[Sust-mar] Volunteer, barter and Wwoofing opportunities
pwatson at chebucto.ns.ca
Sat Feb 2 13:37:16 EST 2008
Submitted by p2 at planetfriendly dot net
[as posted to GoodWork http://www.GoodWorkCanada.ca ]
1) Kayak Helper or Couple, vol/barter, summer, Cape Breton Island NS
2) Organic Farm Movement Volunteers, NL Organics, St. John's Nfld.
3) Go Wwoofing in Canada and Worldwide: volunteer/barter/intern/eco-travl
1) VOLUNTEER/BARTER OPPORTUNITY
Position: Kayak Assistant/General Helper
Organization: Kayak Rental and Tour Business
Location: Cape North, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Start date: June 2008
Live and work in gorgeous, wild Cape Breton. We offer
room and board in exchange for 5-ish hours a day of help.
We run a kayak rentals and tour business minutes from the
Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Rugged mountains,
pristine beaches, salt marshes surround our home (not to
mention the moose). We are a young happy family, we
work an organic garden, make maple syrup and try to get
back to working with the land.
We do not offer a salary, though there is great opportunity
for tips. We offer 3 meals a day, or food for (vegetarian
with seafood-fresh fabulous seafood), variable
accommodation (fully serviced wilderness cabin, a loft
or a tent site). We offer unlimited access to kayaks and
canoes, there is great hiking, birding, beaches, fiddling
music, concerts...no real night life though.
All kayak skill levels (or no skill levels) welcome. Certified
kayakers may have opportunity to assist in guiding (tips
can be $20-$60).
Work includes helping customers, greeting customers,
washing gear and boats, helping customers enter and exit
kayaks, providing information, helping in the garden,
painting, possible help with child care).
We are looking for the summer 2008 season, ideally
including the months of July and August (our busiest time).
See our website at http://www.kayakingcapebreton.ca
Email us at eaglenorth at gmail.com for more information.
2) VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Position: Organic Farm Movement Volunteer
Organization: NL Organics http://www.nlorganics.com
Location: St. John's/Eastern Newfoundland/The Edge of North America
Application deadline: Mar 1, 2008 or as needed
Dates: May 15 2008 or sooner, through the end of October 2008
NL Organics, a local organic farm business in beautiful
St. John's Newfoundland, is offering volunteer positions
to help move the business and the future of food in
the province ahead.
We strive for organic excellence in preparation for the
post petroleum era
We need help with:
* Greenhouse work
* Field work
* Harvesting and Deliveries
* Funding Proposals (even from away!)
* Farmers' Market Sales
* Community Gardening
* Playing Some Great Reggae
* Creating Sustainable Human Powered Farm Machinery
& other Urban Farming Projects
We may be able to offer accommodation and of course food
to those that are willing to volunteer for a longer period.
We live in downtown St. John's and reverse commute to the
farm in a truck soon running off waste vegetable oil.
We produce diverse short season crops for about 60 homes,
restaurants, and the new local farmers market.
Mark is an organic crop and processing facility inspector
and plays the fine reggae music on weekends.
We are going into year 2 of the business growing on about
4 to 7 acres of gorgeous land overlooking Conception Bay.
Please contact us by email at nlorganics AT yahoo.ca
3) Go Wwoofing 2008
What: volunteering/learning/living on organic gardens & farms
Why: fun, experience, learning, community, travel, lifestyle
Where: 70 countries -- 600 locations in Canada alone
Who: all ages and levels of experience
When: spring, summer or fall (some hosts also welcome Wwoofers in winter)
Duration: negotiable -- a few days, weeks or a whole season
Cost: Canadian membership is $40 to $50 per year
What in the World is Wwoofing?
The variety is endless: from prairies, to mountains, to the
ocean shore... from hobby gardens to full-time farms...
from solar-powered homes to ecovillages... from herbs,
to orchards, to livestock... from swimming holes to
gourmet, natural foods cooking.
WWOOF is an international network of organic farms,
gardens and businesses where you can stay and receive
food, accommodation and training in return for your help
and participation. No experience is required, although any
skills you have can be put to good use. There are about
600 locations in Canada alone -- plus 70 other countries
around the world.
Wwoofing is not only for people who want to garden or
farm. There are also opportunities for handy persons,
cooks, teachers, child carers, consultants -- and just
about anyone else.
Wwoofing is what you make it. For some people, it's a way
to learn about organic gardening, perhaps to start a garden,
a farm or business of their own. For others, it's a way to
live healthily and sustainably for a few days, weeks or a
season -- eating well, breathing fresh air, and enjoying
good company. For yet others, it's an experiment with
non-urban living, a foray into a new lifestyle. And, for
those bitten by the travel bug, it's a unique way to travel
the world and experience other cultures.
How does it work? When you join Wwoof Canada, for
example, you pay a $40 membership fee and receive
a booklet with descriptions of all the hosts in Canada.
You agree not to share the Wwoof book with non-members
-- it's only through memberships that the Wwoof networks
are able to exist.
After that, there's no middle man: you read the book, select
one or more hosts that interest you, and contact them
directly. It's up to you to communicate with the host to give
them a good idea of your interests, limitations, time-frame,
etc. Every host is different -- it's important to ask questions
about what kind of work is involved, accommodations,
meals, preferred length of visit, and anything else that's
on your mind.
If you love this planet, have good communication skills
and a positive, can-do spirit, wwoofing is for you. It can
be an inspiring way to connect to our planet in the most
fundamental way -- by living off the land and helping
grow the food we eat every day.
- Peter Blanchard
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