Hello workawayers -
I work full time at a university in the city and we have a hobby farm an hours commute from work. Travel isn't in the cards for us right now, so we'd like the world to visit us. My children at home are 13 and 16 years old plus teenaged exchange students, and my grandchild pops through after school some days. We live in a small house on an 8 acre hobby farm just outside a village east of Canada’s capital city - Ottawa. We enjoy the many festivals, shopping & entertainment the large city has to offer and cool off at Calypso Water Park.
On our farm there are:
• 1 Norwegian fjord horse who needs an intermediate or better rider (and I have neither time nor talent!)
• 3 miniature horses - 1 trained for driving
• indoor and barn cats
• 4 dogs
• a dozen chickens
The children are determined, accepting and enjoyable, and are welcoming to visitors. We have hosted high school students through exchange programs for years and have enjoyed learning about little pieces of Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, Japan and China through the students who joined our family.
As with most children, mine are more than happy to help you practice English!
You can catch a ride into Ottawa on my way to work in the morning and be a tourist until a ride home with me at the end of my day.
University students looking for a place for themselves and a horse are welcome to contact me.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are a normal, busy family who like sharing our home and our country with others.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
With work and children there are never enough hours in the day so there are several short term and larger projects available in the barn and the yard.
Timings are very flexible. We will provide room and board. Food is simple and plentiful, summer shopping is frequently local markets but convenience foods do occur.
Sharing (or taking over) meal prep is appreciated.
The ever changing list:
house work (always)
Painting- just walls, not pictures
Brushing miniature horses and fjord horse (fluffy lawn ornaments)
Intermediate riders to exercise fjord horse
tidy flowerbeds (summer)
Shovel snow on paths (winter)
Driving children to activities
Drain tiles at the barn
Moving the electrical and water in the barn
Securing the barn tin (at the top of a ladder)
...anything you can suggest?
My teens enjoy card games, board games and hanging out. The chance to meet people from other cultures is an important part of "life education".
Short term stays are welcome since we have several smaller projects.
We have space for 1, possibly 2 people:
- there basement bedroom with a twin bed is away from the bustle of the house. The bedroom on the main floor is taken over by an exchange student September to June.
We're a little old fashioned about opposite sex (or same-sex couples) as roommates, so we can provide separate rooms for couples who aren't married.
- wifi is available, please don't do large downloads
Pick up at the airport, train or bus can be arranged depending upon my schedule of the day.
We are a Roman Catholic family and practice our faith in our lives, including frequent Mass attendance and daily prayer. You don't have to join us, but you need to respect our faith as we will respect you. If you'd like to attend your own faith, we'll assist in getting you where you need to be.
Two of us require a gluten free diet, so we can provide gluten free and do healthy meals.
We eat meat, we raise our own chickens for meat, we are not vegetarians (but like veggies). We cannot provide a special diet but can add extra of what you do eat. If you are vegetarian and it's your turn to cook, we'll happily be vegetarian-for-a-day as often as you’d like!
No smoking anything, and absolutely no drugs, our neighbour is a (very nice) police officer. (Safe neighbourhood!)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our rural internet is a little difficult but you are welcome to bring your laptop and job with you. Most of what we’d ask of you can be worked around times you are already scheduled.
Water and electricity at the front of the barn and a free city septic dump just a few kms away. I am comfortable hosting more than one person if you are bringing home with you.
Completely depending upon the pets. We have quite a few ourselves and health and safety of all people and animals is very important.
3-5 / day (max 25 hrs)
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