We are a couple in our 30s who started up a small eco-hostel in spring 2018 in the Codroy Valley of southwest Newfoundland, 30 minutes from the ferry to Nova Scotia. We're looking for motivated helpers this year who are genuinely interested in learning with us how to live sustainably and sharing skills. Possibility of both short- and long-term stays, depending on the situation. Attention winter volunteers! If you'd like to come hang out at our place this winter (March-May), we'd be happy to have people around but please know that other than chopping of wood and other odds & ends, there is much less work at that time so please be expected to pitch in for groceries and help with cooking (for us- not for hostel guests).
Currently we rent out the entire inn rather than individual beds (due to Covid) but our vision is to make it less about tourism and more about sustainability education and permaculture in action. We'll still be a hostel but with lots of activities on the go every day, whether it's food & gardening workshops, "free school", movie screenings, sports & games, stretching, meditation, music, festivals, etc. All skills and knowledge could potentially be teachable to community members, tourists, even us. Ideally, our helper would want to build this place with us and be part of our team. Our goal is to share a co-op type space where different people take care of it throughout the year. Volunteers with specific skills are also encouraged to lead community workshops! Locals have been quite receptive to events we've pulled off lately so there's even the potential for you to make a little cash for your efforts.
We built an 18 foot geodesic dome greenhouse in 2018. This year, we hope to work on some the following projects: outdoor clay rocket stove/oven; mass rocket heater for the greenhouse; balcony for our lounge/cinema/event space; willow tree gazebo; bicycle-powered washing machine; rainwater collection; mushroom cultivation; composting & humanure; kelp harvesting; furniture construction from salvaged materials; murals & art projects; horticulture & landscape design; alternative energy generation; structural repairs; permaculture & gardening help; trail construction; pond building; brewing.
We're open to experimentation and have space to let volunteers explore their passions and projects, even if not on the above list. We expect helpers to put in 5-6 hours a day (9-12 and 2-5), 5 days a week. In exchange for help, fresh vegan cooking ingredients are provided on work days (everyone is expected to take turns in the kitchen), as well as ample free time to explore the area. On weekends, helpers are welcome to help themselves to food & herbs from the garden but must take care of other food items on their own. This year, we'll be doing "happy hour" every evening at 5pm, when we can all throw in the towel and relax.
We live at a dead end, on a river surrounded by mountains with impressive hikes, are steps away from a beautiful beach, and offer kayaks & bikes to our helpers. Our rural community is small and tight-knit. We have WiFi but no TV. We live simply, with a vegan diet, avoiding processed products. Our garden provides much of our food. Our cats wander freely both outdoors and indoors. Individual helpers may stay in a bed; couples must camp (in summer). We strive to live with mindful intention but don't take ourselves too seriously. English, French, Italian, some Spanish, and a smackering of other languages spoken. LGBTQ friendly.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Helpers will have the opportunity to live in a simple, rural setting with mindful consumption & the freedom to explore their passions. We are open to new suggestions about off-grid living and always happy to learn and share knowledge. We want helpers to have a fun and enriching experience here!
What you are encouraged to help with: mass rocket heater for the greenhouse; balcony for our lounge/cinema/event space; willow tree gazebo; bicycle-powered washing machine; rainwater collection; mushroom cultivation; composting & humanure; kelp harvesting; furniture construction from salvaged materials; murals & art projects; horticulture & landscape design; alternative energy generation; general permaculture & gardening help; trail construction; pond building.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Individual helpers may stay in a dorm bed. Couples must camp (in the summer). There is a lot of camping space and we can provide a tent/bedding.
WiFi included, no TV.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The space isn't ideal for heavy concentration, but we do have pretty strong internet (not for gaming!) and we will do our best to respect your privacy.
Our driveway is big enough.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week