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 the painting of our our new cottage and construction of the deck and a new studio. We also have split firewood to stack. Also a willing and positive attitude and good natured spirit are great assets. Strength is also an asset! If you have experience painting, then we can sure use your help - no lack of things to do! (Sorry, we don't have room for couples - singles only).

    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
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Language practice

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    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)

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    We are looking for an able bodied person to help with painting the cottage and studio construction, stone wall building and with yard cleanup on our 1.4 acre property. If you are so qualified, we would love your help for as long as you can stay - a week or a month! George is a very experienced carpenter and can use some help with the construction of our new cottage and new studio as well as constructing a deck and patio. Four hands are better than two!

    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 spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You would be sharing our house until the guest cottage is completed - good incentive if you are a builder!!

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    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.

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    • Limited internet access

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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