Nanaimo, Canada

13 reviews13

Art teaching business, flexible hours, cleaning & some cooking

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Practice English
10 travelers recommend this host to practice English
Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Needs help immediately
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help with painting, graffiti, sculpting or drawing.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Fast Internet Access
High-speed internet for you to work remotely
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
6 weeks

The Experience

Our home & business is located in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island; there are many hiking trails and beaches. We have a yoga room you can use. Work days and hours are flexible if you have some work or schooling to do during your stay. We mostly need help with basic house cleaning and art class preparations. You can learn about running your own business and teaching as well as advertising if you choose. You must love dogs as we have 4 :)

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 22 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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13 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Home And Art Teaching Studio


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 10 Practicing English
  • 7 Get in touch with nature
  • 6 Meeting locals
  • 6 Immersing in the local culture
  • 2 Developing social awareness
  • 2 Developing environmental awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 2 4. Quality education



I had a wonderful time with Jen and Jim. Playing with their adorable dogs, who had the cutest puppy eyes, was a real treat. Jim's treasure hunt idea on the first day added excitement to our stay, and his creative input made it even more enjoyable. I got to learn some coding from their son, Damien, which was a pleasant surprise and a great learning experience. Our game nights were loads of fun. It was a relaxing way to unwind, and I appreciated the laid-back atmosphere. (specially for beer lovers) And let's not forget Jen's cooking – her sushi was absolutely delicious, and I'm already

2 months ago



As my first-time volunteering I enjoyed every part of it! Jen and Jim are really kind and generous, more than willing to share the Canadian life style with you. They like to hike and they enjoy to play boardgames and you are welcome to join them, feeling like part of the family while you're there. The 4 labs are adorable and very loyal, with their own unique personalities. Also, to get to know how the business of LOST ARTS CLUB works and to be part of its growing was a really good experience as a professional. I cannot thank them enough for the experience! Ps. I miss the dogs.

5 months ago



I absolutely loved my stay! Jen and Jim are really kind hosts, extremely generous and always looking how to make your stay better. I felt at home during the whole eight weeks, exploring the town and the outdoors during the day and playing super cool board games at night. The fact that you can use the yoga room and all the appliances is also a really nice bonus! And of course, if you love dogs you'll definitely love the four chocolate labs. I really recommend this experience to anyone who is looking for a quiet place to hang around nature and have great chats with the locals.

7 months ago



Well, this was my first experience as a volunteer and I really loved it, Jen and Jim are so kind and they are good people, I also have the opportunity of meting Jen's family and I loved it cause I learned a little bit more about the Canadian lifestyle, they made me feel like if I was in home and I really appreciate that. I wish them the best and I hope to see them again in the future. PS I miss the dogs 🐶

9 months ago



I had a great and quiet time at Jim and Jen's House. They respect your privacy and give you the freedom to do what you feel like, which for me being an introverted person works perfectly. I enjoyed the game nights, the walks with the house dogs, when it is not raining, and the little yoga gym. I learn about the history, nature and current situation in Nanaimo and the Island in general, about breeding and raising dogs and I discover some board games that I never played before. Thank you for a great stay.

10 months ago

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