Join us in our rural home & enjoy amazing nature in Vancouver Island, Canada



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  • Description


    *We have ever-changing schedules which means it's best to contact us within a few weeks of when you want to stay
    *We usually host for 1-2 weeks but can be flexible

    We're Jamie and Adam, originally from the UK, we're now living on Vancouver Island in a small village called Youbou with our two dogs. We recently bought our first home to run partially as a holiday rental. The house is in finished condition but our acre of land needs work. We have previously used whilst travelling South America and have had nothing but positive experiences! We've been hosting during 2019 and having a lot of fun so far!

    We both work from home and will be busy sometimes so some of the labour may be solitary.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We moved to rural BC for a quieter lifestyle. The benefit of spending time at our place is to relax and take in the views of the lake, and enjoy the hiking/boating/fishing as well as cultural events that the wonderful Cowichan Valley has to offer.

  • Help


    Cleaning up our acre of land; this involves:

    - Digging some trenches
    - Weeding
    - Tilling soil
    - Laying soil/sowing seeds
    - Transplanting trees and shrubs.
    - Building small retaining walls
    - Harvesting/transporting wood from the forest
    - Splitting wood

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have an apartment suite which you will share with other workawayers from around the world! We will try to give you a private room, but solo travellers may have to share a room. You also get your own bathroom and kitchen, and a stunning view of Cowichan Lake! :D

    We expect 4-5 hours of work a day and will provide you with some vegetarian breakfast/lunch foods and an evening meal (cooked by us or the workawayers) on the days that you work. For days you have off you will be expected to manage your own meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on the side of a mountain so there are some nice walks/hikes around; there's even a waterfall a short walk from our place. Further afield, there is an abundance of hiking, lakes, beaches, and attractions.

    We have a hot tub to hang out in during our cool valley evenings and a swimming pool for the hot summer days.

    We also have two very energetic dogs! Please only contact us if you are 100% comfortable with dogs as they will try to lick your face. Please mention the word JONI in your application. This is so we know you have read everything and you know what to expect! :)

    To get around independently there is a local bus service that goes into the town of Lake Cowichan and many people hitchhike around here as well. Sometimes we drive into Duncan and could take you over to explore that area!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our new west coast home
Lots of wildlife around - woodpeckers, bald eagles, and here are our own Roosevelt Elk who like to pass through our property
Overlooking Cowichan Lake
Our craziest dog, Ella.
Jamie & Adam, kayaking in Ecuador

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Host ref number: 996541769576