The chance to experience rural living on Gabriola Island, Canada

Country

Canada

Favourited 47 times


  • rating

    Host rating

  • feedbacks

    Feedback

    2  

  • last activity

    Last activity

    15/04/2020

  • Badges

 
  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
  • Description

    Description

    Update: Best 2020 dates to stay are when Claire is off work: April 10-19; May 15-24; June 26- July 5; July 31-Aug 9 or Sept 4-13.

    We are two women, a middle-aged couple. Claire works as a Health Promotion Educator and has two chicken blogs. Jan is an artist. We've been hosts for a decade and enjoy meeting people from around the world. This would be our first time as WorkAway hosts.

    Work exchanges are a bit like internet dating - everyone is looking for that ideal match. We might be great hosts, but not for you. You might be a great WorkAwayer, but not for us. Our ideal person is that perfect combination of good worker (punctual, hard-working, conscientious, takes pride in their work, flexible, self-directed, able to work independently), good companion (has come to learn and ask questions, wants to fully participate in our activities, is positive, curious, can spend some quiet time on their own) and above all, doesn't just see WorkAway as a cheap way to travel, but a learning experience and an opportunity for exchange (skills, knowledge, culture etc).

    We want to work together with those willing to learn and are open to learn from those willing to share. Please be honest in assessing your strengths and weaknesses, your skills and abilities, your interests, your physical capabilities, and what you are looking to learn and do. Must be able to communicate in English at the intermediate level or better.

    The ideal stay is @8days when Claire is on vacation & able to work with you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have been hosts for a decade and have lots of experience hosting travelers from around the world. We live in a small gulf island community with loads of things to do: kayaking, hiking, arts, nature - and would be happy to show you around. This would be our second season as WorkAway hosts.

    What do we have to offer? The chance to experience rural living in a beautiful setting - nature at your doorstep; 3 great meals a day (vegetarian or not); a reasonable, varied work schedule; an opportunity to contribute to the larger movement of organics and permaculture design; curiosity about who you are, what you want to learn and contribute; sharing our knowledge and experience that might facilitate your goals; lots of good music; and some fun.

    What you can expect is a family interested in meeting you, interesting work with enthusiastic horticulturalists and enjoyable conversations about Canada and your home country. If you are interested in seeing, doing & hanging out we'll be happy to make your stay entertaining.

  • Help

    Help

    Chopping & stacking firewood; house painting; weeding; garden work; small building projects; care of funky chickens; tutor in use of digital camera. I have a chicken blog & would like help getting visitors to my site via Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Would like a tutor knowledgeable in blogging, online platforms & SEO.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Small, but cosy cabin in the forest with use of bathroom and kitchen in the main house. Breakfast is prepared on your own, we'll make lunches and dinners. We can accommodate omnivores and vegetarians, but not vegans. Non-smokers only. LGBT travelers welcome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live 1/2 km from the ocean and less than 2 kms from a provincial park. Lots of opportunities to explore, farmers' market, arts, entertainment, hiking. There is a local bus service with a stop at the end of our driveway that operates 6 days/wk.

    Claire takes time off from a full-time job when we are hosting travelers. We are happy to spend time with visitors but are also looking for folks who are self-directed and independent.

  • 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?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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


Host ref number: 529486514245