Friendly farm family invites you to help with animals and property maintenance on Orcas Island, USA


United States


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    Looking for help Spring through Fall of 2020, (April 9-20th not available)

    We are a family of 5 on a small farm on Orcas Island. Orcas Island is a beautiful island in Northwest Washington a ferry ride away from the mainland. A shuttle bus can easily taken from Seatac airport in Seattle to the ferry terminal in Anacortes.

    We are Mom, Dad and 3 teenagers, a little white dog and many animals. Our farm is located about 3 miles from the main town on the island. We love cultural exchanges and have hosted exchange students the last 3 years. We look forward to meeting you and hosting you and introducing you to our beautiful home and island. We are property caretakers, as well as writer, licensed massage practitioner and 4H volunteer leaders. Our kids participate in the 4H program and that's why we have the animals, although the kids take care of their animals there is a lot of other projects to keep up on a farm and a house -that's where you come in-

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have hosted exchange students from other countries and very much enjoy the cultural exchange. We can help you with your English and introduce you to our island. Working on the farm offers many opportunities, depending what projects we're working on, there's plumbing, learning how to cultivate food, learning about goats, sheep, horses, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Some exposure to permaculture concepts. We will share any knowledge we have with you as the topics come up through work or conversation.

  • Help


    We need your help with various projects from general maintenance of fields and fences, to painting, and improving infrastructure like fencing and gates, and building maintenance. We may ask you to care for the animals if we need to go away for a few days. We need help cleaning up a forested area and maintaining walking paths. We hope to be implementing a permaculture design plan soon, which will likely add many more projects to this list and give you exposure to permaculture concepts. We need help in the vegetable garden. We need help with cutting and stacking firewood, mowing lawns, harvesting food, and whatever else comes up. Cleaning and cooking are wonderful too!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, learning Chinese

  • Accommodation


    We have a small vintage Aloha travel trailer for you to stay in, providing you with something of your own small house. We generally eat our dinners together as a family and invite you to join us for this meal. Your other meals are up to you to make in your quarters. You have your own outdoor solar shower and composting toilet. (The trailer offers electricity, an ice box refrigerator, a cook stove, bed and dining area.
    There will also be the food we grow in the garden to share.
    We have a bicycle to lend you so you can explore the islands.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off you can enjoy the beauty of the San Juan Islands, visiting the other islands, biking (we can provide you with a bicycle), Our farm is right next to the golf course, we highly recommend swimming in the beautiful lakes (or windsurfing on one of our old set ups) surrounded by evergreen forests, there are many beautiful hikes to take all over the island, and some beaches to relax on, you could volunteer in other non profit organizations on island, and possibly even find a paying job for your time off (we'll leave the legalities up to you to figure out:), We have a small sailboat and enjoy sailing we may offer to take you sailing. There are kayak rentals and whale watching options, and Victoria B.C. is just a ferry ride away!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week

your own private living space
one of the barn cats in the barn
The ferry dock on Orcas Island
An Orca whale Sometimes you see these from the ferry or you can join whale watching tours to spot them.
view of our islands from the top of Mt. Constitution, the top of Orcas Island and in the State park

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