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Victoria
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Area (ha):
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 14665
Region: Vancouver Island

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Last Updated: December 12, 2019

Hi! Thanks for checking us out!

*please note: we are currently booked up until April 2020

We live on a cozy acre of partially forested land nestled in a quiet neighbourhood by the sea just 15 minutes from downtown Victoria by bus - 10 minutes by car. Here we keep 12 chickens, 2 ducks, 5 honey bee hives, our loveable Australian Shepherd named Bandit, our 2 cats (R2D2 and Luke Skywalker), and several small gardens.

We are a 2 minute walk from a major bus route into town and are happy to help with transportation ourselves as well. There are also several small beaches and an oceanside park within walking distance!

Our accommodation includes your own private suite with private bathroom and balcony with ocean view. We also have an outdoor Hot Tub, bicycles, and canoes which we are happy to share!

A bit about us:

After spending 2 years living primitively off the land, Travis returned to Victoria to manage a locally owned hobby farm store. He spends his weekdays there and is at home every evening and weekend working on the garden, with the animals, and on various yard and maintenance projects. Travis is passionate about living sustainably and learning and creating new ways to grow and provide food for our family.

I (Sarah) stay home with our two boys - Tyee, 7, and Kodiak, 4. I am passionate about cooking and baking from scratch and providing a healthy lifestyle for our family. Prior to having children I travelled extensively to many countries around the world and found that my favourite part of travelling was meeting new people. I find that HelpX now continues to fulfill that passion by bringing travellers to me! I am also fluent in French and have some basic Spanish and love any opportunity to practice!

We also share an online business which we are busy actively growing to help support our lifestyle.

We are both highly social people who thrive off having others around and strongly value the idea of living in community and having a low impact on the earth.

What we're up to:

Our main priority right now is our own online business. This requires some of our time in the evenings and so we often need help with childcare during these times.

On the property, with spring just around the corner, we are cleaning up the yard, getting rid of junk and preparing the gardens for the growing season.

The Help:

Our Helpers' daily tasks include dog walking, collecting chicken and duck eggs, tending to the birds' food and water, helping with the kids, general household chores, and pitching in with any of the various projects we have going on at a given time.

We usually need Childcare 2 to 3 evenings a week and sometimes during the day. But we always make sure there is plenty of time for you to do your own thing at other times, it just helps us so we don't have to scramble to find sitters at the last minute!

We don't keep a set schedule or anything like that. Aside from the specific daily tasks, we just ask Helpers to integrate themselves into our family and contribute as needed. We always make sure our volunteers have plenty of time to experience the city and surrounding areas during their stay with us and we like to be amenable and do our best to accommodate Helpers' specific interests and skill sets.

Our Goals:

Our main priority with inviting helpers into our home is to have it feel and function as a community. We have been Hosting Helpers for 6 years now and we have absolutely fallen in love with the experience! Having Helpers around has helped to create a sense of community for our family and provided us with many enriching cultural experiences. We look forward to many more to come!

Can't wait to meet you!

Sarah, travis, Tyee, Koda,
Bandit, Luke and R2


reviews (20)
Helper: Tabea Wisskirchen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 13, 2018
I had an amazing time with Sarah and her family, thank you so much! I stayed... view complete review

Helper: Elodie and Jérémy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 27, 2018
We spent one month with Sarah, Travis and their 2 lovely boys, Tyee and Kodia... view complete review

Helper: Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 22, 2017
I stayed one month with Sarah and Travis and I had a really great time with t... view complete review

Helper: Manuela Behrends Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 31, 2017
Sarah's and Travis's House is a magical place with fantastic views, lots of a... view complete review

Helper: Petra Celadova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: August 18, 2016
It was a lovely month's stay with Sarah, Travis, Tyee and Koda! They made me ... view complete review

Helper: Stefan Verwimp Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: May 19, 2016
I had an amazing stay here. Sarah is very caring/friendly/energetic and cooks... view complete review

Helper: Gwladys and Yannick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 4, 2015
This family is so nice, cool, friendly, funny and helpful! We just stay one... view complete review

Helper: Gonzalo and Sofia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 29, 2015
First of all, we just want to say that there are no words to explain how stay... view complete review

Helper: Gonzalo and Sofia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 29, 2015
First of all, we just want to say that there are no words to explain how stay... view complete review

Helper: Emilie and Alexander Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 31, 2015
We stayed with Travis and Sarah and their family for one month. They have a... view complete review

Helper: Cora Ly Maffioli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: March 5, 2015
My stay at Sarah's was great. She lives in a beautiful area in Victoria, so i... view complete review

Helper: Bianca Wieting Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 25, 2015
I spent more than 3 months at Sarahs and Travis' place and it was awesome! ... view complete review

Helper: Alejandra Koeneke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 20, 2014
It was a great experience to share with Sarah, Travis, Tye, Kodiak and Bandit... view complete review

Helper: Goretti and Richard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: October 16, 2014
Sarah, Travis, Tyee and now Kodiak too are our family! Thanks for giving us... view complete review

Helper: Miguel and Silvia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 25, 2014
For us (Miguel, Silvia and Éire) they'll always be part of our family, 'our f... view complete review

Helper: Alice and Mathieu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: September 20, 2013
:-) Staying with Tyee, Sarah, Travis & Bandit was great! We felt at home, w... view complete review

Helper: Matthieu and Marthe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 28, 2013
Notice to helpers! Are you looking for a welcoming family? endearing? funn... view complete review

Helper: Katarina Spevakova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Slovakia Date: May 10, 2013
I can't say enough nice things. It's amazing to spend a day with people that ... view complete review

Helper: Samuel and Eva Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 20, 2012
Sarah, Travis and the little Tyee are AWESOME!!! As soon as we arrived at the... view complete review

Helper: Veena and David Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 31, 2012
Sarah and Travis were a real pleasure to stay with. They were flexible which ... view complete review

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