Home environment in lovely Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, Canada



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  • Description


    We have hosted more than 70 volunteers over 10 years and it has always been a great time together. We love welcoming travelers into our home and treat you like family while you are here. We value the efforts and contributions that have been made by all who have stayed here. We certainly wouldn't be where we are without the help and we feel the helpers become part of our story. Some of those pictures are included in our profile.

    It is just the 2 of us living in a beautiful home surrounded by fields and forest with views of the mountains and sunsets. It is very peaceful here and we often see deer, hawks, and eagles.
    Sometimes we like extra help with the garden or forest or whatever special projects are on the list. ( see details below)
    Regular seasonal jobs include preserving the harvest, stacking firewood, cleaning, digging and of course there is always weeding. If you are not used to outdoor work you will build some muscle and get your hands dirty! (no gym needed lol) That said we try to accommodate people\'s strengths and abilities. We won't ask you to do any work that is beyond your capacity. We do expect a good work effort and ability to follow directions.

    Breakfast and sometimes lunch are self serve from food provided. For lunch and dinner, I like to cook a variety of healthy meals from scratch and we eat together family style. You are welcome to help and keep company in the kitchen with cooking or clean up. We raise our own beef and seasonal vegetables.

    We have bikes so you can go exploring to Cowichan Bay (10 Min) or into town- 7 km. The bus to Victoria is walking distance. We try to be accommodating of people's interest and help them explore the Valley. It is such a beautiful area for hikes along rivers, up mountains and enjoying beaches. In the evenings, we like to watch TV or read.

    This is a good place for 2 people traveling together but that is not a requirement to stay here. 1- 3 week long stays preferred but exceptions can be made.
    Non-smoking, no drugs.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    For many it has been a reprieve from the fast pace of work or travel. A chance to regroup, think, get in touch with themselves and plan the next steps.\n Working outside, enjoying the beautiful, peaceful nature that surrounds our home, learning new skills, and of course being appreciated for their efforts while experiencing how one Canadian home functions are what a traveler can expect with us.

  • Help


    At the moment we would appreciate help with;
    *️️ Spreading bark mulch or gravel in various areas
    *️️️️ Building new raised garden beds
    *️️️️️️️️️ pulling invasive weeds in the forest
    *️️ chopping and stacking firewood
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️and of course there is always weeding.

    We try to match skill level/ experience with job needs and we will help along side you when possible or make sure you understand the job before leaving you.
    We are flexible with the volunteering day hours so that you can have the time you need to explore. At the same time, we expect a good work ethic and a job well done. We expect you to make an effort to be efficient and be good at following directions.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Large private bedrooms and shared bathroom in main house with wireless internet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is great beauty and peaceful nature in our area. We are situated midway between the larger cities of Victoria and Nanaimo. Victoria is a favorite city for guests to explore and there is a commuter bus on weekdays. Best way to travel here is on the Tofino bus/ Island Express, destination Duncan. We will pick you up at the Cowichan Bay/ Koksilah Road stop. If coming from Victoria on a weekday you can catch the commuter bus. Route 66

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hrs per day, 5 days per week

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