Volunteering

2019 Opportunities

We are welcoming volunteers to learn and build with us a 2 bedroom ‘Earthship inspired’  home on Vancouver island and to help develop our community gardens and learning centre. No prior building experience is required, an interest in natural building is.

We are looking for people willing to commit to three weeks or longer; kitchen lead and helpers, builders and/or garden helpers.

Delicious and nutritious food is key to a happy crew. We typically serve a wide range of food, including fresh veggies, meat, seafood, and eggs. Vegetarian option is available. Typically, we serve 8-10 people per day (Monday to Friday) for lunch, and provide support for dinner preparations. The kitchen is available on weekends for all volunteers to use.

Our Earthship building season is May to October. We accept volunteers throughout the year to help with the gardens and learning centre.

Email susanmdoig@gmail.com for an application and information package.

you bring

  • positive attitude
  • sense of humour
  • willingness to work hard and enjoy the process
  • desire to build community and contribute to a positive experience
  • ability to commit to working for a period time
  • interest and/or knowledge in permaculture, natural building, including earthship construction
  • work boots, gloves

we provide

  • tent space, RV parking (no services).
  • the  basic breakfast ingredients in a communal kitchen
  • a full, nutritious lunch and snacks Monday to Friday
  • Dinner is potluck or your own arrangements. Kitchen is available for you to use.
  • equipment, tools

summer 2019 work plan

Our focus for summer 2019 is on finishing the tire pounding of the rear and wing walls and the tire foundation in the green house. We will also be installing the main water tanks, and framing of the roof.

The gardens and food forest development, care and harvesting is another opportunity to share you skills, or desire to learn.

short stays

You are welcome to come and stay and pitch in for a day, few days or a week. It is a wonderful way to meet others interested in natural building, especially Earthship construction. Cost to stay includes kitchen access for breakfast and dinner, a full lunch, and a space to tent. We have an outdoor shower you are welcome to use. Cost $10/day

working bees

We host 3 weekend working bees one each in June, July and August. Your stay includes kitchen access for breakfast, a full lunch, a potluck dinner and a space to tent. We have an outdoor shower you are welcome to use. Cost $10/day

Other duties

Community Gardens 

Garden layout is completed, volunteers help prepare and establish garden beds and community orchard.  There are a dozen fruit trees, 5 of 12 raised garden boxes have been built using waste wood from the sawmill. We are also establishing a giant sunflower growing space. Each of the petals will be a keyhole garden.

Sawmill: Our onsite portable sawmill is used to cut dimensional lumber for construction of outbuildings and theDoighouse.  Volunteer that wish to learn will have an opportunity to help Tony on the sawmill. There is a safety orientation. NOTE: The sawmill is not in operation if there is a risk of forest fire.

This is the sawmill we use to cut dimensional timber.

Chipping: Tree limbs under 4″ in diameter are chipped and piled for use in the community garden beds to be used as mulch or garden paths.  A wood chipper is on site and available to make this a easy cleanup job. Chipping can be done anytime there is a pile.  We also use the chipper to chip tree bark for forest trails and community garden paths. 

Firewood:  Logs are ready and waiting to be sawed into 16″ lengths, split and stacked into cords.  We have a 25 tonne log splitter on-site to take the ‘hard work’ out of splitting.

Things to do (besides work)

All work and no play is no way to spend your life. There are so many things to do on Vancouver island, the local islands and in our area. Except for our 3 working bees, we take Saturday and Sunday off, so do our volunteers, so that we can rest, recharge and have time to play.

You may wish to check out the following places:

Free Spirit Spheres cool, quirky and truly unique spherical tree-houses offer an exquisite combination of back-to-nature experience with the trendy phenomenon of ‘glamping’.

Horne Lake Caves Park is a caving, adventure tourism, company for many ages and abilities located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Lighthouse Country Regional Trail Take a step away from the beach and walk, run or ride the north and south loops of the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail (LCRT) located in Bowser and Qualicum Bay. The level grade and connection to more trails in the surrounding Crown forest and Wilson Family Woodlot make it easy for everyone to get out and get active while enjoying the beauty of our rare Coastal Douglas-fir forest. NOTE: you’ll cross this trail when you are on the driveway to theDoighouse. You can wander the path everyday.

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Impressive waterfalls cascade down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forested setting bordered by steep mountain peaks at this park, one of the most beautiful parks on central Vancouver Island.

Milner Gardens and Woodlands Experience the magic of 28 hectares (70 acres) of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest.

O.U.R Ecovillage is a permaculture based intentional community and sustainable education demonstration site.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Majestic old growth trees, beautiful ocean sunsets and an inviting, wide sandy beach with campsites nestled amongst mature Douglas fir trees makes Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville one of the premier vacation destinations on Vancouver Island.

good eats

Here’s a few places to check out for food, live music and of course beer!

Crown & Anchor Roadhouse Pub A five minute walk from theDoighouse; live music, meat draws, karaoke, and jam sessions.

theDoighouse radically sustainable, 'Earthship' inspired, off grid home, food forest and Learning Centre on Vancouver Island, BC