Learn English with a big group of people on a reuse / recycle, tree farm near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada




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    Hello and thank you for visiting my profile! Would you like to LEARN ENGLISH? Would you like to come help me with my reuse recycle farm idea? There is typically a BIG group of young travellers here. Come see the Rocky Mountains and some of Western Canada. About once per month I do road trips and take the workawayers. The farm is located JUST outside Edmonton which is a city of over 1 million people. There is ANYTHING you want to do here. Festivals, bars, pubs, nightlife, shopping, cinema, theatre, sports, spectator sports (hockey / football), gymnasiums, ice skating, native Indian pow wows. Edmonton has the biggest urban park of any city in the world I think. There is amazing hiking in the river valley. We have the biggest and the best shopping mall in the world. We have lots of downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains just a short drive from my farm. You can ride on my Harley Davidson motorcycle and throw axes in the backyard. You might be able to go snowmobiling and dog sledding (in winter). You shouldn't be bored in this place. When working you will be cleaning and organizing. We will be planting trees, raspberry bushes and a huge garden. If you have skills you could help with renovations and building. Expect hard dirty work and basic healthy food. Or maybe you just want to commit to being our PAID au pair starting in August (minimum 5 month commitment to be an Au Pair for money)

    Sept 15, 2019 Workawayer update:

    - Mauro is a 19 year old German male with a van. He loves camping.
    - Magnus is a 21 year old Danish guy who loves being sociable and he also loves sports. He wants to learn about construction. He's doing fence building on my farm at the moment.
    - A 23 year old Italian man (Simone) is here now. He loves to visit with people and practice his English. He plays folk music and country music on his acoustic guitar by the campfire. He also likes NBA basketball and playing soccer.
    - Adriano is a 22 year old Italian man here for September. He LOVES to drink beer and lots of it. He wants drinking mates. He likes to cycle with the bikes on the farm. He is an extreme mountain climber and uses his go pro.
    - Ken (aka SUPERken) is a 22 year old musician from Japan. He is a very funny outgoing guy. Everyone loves Ken. He's good at telling jokes around the campfire.
    - Kira is from Germany. She is resilient and hard working. She doesn't like babysitting or cooking. She works hard outside. She also speaks perfect English without accent. She is a hair dresser.
    -Willy is a 32 year old Mexican professional MBA graduate student. He will stay till Sept 20. He speaks English very well and is an outgoing guy.
    -Elly is a 22 year old Australian girl who loves children. She's friendly.
    - Manon a 28 year old girl from France. She has been travelling around the world for 3 years. She loves nature, trekking, dance, biking, sports.
    - Manon (#2) is a French girl who loves cooking
    - Manon (#3!!) is ANOTHER French girl coming here soon. She likes Children, wildlife, gardening, animals.
    - Pablo is a young clean cut Mexican guy who will come Nov 3 to Feb 2
    - A Japanese couple (Haruka and Taiki) are here. He is an architect. Taiki doesn't speak English well but he wants to learn. They're very well mannered and hard working people.
    - Christina and Elissa are two 18 year olds from Ontario. They're coming October 15th-22nd.
    - Alexandra is a French Canadian girl coming in October. She likes sports, nature, babysitting and Cooking.

    The workawayers are usually hanging around the farm playing billiards, watching movies, playing SONY playstation 3, using WIFI, playing trivia, practicing English, eating food, having drinks. It's warm now outside so we're doing more cycling and swimming in the pool. We have a campfire very often. I have a canoe here and I can drop people off for canoeing as I know the best rivers for that. If you want to come join the group let me know. I'm usually driving into Edmonton every day so you can experience rural life on my farm as well as urban life in the city. I can pick you up in the city and drop you off when you're ready to move on in your travels.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Make friends with up to 40 workawayers staying on my farm. Sometimes we have up to 25 at the same time! People come and go so if you stay a while you could potentially meet up to 60 people.

    Possibly go on one of our epic road trips through the Rocky Mountains and see wildlife, waterfalls, lakes, beautiful nature.

    Expect to learn LESS about farming because we are just planting trees and watering them. You won't learn much from that.

    IF you're interested you can learn about my recycling system in which I have recycled over 2 million kilograms of waste.

    You WILL be doing English language practice. I'm constantly teaching English. Learn perfect English from university educated professional anglophones. You will get a LOT of English practice here. I have English lessons every day at meal time.

    You'll learn how to properly clean if you take the cleaning position on the farm.

    If you're helping in the kitchen you'll learn how to cook (or at least improve your skills)

    You might be able to learn about renovations and use power tools as well. We do build sheds here on my farm with wood we salvaged from the garbage.

    Don't expect to learn much about organic farming because you'll just be planting trees, watering trees, and gardening.

    Matt is a teacher and will have lessons for you in English (he also speaks German, some Spanish, French, Russian so that will help translate)

    Experience REAL Canada

    You might be able to join me on a trip to see the Rocky Mountains, hot springs, waterfalls, canyons, hikes

    See BOTH rural and urban life in Canada

    Learn about and meet Native Indians. Go to their pow wows to see traditional dancing. Attend a sweat lodge to engage in ancient ceremonies with Native Indian people. You might even be able to attend a sun dance

    Probably visit Native Indian reservations and learn about the history of Native Indians in Canada and also North America. (remember that Matt used to be a history teacher).

    Possibly go dog sledding if you pay for it. I provide transport and bagged lunches

    Possibly go whitewater rafting if you pay for it. I provide transport and food

    Possibly go canoeing if it's summer (this is free as I own a canoe)

    live on a farm with a true Canadian family with young cute children

    use power tools and practice carpentry by building sheds and fencing

    drive vehicles (even if you don't have a driver's licence or ANY experience) I can still teach you to drive and have you on the back country roads driving my vehicles.

    drive equipment and machinery

    Learn about mechanics and how to keep machinery running in cold weather

    Learn about renovations and how to use power tools (I used to be a high school wood shop teacher)

    Probably get a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle (some workawayers have even taken it out on their own)

    Possibly ride snowmobiles in winter

    Probably try snowshoeing in the deep snow because we have snowshoes here for you to use.

    get exercise by working so hard (you probably will work hard but some tasks are lighter duty if you don't want to work so hard physically)

    Eat good healthy food every day

    Possibly learn about organic gardening with NO pesticides or fertilizers (starting in spring of 2020)

    Party and have a few beers by the outdoor campfire with other workawayers. We sometimes have up to 25 workawayers here! It's a big group of travellers. Make friends! In winter we seem to have less than summer but there is still 5-15 workawayers here.

    On Saturday nights I am often able to drive you and other workawayers into the nightclub district of Edmonton to go out for beer and dancing. Then I'd drive you back to the farm at 2:00 A.M.

    Get free use of WARM clothes for the Canadian winter. I will provide the warm clothes. You can use any clothes I have here. I have ALL sizes. I also provide rubber boots and gloves in the summer.

    Get free travel advice because Matt has been to over 60 countries and most places in Western Canada. My wife has travelled the world too. We know the Rockies extremely well. The other workawayers have travelled around the world too so you can exchange travel ideas.

  • Help


    Cleaning, organizing, dusting, moving items around, placing ads on internet to reuse/recycle items, shovelling snow in winter, mowing grass in summer, picking weeds, raking, watering trees, planting trees, gardening (all menial unskilled tasks) We can also use SKILLED workers. We need carpenters to build sheds and do other carpentry work. We need an electrician to install lights in my barn. I need a plumber to help put a bathroom in my basement.

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    Also, we need a LONG TERM au pair (nanny) as my wife has already gone back to work. We could negotiate cash for you if you'd like to commit to this position as well. We would need you until late December at a minimum and possibly for the entire winter. But you must have skills as an Au Pair (know how to change diapers and stimulate the minds of young children) To be our Au Pair you must LOVE young toddlers or it's not the position for you.

    Even if you don't commit to a longer time I might still be able to negotiate some cash payments for you. IF you're a SKILLED worker I could get you building some sheds for me out of wood. I also need other SKILLED workers like electricians, plumbers, etc. as I'm doing LOTS of renovations on my farm. If you do more than 25 hours per week you would just get paid in cash for the extra hours. But if you're not that skilled with tools then it's very doubtful that I would pay you extra cash.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Deutsch (German), poquito Espanol, Russian, un petit Français

  • Accommodation


    You can stay in my home in an unfinished basement. It's like a dorm style shared HUGE room. You might even have a Queen sized bed. If you need a private room it can possibly be arranged. I have a bunk house next to the garage but you can’t get internet out there as it’s too far from the router. Or you can just stay out in the old 1974 retro RV motorhome in my back yard. Everyone always eats meals together as one big family. There is unlimited internet. There is a BIG recreation room with a billiards table, games, a library and fireplace. Expect my home and yard to be disorganized and cluttered. Remember it is a recycle farm and there is stuff all over the place.

    I will provide all food for the workawayers. If you are doing the cooking for all of us you can cook whatever meals you want and we will pay for it. You could cook one meal per day or all 3 meals if you like. We're not that frugal to limit what you cook. Breakfast would JUST be porridge, oatmeal, banana, bowl of cereal and maybe some toast. Lunch is usually leftovers from the previous nights supper. We usually cook 1 big meal per day and that is supper. There is also dessert every night after supper. You will not starve. We do not give you free beer, cigarettes, marijuana or junk food (chocolate, candy, potato chips). You will need to purchase that with your own money so bring some cash if you need that unhealthy stuff.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My farm is located just outside of Edmonton which is a city of over 1 million people. I go into the city about 2-6 times per week (almost every day in the summer). I can also provide accommodation for you in the city if you want to stay in the city for a day or two. You just volunteer in exchange for staying at either my city house or my farm. There is the best mall in the world (West Edmonton Mall) close to my farm. There is lots of nightlife in Edmonton as it's a University city. I will show you around the city as well. I've been showing them around the city of Edmonton on their days off. We have done cycling, skating, hiking, sledding, sightseeing, Or we've been hanging around the farm playing billiards, watching movies, using WIFI, practicing English, eating food, having drinks, having campfires. When you're not working you can watch movies, use the high speed internet to Skype or WhatsApp your friends. Maybe use our big recreation room to play billiards or sit by the fireplace with a book and read. We have a library of books in our home. If you enjoy playing with children you can play with our 2 toddlers. They love it when people read books to them. It's summer now so you can go cycling and canoeing down the rivers. Also, we do trips out to the mountains. I sometimes take road trips into the Rocky Mountains to go hiking, horseback riding. if someone stays at least 2 months they will get the trip for free. You can still come even if you don't stay for 2 months but then you need to pay me $200 to come. We might be going again in mid September perhaps and then possibly again in November or December. When the weather is nice we often have campfires and roast weiners and make smores. People often sing and play guitar by the campfire. You're allowed to drink alcohol or smoke tobacco here. Marijuana is also totally legal in Canada now so you can smoke weed out by the campfire too if you like. We also have a swimming pool on the farm and the water is at 20 degrees right now. You can swim all summer. We usually throw a pool party whenever the weather goes above 26 degrees . We very often go to Native Indigenous ceremonies and parties like the pow wows, sun dances and sweat lodges.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week (3.57 hours per night)

I have a massive recreation room with billiards, WIFI, video games, board games, fireplace, library,
You'd probably be sleeping in the basement with your own queen sized bed. Otherwise I might have a private room for you
shovelling 3 feet of snow in the winter!
The pool is ready for swimming. We might have some epic pool parties here
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