Living on a small acreage on Galiano Island, BC we want to preserve our small fragment of the natural landscape of a West Coast rainforest, manage it as best we can and enjoy our food and decorative gardens without destroying the natural beauty of the environment. Check out Galiano and see if you don't want to make it a stop on your travels.
Help in the house
We live on a wonderful island, Galiano, halfway between Victoria and Vancouver BC, Canada. We could share our knowledge of native plants and the West Coast landscape with you. Galiano is an area governed by the Islands Trust and has many protected park areas. There are many wonderful hiking trails to investigate as well as what you might learn helping at the property. Across the road from the house is Georgia Strait and its sandstone beach with tide pools and marine life, migrating birds, Orcas, Sea Lions, Otters ... Bald Eagles flying overhead ... With a background in architecture and landscape architecture we can learn together as you share time with us.
We had four Workawayers here the spring and summer of 2018 helping us and so much work has been done.
Val - David - Paco - Jerome - Niklas wonderful Workawayers ... now friends
At the beginning of 2019 we are now looking for Workawayers to help us with some carpentry projects.
These are not major work projects but smaller ones, building gates, paneling walls, repairing fences ...there
is a good selection of power and hand tools so we would like a worker who is familiar with that and can assist
or in some cases take on a project their self. We can assist when four hands are needed.
There is always some gardening to do, especially with spring coming on.
There is the preparation of areas, planting of seeds in flats or direct, planting of trees, shrubs and horticultural material and maintaining the same, including watering, weeding, pruning ...
The property (1.5 Acres) there is a need for the maintenance of the woodlan as the central part of the property is a fairly steep hill which is left in its natural state - tall trees and an understory of native plants - minor maintenance is done here to keep it healthy and natural ... the upper third of the property is the residence and studio with gardens and planted trees and shrubs ... Minor maintenance of the buildings and gardens and some small construction projects may be anticipated here. We are looking for young men 25-40 yrs with the interest and the ability to assist with the above noted types of projects. We wouldn't mind a Spanish lesson either.
English (some French) (would like to learn Spanish)
There is a small Studio building on the property adjacent to the house which you will have for the duration of your stay. The washroom is located in the main house adjacent to the front door. There are no cooking facilities in the studio and you will share meals with us at our table. If you like to cook we can share a bit of that too. There a a few art supplies in the studio that you may want to make use of. As well there is a WIFI connection that you will be able to access.
Galiano is a wonderful island and there is a website for it To get here you have to travel by BC Ferries. From Vancouver you travel by rapid transit and bus and take the Southern Gulf Island ferry from Tsawwassen to Sturdies Bay, Galiano. From Victoria you travel from the Swartz Bay terminal (very near the airport) to Sturdies Bay, Galiano Island. This ferry ride is a beautiful one traveling through the islands. Galiano is a very forested island with much wildlife - plant and animal. There are many hiking trails and wonderful beaches to explore. Our property is a fair distance from the ferry terminal so we would have to pick you up. Many people here bike around but we do not have any bikes to lend if you are so inclined (we may be able to search one our if you are really keen) There are only two of us here and no pets. We work starting early in the mornings and the afternoons are for enjoyment. We often share meals with our friends and you will be welcome to join in. We have not hosted before so this will be a new adventure for us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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