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Area (ha): 0.1
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 48577
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: May 25, 2016

A Gardener looking for a fellow gardener.

Beth is a very active gardener, this year we have had a landscaping plan made for our back yard. You can see an image of the master plan for our yard in the photo section. We will be making some new garden beds and that will require removing sod, adding soil and covering the new soil with mulch and then planting some new plants. I want to make the front yard all edible plants, on the side of the house a shade garden and then tidy up around my vegetable garden and cover around it with straw. We have a very large yard and are going to be landscaping our yard over the next several years. If you love to garden and like playing in the dirt, we would be happy to host you.

We will provide free meals and accommodation. You can join us at our meals or make your own meals in our kitchen using our food supplies. You will have a private furnished room with a queen sized bed. We only have one room with a queen sized bed, we can host an individual or a couple. You will enjoy a casual setting in our home. You will learn what it is like to live in Canada, particularly in western Canada. All we ask is a maximum of 4 hours a day for 5 days a week, or the equivalent of 20 hours/week.

We only speak English. We are happy to host people who want to improve their English, we have a lot of experience doing this.

There are two of us; Beth and Joel. We have two grown sons, one lives in China with his wife, the other lives with his wife on an acreage 60 km from our home. We both work full-time, I work for two doctors as an EMG tech. Joel works for a municipality in finance.

We have a lot of experience with foreign students. We have actively participated in international exchange programs & organizations over the past 25 years. The students that we have hosted have been from Argentina, Finland, Japan, Australia, Germany, Denmark, China and Korea. The length of stay of the students has ranged anywhere from a week, to three months, to a year or more. In 1992 we sponsored a refugee from Ethiopia, she was 20 years old when she arrived. During the four years that she lived with us, we helped her to get settled and supported her while she completed two years of a post-secondary diploma. She moved out of our house in 1996. She has since become a Canadian, completed a university degree and is married with two children.

Currently we are volunteering helping two families settle in Canada; one family is from Iraqi, the other is from Syria. We enjoy helping others a learning about new cultures.

We have two retired greyhound racing dogs and Beth does some volunteering with a greyhound rescue and occasionally we foster new dogs off the track. Joel's hobbies are nature photography and we both like woodworking.

Here is some information about Edmonton & Alberta:

World-Class Festivals: Locally known as “The Festival City”, Edmonton’s year-round entertainment keeps the city interesting and fun. During the summer months, there’s usually a festival every weekend such as The Works Art and Design Festival, The Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and K-Days, which is the biggest festival in the city.

North America’s Biggest Mall: West Edmonton Mall is an attraction in itself; 800 stores, skating rink, indoor waterpark, amusement park with rollercoasters, a lake with a full-size ship, dozens of restaurants, and a themed hotel, you could actually stay at the mall for an entire week and not get bored.

Beautiful Jasper: The Canadian Rockies are one of the most beautiful places on Earth and Edmonton is the perfect starting point for visiting the mountain town of Jasper, Alberta. Fort Edmonton Park
Fort Edmonton Park: Representing the history of Edmonton, Canada’s largest living history museum, see what life was like back in the late 1800’s.

Edmonton’s River Valley: If you’re visiting the city during the warmer months, it’s worth taking time to visit the North Saskatchewan River Valley, a wonderful area to for a jog, a bike ride, or even cross-country skiing if you visit during the winter months. You’ll also find the Valley Zoo, and Muttart Conservatory, which houses various climate-controlled greenhouses in futuristic pyramid-style buildings.

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