July update : we are open!
We are currently looking for helpers to come and join us in Mid-September and October.
Priority is given for volunteers who can stay 1 month minimum.
We are ONLY accepting volunteers who are already in Canada (due to COVID restrictions).
Hello, we are Raphaelle, Sara, and Spencer, and we run an Eco-lodge with Yurts, a Cabin and lodge suites for the Pacheedaht First Nation in Port Renfrew. We are located in a beautiful setting with lots of hiking and natural beauty. We are also somewhat remote. Town is 2km away. We have hundreds of acres around the lodge to explore.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
We like to draw on skills from our helpers and share the skills we have (gardening, building, cooking). We are aiming for self-sufficiency. The mornings are spent with breakfast & cleaning the lodge from guests and afternoons with projects, out trips/hikes/swimming, free time.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
A couple of years ago we had a great transition at the lodge to using just helpers/workawayers. It was a wonderful experience for everybody. Hosting people from around the world, drawing on their talents and teaching ours. Typically after breakfast, everyone helps flip rooms so this gets done around noon. We don't serve lunch to guests, so we either get on with projects or go explore the area.
We are looking for singles or couples who can help us with general help around the lodge. We usually have between 2-6 helpers. The bulk of the work is to clean the units so that they are ready for our guests. (Due to Covid-19, the cleaning might take twice the time than it used to. ) During busy times, we also need help during breakfast.
There is also yard/gardening help needed and other general duties. We also usually have some kind of interesting project on the go. We typically seek a minimum of one month stay, as training takes about a week, so less than this is really not worthwhile for us. Our long-range goal is to become more self-sufficient and environmentally friendly in our operation.
As per Workaway rules for businesses, we pay for all hours worked but do ask for a contribution towards the meal plan, which includes 3 meals a day. We have a staff accommodation which has three bedrooms, a communal kitchen and a living area. The communal space area, attached to the lodge, has satellite TV, and a Playstation with some games. The staff area has Wi-Fi. Couples have their own space and singles may or may not need to share with one other person. The rooms are on a first come first serve basis.
Singles may have to share with one other person, couple will have their own unit. We have a tiny house, a 25ft trailer, and 3 private rooms (couples have a private room, singles may have to share with one other same gender) in the lodge. All accommodations have wi-fi. The staff room has a satellite TV and a playstation. There are two shared washrooms, and an outdoor cedar shower.
With 160 private acres bordering Provincial Park lands, our view shows very few signs of civilization, making it a great site to see wildlife and get away from it all, while only a 5-minute drive to “downtown” Port Renfrew. We are just a two-hour scenic drive from either Victoria along Hwy 14, or Nanaimo, along the newly completed Pacific Rim Circle Route. Enjoy the scenery or take a hike along the way.
Being in a fairly remote location, it is important for those interested to be a bit self-entertaining. If you are used to living in the city it can be a big change. For those who like the outdoors and are not big on crowds, it is great but if you enjoy night life and going out on the town you may find yourself getting bored. Having a mode of transportation would be of great use (car). Happy Travels!
If interested, please let us know if you have any food restrictions.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 5-6 hours a day, 5-6 days a week
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