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Have Fun Developing 5 acres on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Country: Canada


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We are developing 5 acres on Salt Spring Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. We are building new garden areas and improving those that we started over the last 4 years. A lot of the work will be related to digging new areas, planting, mixing soil, etc. At times, we are requiring the assistance of a carpenter/builder as we have to redo a semi-finished structure. For alternate work we are also building wooden fences and new garden areas (raised beds, etc.).

We eat very healthy with a lot from our gardens We are mostly vegetarian. We prefer to take in one worker at a time.

We can offer modest accommodations with internet. We have a full bath available in another building.

We are a retired couple and have a lot of energy and plans. No children.

We live in a very beautiful area near the ocean and just above the best hiking trails on the island. There is a lot to do here on this island and Vancouver is very close.

UPDATE for 2014: We are also requiring help to build a private social media web site that would include a login area and allow users to participate. A common area would have several photos that would need to be manage in terms of updating, deleting and publishing. We were thinking of using a content management tool such as Drupal or Joomla including a database to store and delete photos, comments, descriptions, etc.
If you have this type of experience, please provide us with some details on your experience.


Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Type of help.

Help with Computers / internet,
Help with Eco project,
General Maintenance,


Most of the work to be done is helping an experienced gardener work on our many gardens (fruit & Vegetable & landscaping) and an experienced builder renovate an existing structure including working on its foundation. We are also putting up rabbit & deer fences and building more gardens. Sometimes we work on creating paths in the bush down towards the ocean and building rock wall.

We have work year round but cannot host anyone for the first 2 weeks of September as we have a large friends and family gathering at that time.

Languages spoken

English, French


You will have your own accommodations including a comfortable bed in a well insulated building or one of our travel trailers. Full bath in a nearby building. High speed internet connection and a gym.

What else ...

Except for the web development project, it would be better to have a male for this kind of work as there are many heavy objects to move (wood, logs, rocks, etc.). We are mostly vegetarian and eat very healthy meals.

We can provide the appropriate clothes to wear for those working during the rainy season here (December-February).

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

at least 30 hours/week with great meals and fantastic environment on a unique island in return


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