Our home is a small family run hobby farm on 2.5 acres in beautiful Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We have 3 horses (1 huge draft x, Hugo, & 2 adorabe miniature horses, Penny & Ziggy) 3 dogs, farm cats, fruit trees, & a patio garden. Shawnigan Lake wonderful for swimming. There are many trails & mountains near by for those who love to hike. Weekend adventures are an easy commute with Victoria to the South and all of the rest of our amazing Island to the North! Transportation/rides for weekend get aways can usually be arranged. Accommodation can be in one of our comfortable guest rooms with a shared bathroom or for the more outdoorsy type, tenting is available with access to bathroom/shower. We have a great firepit (propane fire pit during fire bans) area for starry nights by the fire and a spacious deck to lounge & enjoy at the end of the day. We have a large variety of board games, free WiFi access, & TV. We love to meet new people and are always open to learning from shared experiences. We always have a list of projects on the go. Boredom is not a problem. Our current need is to do some more fencing. We have the appropriate tools etc. Just never enough time to get everything done ourselves. My husband has been renovating our home every day for the last few months! It will be great😅😁😎
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
They'll gain insights into the joys & challenges of small scale hobby farming. Hopefully we'll all enjoy the exchange of new food ideas as well as learning other useful skills from each other as we tackle our daily projects. Language & other cultural exchanges are looked forward to as we work, hang out, & get to know one another. Also weekend outings to explore beautiful Vancouver Island will be rich experiences for sure.
At this time workawayers with building, painting, fencing, and or landscaping skills would be most helpful. Must thoroughly enjoy animals of all types as we are a very pet friendly home. A love of food & friends is also an asset!
We have two guest rooms. One with a king bed, one with a double bed. Both with access to a shared bathroom. Also we have tenting available for those who'd rather or if the guest rooms are occupied. Tents can be supplied on request. Access to household bathrooms. Breakfast items, lunch, dinner, & some snacks will be provided during helping days. We do our best to accommodate dietary needs. Off days will be workawayers' responsibility.
We'll do our best to accommodate or help arrange rides/transportation( not guaranteed) to any of the many wonderful tourist destinations on Vancouver Island. There are too many to list.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4-5 days a week. open to longer days 4 days a week to allow workawayers to have 3 days off to explore the island
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