Help at our backpackers in Digby, Nova Scotia



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We own a backpackers with views of the Digby fishermen's wharf and Annapolis Basin. We are located right in town, walking distance to shops and restaurants. We are also located right along the Bay of Fundy, close to some of the best whale watching around (June through to late September is the best time for this), great hiking, unique towns and villages, sea kayaking and sailing.

    Digby is known for it's great seafood, especially Digby scallops and the Bay of Fundy lobster. We tend to organize some bbq's, lobster feasts, campfire nights and such throughout the season and would welcome volunteers to join us and help out with this as well!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    What you could learn entirely depends on you! We can:

    - help you with learning English (Saskia is fluent in Dutch and has a good understanding of German, Claude is fluent in French)
    - show you how to deal with guests and any guest concerns while ensuring guest satisfaction rates are high
    - teach you anything you want to know about running a hostel. From reception to cleaning essentials to guest satisfaction to dealing with complaints... anything you want to know (and maybe some stuff you wish you never knew ;-) )
    - teach you how to work with different tools to build stuff, whether it is a simple fix or building an entire building
    - explore the area and learn about the local history (which was instrumental in the history of Canada)
    - help you discover the best about the Bay of Fundy, the tides and its wide variety of sea life

    Each of you is different and each of you has different interests, so every exchange is different.

  • Help


    We are looking for people that can help with cleaning, making beds, reception work (answering the phone, check-ins, helping guests plan their day), gardening, renovations and building projects, etc. We have bought a second property last year that we are currently turning into a pub/café. We certainly could use a hand from anyone handy with a hammer as well!

    The main thing we ask of any of our volunteers is that you care, pay attention to the details and are social, friendly and outgoing. We usually ask for about 20 hours a week in exchange for a free bed and breakfast. You would also have free use of bicycles and laundry. We normally ask for a minimum three week stay, as we usually train volunteers for front desk duties and we prefer for volunteers to learn something about the area so you can actually answer guest questions about things to do.

    We are also looking for people with some decent handyman skills, as we are in the middle of renovating a former church into a pub/café. Lots of work and lots to do!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We can currently offer a bed in a dorm.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Claude and Saskia, owners of the hostel, at the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal

Host ref number: 297717173615