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Love to host people from all over the world! Come and enjoy our beautiful part of Canada,
in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Since my husband (Zsolt) and I are in up in our early 60's,
a good fit for us is to take older more mature work-a-ways to come and help us.
We take volunteers who are 25 years old and older!
Having your own transportation is best since we are in the country and it is easier for you to get here and also for you to explore the area on your own. If you do not have your own car you will have to figure out a way to get to us, we normally are not able to pick you up.
We are willing to take volunteers for short stays only, "up to 2 weeks" (Sunday to Sunday)
thus giving volunteers a chance to visit and travel to many places so that you can experience,
learn and explore as many hosts as possible while they are here in Canada.
Giving you a true taste of our land and our people.
We like to schedule arrivals of work-a-ways on a Sunday, thus starting your helping week on a Monday till Friday,
in order for you to have the weekend off and then leaving on a Sunday.
We operate a family-owned Painting/Decorating business and my Husband has a Handyman Business.
There are always have many projects on the go.
We just started our own breeding dog kennel, we are breeders of the Hovawart dog breed.
Right now we have 3 female dogs one just a puppy.
Our house gets neglected because we are on the go and therefore always needs organizing and cleaning.
There is always something for everyone that we need help with and willing to teach you how.
We are foodies and love to cook, we mostly have our own meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, and produce our own Kefir and Kefir Cheese.
We also love to learn cooking from our guests from around the world.
Our dog Dyla, a German Hovawart female, 4 years old is in scent training for truffles.
If you love dogs, then our dogs love to play and going for walks.
We live in the country surrounded by trees on a 6-acre Organic homestead, we have 2 houses on our property
with our son, Julian (41), his wife and 14-year-old son live in the other house, with their big dog.
We have 3 dogs and 2 cats that live in our house. We have chickens for eggs.
Please Note: If you are allergic to dogs, cats and chickens this is NOT a good placement for you!
Located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island between Victoria and Duncan, B.C.,
we are 2 km from the historic Kinsol Trestle, great walking, biking and hiking trails,
near many provincial parks & beaches.
Shawnigan Lake is great for swimming, canoeing, fishing and water skiing.
Close to the ocean, great hiking trails, pubs, crabbing & shrimp, biking.
There are many festivals going on in the area all year long.
Since we are in the country is it advantageous to have your own transportation,
but not a necessity, we have bicycles and a canoe for guest use.
Please Note: If you do not have your own transportation we cannot always pick volunteers from the ferry,
and you might have to figure out how to get here.
We are 50 minutes north of Victoria, 20 minutes east of Mill Bay, 20 minutes south of Duncan,
50 minutes south of Nanaimo, there are buses that come to Shawnigan Lake from Duncan & Mill Bay.
There are ferries that come from Vancouver to both Nanaimo & Victoria, and there is a ferry from Victoria to Millbay,
We cannot always pick-up volunteers in the nearby largest cities,
therefore you may have to figure out how to come to us closer, there is bus transportation coming to Shawnigan Lake,
from the larger centers.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Can learn how to make their own organic Mayonnaise,
and how kefir is produced and also made into cheese,
My husband is a handyman and can teach you about building skills.
There have been many work-a-ways that have come and needed to retro-fit their mini-van into a camper,
We are starting to become experts in helping you do this.
You can learn how to make a fire. Learn how to garden.
We are constantly upgrading our homestead, we are at the moment building a greenhouse,
putting up new fencing to keep the dogs in.
From helping around the house to computer tasks to cooking.
When we have a litter of puppies, we will need help with them and walking the dogs.
We especially need help in our house to be more organized.
At the moment our house is really upside down and in need of help getting everything in order!
A good cleaning inside and out is always needed, for help with the outside, this includes gardening,
landscaping, tree removal, wood-cutting, and stacking.
Please note, we are NOT a big farm that needs a lot of weeding.
We are renovating our RV (motorhome) boat and our home.
For 7 days of room, we expect 5 days of help, 5 hours a day with meals.
On your 2 days off you provide your own meals so that we get 2 days off cooking as well.
We like to schedule arrivals of work-a-ways on a Sunday, thus starting your helping-week on a Monday till Friday and
leaving on a Sunday morning, again for only 2 weeks.
*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements,
We will expect you to bring your own supplies, we do however always have lots of vegetables at our meals.
I am just not good at preparing for special diets.
****** We accept volunteers over 25
**** if you are allergic to dogs or cats, this is not a good placement for you.
Internet access available, however, you cannot use our computers sorry, you must bring your own device!
Moderate drinking is fine, however, we do not tolerate drugs! Smoking outside (my husband is a smoker and smokes outside)
We are in the country on 6 acres of land.
The bedroom has comfortable beds and their own on-suite bathroom.
If you really want to experience the outdoors you can always pitch a tent or stay in our caravan.
We are on Vancouver Island near Shawnigan Lake, the lake is wonderful for swimming, canoeing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing.
On the other side of our road runs a river wonderful for a swim and getting your feet wet and do some gold mining!
There are many hiking trails in the area and we are close to the Trans. Canada Trail near the Kinsol Trestle.
We are close to the ocean, great whale watching tours in the area, Or go crabbing or shrimping!
We are 45 minutes from Victoria, the Capital city of British Columbia. A must to visit, with all of its museums,
Art galleries, shopping and sightseeing.
Within a 2 hour drive is Tofino our surfing capital of Canada and
Mt Washington is our skiing mountain. Many hiking trails on the island including the famous West Coast Trail.
Go further up island and explore Desolation Sound with all of its amazing wildlife.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day for 5 days a week.