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Help Create & Build a Cafe and an environment that will change peoples lives! in Ontario, Canada

World, North America, Canada, Brantford



Travel dates

27°C, 23:52

About the workproject

We need 6 volunteers

General Maintenance
Help in the house
Charity work
Art project
Help with Computers / internet
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There are always a variety of projects that you can get involved in here! We don’t expect much experience, however for a few projects we need volunteers with relevant experience and skills. If you are keen to learn a new skill, we may be able to help you learn some new skills during your stay! Below are a few examples of what we have done in the past as well as some “live” projects we are looking for help with. This list changes all the time so it may not be up to date, but gives you a flavour of the sort of things you could get involved in!

We are looking for awesome yoga teachers from around the world to give the locals some neat prospective about how styles change and new classes. When writing us please let us know your experience and if you feel confident leading your own class.

If you are able to stay longer (3 months minimum), there are some more specific things we could use your help with and sometimes its possible to offer small $ with accommodation/meals. This is dependant on your skills and experience and the. If we require more than volunteer help and cultural exchange then we supplement financially to at least meet the minimum wage of the country you are in. ( this may include food and accommodation depending on local laws)

CYCLING – Are you a keen cyclist and fancy biking around the local area dropping off healthy food? Starting from Oct 2017, we are looking for someone to help make sustainable deliveries on an electrically-assisted bicycle. Soon enough you will know your way around Brantford on 3 wheels! We can provide road safety and bicycle competence training but an asset to this would be having a valid drivers license in your own country.

VOLUNTEER LEADER – We have had over 100 volunteers staying in 2016, and could use some help from an experienced person in making sure their experience is as good as it can be! If you are organised, enthusiastic about volunteer engagement and full of good ideas this could be a great way to help us! This additional responsibility includes knowing the great things to do in the area, coming up with great new ideas for what volunteers could help with and organising volunteer events.

START A REGISTERED CHARITY – This is a process with many forms to be filled out and ideas to be developed. There is also a lot of government grants that we could apply. If you have experience of some sort that is related to this we would love to see this come alive. Might require a high level of English skill.

CONSTRUCTION – we have many projects popping up all the time that could be in need of some strength, experience and an eye for precision.

If you’re looking for a great place to stay and help while traveling, then we’d love to hear from you! Our short stays are for the minimum of 2-3 months. Below are some examples of the help you can get involved with for the time you are with us. Though we have some of these projects available its not always possible to start or continue them as there is a lot of factors to consider that change our day-to-day schedule. Saying that, please come with an open mind and willingness to help in any way. Also let us know if you have specialized skills that could really be a help ☺️

MARKETING - As the restaurant is just getting up and off its feet we have to let the whole community know about our restaurant. We have outstanding projects for social media, custom shirts, and coupons or flyers. We also have a mascot suit if you fancy acting like a sports mascot for a day! We do have more beds open that are not on our calendar for people with professional experience in construction work, yoga or web design from Dec, Jan and possibly Feb, please state "PROFESSIONAL" in the subject bar of your message to us so we don't miss it. smile

CONSTRUCTION/TRADE: Removing old fences and install large and beautiful new ones in select areas

ART PROJECTS: Are you arty in any way? Then we want to hear from you! We want to be a hub for creative cultural exchange in our community. Whether it’s making beautiful chalk art murals, woodworking sculptures or creating handmade bowls and plates, we’d love to provide a channel for your creativity! We are looking for volunteers with skills in pottery (making mugs and bowls), wood work (making signage, paintings and sculptures), landscaping & design (shrubs, a professional design drawn up for a patio and removing old fences and install large and beautiful new ones in select areas!)! If you have any skills in this area we are keen to hear from you!

About the host

Justin (37)

Host since




Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

Hi and welcome to our awesome project to change the world!

I have been traveling and working in the building industry for ten years. I'm a certified industrial millwright, with a lot of experience and schooling in all the trades. I have led different volunteer groups from all over the world to build a university in Korea in 2011. I have continued to work in different countries as I have travelled around the world and all over Canada. I have also lived in Holland for a year and Australia for more than two.

At the beginning of 2015, we had the chance to purchase a building to create a Cafe Veggie restaurant that currently serves our little city with wholesome locally grown food. In the summer of 2015 we converted an old doctors office into a local, health food restaurant with the help of foreign volunteers from all over the world. This health food restaurant is one of two main focuses this year. The other is our new Yoga studio. It's a chance to gain experience and use your talents artistically, through culinary art and sign art. We are new at this and we seem to continually be organically growing with a new need for marketing, signage and new creative recipes needing to be introduced... One of the reasons this project is so important for our city is that there currently isn’t anything available for the public that is healthy in the downtown area. Nothing! We want to be that presence here and fill that need and be the best servants around. After all I do believe there's no higher calling than service. Or as Gandhi puts it “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • farming
  • help in the house
  • eco projects
  • art projects
  • computer help
  • internet support

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared room, shared apartment

Besides the knowledge and experience you will get, you get free lodging! Our host building is near the restaurant. We have a volunteer apartment with really neat pod bunkbeds, where the layout is similar to a hostel (with bunk beds & storage space), kitchen, living room and laundry facilities on site.

  • shared meals

We prepare lunch and dinner for you and you just take care of making your breakfast.

  • no money is involved