Help with carpentry projects, upkeeping our lovely old home and with our sweet animals in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • Last activity: 10 May 2023



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  • Description


    Hi! I'm Jen..a fun and friendly female living in a rustic and almost 200yr old gold miner's cottage in the gorgeous village of Waverley, which is about 20 minutes outside Halifax. I have an adorable alpaca named Jack and two sweet little 10lb wonderdogs rescued from the Dominican Republic named Peru and Audrey. Audrey is a new arrival and also special needs as she was attacked, paralyzed in her hind end in the Dominican. She has made incredible progress since then and is very mobile. She just moves funny, like a 20-something in heels out clubbing in the middle of an icy winter. We are still working on her being housetrained so wee puddles and poops are common. The extremely cold weather has not helped her progress but she is getting there ❤.

    My lovely but rustic old house is aging faster than I can keep up with it, so I am hoping to find an animal friendly person with interest and/or skills in carpentry, renovation or construction...or at least a willingness to watch how-to YouTube videos with me as I need help with some long outstanding projects in this lovely old home.

    I lead a wonderful, interesting and charmed life.. I travel a lot (pre-Covid), which is why I have so many outstanding projects! Each August I head to Nevada for 4-5 weeks for Burning Man. I am the regional contact for the Burning Man organization here in the Maritimes and love telling stories of adventures in the desert!

    I bought 5 acres of beautiful forest in the spring of 2021 and am gradually building a small off-grid cabin on it, so help with that would be wonderful!

    I offer a very warm and welcoming environment and will ensure you are comfortable and well fed! While my home is not on a bus route, I can run you to the closest bus stop which has an express bus to Halifax. I have been a Couchsurfing host for over 10 years and have hosted people from all over the world. I heat predominately with wood in the winter, although I do have a furnace to take the chill out of the air in the mornings.

    I have high speed internet but not so high speed in the guest cottage!

    If we get along well, there are often opportunity to for you to stay here while I am off adventuring.

    Looking forward to meeting you!

  • 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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am happy to help you with your English language skills, and teach you all about Burning Man. Also, even if you have only basic renovation skills, let's learn how to do things together! 😆

  • Help


    I have many projects for us to tackle! If you have experience with home renovations, carpentry skills, woodworking, or even a really strong drive to learn how to do these things, I think you'd enjoy hanging out here!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Single bed in living room for winter months. Shared bathroom with claw foot tub and separate shower. In spring/summer/fall, I have a rustic guest cottage that can accommodate a single or couple in a queen bed. There is an electric heater for spring/ fall season and a pellet stove for the winter.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are gorgeous walking trails close to my home. I have a couple of kayaks you can use in the lakes that surround where I live. Plus, there is Halifax only 25 minutes away, which is a fantastic city to explore.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 762528123812

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