The Big Bar Ranch
The Big Bar Ranch was created in 1936 and expanded throughout the century, with new space added to host guests from the coast. It is a working guest ranch with horses, jersey cows, chickens, pigs, and goats. Farmstay volunteers help with the ranch, and may help from time to time on the property as well. Volunteers help for an average of 6 hours per day, with the day starting earlier or later depending on the heat.
The Big Bar Ranch is run by Amber and Bryan, together with their new baby - the three of them are a young, and active family, who can be seen always rushing around the farm. The entire family helps out around the farm and lends a hand with all farm chores, including cooking.
Amber and Bryan are outdoorsy people, and they take on volunteers because they love meeting people from around the world. Dinner time at their home is a good time for them and the volunteers to talk and discuss the events of the day.
Clinton, BC is situated in the traditional territory of the Secwepemc First Nation. They call the region around Clinton, BC - 'Secwepemculecw'. Click here to learn more about the native people of this region.
Clinton was founded by European immigrants in the 1800's and is known for its outdoor attractions, such as horse-back riding, big game viewing, hiking, and fishing. Clinton is home to one of British Columbia's oldest events, the Clinton Annual Ball - a dance and rodeo, held each May for 149 years.
Clinton is situated on the 'Interior Plateau' near the Cariboo Region of BC. It is a dry area, with mountains, and canyons, among the most notable of which is the Painted Chasm, about 20km from Clinton.
What to Expect at the Big Bar Ranch
All farmstay volunteers will live with the family in a private room. In some cases, if there are a lot of guests, the room may be shared with another volunteer - though this is very rare. Each room comes equipped with bedding and access to wifi. All meals are provided by the family.
Farmstay volunteers are asked to help out for about 6 hours per day. This is done between 8.30am and the early evening - with specific hours determined by the temperature, the hotter the day, the earlier work starts.
Possible farmstay volunteer duties include:
- working outdoors
- assisting with daily animal feeding and cleaning
- establish and tend to vegetable and herb gardens
- weeding gardens and watering them
- cutting the grass
- painting around the farm (if needed)
- assisting with general farm duties from time to time (everyone participates)
Experience Education Services
We at Experience Education have matched you with this farmstay, based on the preferences you indicated in your registration documents. In the email that directed you to this web page you will find an attached bus ticket and letter. The bus ticket will take you to the Big Bar Ranch, and the instructions will give you more detailed transportation directions, and contact information for Amber and Bryan.
During your placement we would like you to complete a report each 1-2 weeks. This is optional - but it is an important tool to help us keep track of how you are doing. You can complete those reports by clicking here.
If there are any urgent issues during your transfer to the farm or during your stay, please call: 1.877.795.8403, and dial 717 for our emergency line.
We wish you the best of stays at the Big Bar Ranch.