Help Create & Build a Yoga Studio a restaurant and a environment that will change peoples lives! in Ontario, Canada

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

  • Description

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    Hi and welcome to our awesome project to change the world!

    I have been traveling and working in the building industry for ten years. I'm a certified industrial millwright, with a lot of experience and schooling in all the trades. I have lead different volunteer groups from all over the world to build a university in Korea in 2011. I have continued to work in different countries as I have traveled around the world and all over Canada. I have also lived in Holland for a year and Australia for more than two.

    At the beginning of 2015, we had the chance to purchase a building to create a Cafe Veggie restaurant that currently serves our little city with wholesome locally grown food. In the summer of 2015 we converted an old doctors office into a local, health food restaurant with the help of foreign volunteers from all over the world. This health food restaurant is one of our main focuses this year. It's a chance to gain experience and use your talents artistically, through culinary art, sign art. We are new at this and we seem to continually be organically growing with a new need for marketing, signage and new creative recipes needing to be introduced... One of the reasons this project is so important for our city is that there currently isn’t anything available for the public that is healthy in the downtown area. Nothing! We want to be that presence here and fill that need and be the best servants around. After all I do believe there's no higher calling than service. Or as Gandhi puts it “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

    WHAT YOU COULD LEARN during this project is mainly dependent on how much you want to put into it. That is how it works in life anyway, right? What you get out of a situation is often dependent on what you put in. We only ask for 5hrs a day for 5 days a week, but there is always another project you could have fun with and use your creative talents to grow. We have an amazing atmosphere and great work environment that im sure you could thrive in.

    As you can see we have a lot of neat projects that we want to start though the length of your stay and your motivation will determine if you are able to tackle a particular project. If your goal is to stay for two or three months or more you could probably learn some of the more extensive and exciting art projects. :)

    In addition to "you" the traveling volunteers, there are also local volunteers that will be working with you that are fluent in English and happy to chat with you.

    We are always looking for couples and long term health nuts, and can accommodate more than one person at a time.

    We ask that you stay a minimum of 1 month to 6 months to receive the full benefits of our community initiative.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    ART PROJECT 1: Pottery! Are you good at pottery? We have a pottery wheel and a kiln here and we are in need of some mugs and bowls for the restaurant. This is no small task and it’s, not a skill you can learn quickly! (this project requires a 3 month commitment where 50% of your time goes toward making pottery and 50% towards the any other needs) We have a local lady to give private lessons or your can sign up for the classes (Adult Classes), which you can find online.

    ART PROJECT 2: Wood work! We still need some signs, paintings, sculptures, and other creative art work for the restaurant.

    ART PROJECT 3: Landscaping and design! The restaurant will need a bit of landscaping and design for the future. Someone with experience and some good ideas maybe. We need some shrubs, a professional design drawn up for a patio and removing old fences and install large and beautiful new ones in select areas.!

    ART PROJECT 4: Marketing! As the restaurant is just getting up and off its feet we have to let the whole community know about our restaurant. We have outstanding projects for menu boards, social media, custom shirts, and coupons or flyers.

    ART PROJECT 5: Bike Carriage! Because our focus is on health we want to promote using your bikes to get in and around town. We are also looking to get more bikes for the volunteers and that often means fixing up old ones. On top of that we have a dream to make a three-wheeled carriage that we can use to go pick up groceries for the café and do random acts of kindness by biking random people around. We also are looking to create an amazing bike rack for the public to park their bikes. So you know how to weld and are you into mechanics?

    ART PROJECT 6: Yoga Studio! This year it is our goal to renovate a building behind the café into an amazing yoga studio. It will need a new cement slab installed. A floor installed on top. Fully insulated and boarded upstairs and down. Fully painted and some interior decorating.


    Future plans: Our goal for the future is to create an eco village that is fully sustainable. We want to create affordable housing that brings a higher quality of life with no negative environmental impact.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Besides the knowledge and experience you will get, you get free lodging! Our host building is near the restaurant. There is also a large staff room as well as a projector for movie nights! The layout is similar to a hostel where there are bunk beds etc. if you are traveling as a couple we and are planning on a lengthy stay, occasionally have a private room for you.

    Brantford is just one hour west of Toronto and in a great location to visit and travel to surrounding tourist areas and local hidden treasures. The city is known for the most famous Hockey player Wayne Gretzky who grew up here. It's also where Alexander Graham Bell worked on developing the telephone and it was runner up to be the capital city of Canada but got beat out by Ottawa. We also border one of the largest native reserves in the country.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Do you love running! Well this is a great location for some beautiful runs! I’m a ex-triathlete and I am very active and love living a healthy lifestyle. During the summers I direct a variety of charity races 5km 10km and sometimes half marathons. If you love running and fitness I will definitely get you free entry into our races if your interested and there is also volunteer positions needed to be filled at the races as well :) the dates of the races left this season in 2016 are Oct 1st.

    On Mondays, we play in a Frisbee league that you're welcome to drop into and also Basketball Wednesday mornings and Volleyball Thursday evenings if your interested.

    Additionally, to working with healthy food we are trying to build a yoga studio and there is so much more fun stuff to keep us busy and having fun...!

    The building is located less than a km walk from a beautiful river to swim/canoe in, a running/walking/biking path along the river. This path extends hundreds of kms to a lot of the relevant cities surrounding Brantford. Forest nature area is a five min walk for a run or a chill session. I have a few bikes available for use and my family has a beautiful pool across town that on hot summer days will be another option. We are rate in the hub of downtown. 5min walk from the greyhound bus station and 15min walk from the train station.

    WHATS INCLUDED: We cover all your basic needs as far as food, a bed, laundry, and high speed Internet. We also have a new and private gym on sight that you will be able to use freely and a running group that heads out every Friday at 5:30pm. There are several yoga studios near by and a beautiful river and forest trail just a couple streets over. In the center of downtown, just a short walk, there is an outdoor winter ice rink and summer splash pad with free outdoor movies on Thursdays and bands out there a few nights a week.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days a week


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