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Beautiful BnB offering wildlife tours on Northern Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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  • Last activity: 27/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    I'm planning some building projects this spring, and I'm open to hosting one or two workaways over winter/spring IF I find the right match. Other jobs would be helping me with my boys, social media, and not required but useful if you have some experience in video editing as well.

    If you are interested in helping me out during the season May-October, with my boys, the B&B and the tours then please apply now. No matter if you are single or a couple. I prefer to have you here the full season from May/June till October.

    Other details will be discussed if we match. Please read my main description before applying!

    Thank you
    Rolf


    Hi,

    this is Rolf & Sarah, Rolf is a dad and has two boys (11/ 12(Down Syndrome) who are normally here on weekends. We run a small, private and personal B&B with only 2 suites and offer photo tours (max. 4 guests) to watch bears, whales, sea otters and other wildlife besides a small farm (growing veggies for our guests and ourselves) as well as a small worm farm (vermiculture).

    Everything here is done small, individually and privately. We are motivated by our lifestyle and not by money (which we still need to pay our bills).

    We are looking for somebody who is flexible, enjoys tranquillity and who is able to do whatever needs to be done.
    The expected work is to greet the guests at arrival, prepare the suite (normally only every 3-5 days), prepare cold breakfast (if guests are not on tour with me) and some easy food (mostly cutting vegetables, no cooking) for the tours. If you help with gardening that would be awesome too.

    If you want to help me with photography and video-related "stuff" as well as with my FB and Instagram that's much appreciated too.

    Whenever I have space on tours you are welcome to come with me.

    You will enjoy a lot of freedom and also a lot of time for yourself as I'm normally out in the main season every day.

    The property is 2.2 acres. I sometimes have two horses here from my neighbour. You stay either in the house in your own room or if you prefer then you also could stay in a beautiful large yurt in the garden. We would need to share the shower/bathroom in the house. I'm trying to get a toilet to the yurt but couldn't find a solution yet.

    I'm a full-time pro photographer for 35+ years. I'm originally from Germany and immigrated about 20 years ago to Canada. I fell in love with this place 30 years ago and live here now permanently for about 16 years. Sarah is from Ireland, came here and never left.

    I have two boys who are normally here on weekends, less in the summer when it gets too busy. My older son has down syndrome, which adds something special to the mix.

    I'm also fairly active on Instagram to show my images about this beautiful region and the wildlife.

    My workaways live here with us, they become part of the family and I don't see them as "workers". For me, it is important that we are a good team and that you are happy here as well. You won't have a "boss" looking over you, which gives you a lot of freedom.

    I usually have an excellent relationship with the people helping me and we became close friends.

    I prefer somebody who wants to stay all summer May/June till October or longer if wanted.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a beautiful area to be, rich in First Nations culture, lots of wildlife and nature. it is a quiet place and it is NOT a place for party and social "animals". If you ok with staying busy by yourself but also ok with having great guests around you then I think you would fit here very much.

    So far I had mostly referrals from my international friends helping me during the summer month and with most of them I became close friends and we had an awesome time together. Now I'm trying workaway too. While I would prefer somebody mid age with some life experiences, that said, as an out of the box thinker I'm also open to young people.

    All the guest tips are yours to keep.

    For me it is important that everybody is happy being here. That everybody has a good time while everything gets done that needs to get done at the same time.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help

    Help

    My main season starts in May and it is getting very busy from June till the beginning of October.

    I do accept applications from now on for the 2022 season. If you are seriously interested please let me know. I only have space for 1-2 workaways during the main season.

    I'm a lot out on tours. I'm looking for someone to greet the guests, clean the two suites I offer (about every 3-5 days) and prepare picnic style food for the tours. While it gets busy over the summer month, it is not really that much work.

    I'm also actively working on my food garden and hope to be able to extend it this summer. If you like gardening you also will be very happy here.

    If you want to help me with working on photos/videos and posting them online with Instagram and Facebook that is also appreciated but not requested.

    You would be often alone at home but I also would take you with me on tours as often as I can. I need somebody reliable who doesn't mind to talk to international guests. Somebody who is also happy being alone and not bored if not much is to do.

    That said, you would come on tour with me whenever there is an opportunity. Last season my workaway was out on the water over 30 times.

    This is a workaway op for somebody who enjoys working by themself, does what needs to be done and who enjoys peace and silence over partying. The reward is a free stay, food, fun, lots of freedom and getting on very exclusive fun wildlife tours.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You would have your private room with a bathroom which includes a shower/bathtub. You would need to share the bathroom with me and my boys when they home.
    I also have a large yurt in the garden which is also an option. Your choice.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you like it quiet but still with stuff to do you will love it here. If you are a social party animal you won't like it here.
    This here is a beautiful place overlooking the ocean. There is not much social life around Port McNeill but if you like to read and entertain yourself you will love it here.

    I only have two suite, which means not more then 2 families staying at a time. While I can't take you on every photo tour, there will be opportunities for you to join me here and there.

    There is lots of First Nations history around us too.

    I'm looking for someone reliable and when my kids home (only on weekends) it would be great if you can help me a bit with them too. My two boys are 10+12 (Down Syndrome).

    While we normally have a busy summer, it is always lots of fun hanging out with international guests. If you like gardening you will be in heaven here.

    I'm a pro photographer, you can search me easily for photo tours on Northern Vancouver Island to get a better idea.

  • 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

    We have a very good internet connection.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Outside pets are fine, indoor pets are not acceptable as I'm allergic to cats and dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    flexible

Host ref number: 772144181649

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