal. Every day

Is there WiFi?

Yes, you can bring your device and use the WiFi. You can use it after work. Please do not use it in the morning. We need a fast connection for our business.  There´s no mobile phone connection at our farm!!!

How much free time do I have?

We work 5 days a week. After caring for the animals in the morning and evening* you have time to yourself. *Volunteers can take turns. After work you are free to spend your time as you like. We love to sit by an open fire and have fun with our volunteers. You could also hike in the mountains and watch wildlife or sit by the stream and read a book. Relax in a hammock or tipi.

How often can I do horseback riding?

It depends on your riding skills. We do not provide riding lessons or riding for beginners. If there are skilled riders among the volunteers they are free to teach other volunteers on our horses in their free time. Well skilled riders are welcome to take tours and help train our horses. It always depends on the person!

Which kind of work will I have to do?

Mostly our volunteers work together. Work ranges from feeding and caring for the animals, gardening, fencing, wood working and a thousand things more to household work.

What kind of food is provided?

It is everyone´s share to cook from time to time. This will provide a various menu. Meat is expensive and we like to use it thoughtfully. We are doing grocery shopping every week.

How long do I have to work?

We ask for 6 hours of work a day in exchange for free accommodation and three meals. This is no fixed routine. It likely happens that you will have to work more or less the one day or another. There are no fixed regulations for pause times or work you are allowed or bound to do. Every work is done on a voluntary base and with beforehand agreement. Volunteers who work with us do help our animals!  Caring about your living area, preparing meals as well as cleaning dishes is part of your free time.

How much luggage can I take?

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Where will I be accommodated?

There´s a timber house a cabin and a camper for our volunteers. Showers and toilettes are located in a different building. We live off the grid and produce our own power. That means we depend on Sunshine and Wind for power and warm water.

What should I take with me?

Until the month of May it could get very cold here, especially at night. Take enough warm clothing as well as comfortable and solid shoes with you. For your work you will need warm and robust clothing which will get quite dirty.  We do have bed linen, towels and cowboy hats for you.

Is it possible to leave the farm early if I don´t feel comfortable?

Yes, we will have a one-week probation period to get to know each other. If you or we will not feel comfortable you are free to leave the farm early. This happened very rarely in the past. If there´s something unpleasant talk to us and we will do our best to find a solution together.

Which costs are arising?

You will get free accommodation and three meals a day in exchange for your work. But you should plan on some pocket money for souvenirs and travelling around.

Do I get a transfer from the airport to the farm?

No, you will have to get to Pincher Creek (there´s a Greyhound bus station) and we will pick you up there.

Is work experience required?

Work experience is always a plus but not mandatory. You will get a lot of various fields to work and learn on. Be prepared for physical outside work in our fresh mountain air.

Do I need an insurance?

Most important is a (private) health insurance for Canada! It´s up to you to choose furthermore a private travelers third party liability insurance, travelers accident insurance, baggage insurance and/or travel cancelation insurance.

I don´t speak English (yet) – can I apply for volunteering nevertheless?

You should be able to communicate about just basic things. Generally it matters that you are willing to learn and improve your language skills steadily. Therewith you will be able to express yourself confident in almost every circumstance in everyday life in English language.

Is it possible to work for salary?

No, we only work with volunteers.

How old should I be to volunteer?

You should be at least 18 years old.

Could you arrange a Visa for me?

No, sorry.

How long should I plan to stay?

We ask you for a minimum stay of 4 weeks.

What will be expected from me as a volunteer?

  • Flexibility
  • Joy in communication
  • workpower
  • and will proactive behaviour
  • and initiative
  • Kindness
  • Love

How can I contact you?

Just use our application form, linked on the website or write us an e-mail.

Contact us

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    Box 378
    AB T0K 1H0 Lundbreck
    Alberta/ Kanada

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