We are a retired couple, living in a beautiful seaside community on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, 35 minutes drive or 50 minute bus ride to a ferry (40 minute ferry ride) with easy connections to downtown Vancouver. Our home is on Porpoise Bay with 2/3 of an acre of trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables.
*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️ We are non-smokers and definitely NOT interested in Workawayers who smoke. We also both have respiratory challenges and do not want workawayers who wear colognes and perfumes. We have free wifi available but we require you NOT be on your phones while working.
At this time we are specifically interested in someone (or two) who can help with some supervised simple construction as we need to restore our decks and stairs to the ocean. We need vegetable & flower garden work and help around the house. Experience with interior house painting is useful and if you like to cook that's great too -- we can take turns or if you really love it you can do it all. One of us is vegetarian.
One of us has taught English as a second language and speaks Spanish badly; the other -- a singer/songwriter -- has an English major degree (a while back) and is hugely capable of helping with learning English if requested. He also no longer hears well so it means slow, clear speech is a requirement.
We generally like a workaway duration of one week to 10 days but two weeks is sometimes available too.
We have kayaks and a rowboat which you may us. We have clams,to dig, and sometimes mussels & oysters on the beach below our home. If you like to fish we have a bit of equipment (we aren't fishers) several types of salmon and rockfish (red snapper) are often caught in the inlet, but you must have a license. We have bikes, tennis, pickleball paddles and other sports equipment and are in easy walking distance to a large wilderness park with huge Douglas fir trees and many other species. This area is known for outdoor activities and visits from animals, mainly deer, racoons, black bears, sometimes elk.
The bus a few blocks from our house connects to many places of interest on the Sunshine Coast. We'll take you to special places not accessible by bus on days off.
Sechelt is partially located on a First Nations Reservation so there are aboriginal people & places of their culture to visit, a small museum and various cultural events. We have a good library, movie and live theater and some sort of festival or happening almost every weekend. There is also golf, racquet sports, swimming in lakes, swimming in the inlet we live on, many hikes and the ocean (Georgia Strait, also known as the Salish Sea) and a lovely indoor pool in town. There are markets and small malls plus many waterfront walks in both lower towns (Gibson's and Sechelt) & marine attractions.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Travellers can learn english, the history of this area, much about the First Nations people who settled this land centuries ago -- water sports, hiking and a deep connection with the natural world. If the timing works they can also visit the famous Skookumchuck Narrows.
Outside: Gardening and General Maintenance, which could include moving soil, rocks, pruning trees, weeding, vegetable garden maintenance, help with small construction projects, painting. A person should be comfortably able to lift a small bag of concrete in and out of a wheelbarrow, for example.
Inside: Help with painting, cooking, cleanup, vacuuming, general & special housework.
A large, oceanfront upstairs bed sitting room with a balcony overlooking Porpoise Bay. The room has a large sofa, a TV, two comfy beds. Almost exclusive use of a large upstairs bathroom tho' we occasionally use that shower. Workawayers are free to use most of the rest of the house, the gardens, large deck off the house and the decks down by the sea.
There's is a bus stop a few blocks from our home. The bus goes directly to the town of Sechelt, (15 minute walk, 10 minute bus ride) where a transfer can be made to Halfmoon Bay to the north and also to the south of the peninsula with two other interesting small towns, many hikes, beaches and to the passenger/car ferry (about 50 minutes by bus and 40 minute beautiful ferry ride across the Salish Sea to West Vancouver, then bus into the city or north to the Squamish, Whistler sports areas.
When we can we will drive you to Sechelt or other places.
The Sunshine Coast is one of the most beautiful unspoiled areas in the lower mainland of B.C., featuring untold opportunities for hiking, water sports, biking, fishing, cross country skiing. Our area is known world wide as a prime scuba diving venue. Skookumchuk narrows, a world renowned tidal phenomenon is a one hour drive + one hour hike away -- passing beautiful clear lakes along the way. The city of Vancouver (40 minutes by bus/car plus 40 minutes by ferry) is a world class city worth going online to check out. The towns of Whistler & Squamish are +/- two hours away offering world class skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing and partying -- you do need a bit of money for the skiing and partying!
One could also just lounge on one of our three decks, one of which down by the ocean and contemplate your navel - a local expression for relaxing that I hope doesn't offend anyone.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4/5 hours a day, 5 days a week or a flexible schedule that suits both parties
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