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    Learn about bison ranching and eagles while helping out on my Ranch on Southern Vancouver Island, Canada

    Hello I'm Buffalo Bob :) , Owner of the Bison Ranch

    Here at the sprawling 240 acre Ranch there's always lots of interesting things to do and see. We always welcome our visitors and will supply you with safe and comfortable lodging in exchange for your helpful contributions as you travel around our part of the world.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located in Cassidy on Southern Vancouver Island, close to Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver BC. There's lots to see and do in the area of the world. Here on the farm you will learn about the Bison and participate in our farming operation and have an opportunity to practise your English and learn many new things. You may see Beaver, Eagles, Elk and many other natural wildlife.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    It has been another good year with work-away volunteers despite Covid. Many awesome young men and women lived and worked on the ranch. You were very much appreciated, and I thank you - one and all... :)

    Due to the nature of the work here the ideal volunteer is strong and not afraid to get dirty.

    There is always a variety of things to do on the Ranch , such as:

    - Christmas tree pruning in the fall
    - Help feeding the large herd of Buffalo,
    - some fence repair
    - weed elimination (broom and tansy)

    and many other interesting country type things to do.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a nice comfy bed for you and all the amenities. From your living space you can look out and see the Golden Eagles and Bison everyday in the fields.
    One of us is waxed and the other is not.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located only 15 minutes south from the city of Nanaimo. We are close to a popular swimming hole in a local river, the ocean with sandy beaches and close to restaurants , movie theatres and so much more. We also go into town many times every week and can turn you loose there for a while.
    Please take note that we are not on a public transportation line as we are somewhat remote, so if you have no vehicle, we will arrange together your excursions.

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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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 25/hours/week)

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