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Persons: 4
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 11784
Region: Nova Scotia

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Last Updated: July 18, 2017

** We are looking for a few volunteers from about July 20th onwards with some experience who can work autonomous at times (we are never far away though)**

We are also looking for volunteers with some handyman skills. We have bought a second building with a great history and some awesome architecture... unfortunately it was also in need of a lot of work. The pub/cafe downstairs is a fair way along, with the bar left to be built and a lot of trim work/finish work. The upstairs is still wide open but will be turned into three rooms with en-suite bathrooms... lots of work there :-).**

We are a home style backpackers hostel with approximately 20 beds. We do our best to create that comfortable, clean place where guests feel welcome and at ease. A relaxed atmosphere (we hope at least ;-), with campfire evenings, lobster boils, and scallop dinners. We are a Lonely Planet TOP Choice because we care, and we would like anyone that comes to help us for a while to care as well.

Located right at the Bay of Fundy our area is known for whale watching (June through to October is the best time), artist communities, historic sites (we are right near the oldest permanent European settlement in Canada), farmers markets, seafood, and of course the highest tides in the world.

We do ask for flexibility, but this goes both ways of course! Guests will ask you all kinds of questions on things to do in the area, so a stay of at least 3 weeks would be appreciated (as it will help you get to know the area a little as well). Late evenings (11pm arrivals) would be required whenever late check-ins are expected. No worries: we normally do not accept arrivals after 11pm, so this is not an all-night kind of deal!

Usually we would ask for about 4 hours a day in exchange for a dorm bed and breakfast, with some days off. Occasional lobster suppers, scallop dinners and seafood chowders can be included as well. Hours do depend on type of work (laundry and cleaning or renovation work make for a much harder day than easygoing reception while watching tv or reading a book with the occasional question or check-in).

We need you to be pro-active and help guests BEFORE they even ask for it.

Socializing is considered part of the deal: please do try and be friendly with guests, don't lock yourself in a room or ignore all other guests once you're done with your bit. Hospitality is an ongoing effort: we put it in and we ask you to do the same. On the other hand, if you have a chance to go and explore for the day with others: just let us know and we can work it out.

Some busy days we'd ask you to work longer, other days you're welcome to take the day and explore. You're always welcome to take one of the bicycles. Please note we have a cat.

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