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Join our family and learn about beekeeping and more in Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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  • Last activity: 01/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are a family of 4. I'm currently a stay a home mom/beekeeper/gardener/volunteer. Husband is working from the basement in technology. Children are 5+3

    We have a home in North Nanaimo with incredible views and a waterfront (yes, your own beach) place in nanoose. Both have extensive gardens and plenty of maintenance projects.

    The North Nanaimo accommodation for workaway guests would be 1 bedroom in our basement (ocean views, not dark and scary!) There is a queen sized bed, a full bathroom, home gym, and access to the rest of our home. This is where we live.

    The water front nanoose home would be a 1 bedroom+ bath+ kitchenette in the basement of the beach front property. We don't live there so for cultural exchange/food sharing/etc you'd stay with us in Nanaimo or have the option of staying there independently.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a typical Canadian family, he is Greek and I'm some combo of polish and Irish. I'm a music teacher and he works in technology.
    We eat dinner together daily and share stories, ideas, plans at that time. We often swim in the evening before kids go to bed at the local lake or beach.
    If you are interested in bee keeping, I'm your person. I love teaching about my bees.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are a busy house. I keep bees and have loads of fruit trees and projects related to both. I have a decent sized veggie garden. Upkeep, harvesting, processing, bee keeping, honey harvesting, child minding, gardening and weeding and pruning, gutter cleaning, bamboo digging, clam/oyster harvesting (in season).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Private bedroom in basement of our home (ocean views of course). There is a queen sized bed and access to a full bathroom.

    I typically make breakfast around 730 and focus on bread, fruit and eggs. I make a bunch and let people eat as they wake up. Lunch is more free reign, I try to use up left overs and eat raw veggies and hummus. Again, more of a buffet thing.

    Dinner is roughly 530 (to accommodate crazy hungry small kids). I make a big meal and we all eat together. We are carnivores but often have at least one vegetarian dinner per week. I don't often do desert for our family unless it's a special occasion.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in a place that would best suit someone with a car or enjoy biking uphill.

    We are close to amazing beaches and can see whales from our porch. There are hiking trails about 1km away from the house.

    We are fairly quiet people, we don't party, don't drink much. We do not smoke at all and would request that you don't as well.
    We work hard for ourselves, our families and the community we live in.

  • 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

    We have a large driveway at each location.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 217211386132

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