West Coast Living on Vancouver Island, Canada




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  • Description


    Hey there! My name is Joy.

    I have a beautiful home on 8 acres, surrounded by nature, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am looking to host one or two people at a time. The help required during your stay will vary between housekeeping, cooking; lunches and dinner, as well as, property maintenance and clean up.

    There is a small orchard, which has been neglected for a few years, I would love to see some life back in there. If you have a "green thumb" and don't mind working hard, you will fit right in!

    Hours are flexible but may require longer hours with more days off.

    I have a large dog named Classy and a tabby cat named Hobbes. At the moment, my daughter is staying with me as well, with her puppy Jade and cat Little Grey. We are in the process of building a cabin above one of the ponds on the property that she will be moving into so, if you have construction skills that is a bonus!

    My daughter and I are into healthy eating, gluten free and vegetarian.

    We are located, 15 minutes from Skutz Falls, a beautiful river you can hike along; 20 minutes from Mount Tzouhelum trail head, it will take you up to breathtaking views overlooking the Cowichan Valley, 25 minutes from a beautiful, lake and only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Duncan.

    An interesting fact about Duncan is that we are the home of the worlds largest hockey stick!

    I have hosted many Workawayers over the last 3 years, many of whom, have come back 2-3 times and 2 who have stayed for over 7 months. Ideally, I am looking for 2-4 week stays, but open to longer stays if it is the right fit for everyone.

    Looking forward to connecting with you soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am happy to help you with your english and show you around the Cowichan Valley. My kids live close and often, 2-3 times a month, go on adventures to the West Coast beaches in Port Renfrew.
    My son and his wife live 2 minutes away and they often host 2-3 Workawayers at a time. We have dinners and gatherings almost weekly, where you would meet many new faces from all parts of the world.
    Come see us on the West Coast, you will not regret it!

  • Help


    *Bringing life back into the orchard as it has been neglected for a few years and general yard maintenance/clean up.
    *Cooking lunches and dinners, preferably vegetarian and gluten free.
    *Housekeeping - helping with weekly chores; vacuuming, washing floors, washing windows, cleaning bathrooms and daily chores; keeping the kitchen clean etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own bedroom with a shared bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Hiking and exploring the west coast of Canada. Victoria, B.C. is only a 40 minute bus ride away. Kayaking, swimming, bowling, indoor rock climbing, camping, live local music ...
    There is a bus stop a few minutes from my house that could get you into town. If I am not using my vehicle you are welcome to borrow it for short day trips if needed.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Jeana and I in an old copper mine from the 1800's. We are 40ft into it of a 100ft total.
Classy doing yoga with myself and Lena (one of the workaways/new friend)
Bonfire pit beside the cookhouse
Cookhouse/ project in the making! Do you have any creative ideas?! :)
Me in Thailand 4 years ago
Outdoor kitchen

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