Retired couple on a small hobby farm in the Shuswap. Have many animals! Horses, donkeys, chickens, 2 pot bellied pigs, sheep and 11 dogs. Jim is Japanese Canadian, Debbie is Caucasian, no kids or grandkids but lots of neighbours and friends in the area. 2 horses are rideable.
In addition to English, we use Sign Language and Japanese occasionally in the home. We are willing to show visitors around the area as well.
We need help digging and planting a large raised-bed garden, feeding and watering all our animals twice a day, and pruning fruit trees in the spring, harvesting in the fall, and lots of smaller chores and repairs in between.
Loft bedroom with double and single bed, use of bathroom and showers, meals provided.
In winter, there is cross country and downhill skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and lots of live music from country to jazz. There are a few nice restaurants, a brew pub and one night club with a variety of music and dancing options. There is an hourly bus service that stops a few blocks from the farm Monday to Saturday. In summer there are lots of hiking trails, and Shuswap and other lakes for swimming, boating and other water sports. Shopping is typical small town - lots of nice small shops, a Walmart and a Winners and a few other bigger chains. Vernon (45 minutes away) and Kamloops (1 hr 15 mins away) have most of the larger chain stores for more shopping. Social activities for young people are somewhat limited so volunteers should be prepared to entertain themselves as much as possible. We try to introduce volunteers to local activities and include them in our activities with family and friends where possible.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
3-4 hours per day, 5 days a week