NEW UPDATE: With summer just around the corner we will be gardening, grazing sheep and doing fence and building projects.
Live on a small family farm in rural British Columbia. We have sheep and a horse, dogs and cats as family pets. The farm is 20 minutes from the closest centre with services, boutique shopping and a regional airport.
Having a drivers license is a must to allow you the freedom to explore the Cariboo. The area offers an abundance of outdoor activities from hiking and photography, to driving tours and camping.
If you are a highly social person who loves the city and night life this is not the place for you; but if you are looking to learn about Canadian culture and enjoy the serenity of nature we look forward to welcoming you to our home.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You will benefit from this exchange by learning Canadian small farm customs. We welcome the opportunity for visitors to practice their English, learn how to grow and preserve food, learn about foods in our culture for treats or healing and sheep husbandry. This exchange offers a rural family experience. We would love to learn new languages, new skills, cultural cooking and about your life.
Here are some ideas of what we are up to depending on the season:
Yard work - raking lawns, splitting & cutting firewood, cleaning gutters & chimneys
Animal Care - feeding & watering, shearing, trimming feet, lambing
Fencing - putting up rails, installing & maintaining electric fences
Gardening - planting, weeding, pruning, watering, harvesting, preserving
House work - shopping, meal preparation, light cleaning, room renovations
Winter preparation - garden harvest, food preservation, livestock butchering, hunting & gathering
You will have your own room and we have a separate bathroom (that you may have to share if another guest is here) with shared living space and kitchen.
Our life is very independent and centres around the farm and rural outdoor life - you must enjoy quiet outdoors.
In the summer we enjoy camping, fishing, weekend drives to cut firewood and explore. All of our meat and some of our produce is harvested naturally. In the fall we are butchering our lambs, hunting and processing meat, making sausage, drying herbs & berries, etc to put away food for the year. In the spring, the sheep are lambing so we are usually very close to home to watch over the new babies.
We enjoy meeting people who are comfortable working independently or as a team, who are interested in different cultures/languages, are good with hunting and natural food harvesting and enjoy pets and livestock.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week