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Please note that all living accommodation is separate and includes internet. Food is mostly self-catering (you make your own food from the groceries or heat meals we have prepared).
We have space for up to four workawayers on the following dates in beautiful Victoria BC:
WE ARE NOW FULL IN VICTORIA - CHECK BACK LATER:
May 1-15, 2023
Stay in a suite with full kitchen, bathroom with tub, laundry, dishwasher and living area. Will include some beginning of season yard work.
WE ARE NOW FULL IN PARKSVILLE - CHECK BACK LATER
We have space for up to four workawayers on the following dates in charming Parksville BC:
March 15-27, 2023
Stay in a nice suite in our home in Parksville on an acreage! Walking distance to town. Will include landscaping and yard work.
Parksville is a beautiful small town in central Vancouver Island with lots of wildlife, beaches and excellent hiking. Parksville is five minutes to Coombs, 30 minutes from Nanaimo, 2 hours from Victoria, and 2 hours 30 from Tofino.
I'm a certified permaculture designer and lawyer, my husband is a pharmacist, and we have four young adult sons. We grow lots of flowers, fruit and vegetables naturally. We enjoy family, gardening, cooking, pets (we have a friendly cat but she is not in your suite, so if you have allergies you'll be ok), being away, and being at home. We have travelled a lot and enjoy meeting new people.
We need help mostly with:
general yard work and gardening
various construction projects
some cooking prep/batch cooking
irrigation set-up and watering
other small maintenance matters
We can accommodate vegetarians. Most of the food we cook is vegetarian as half of our family does not eat meat. Meals are well-planned and healthy, with an emphasis on a variety and use of whole foods. We, unfortunately, cannot accept those on special diets such as keto, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, organic only, or nut-free as we provide only what we ourselves eat which includes dairy and eggs. We may accept workawayers who are willing to provide for their own special dietary needs, but please confirm in advance so you are not disappointed.
We are not able to accept smokers.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We will meet with you but you will be on your own a lot of the time. Our place is centrally located and near the buses so you will be close to much of what the beautiful garden city of Victoria has to offer. If you are in Parksville we will be on site in a different suite during your stay.
We are looking for garden and yard work primarily. Experience in this area is a plus. Cleaning and home maintenance experience are also very useful. Carpentry skills would be excellent.
Varies depending on time of year but will be in a suite with full kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bed and internet. One suite has two bedrooms and the other has four.
What else ...
Bus routes, attractions and shopping nearby. We can help with any questions about Victoria
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
We have a good wifi connection.
Space for parking camper vans
We can host campervans in both Parksville and on one property in Victoria.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
5 hours a day five days a week
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Thanks to her I could see various good spots of Parksville. Sometimes I felt there is Japan.
She was so flexible to accommodate any needs that we needed. Her suite was so clean and nice. Even location is so good… read more
Victoria is a charming city with calming gardens, beaches, and mountains, but also a lively downtown center. You can see much of the city with the public transit that offers a day pass for $5.
Our accommodation was a suite shared amongst the Workawayers. We… read more
I was together with three other backpackers in one accommodation with lots of space. Everyone had her own room. The arrangements always went very well, we were somewhat flexible and Jeanie still showed us the area after work with the… read more
Jeanie is such a great host. She was welcoming, caring and did everything to make us feel like home!
I shared a cosy and all-furnished flat with 2 french workawayers in the beautiful Oak Bay. The location was great and really close from the city center.… read more
The accommodation has all the amenities and is ideally located, close to the beach,… read more
Jeanie is a wonderful person, she is open minded, interested in many things, ORGANIZED and you can learn a lot about gardening from… read more
We worked on a greenhouse project, it was very interesting. Jeanie is an organized person and she distributes the responsibilities to the right people. We… read more
During our stay we had an… read more
The work was always well explained, reasonable and organised (Jeanie is great at list making!). We worked mostly with mulching the permaculture garden and odd jobs around the property. It was a relaxed environment and we really enjoyed our working time. We always felt… read more
Jeanie and her family have been very welcoming and so nice. The house and room are very comfortable and beautiful, the job easy and relax, you… read more