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Positions: Work-Stay Resident Volunteers
Centre: Bethlehem Centre
Accommodation: a beautiful room, shared bathroom (with one other live-in resident). with a lounge overlooking the lake, and 3 meals/ day included
Location: Nanaimo, Vancouver Island BC

About Bethlehem:

Nestled in the shadows of Mt Benson, on beautiful Westwood Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Bethlehem is a Centre that welcomes individuals and groups exploring spirituality and seeking a non-judgmental sacred place for contemplation, learning, and community.

Our vision embraces “spirituality without borders” and we maintain the tradition of hospitality that has long been part of the Centre’s strength. We believe that there is a connectedness in humanity in our search for meaning and spirituality, and we collaborate with partners to offer programs that help people evolve in ways that expand our consciousness and connectedness to each other, our communities, and our planet.


Located on Westwood Lake in a natural setting, we operate year-round and offer our guests opportunities to connect with their spiritual path through programs and events. Our Volunteer Work-Stay Residency program offers you the opportunity to get involved and make a contribution to the vision of this unique spiritual centre on Vancouver Island.

In your role as a resident, you're a member of our team. You will support the operation in guest service, hospitality, and caring for the grounds, as well as, being on call overnight for emergencies. A beautiful room, shared bathroom (with one other live-in resident), a lounge overlooking the lake, and three meals per day are included in this experience that lasts 3-4 months. Longer terms may be available. We welcome applications on an ongoing basis for the two positions. If there are no positions available when you apply we will keep your name on the waiting list until a spot comes available.

To Apply:

Please send your letter of interest, with your background and the reason why you would like to be in this position at the Bethlehem Centre to Donya Sutherland Baker, Executive Director.

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

The following dates are available for our 2022 year:

  • May 10, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022
  • Oct 10, 2022 - Feb 15, 2023
  • Feb 10, 2023 - June 15, 2023

Accommodations: Private room with shared lounge and bath.

Benefits and Learning:

As a part of the team, you will learn how to interact with our guests who come from all different backgrounds. Learn new skills through diverse work on the grounds. Have the opportunity to explore Vancouver Island on your time off. Participate in programs when available.

On your time off:

Bethlehem is located right on Westwood lake which is great for seasonal swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking. There is a 6.7KM hiking trail and several biking trails nearby. The property also has a fruit and veggie stand on Saturdays, a labyrinth, and a reflective pond. There are many things to do and explore in the Nanaimo area, as well as Vancouver Island. Check out the local websites for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island Travel to learn more. In addition, you are welcome to take part in available Bethlehem Centre programs, at no charge, in your free time.








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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 1 2022    ID: 62720