Volunteer at a family ranch in the Chilcotin plateau of BC, Canada



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    Right now we’re looking for a workawayer or 2 that have some calving experience or would like to get some experience. We calve end of March to end of May...also have a fencing project! Message me if you’d like to help! Thanks!

    Hi, I’m Hellen and we have a 4th generation working family beef cattle ranch in the Chilcotin plateau of BC Canada on 5500 acres plus rangelands. Our family of three, plus 2 full time employees, practice sustainable, regenerative agriculture. We graze cattle on pastures and crown range, use management intensive grazing, fertilize naturally with cattle manure, and make our own hay. We have cattle, horses, dogs, a cat and 2 birds, as well as a household garden.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    We hope that our workawayers would be part of the family and take part in family and community life, ranching, and enjoy the beauty of the Chilcotin wilderness. It would be an opportunity to practice your English conversation and experience western ranching culture.

    You could also share your culture,history and cuisine with our family, who really appreciate sharing in both directions!

    Sorry, we don’t accept smokers or couples. Generally, we are looking for volunteers over age 23. Thanks!

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    We are looking for workawayers who have an interest in ranching beef cattle and learning about all aspects of this life. You would be doing a wide variety of work including driving tractor and machinery for seeding and haying, irrigation, range riding using quads or horses, fencing, working with cattle, repairing things, working with others and also working independently. We try to involve volunteers in everything on the ranch and they would live and be part of the family and team, so would also doing some gardening, cooking/dishes, take care of family pets, etc.

    What we do and when:

    We calve from about the end of March to the middle of May. Then we have several brands, we have cattle drives to range, and work on irrigation. We do some management intensive grazing, minimum till seeding directly into pastures, and cover cropping through the summer, along with haying. This is a great way to learn about regenerative agriculture and how it works to build soils.

    We are building more permanent electric and barb-wire fencing to improve our grazing management and are repairing fences that need it. There may also be an opportunity to learn log fence building.

    Once the cattle are on range, we ride horses and use the ATVs to check on them, the grass, watch for predators, and move them to new areas as needed. This goes on until the end of October and may involve some camping out on the range.

    From mid-June to August we are haying. This period involves longer days but is fun, if you enjoy the satisfaction of learning to put up hay and irrigating.

    In Sept/Oct, we move cattle around the range and at the end of Oct we round them up to bring them home again. In Nov, we'll be checking for cattle pregnancy, weaning and selling calves, and moving cattle out to fall range to graze.

    From mid-Nov on we have family time without visitors until the following spring.

    In general, we are looking for mature volunteers who have experience with or want to learn about tractors, machinery and mechanical repairs; farming and haying, fencing, irrigation, calving and cattle health, low-stress cattle handling, riding horses (optional), are willing to take on any jobs, are self motivated, want to learn and don't mind working hard. It's fun and we're flexible about getting time off to explore the gorgeous wilderness in the Chilcotin and Canada, but we work hard and at times the hours are long.

    Spanish would be an asset as we are trying to get better at this language!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Bunkhouse or room in our house

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located 2 hours west of Williams Lake, which is where we can pick you up at the airport. If you want to get around p, you will need your own vehicle. The closest very small town is Alexis Creek (1/2 hour away), which has a small general store and a small restaurant and Tatla Lake (50 minutes away). There are not many facilities out here, and it is isolated, but there are community events and beautiful lakes and mountains within an hours drive.

    We require a commitment of at least 1 month. Travel insurance is required and we will need a copy. Workawayers eat with the family, and help do their share of cooking and clean up. We eat meat and a variety of healthy, whole, home cooked meals, and love to learn new recipes!

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    5hrs a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 181892978589