We could use your help with painting, landscaping, gardening and construction projects on beautiful Cortes Island, Canada




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    We are a older, very active couple looking for some assistance with stacking wood and clearing up branches in the yard, as well as building a deck and some help getting the gardens ready for the season. We could really use this help as soon as possible if there is anyone out there looking for a place to go now. We just need to know what Covid precautions you have been taking. We'd be very grateful for your help.

    We live in a charming house overlooking a lovely swimming lake on beautiful Cortes Island. Lots to do on Cortes if you love nature. We eat well, enjoy life and love to share our home with others. The photos posted on this site are of our house (you can see Hague Lake in the background) and of our garden as well as some of the spots around Cortes. If weather permits, we love to go out on the ocean in our boat - lots of sights to see out on the ocean.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in an idyllic part of the world - a beautiful island with white sandy beaches, lots of hiking opportunity and a chance to go out fishing with us once in a while if time and weather permit. You can also learn carpentry skills and we are happy to help with your English if you aren't fluent. We love to have others in our home and enjoy sharing time and experiences with our guests. Cortes is in many ways, an island paradise. Not a lot of people here and so lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the world. The community that is here is very lively and there are many public events to attend - most of them free. Also Cortes is home to many amazing musicians.

    The international retreat centre of Hollyhock is just 3 kms from our door - they offer yoga classes to the public and anyone is welcome to drop in for coffee on their deck overlooking the Salish sea - an amazing place! (See Hollyhock.ca)

  • Help


    We are looking for an able bodied person to help with deck and studio construction, stone wall building, gardening and yard cleanup on our 1.4 acre property. If you are so qualified, we would love your help for any part of the first three weeks in March. Immediately we need help stacking a large quantity of wood and clearing away branches.

    We have a small garden where we grow most of our veggies. We also have a large and very beautiful flower garden. These gardens are lovely to sit in and fun to weed!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

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  • Accommodation


    You would be sharing our house in your own room with private bathroom.

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    What else ...

    We anticipate that our guest will be considerate and clean and willing to put in a good day's work with us. We work alongside you and enjoy sharing meals with you each day - we'll do the cooking for you unless you love to cook in which case, we'd love you to cook for us! We ask you to help us with the dishes and that you keep your living space clean, don't steal from us or smoke! Many thanks.

    You are welcome to borrow a bicycle (Cortes is hilly) and we will try to include you in our social gatherings if you are interested. Happy to give you a tour of the Island.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large wooded driveway with lots of privacy - it is a nice spot to park a camper.

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 718755951786