Help out at our community house in Toronto, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    Sept 25 2019 update: We have space now only until Oct 8. Then full until mid December. We don't always book people many months in advance, we prefer to wait until closer to the start dates so we can see how much space we have. Some people here stay longer than they initially planned so we don't always know the timing of openings long in advance. But likely we will have more space starting in Dec when a cabin in the backyard becomes available. This could be for a couple or two people sharing. It is a tiny house with a loft.

    Especially looking for people with renovation skills/interest for our upcoming new kitchen project starting in October. Also there will some cooking, cleaning and website work. We have been doing some yoga in the mornings (or evenings) lately, so someone who would like to lead yoga classes would be great as well.

    If you would like to help, please let us know your range of availability and preferred length of stay.

    We are a 12-person vegetarian community house in Toronto. My name is Steve and living here is also Adonia (Canada, originally from Romania), Rael and Melanie (from France), Neslihan (from Turkey), Clélia from France, Elia (Russia/Israel), Swetha (from India), Sarah (from Canada) plus one or two shorter term guests or helpers.

    Toronto is a great place to visit with vibrant neighbourhoods, bike-friendly streets, lots of festivals, farmers' markets, waterfront parks and an island park you can reach by ferry. etc.

    We are looking for people who are either older (our house is mostly made up of people in their mid 20's to early 50's) or those in their early 20's who already have some experience living independently.

    We are especially open to people who are keen to try a vegetarian diet and interested in spiritual activities like meditation, chanting, yoga and/or prayer. We are a spiritually-focused house. Most of us practice a faith of one form or another.

    Every week there are 4 or 5 vegan dinners (feasts) and several smaller meal preparations. We typically shop at farmers' markets and food co-ops.

    We also have an environmental focus -- we are into natural building, avoiding plastic packaging and products, and not wearing/using chemically-scented products.

    Are you OK with a chemical-free home? i.e: no perfumes, or scented soups, shampoos? Unless natural and organic. We have a chemically-sensitive person here.

    Includes high speed internet, house phone and laundry soap. We have guest bikes available. To support a peaceful atmosphere, we are looking for those wanting to live without the distraction or temptation of TV and radio, cigarettes and alcohol.

    Our house is owned by one of the residents, who uses most of the proceeds to support the Veggie Challenge, an international charitable project that assists people who want to try a vegetarian or vegan diet.

    We are located on a quiet street (1 block from the subway and very close to downtown). We have a large tree-shaded front porch and back deck. Our three storey house has eight bedrooms, a guest room and two bathrooms (soon to be three). We have an infrared cedar sauna and workshop in the basement.

    Ecological features include using Bullfrog Power (green energy provider), front load washing machine, clothes lines for drying, low flush toilets, efficient fireplace insert where on cool nights we can burn scrap wood, a vegetable garden, and a low-on-the-food-chain vegetarian/vegan kitchen with an emphasis on organics and locally-grown foods.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning about community living. People will learn about vegan cuisine, environmental food choices and maybe also renovation of an old house, yoga and gardening.

  • Help

    Help

    We looking for about 4 hours per day in exchange for a sunny room, full use of the house and basic food ingredients. Our shared food is cooked from scratch, so the more help we get the better we all eat. :-) We can provide some training, and timing of work is flexible.

    Volunteer work options: We currently have plenty of renovation projects. We are working on some major design changes to create some large open spaces within the house (involving demolition, flooring, wiring, plumbing, cabinets, plastering, etc), such as finishing a new bathroom, then building a new kitchen and dining area. And later replacing the stairs to the basement.

    There is also cleaning and stuff to make in the kitchen. You can cook a full meal for the entire house, help others cook, or just make single shared items such as a soup, hummus, muffins, etc. We can teach you some of this. 
         You can also work on the Veggie Challenge . Some of the work could be adding content to this project. Or helping to create recipes and cooking videos. Or translating pages.
         Other possibilities include leading a yoga session, art, crafts, sewing or gardening.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Small bedroom or guest/meditation room. Sometimes housemates go away and more rooms become available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our home is bug-free.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    About 4 hours per day 5 days a week, a couple hours on the weekend cooking and/or cleaning

Work-exchange visitor, Serena, making dinner.
Backyard brunch in the Spring. In the photo are work-exchange visitors, Giulia, Fanny and Lorraine, plus residents, John, Maria and Nelson.
Front porch where we often have meals and hang out. This picture is a couple of years old.
Guest room with fold down bed.





































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