Help our family looking after our horses and house on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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  • Last activity: 29 Feb 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    Hey all you lovely people,
    Come join our crazy family for a while.
    If you’re looking for a place to call home please get in touch, we need a hand from April onwards :))

    We would prefer someone with horse experience and you must love animals, don’t mind doing a spot of DIY, you are sociable and friendly ;))

    We are a Friendly British family living on beautiful Vancouver Island, we have a small horse barn with 4 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 5 ducks and 4 chickens.
    Becky & Molly (daughter) ride & compete horses (eventing, show jumping, dressage) Becky has competed up to advanced in the UK and is a BHSII (Coach) Mat is a civil engineer & loves to cook and has a food truck... Island Grown Pasta Co.
    Mat & Becky have 2 kids, Oliver, who is 20 and Molly, 16…
    We are a pretty laid back family, and enjoy meeting new people.
    We need an extra pair of willing hands who can help with the day to day running of our little farm, as well as some help with reno's, some small building projects outside. So, if you're handy it would be a huge bonus :)
    There is always stuff to do here ;)
    The horses are a priority and there will be some riding depending upon experience.... Molly and I are preparing horses to compete FEI eventing this coming season so, horse experience is a huge bonus.

    This opportunity is for someone who wants to join our family in all aspects, MUST BE SOCIABLE, TALKATIVE & positive.
    Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be handling horses daily ( we have 4) so you must be comfortable around them, and want to learn what it takes to care for them.... we do prefer you have some horse experience …we can teach you how we do it.
    You will be part of our family for a while so you must be sociable, friendly and be prepared to pitch in.
    We all do our bit, we love it when you become part of what we do here, it's a lifestyle not a job and if the horses or other animals need something they get it :))
    We have made some life long friends hosting "workawayers" and would love to meet you!!

  • Help


    Would you like to experience life on our small acreage, there will be opportunities to improve your equine knowledge/care, you must have experience of handling horses and not be afraid of them :))
    You will be expected to help around the house and barn and care for the horses, including the DAILY chores of mucking out, filling hay nets, feeding and keeping the barn and paddocks clean and tidy, pitching in whenever and wherever is necessary, whatever the weather.
    There is the “possibility” of some riding as we are getting a couple of horses ready to compete at FEI next season, so keeping horses fit is a must. Really beneficial if you can ride!
    We also have some outdoor reno's, & building stuff going on, so it would be helpful if can put up a fence :)
    You'll also help to keep the house clean and tidy.... just like you would at home!
    Oh, and walking the 4 dogs (Harry, Mavis & 2 crazy springer spaniels, is always an option, feeding the chickens & ducks is also a daily thing :)
    We ask volunteers to generally do about 5ish hours spread out throughout the day.
    (But we don't watch the clock) if it needs doing we do it... that's animals for you ;))
    Applicants need to be flexible, pro-active, have an eye for detail and be sociable. You will get out of this experience what you are willing to put in :-)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will live in our beautiful house, shared bedroom, bathroom …. there will be time to enjoy the local area.
    Fully found (but buy your own beer.... :-)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a beautiful area, 10 mins from the lovely little town of Qualicum Beach and the ocean, lots of beautiful hiking spots. Coombs is 15 mins away, Nanaimo and Courtenay are 30/ 40mins away.
    Get in touch, we’d love to meet you.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5(ish) hours a day.

Host ref number: 237881147415

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