Are you interested in doing some research and development for an on-farm 'Forest School' in southwestern Ontario, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    The idea: With COVID19 and the locking down of our children, we would like to figure out how to develop our farm into a Forest School. I have done some preparatory work but need an Executive Assistant who would do the research and development. Tasks include: reaching out to the Forest School and Waldorf education communities; determining what kind of programming could work; conducting some outdoor learning experiences; preparing a business plan that includes a social media plan and community outreach.

    Our Farm: My husband and I farm 200 acres near Glencoe, Ontario which is half way between Toronto and Windsor/Detroit in the Thames River watershed. To get to our place, book a ticket with VIA trains to Glencoe. We'll pick you up. We live ten minutes away from the Glencoe train station. Please look at our calendar to see if your travel plans coincide with our months of need.

    Growing evidence shows that managing animals for soil health and regenerating pastures is one of the most important climate change strategies. To fix carbon on our farm, we care for cattle and we eat our pasture-raised meat. If you are a vegan or have intense diet restrictions, our farm is not a good fit.

    There is no vehicle for you to borrow. This is a place for you to explore two hundred acres of nature at your back door. This is a place to cool out, practice yoga, meditate or do gardening in the evening. We have bicycles for you to explore the backroads of Southwest Middlesex. If you intend to use the bicycles, please study bicycle road safety and bring proper reflective road gear. This is a community of older drivers and cycling on the roads is actually quite risky.

    We are involved in the community and often there are local projects to help with too.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is an English immersion environment. Mary can help you with your book studies but mainly this is a chance to speak and converse in a pure English environment. Mary also does pronunciation coaching using some of the great Youtube videos that help with the science of pronunciation.

    Southwestern Ontario is a very special part of Canada. We are halfway between Toronto and Detroit City. The geography is flat and the main activity is conventional cropping of corn and soya beans. There is LOTS of rural culture here! This is Canada! Lots of music, church suppers, social activities, and small town celebrations.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    With COVID19 and the locking down of our children, we would like to figure out how to develop our farm into a Forest School. I have done some preparatory work but need an Executive Assistant who would do the research and development. Tasks include: reaching out to the Forest School and Waldorf education communities; determining what kind of programming could work; talking to local teachers and principals; reaching to to homeschool families to discover their needs; conducting outdoor learning experiences on-farm for small groups of children; preparing a business plan that includes a social media plan and community outreach.

    This is no small task but it is a great opportunity for the right person who is emerging from teacher's college or taking a break from teaching. Also a good fit for any social entrepreneur who loves kids and nature. Or anyone who is concerned about addressing the growing mental health crisis.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Mary has a Teaching English as a Foreign Language diploma and can offer a total English immersion experience with coaching in speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, listening. English learners, if motivated, share their exercises with Mary in the evening so she can help them with their formal program. More typically, she corrects pronunciation and explains the dreaded phrasal verbs! Mary and Ross include their worker guests in many family social activities so be prepared to meet many people and speak, speak, speak.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house has two bedrooms. There is a full kitchen and the house could be developed into a Forest School indoor class room. The house is 6 kilometres from the village of Glencoe and a one-hour drive from the city of London.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a perfect place for people who live busy urban lives to take a break and enjoy the silence, the stars, the quiet evenings, the forest, the creek, and the Thames River.

  • 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.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week














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