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We have been developing 5 acres on Salt Spring Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for the last 9 years. We are building new garden areas and improving those that we started over the last 6 years. A lot of the work will be related to digging new areas, planting, mixing soil, etc. We are also in the process of building a greenhouse. We also have a lot of wood to be chopped using a hydraulic wood chopper as well as stacking this firewood.
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 you very comfortable accommodations with internet. You will have your own full bathroom and your private space where you can enjoy your breakfast. We will be pleased to eat our main meals together in our home. Of course all of the food is part of what we have to offer for your help in our projects.
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 (5 minutes) and our property is next to one of the best hiking trails on this island. There is a lot to do here on this island and Vancouver is very close and easy to get to. Most workers that have stayed with us have taken the time to visit Vancouver Island including Victoria, Tofino and other areas directly on the Pacific ocean.
Sorry we are not set up to take in couples and we prefer to have young men as most of our projects require considerable physical strength.
Help with Eco project
Now having hosted over 30 Workawayers in the last 8 years, we have become rather good at helping workers learn English and understand more of Canada and BC as well as this island. We have velos to allow the workers to go visit this small island (30km X 15km) and we are 12 km from the main town. This island now has a transportation system and day trips to Victoria are easy and worthwhile. There are a lot of cultural activities on this island and it attracts a lot of young people.
Most of the tasks to be done is helping experienced gardeners work on our many gardens (fruit & Vegetable & landscaping) and building fences and gates. 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 accept volunteers year round but cannot host anyone for the first two weeks of September as we have a large friends and family gathering at that time.
You will have your own accommodations including a comfortable bed in a well insulated separate building along with a TV and a huge DVD selection and your own little breakfast area. Full bath in a nearby building for your exclusive use. Unlimited internet connection available everywhere.
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 can provide the appropriate clothes and footware to wear for those working during the rainy season here (December-February).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours/week with great meals and fantastic environment on a unique island in return