Discover the wonderful Canadian Gulf Islands, and help us with permaculture gardening and sailing on Galiano Island, BC




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    We are a family of three (Christian, who works in computer programming ; Martine, who is a professional chef/nutritional consultant and translator, and Lili, our teenage daughter, an avid roller derby jammer, surfer and circus performer, who will be travelling in Europe through the summer). Our family is into gardening, sailing, playing music, kayaking and roller derby. We will be offering opportunities to stay on Galiano Island this summer. We are converting our garden using permaculture principles. We are also applying our sailboat to a variety of purposes including cultural outreach between the Gulf Islands, so extended adventures may be possible.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Depending on your interests, we can teach you cooking, kayaking and sailing at professional level (Christian is becoming a certified sailing instructor this spring, and Martine is a registered professional chef and kayaking guide). We can speak native English and French, intermediate Spanish and beginner Japanese. We are musicians, and love to jam with our visitors and teach musical skills if you are open to it.

  • Help


    This summer, from WorkAway, we're aiming to get some help with gardening and general house/landscape maintenance. General house cleaning tasks, cooking and organizing may also be required.

    In the Spring we will be converting our 800 square foot garden using permaculture principles, building a large Hugelkultur bed and working to improve our current automated watering system. We will also start plants indoors and outdoors, select and plant new crops using companion planting principles. We will be rebuilding our compost system as well.

    By mid summer we will require help with weeding, and with keeping the grounds tidy, including simple grass cutting, collecting leaves and brown matter for composting and trail maintenance.

    At the end of the summer and into the fall, we participate in the local fruit and vegetable gleaning project, and do a lot of wild crafting and harvesting. Your help would be welcome in this too.

    We also have a large sailboat that is always in need of various kinds of maintenance and cleaning.

    Martine is a professional chef who offers catering services through the summer - if you are interested in helping out with cooking and serving during paid events, we would welcome your participation and we would pay you for this portion of your work.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a variety of options, including a small room in the main house, a protected tent platform with electricity and wi-fi access if you like to sleep in the great outdoors, or a very small but private outbuilding, which has electricity, heat, a small desk and wi-fi. We also have a few good places to pitch a tent when the weather is warm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Galiano Island is well placed for Pacific Northwest adventures, roughly equidistant between Vancouver, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. Including our island as a midway stop for your travels around our area is a great option. Galiano offers an amazing natural environment, spectacular hiking and kayaking/boating opportunities, and many recreation options. Locals engage in soccer, ball hockey, ultimate frisbee, creative and contemporary dance, circus arts, roller derby/skating, ping pong, tea kwon do, pickle ball, creaand those opportunities are open to visitors as well. We have an amazing little arts center which hosts a variety of workshops, music shows, and art exhibits. We have bicycles and scooters available for our visitors who have a valid driver's license (there is no reliably available public transportation on our island at the moment, but there is a community bus which runs at peak hours).

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    4 hours per day (5 days per week)

Host ref number: 878355241115