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I believe that experiencing the outdoors can be transformative. When you are exposed to the beauty of nature, you begin to love it, then to cherish it. It is then that you begin to want to protect it. I believe that people who love the outdoors are our greatest environmental asset.
My project is bringing as many people with me outside as I can, so we can all get the most out of life as possible. I founded a hiking club to provide new Canadians and visitors to BC the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a safe, supportive environment. (If you find yourself in the Kamloops area —whether you stay/workaway with me or not— you are welcome to come on my hikes, with or without snowshoes. Just contact me through this site and I will keep you informed of what is coming up.)
Volunteering is a big part of my life, from working with organizations that help the disabled, to food security, to helping new Canadians get adjusted. My Golden Retriever is a therapy dog and I have been involved in Big Brothers, Kamloops Food Policy Council, People in Motion, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Repair Cafe, and other non-profit organizations.
Join me in helping others. It is its own reward.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
The house is 15 minutes from downtown, and 15 minutes from great hiking and canoeing! The area boasts great outdoor adventures and I take full advantage of this. I am a hike leader for the Kamloops Hiking Club and I also lead hikes in the area through my own club. I also go on longer camping trips, I play hockey once or twice a week, practice yoga. Other things like canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding, downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing may also be on the agenda, and you can participate.
In the winter hiking sometimes turns into snowshoeing, but I do take on more indoor activities too: I am a documentary film enthusiast, and I also make my own soap, lip balm, yogurt and beeswax food wrap. I own several sewing machines, which I salvage from second-hand stores, refurbish, and donate to whoever needs them. I volunteer as a fixer for Repair Cafe, I teach knife sharpening at the local community kitchen, and garden tool maintenance from the workshop on my property.
I am handy around tools, and have a rather complete workshop, so I do a lot of projects around the house and if you know tools, or are willing to learn or teach then there is a lot to do here.
I love a multicultural environment, and as a world traveller I understand what it is like to be a visitor in foreign country.
I expect you to be able to communicate in English, but of course we will all be working together to improve communication skills all-around.
If you want to learn more about any of these things, participate, teach, or contribute in any way, then you are welcome to join in!
First of all, let me suggest that you read this whole profile carefully and understand it before applying to come here. There are some important details further down. If I feel that I am getting a mass mailing then you will not be invited to stay. Now, on to the rest of the profile:
I maintain a four-bedroom house and surrounding lot. This includes everything indoors and out that needs to be done, from organic gardening and lawn care to building maintenance, cooking, cleaning and organizing. Besides the usual, I have some special projects like painting, installing lighting, building a compost sifter, xeriscaping, beekeeping, mushroom growing, and other things. I am also making a prototype of an invention that will hopefully be tested in the winter 2019/20. I also do volunteer work which I hope a workaway would be interested in participating in, though this is not a requirement.
I am looking for a mature workawayer, probably, but not necessarily, over 25 years old, with some experience in life. This means that you can learn to work with minimal supervision on projects. Helping with meal planning , shopping and cooking will be some of your routine, so it would be better if you are not timid in the kitchen. Helping with Kodo will also be some of your routine. I prefer someone who is comfortable communicating--talking will be one of our activities, too--especially over dinner, after a stimulating documentary, or, in the winter, in front of the fire. Unfortunately, this means that your English must be at least functional. I will be patient, but we do need to get things done, so I hope that your level of English will not be a barrier.
English and Spanish, some French.
The house is on a cul-de-sac in the Brocklehurst area of Kamloops, a short walk from two bus lines and there is parking on the street in front of the house if you drive. The house is fully equipped, especially the kitchen. It includes a family room with wood burning fireplace, large yard with a deck, gardens, barbecues, and shared bathroom and laundry.
Your room is big and bright on the main floor of our 4 bedroom house. The room is off the kitchen, on the other side of the house from the other bedrooms, so it is quite private at night. The room is quite large and has two queen beds, which means at least two people can stay--and as many as four people as two couples. The photographs show a new full-length separation screen between the two beds so that there is some privacy. The room is fully furnished with a bookshelf, chest of drawers and side tables. It has large windows with blinds. The room is quite quiet and you can just hear the train passing in the distance. The room is cool in the winter, but there is an electric blanket and plenty of bedding to keep you warm. Linens and towels are provided.
I have an extensive garden and fruit trees from which we can all eat, in season. I also volunteer for a programme connected to the food bank, which allows me to bring home fresh produce for free. This greatly lowers the food cost in the summer months. The expense of food that needs to be bought from the store is shared, and in exchange I offer a reduced work schedule. This means that while there will be no fee for the accommodation, the workaway will share the cost of food. In exchange you will have more time to explore the area and engage in the local culture.
Our lovely golden retriever is a therapy dog named Kodo, who is very gentle, friendly, and quiet. He is very well trained and will not be allowed in your bedroom. Since Kodo is such a big part of our house and the life of the workaways, it would be best if you do not merely tolerate dogs, but are enthusiastic about them.
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We keep a reasonably quiet house. If you play an instrument, live music is appreciated, but I don't want to listen to your life's soundtrack on your devices, so please use earbuds.
There is fast, reliable wi-fi for your use.
There will only be 2 to 4 people living here, and no children, so it is not often a chaotic, busy environment.
I do host gatherings at home, sometimes with as many as 20-40 people, but this is only about 5 or 10 times a year.
I hike several time a week in the area, summer and winter (winter sometimes with snowshoes), also travelling into the Rockies and the coast mountains and in between for great outdoor experiences. The local beaches, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains make a fantastic combination! There is so much to do around Kamloops that it is hard to list it all, from hang-gliding and paragliding to skiing, kayaking, camping--you name it! The area boasts some of the best mountain biking in North America, and there is also great golfing, wineries, parks, theatre, music, the Kamloopa Powwow (one of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada). The city park has free music every night in July and August drawing both locals and visitors. There is also fishing, equestrian activities, rodeos, and car shows. We have it all, from paintball to rollerblading!
Kamloops is 4 hours east of Vancouver and 7 hours west of Calgary, Alberta.
For both environmental and health reasons, my diet is mostly vegetarian. I do eat some meat, just not often. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn more.
I am LGBTQ2S+ and sex positive.
Finally, about applying here:
It is not always like this, but there have been times when I have had more than 15 Workaway applicants all wanting to come in the same month! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm!
Please give me some time to respond to you. I can tell you that I have responded and will respond to *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️every*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ email that comes to me, but it may take some time, like up to a week if I am very busy. I know from talking to my visitors that many hosts do not respond at all and applicants get frustrated or look elsewhere. Please know that I am not one of those.
If you want to draw my attention to your offer to come here, here are some hints:
1. I think you should have read all of this profile at least once. To reassure me that you have read all this, please include "Hello Lawrence" somewhere in the subject of your first message to me. Also somewhere in your first message, let me know that you understand the part about sharing the cost of food.
2. Mentioning your kitchen skills and experience with dogs, or willingness to learn these things, would be great.
> If you are willing to commit to a longer stay--of 1 month--this would be an advantage in being invited to come.
> Although I do sometimes take last-minute Workaways, if you give me more notice--that is, apply more in advance of your arrival date--this would also be an advantage.
> If you are a bit firmer on your arrival and departure dates, say within a few days rather than a few weeks, this would also help.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
about 3 hours per day, 5 days a week
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