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We are a family of four Living and working in a small island community just off the coast of Vancouver B.C. We are looking for help around the house and with childcare (Elijah 8 and Madeleine 6). We have a restuarant which means we need help with the children occasionally in the evenings and daytime. The restuarant is very close so we are always able to come home if there is an issue and we spend as much time with our children as we can so are looking for someone to be part of our family and fill the gaps when we are both needed at the restuarant. We would also like our guest to help around the house however best suited. We have a room available in our home that is a 25 minuite walk from the ferry and village. Our home overlooks a lake, surrounded by the lush forests and is on the trailhead for all of the trails on Mount Gardner (our Islands mountain) which are connected to the trails that go back to the village. Bowen is a vibrant community full of artisans and artists, surrounded by beaches and the spectacular nature of coastal British Colombia. Vancouver is a 25 minute ferry ride so we are still easily connected to the city while keeping our rural island charm. Our lives consist of being part of a rich food culture and a blended homeschool community (part in school part at home). If our guests are interested they can join us in our passion of food, kids and nature.
Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!
Types of help and learning opportunitiesTeachingGardeningBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the house
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
The community we live in is, we feel, very special with strong supports and a diverse population. There are other family’s participating in work away so there are lots of easy friendships and access to the community life. Living and working in this community can be a very positive experience as the relationships that can be built are so rich and full of learning. Personally we as a family are trying to live in a way that our children have more time with both parents and family which isn’t easy to accomplish and a lot could be learned from our struggles and journey. We (Sarah-Jane and Gord) have the privilege to work together and are very yin/yang so have some great perspective on relationships and life and love good conversation/debate and sharing. Also as we are in the heart of the natural richness of coastal BC, this is a wonderful place to spend time if you enjoy being in nature.
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We welcome someone who can occasionally take on the evening routine with our two kids as well as some daytime care and housekeeping. For the nights this would involve cooking and feeding the children, bathing them and putting them to bed then staying present in the house if they wake or need attention until one of us gets home (usually by 9pm at the latest). The kids are very good at nights as they have a set routine so it wont be difficult once they have gotten to know you. The daytime help would be playing with the kids for a few hours while we do book work or maintance at the restuarant. General help around the house as someone who is part of the family.
As our restaurant has a beautiful garden patio and is always busy, if the applicants are interested, there are lots of small things like gardening to help with there too.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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We have a room in our home which will be your private space, it’s not large but has lots of natural light and a big closet. There is a bathroom next door which will be shared with the kids. The living space (kitchen and living rooms) would be shared and are full of family life. As we are a restuarant family there is always lots of food and cooking so we hope and encourage our guests to join in.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Around 25hrs a week