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Nanaimo
All Year: April to Dec
Area (ha): .5
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 6542
Region: Vancouver Island

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Last Updated: November 30, 2019

Nov 29 2019 Hi travellers, just an update that my next requirements for Help will be in March or April 2020. There isn’t much going on for outside work during the winter and I will be doing some travelling my self in Jan and Feb.

Happy travels.

Thanks for all the responses to my Helpx profile. I really do enjoy meeting people from all around the world and it is great to get some help around my property

I am always in need of someone with handyman or carpenter skills to help with projects around my yard. I need a fence built as well as some of the handyman jobs that require being able to use power tools and some basic woodworking skills. If you are a couple and only one of you have the kind of skills I have mentioned that is Ok I do have other work such as weeding and cleaning so it could work.

CONTACT

Please feel free to send me a message if you feel you have the skills that I am looking for and are interested in coming to stay with us. I can take one person or a couple.

THE WORK

The work requirement for room only is 3 hrs per day per person, or 15 hrs per week, or with food 4 hrs per day per person or 20 hours a week. With food we go shopping together I will pay for your food ($50 per week per person) and you cook for yourself.

HOURS

The hours can be worked in any way you want, example you can work 8 hours one day and then take a day off to explore the island. If you have any other questions please send me an email.

LODGING

Stay for Helpx is always FREE but if you would rather relax or just need a place to stay for a few nights I may be able to accommodate you for $40.00 per night for 1 person and $60.00 for a couple (bed only) just contact me for availability. There is a fully equipped kitchen available to use.

ABOUT ME

I was born and raised in Western Canada. I currently live in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island which is in the south-west corner of the province of British Columbia very close to the city of Vancouver.

MY HOME

My home sits on approx. an acre of land very close to Departure Bay Beach. It has two levels with 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms and 2 kitchens. During the fall and winter I have students staying with me who are attending Vancouver Island University here in Nanaimo, but there is still plenty of room for Helpx travelers.

My home has been extensively updated, is a clean and tranquil place to relax and enjoy island living. I do not do drugs or party. I do not allow smoking in my home and am not willing to accept pets.

ABOUT VANCOUVER ISLAND

Vancouver Island is well known for its beauty and Coastal Playground with so many great activities such as Pacific Salmon Fishing, backcountry hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, bungee jumping and zip lines and even surfing on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Nanaimo is centrally located on Vancouver Island which makes it ideal for day trips to many of the places you may want to experience. I live in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo less than a block from one of many beautiful Beachfront Parks.

There are two bus routes nearby and a store, gas station and restaurants within 2 blocks from my home.

I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, so being a host allows me to meet people from different parts of the world. I am more than happy to share my local knowledge about Vancouver Island BC or Canada and am more than willing to help in any way I can.

I am also interested in doing some activities together such as hiking mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and much more. I work in Forestry and travel on the Island for my work; you would be more than welcome to come along on one of my day trips.

There is so much more...please feel free to contact me so we can discuss if this might be what you are looking for.

If you contact me I generally get back very quickly as I have mobile email.

Thanks Marty

******WARNING ABOUT CANADIAN IMIGRATION*******

WHEN YOU GET TO CANADA DO NOT TELL CANADIAN IMMIGRATION THAT YOU ARE COMING TO CANADA TO WORK FOR FREE ROOM AND BOARD AND DO NOT MENTION HELPX. THEY CONSIDER THIS WORK, AND YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK IN CANADA UNLESS YOU HAVE A WORK VISA. I HAVE HAD PEOPLE DENIED ENTRY INTO CANADA BECAUSE THEY SAID THIS. YOU ARE BEST TO TELL THEM THAT YOU ARE HERE AS A TOURIST AND GIVE THEM THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE FIRST HOSTEL YOU ARE GOING TO STAY IN AND THAT YOU ARE GOING TO STAY IN OTHER HOSTELS WHERE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.


Photos Below
1) This is me on Sugar Loaf Mt which is a nice little 15 min walk from my home and looks down over Departure Bay beach.
2) This is the entrance to my property.
3) One of the gardens in my yard.
4) One of my helpers on my lawn tractor she loved it so much she was going to buy one when she got home.
5) This is my morning coffee spot on my front deck.
6) Two of my helpers on my bikes at the Departure Bay Beach just 1/2 block from my house.

reviews (25)
Helper: Maxime Bugnet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 30, 2019
I've had the chance to stay at Marty's place for a few days last March, he ki... view complete review

Helper: Abi and Dan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 15, 2019
Marty was able to host us last minute and was very accommodating. We felt rig... view complete review

Helper: Tim and Emily Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 29, 2018
We stayed with Marty for about 9 days in mid-September. We stayed in the trai... view complete review

Helper: William MONTAGUT Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 8, 2018
Wow, I had such a great time with Marty. He is very kind and interesting. We ... view complete review

Helper: Alexandra and Jarney Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 2, 2017
Great stay! We stayed with Marty for two weeks. He has a lot of cool proje... view complete review

Helper: Brandan hopkins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: August 15, 2017
Stayed 2 weeks at martys and it was great, it was my first time staying in a ... view complete review

Helper: Yu and Eri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: June 13, 2017
Marty's house is the best place to start HelpX! It was the first time for us... view complete review

Helper: Mathilde and Jérémy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 15, 2016
Sorry for our late review.. Marty was our first helpx and it was a really g... view complete review

Helper: Hsiu hui Huang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: November 3, 2015
Marty is very welcoming, easy going. I spent 2 weeks here as my first HelpX e... view complete review

Helper: Nikita and Geoffroy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 24, 2015
We are two French and we stayed two weeks with Marty. Thank you again for all... view complete review

Helper: Marc andre F.Levesque Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 5, 2015
work for stay at martin house was really fun and it is a very clean and nice ... view complete review

Helper: Richard & Marina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: July 29, 2014
Amazing host. We loved Nanaimo and loved staying with Marty. The work was... view complete review

Helper: Marc Chassagnon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 27, 2014
Hi ! I stayed 3 weeks with Marty. Everything was fine. I had a nice private r... view complete review

Helper: Goretti and Richard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: April 7, 2014
We spent 2 weeks at Marty's house and it's happened to us very quickly. The h... view complete review

Helper: Thomas Blandin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 11, 2013
I spent 2 weeks in Marty's house. I have appreciated my independence, the fre... view complete review

Helper: Cecilia Ciampoli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: June 7, 2013
i enjoy so much nanaimo!! Marty is a beautiful host his house is very prepar ... view complete review

Helper: Ewa Zabek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: May 15, 2013
I had a cool and very flexible stay as Marty's helper. He explained what nee... view complete review

Helper: Maximilian Von Vequel-Westernach Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 10, 2012
Hi I'm Max and I stayed this summer three weeks with Marty. He's a honest guy... view complete review

Helper: Celine and Samuel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 25, 2012
We stayed 2 weeks in Marty house and we passed a very good time. We were very... view complete review

Helper: Tammy Lee Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: April 7, 2011
I recommend all helper to stay their house. I've stayed here for 3 weeks, tho... view complete review

Helper: Iona Innes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 24, 2010
Marty was very welcoming and made me feel very comfortable. He is a generous... view complete review

Helper: Daphné brunet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: August 28, 2010
I stayed with Marty in July 2010 for 10 days and had an amazing time. It wa... view complete review

Helper: Lina Boog Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 14, 2010
I really enjoyed it at martys place! We had a couple of great days on Vancou... view complete review

Helper: Matthew anthony Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 14, 2010
When I stayed at Marty's place I felt very comfortable. Marty went out of his... view complete review

Helper: Dave Burkimsher Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: January 2, 2010
I stayed with Marty on my way back down Vancouver Island after a visit to Qua... view complete review

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