Help and share skills in our Eco-Lodge on the Wild West Coast, Canada



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    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

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  • Help


    Looking for help starting end of February (we are reopening in March 2020). 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. In the spring we would love to have someone with building and/or carpentry experience. There is also yard/gardening help needed and other general duties. We always also always have some kind of interesting project on the go. We typically seek a minimum one month stay as training takes 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.
    We would supply lodging and 3 meals. We just completed a staff accommodation renovation with has three bedrooms, communal kitchen and living area. The communal staff area in the lodge has satellite TV, projection TV and Playstation. All units have Wi-Fi. Couples have their own space and singles may or may not need to share with one other person. They are on a first come first-time basis. We have been having a busy year so far and all of our helpers have been very happy and had great experiences.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, some french

  • Accommodation


    Singles may have to share with one other person, couple will have their own unit. We have a tiny house, 25ft trailer, private rooms (couples have a private room singles may have to share with one other same gender) in the lodge all have wi-fi the helper room has a satellite TV. there are two shared washrooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    With 160 private acres bordering Provincial Park lands our view shows very few signs of civilization making it a great site to see wildlife viewing 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 or we have a bike for use) or at least a valid drivers license. Happy Travels!

    If interested please let us know if you have any food restriction.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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