Looking for help in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada



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    Dear Work-Awayers :-)

    We are a Dutch couple who have lived in Canada for 5 years. We have shared our home with many travellers for the last 10 years in both Australia and in Canada. We have two dogs, a 10 year old Samoyed x retriever boy called Juneau, and an 8 year old Husky x lab girl called Lyla.

    We are seeking help with the following:

    - We have moved to Vancouver Island and have just purchased a home. For this reason we are seeking two backpackers that are willing to help with the following:

    > We are in need of significant garden help: we are looking to uproot and move plants, take out gravel and small rocks and lay grass/gras matts instead (the yard looks like a botanical garden but our dogs are not big fans..other than the word "garden bed" has gotten a real new meaning in our home :-D

    > We are also looking for skilled helpers who can extend our current wooden deck, help us empty a small pond and the rocks around it, possibly break down the current wooden structure that is set up on the deck

    > We have some small painting projects still to be done (guestroom, some door frames

    > If you have professional skills that could help us build a new fence that would even be more amazing

    We offer food and board for up to two travellers. Sharing our guest room would be most preferred, however a bed can be set up in my office room (it has own toilet). You will have access to your own bathroom. We have hosted many workawayers and travellers for many years and have had great mutual experiences. We are happy to provide you with references from our previous travellers.

    We are a Dutch professional couple no kids, and speak fluent German , conversational French and Italian and other European languages some sentences here and there :-) Please contact us for more information. We do typically have 1 or 2 (video based) interviews to ensure we are a good match for each other.

    Here are the aptitudes/attitudes that are required:

    -no signs of being sick (coughing, fever, other flu sign symptoms)
    -no smoking at all (very allergic), no drugs and no excessive use of alcohol
    - mutual respect
    -open communication

    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Thanks so much,
    Monique and Ingo

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Being part of Canada's most beautiful province BC, will give them the experience of mountains, lakes, forests and waterfalls. We have traveled extensively throughout the world and understand what it is like for backpackers to have a place to call home

  • Help


    garden chores - restructuring the yard, removing and moving plants - implementing lawn sections
    extending our current wooden deck and removing a small pond surrounded by small rocks
    some painting

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Danish: Beginner
    Greek: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    one bedroom - twin bed, single mattress can be added or extra bed can be set up in office room
    access to your own bathroom
    We live in a rancher in Nanaimo, 5 min from the beach

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    What else ...

    We do not tolerate any drug or alcohol abuse and our entire property is fully non-smoking/non vaping. We have a lot of respect for our guests and we require the same. We enjoy showing people around, share meals and stories (lots of travel stories :-) but it is based on mutual respect and reciprocity in helping each other out.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    5 hours

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