We are located in the beautiful west country just 10km east of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta-- an hour from the stunning Rocky Mountains. Our family consists of myself and my husband Mike as well as our two kids aged 11 and 8. We run Mountain View Ranches-- a mixed farm consisting of cattle and Heritage Breed poultry which we raise and show. We also have sheep and a menagerie of pets. My husband works long hours as a contract operator so we are looking for daily help on the farm as well as some child care and house hold duties. We raise exhibition quality poultry and much time in the spring is spent caring for chicks and juveniles. We usually hatch out a couple hundred chicks each year of about a half dozen breeds. There is a lot of record keeping and flock health care involved. We then show these birds at several poultry shows throughout Alberta. For the winter months their care consists of basically keeping them fed, watered and warm enough to be comfortable and to stay in shape for our winter shows.
In addition to working with the livestock I find that I am always looking for help with maintaining the yard, keeping the lawn mowed (or snow shoveled as the case may be) and things picked up.
Our family is busy and spends much time running with activities for the kids, and my husband and I also run a comedy theatre group here that takes up much of our time in the winter. We can offer comfortable private accommodation (private bedroom, double bed, closet and dresser) in our home and any helpers would be treated as family. We are looking for someone who is honest and trustworthy with a good sense of humour and a strong work ethic. I would not expect daily duties to take more than 2-4 hours maximum. We have hosted about 9 Work Awayers so far-- and have never hosted a couple before-- however we would be happy to try anything once! The guest bedroom is not large and may be snug for 2 depending on how heavy you travel. If there is not enough room in the guest bedroom we could also look at accommodation in our camper trailer.
We are centrally located between Edmonton and Calgary and also frequently travel to the city for museums, zoos, theatre and other attractions.
English is spoken in the home, and meal times are not set in stone. We have a fairly loosely set schedule once the swimming, bowling, curling and skating lessons are done. Our family is pretty laid back and not religious although we don't mind if a guest is so inclined.
As far as Canadian cultural opportunities--they largely depend on the season. We have tried to show our guests around the area, we have seen the Royal Tyrell Museum (Paleontology-dinosaurs), we have shared Canada Day celebrations, rodeos, country fairs, sledding, bonfires, fireworks, horse drawn sleigh rides, Christmas light tours, and trips to the mountains to see the wild horses. We try to fit in activities that we hope our guests will enjoy and find interesting-- or that may be a new experience for them.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Animal husbandry and pastured/free range poultry is a large part of our lives and much experience in these areas would be gained. We also run a theatre company so anyone interested in live theatre would gain some experience in that area as well. I do stained glass from home when time permits and would be willing to share some of my knowledge in that area. We are fortunate to be centrally located between two major centres, Edmonton and Calgary and are also close to the beautiful west country and the stunning Rocky Mountains and all that they offer.
We are looking for help with child care and household duties to some extent however, it is the daily livestock care and meal preparation that I value the most. We raise and show purebred Heritage Breed poultry and will be looking for help with chicks, juveniles and adults on a daily basis. We also have sheep, horses and cattle that will be calving in May. Experience with poultry and farm livestock,tractors and farm equipment would be an asset. Someone who enjoys cooking or has simple carpentry experience would be most welcome!
We can offer a private bedroom with a double bed, closet and dresser in our home.We do not offer any special dietary considerations-- however food will be supplied the same as the rest of the family. We certainly don't mind a vegetarian guest and would do our best to accommodate their food choices-- however we are meat eaters ourselves.
We are less than an hour from Red Deer for shopping or other urban activities and two hours from Calgary and Edmonton. We make occasional trips for museums, zoos, theatre and other family activities through out the summer and on weekends. There is opportunity for camping and/or trail riding in the mountains. There are a few lakes close by, historic sites and many local activities such as farmer's markets, rodeos, country fairs and great day hiking trips. We would be willing to drive to and from most of these events, however an international driver's license would be an asset.
Any guest staying with us would be treated as family and would be expected to help out with whatever chaotic situation we find ourselves in -- so flexibility and a positive outlook would be beneficial. We look forward to meeting someone from another country and learning from their experiences, language and culture as well. We have had several Work Awayers in the past year and have had great experiences with them.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 2-4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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