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Experience remote off-grid family life in Edna Bay Alaska, USA

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: No minimum

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  • Description

    Description

    My wife and two children moved to Edna Bay, Alaska in 2023. We were seeking to live in a remote off-grid location. We wanted a small community, where we could start a homestead and live a simple life. I work a remote job in IT management. Even though we have no public services on the island, we generate our own power, provide our own water, and have Internet access through Starlink. I am the pastor of the Christian church in the community. My wife is the worship leader. She also educates our children through home schooling and life in the Alaskan bush.

    Living here is a continuous project. I am working on upgrading my solar power system. There are repairs to do on outbuildings. The greenhouse requires constant attention. We can and freeze our food to preserve what we hunt and fish for. In the Spring we hunt bear, in the Summer we fish the ocean for Halibut, Salmon, and other species of fish, and in the Autumn we hunt deer. There isn't much game food, but deer are still available, and there is wolf hunting for population control.

    We have baby chickens this Summer and will be starting a new chicken coop.

    Edna Bay is a serene and remote city located on Kosciusko Island, which is part of the unorganized borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Officially incorporated on October 13, 2014, Edna Bay is the only populated town on the island, boasting a small community of 51 permanent residents and 12 part-time residents as of January 2024.

    The city is accessible by air or water, with airplanes and boats landing at the state float three miles by road from the general store and lodging services. An extensive road system, created during the heyday of logging, provides access to vast recreational opportunities. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy fishing in the many creeks and lakes, scaling mountains, and exploring the beautiful drives and hikes available throughout the area2.

    Edna Bay’s remote location and the difficulty and expense of traveling to larger Southeast Alaska communities mean that subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering are significant parts of the residents’ livelihoods1. This close-knit community thrives amidst the tranquility and rugged beauty of Alaska’s wilderness.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Family meals
    Various community events (Easter meal, Independence celebration, Thanksgiving meal, game nights)
    Church service on Sunday, midweek prayer meeting
    Town meeting every month
    Hunting, fishing, foraging, canning, butchering, filleting
    We enjoy sharing our unique life with others. Alaska is very different from the rest of USA and our life in a remote off grid community is also unique even among many Alaskans.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We can use help filleting fish, canning and preserving food.
    Various small construction projects (solar panel ground mounts, assorted building repairs, exterior painting, organizing and cleaning.
    House cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc.
    Gathering firewood, splitting logs, stacking wood
    Taking care of chickens
    Hunting and gathering of berries

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have several housing options available, depending on their availability.

    Housing includes a private bedroom with a shared bath.

    Meals are provided and eating with our family is encouraged. Vegetarian options are generally not available or provided. Fresh produce is difficult to get here due to our remote location. The primary diet is meat for a main course with a side item (starch or vegetable). A very typical American diet.

    Drinking, smoking, and drugs are NOT permitted.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off there are nature opportunities. Beach combing, hiking, fishing, nature watching. There is nothing here except nature. The only business here are the small general store. You must want to be outdoors and self entertaining.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 hours, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 787991777185

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