Outdoor work and inside carpentry work on a house in the woods (and play music, go swimming, and explore)



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    We live in the small town of Horsefly, BC (7 hours north of Vancouver) working as custom banjo luthiers and touring musicians. A family of four, our home is surrounded by wilderness, water and a great community. We're passionate about food, music, the arts, the wild, and people we love. We are working on our property and our newly built house, and are looking for help with the house finish work, the kids, gardens, maybe building some trails. We have one friendly dog, two friendly cats, and a lot of wildlife wandering through.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We've traveled the world playing music, and love meeting new people. We hope you'd enjoy working in a beautiful setting on some interesting projects, as well as some time playing music in the evenings. There is incredible outdoor country to explore and hilarious little kids to jump in the lake with.
    If you're really into music and wanted the occasional banjo or singing lesson too, we'd love to do that.

  • Help


    We need help finishing our earth ship style greenhouse, gardening, finish carpentry on the house, running after kids, and cooking too.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have 40 acres of beautiful, very private property running alongside a pristine river and a small lake. The swimming is great. Our place is 10 minutes outside the village of Horsefly, where you can get some supplies and gas. There is tons of room for camping, vehicles, and trailers. We have a outdoor and indoor cooking space, and outhouses (and an outdoor shower!!) and indoor plumbing as well. Our amazing water comes from an artesian spring. We eat really well and looooove food and meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We run a home-based business, building custom banjos for clients around the world, and are happy to share our deep affection for banjos, old guitars, and weird old music. We love to play music and love to have new people in our community. We live as best we can with simple foods, we love great food and eating locally. We hope for the people on our property to feel similarly, and ask for respect for our land and for our small community.

    The area we live in is known for its pristine wilderness.
    - The hiking and alpine areas are spectacular
    - Tons of access to water sports (canoeing - you can use ours!)
    - The Cariboo (our region) is a world-renowned mountain biking destination
    - The fishing is diverse and excellent
    - The Horsefly River (and our little side river) has the second largest sockeye salmon run in BC (in late September/October)

    There's a farmer's market and evening concert series in Williams Lake (about 50 minutes away). The BC interior has some wonderful summer music and arts festivals that we'd be happy to point you towards as well, especially a fantastic music festival in Horsefly in July (and many of them want volunteers).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 133469652858