Hi, we are Dave and Erin, a pair of Canadian teachers combining our unique passions with our love of travel and new adventures. We are taking a leave from our full-time positions to explore different opportunities while working remotely. We want to transfer the value of our skills and experiences into one or more great house sitting gigs. If you have a dog that needs to run, large spaces to look after, a temperamental home or plants that like a little special care, then WE'RE YOUR TEAM!
We are looking to escape into new scenery while exploring professional development, staying active and guarding our budgets. We are both current homeowners and fortunately will have people we can trust living in our homes while we work to care for yours. We both have a great history training and caring for our own pets over the years, as well as extensive experience in house sitting and caring for others' pets in our respective homes. We both also have part-time jobs outside of full time professions which highlight our work ethic and personal passions. Because our remote work is versatile and our adventure level is high, we are very flexible in where we travel to.
I, Dave, absolutely love animals and plants and have been a pet foster for the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA), which ensure your pets will have an experienced caregiver in any extenuating situations! Playing, cuddling, walking or running with pets are daily delights for me.
I am full-time teacher and an independent landscaper/handyman on weekends who loves putting my hands to work outdoors, especially when a furry companion lounges nearby. I have finished renovating my own money pit, so I can handle whatever could arise with a home I am staying in. Having year-round clients with large yards and houses that I maintain regularly, you can be confident in my abilities to manage your pets, yard and home as well.
I, Erin, love to tidy, clean, and organize and I have a no-nonsense approach to daily tasks and addressing any deficiencies as soon as they arrive. As a high school counselor, teacher and vice-president of a provincial leadership organization I manage high levels of stress, constant conflict, timetabling and general drama. Taking a break from all of it will be nice, but rest assured that I can handle any unforeseen situation that may arise.
I am also a provincial campsite supervisor six months of the year so I am competent at managing staff, schedules, and the demands of vacationing guests. I am hyper aware of etiquette and conduct myself as a professional at all times everywhere I travel to.
We stay very busy all year round, so a working vacation is nothing new. We both enjoy lounging with coffees before getting active with exercise or tasks. It is important that we stay somewhere we can explore on foot or by bicycle to keep the days interesting. We have both also traveled extensively, including two years living and working in Europe, two months doing volunteer work in Africa, three weeks building homes in Central America and many more vacations abroad.
As professionals, parents, homeowners, pet owners and small business operators we have a plethora of awesome traits to share with the perfect Housecarer match. Please contact us to find out whether our window of opportunity is open during your required time. You will be glad you did!
Dave and Erin