Help out in my Toronto family home, Canada



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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    Hello, We are a family of five. Me Shelley, my husband Mark and three teenage daughters. We enjoy travelling; be it nationally or internationally. I've travelled 25 countries around the world and can not wait to travel more when the world allows me to do it safely. We engage ourselves in lots of outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, gardening, canoeing-Kayaking and endless of other things. I am a gardening fanatic. I grow organic vegetables in my backyard during summer and fall. I also have many houseplants which needs good amount of care throughout the year. I am very much interested about permaculture though I haven't start my own yet. Four out of five of us speak native English, so English is the only language spoken at home. We live in one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in Toronto, right across the Bayview Country Club. 24/7 TTC bus (public transit) is five minutes walk from home and 15 minutes bus ride to Finch subway station. It takes 30 minutes from Finch subway station to downtown Toronto.
    We hosted our first workawayer for a month in December, 2021. It was a great experience for our family. Now hosting our second workawayer, so we're still on the learning side of this workaway world. Hoping to experience a world of cultural exchange with future volunteers.

    Like in every job it takes time to introduce a new person to daily life and tasks/projects. We ask for a minimum stay of two weeks.

    All five of us are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We can only host volunteers who are fully vaccinated too.

    Vegetarian and vegan friendly.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I desire that we will both benefit and teach each other things that neither of us know. Sometimes the intangibles are quite valuable, and I know that my experience has been everyone has something to teach, and by observing, we can all learn together.

  • Help


    The help is light maintenance, cleaning and taking care of indoor plants in the winter and backyard gardening in the summer. It requires consistency, dependability and attention to detail - but the help is not difficult!

    Not looking for someone who is already living in the city or has a job etc. I am very much into the traveler exchange part of workaway, so this is only open to someone who is a.) a traveler and b.) able to commit to this project as a priority.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We speak only English at home but I am very much interested to learn Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Your own room in our family home, with all utilities and wifi and share a bathroom. Your room has a queen bed with memory foam mattress, a closet, a desk and chair, coffee table and an accent chair.
    No pets in our house as I am allergic to pet saliva
    The house is in a safe, upscale neighborhood. Toronto's famous Don river is right where our backyard ends. Toronto's longest hiking/biking path is going parallel by the river. If you like hiking this is your opportunity

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    MEALS PROVIDED: Me and Mark are mostly on vegetarian/vegan side but we are okay to accommodate other dieters.
    Volunteers have full access to the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, etc. We provide a fully-stocked pantry and food for all your meals.

  • 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

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Workawayer with hypoallergenic dog is welcome

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 583138214536