Live the North American Dream at our Vintage place with many onsite activities on Ile d'Orleans, Canada




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    Hello and welcome to our project's listing :)

    We are Francois (Canadian from Quebec) and Stephanie (from Germany), living on Ile d'Orleans, 15km / 9mi from Quebec City. Here, we operate a vintage motel with on-site scooter and bike rental and guided tours.

    If you are an optimistic character, feeling comfortable sharing your time and space with other volunteers, able to say "Hello :)" to our guests and communicate openly with us, whenever anything needs to be improved, we'd love you joining our team!

    We do now have a complete team until the end of this season.
    However, we may be interested in hosting 1-2 physically strong people our last week, mid-october to help with closing all facilities for winter.
    For any help with operations (room cleaning, reception etc.) we'll start accepting applications in early 2020.

    We offer a monetary remuneration that suits Canadian laws and regulations as well as your professional expertise.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Being a curious person, appreciating nature and community living, you'll fall in love with our place!

    To many volunteers the atmopshere here feels like a family after a short time. Some of them extended and extended again their stay or came back - this makes us sooo happy and grateful! And some more would have loved to stay longer (and we would have liked to keep them too!), but they already committed to other hosts, even before coming here.
    So if we are allowed to give you a little advise: do not plan your travels too tight, leave yourself some flexibility to enjoy your time here with the other guys, exploring the beautiful surroundings:

    The Ile d'Orleans is 67 km / 50 mi of vineyards and farms, historical architecture and a creative art scene.
    Amazing scenery, hiking paths in the forest and the St.Lawrence River for swimming or water sports!
    There is a little theatre as well as several art galleries and some small museums.
    We have maps and provide tons of information - impossible to get bored!

    When our bikes are not rented, you can cycle around for free.
    Same for the scooters, if you have driving experience on scooters or motorcycles.
    We work in a wide network of local partners and can organise for free tastings and discounted activities.

    Quebec City is only 15 km / 9.5 mi away and easy to reach on your days off: There's a bus that can pick you up at the motel's doorstep once a day, bringing you down town and back. And the city is just beautiful: European architecture, a filled agenda of events all year around, a lively foodies' scene and maple syrup all over ;)

    The island is not a party place. Some volunteers spend their evenings or days off in Quebec City partying. But without your own car, you rely on a bus that does not run during night time. We'd say that if you feel the urgent need to be in a city almost every day, you may consider volunteering in a city.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    The main tasks we'd like you to lend us a hand are:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Housekeeping and maintenance
    Cleaning bathrooms, making beds, passing the vacuum and folding fresh laundry, starting from late morning until afternoon. This includes watering the garden, cleaning our rental bikes and scooters and just making sure the property looks neat and inviting. You should be focused and see the work and care about details.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Evening Reception
    Welcoming guests, selling rooms to walk ins, giving information about the area, cashing money, checking returning scooters in the afternoon / evening before closing all facilities for night.
    Bilingualism in French and English is a must!
    You should have an easy smile, know how to dress and talk in public, so our guests feel welcome and comfortable. Ideally, you have a common sense for how to solve problems (make a TV working, opening up a folding bed ...)

    We are the perfect internship if you plan to study tourism / business administration as we touch so many aspects of owning a small business, working with the public, housekeeping, renting sport equipment etc.

    We'll be able to give you references for university / future employments.

    We offer a monetary remuneration that suits Canadian laws and regulations as well as your professional expertise.

    Two days per week, you'll be off. These days are flexible, maybe weekends, maybe week days, maybe consecutive or separated, on sunny or rainy days ... we recognize the preferences of all volunteers onsite, while keeping in mind the tasks that need to be done.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Francais - English - Deutsch

  • Accommodation


    We welcome up to 6 volunteer at the same time.
    You'll stay at the motel, shareing a loft with bunk beds (boys and girls together), two small bathrooms, heating and excellent WiFi. The place is simple, but functional and clean. You can sit outside on a covered deck.

    There is also a fully equipped kitchen with stove and fridge, microwave, kettle and coffee maker.

    Once a week, we'll provide basic food for free (oatmeal, eggs, rice, noodles, potatoes, fruits and vegetables) Please be prepared to spent from your own pocket on sweets, alcohol and extra meat.
    Sometimes, we do groceries for you, sometimes with you, sometimes you'll get a budget to spend on whatever you like. This covers for 3 meals a day, including your days off.
    You'll prepare your own meals and eat together with the other volunteers - perfect for vegetarians or vegans!

    In general, you'll spend most of your time with the other volunteers - be prepared to make a lot of new friends, to learn new dishes, music, games, to exchange languages and to laugh a lot :)
    We, your hosts, will be onsite every day too and available in case of questions or problems, but we're mainly occupied with keeping the project running. We try our best to spend time with you, but we work intensely during the day and most evenings, we just go home and recover :) This is why we appreciate welcoming mature and independent characters.

    We'll wash your clothes for you at our home.

    Please do not apply, if you are a smoker. All our premises are 100% non-smoking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please do some research about the different types of visa BEFORE applying; we usually don't know what type of visa you are admissible for or what documents you need etc. ... AND we can't help getting you a visa.


    From Montreal arrive to Quebec City Main Station GARE DU PALAIS by AmigoExpress (car sharing) or Orleans Express (bus).

    From Quebec City Airport YQB take a taxi to Quebec City main station GARE DU PALAIS (fixed price of 38$).

    From Quebec City Main Station GARE DU PALAIS, there is a public bus, called PLUmobile to our island ILE D'ORLEANS.
    Please look up their schedule online; they only run Mon - Fri.
    Once on the PLUmobile bus, tell the bus driver to let you get off the bus at the snackbar at the intersection of CHEMIN ROYAL AND ROUTE PREVOST, after having left the village of SAINTE PETRONILLE. You may walk uphill on ROUTE PREVOST, for some minutes until you see the motel on your right.

    If arriving on weekends / holidays or with HUGE luggage: From Quebec City Main Station GARE DU PALAIS, get on the public METROBUS 800, direction BEAUPORT until CHUTES DE MONTMORENCY (it's the last stop, you can't miss it ;)
    Call us, when you arrived and we'll pick you up at the McDonald's across the street.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25h a week

You may go for a bike ride to the chocolaterie
Quebec City is 15 min by car/ bus from us
The Motel, where you'll help and stay
View on Quebec City from your room
Group of volunteers, taking a stroll on the scooters
Renovation and painting - every spring and fall
Little grill party at home with our volunteers
Hello, we are Francois & Stephanie, your hosts :)
Discover scenic landscapes on Île d'Orleans
Stroll along (or swim!) in St.Lawrence River
Montmorency Falls, just across the island's bridge

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