Learn Island culture through garry oak meadow plantings and conservation in Gabriola, BC, Canada



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    Learn Island culture with Your host, who lives a simple, small ecological footprint lifestyle. You are interested in developing a less comsumptive lifestyle. And as a Avid nature observer, our conversations would revolve about nature and our
    need to be less demanding on our small planet. Practise recycling,composting, rejecting plastics. Learn to make do with less.
    No pets but every neighbor has dogs.

    This Conservation project is to regenerate local island ecosystem.
    The threatened Garry oak meadow.
    Your host, Welcoming, person of diversity, knowledgeable, and willing to teach and share.
    If you chose to work with me.
    I sleep in, missing many lovely sunrises.
    but when the songs of birds begin, I pop up.
    I go to bed when the sunsets,but if there are star events, I am up and out!
    I love tea, and can enjoy many sippings. Not a coffee habit. No smoking home.
    The house is a recycled house dated 1927,with original wood from Vancouver island forest.It has a rainwater collection system and a septic field, In constant upgrading.
    Our neighborhood is forest and 5 minutes from the ferry

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As cultural exchange, a workawayer will discover the diversity of westcoast Canadian history and culture.
    The host represents cultural diversity and is more than willing to teach and storytell her personal story. The home is located on a semirural island, with a wealth of natural and cultural history. The museum is on the main road, 5 minutes bike ride.
    Particularly, summer, high tourist season, island culture is widely on display. Visitors are engaged. Gabriola is marketed as Art Island.
    Part of the visit will provide reasons to integrate culture and land, a land ethic for the future.
    Language, always interested in learning languages, espanol, Francaise, Deutch?cantonese,

  • Help


    Ideally, you would like to apply your skills learned through studies in botany, ecology, geography, conservation,biodiversity, related field studies and be mentored in the island biogeography and regeneration of native plants. You would be interested in earth and conservation of its biodiversity.
    An original project, you would participate daily in planting, monitoring, and nuturing seeds to young plants. Observational skills would be developed and futher your abilties to record the observations.You would do detailed plant studies, use field guides,and become adept at quickly seeing plant family relationships. Daily practise with bird songs, should develop your skills with local bird vocalizations. A skill readily translatable to bird families in other geographies. Sometime will be spent,weekly touring local native habitats, to learn to distinguish ecotones, seed collection sites, as well to see local beach viewing ocean habitats, whales, marine life, and topography in sandstone bluffs,
    Daily chores, weeding, watering,mulching, seedling care, as well as, help with general garden labor, water collection will
    be needed.
    If possible, We will work on layout and development of a brochure to initiate general interest in native plantings.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Chinese (Cantonese): Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    A clean, warm,dry room with personal toilet. Kitchen access, home living. Best vegetarian with interest in seafood. We live on the Salish sea, organic farms abound.Nice to try making foods, yogurt, bread, etc.
    Shopping at a small mall is 5 minutes away.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bring your laptop and computer skill and help develop brochure focused on interesting the general community about native ecology. As well to access the wealth of knowledge on natural history, hikes, beaches, music, bike routes and transportaion schedules.
    The island is small , easily biked, kayaks are rentable. Access to the island is by half hour ferry trip. Again to smaller islands access by boat, many parks easily reached. For birdwatching ebird Nanaimo,inaturalist, for species data.
    Musicians will note the music abounds, a note on Gabriola community will result in many responses.
    Bring your music and play. Artists in many media live,work and play here,
    Yes, you can go to the Vancouver Island Music festivals.
    For deer,turkey and other island pet watching simply take a walk. Owls are about, take care, there are bears.
    You will share a home, treat home life with respect and do your part, with cleaning chores.
    Food is supplied, healthy fresh food. Cook as we live simply for the future planet.Lots of books, utensils and supplies, .
    Conservation is practised in our community, recycling, less plastic, refuse to waste.
    Island water is limited, we useless, as possible.
    Definitely an unique, memorable experience.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Septic. water limited

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 152834317143