From MARCH to NOV 2015: we are looking people for longer stays from 3 to 6 weeks, less work with customers and more dedicated to maintenance of the house.
We are looking for somebody in between volunteer and a housesitter. In march we start low season so we only will receive customers in the weekend. From April on, we will close to customers (except bank holidays) so we look for Helpers who wants to exchange some work/house sitting for acommodation (food will not be included).
We will be absent 80% of the time from the house. We ask help with garden and house maintenance (cleaning/mowing the lawn/collecting nuts and leaves), been at home and taking care of 1 dog/1 cat. Basic spanish is required to communicate with the neighbors and answer the phone. Handy people who is able to manage an unexpected flood (the river increase their levels several times a year upon the wind bringing water from the sea) preferably over 26 years +o-. 2 to 3 WEEKS stays at least are desirable. (Longer stays will be decided after first experience)
In exchange we offer a beautiful spot, quiet, tons of books available (full Lonely planet collection), free internet, no services charges.
Our project is a small (3 room) bed & breakfast on an island in the Tigre Delta, at only 30 km from the center Of Buenos Aires. We opened in July 2011 and recently got the certificate of excellence of Tripadvisor.
Check the website to get an visual idea how it looks like.
We are a mixed intercultural couple. Carolina is from Argentina and she is starting now the diplomatic career in the city.
Stef is a Dutch guy who studied cultural sciences and traveled a lot and lived in several countries. He use to work for the B&B, but now is starting to study in the city too.
We both speak fluently English and Spanish.
(we expect you to be kind of fluent in either English or Spanish for fluent communication)
Our place functions as a B&B, but clients come only during weekends in general, outside high season which is December to February. During the week, the place is more quiet.
Regarding the B&B: cleaning the rooms, changing sheets, doing the laundry.
Tasks inside the house: cleaning toilets, living, bathrooms, cooking & freezing quantities of vegetables, making jams.
Outside: mowing the lawn, tending the crops, watering the plants, preparing wood for the winter.
Small repair and maintenance jobs always occur, as articles break down or need attention otherwise: painting, rebuilding or improving the fence, making order, reorganize. ...Or whatever else you think that needs to be done.
Own initiative is needed, we don´t like to command people but also don´t like to chase people for things to be done. Be creative and a self starter, see tasks that need to be done.
Anybody with the right spirit and mindset is welcome. We are specially looking for handymen & -women, who know carpentry, plumbing, constructing, mechanics, electrics, machine maintenance, cooks, gardeners, website developers, artists
What you get in return:
What we offer is a beautiful spot in the nature, on a river. You will have to work 4-6 hours per day (depending on necessity, weekends more hours, weekdays less possibly).
For the rest of the day you can just relax, read books (we have a library with all kinds of books, fiction and non-fiction, most in Spanish, but also quite some in English), write, use internet (good wifi available), walk, kayak, play with the dog, watch movies (we have some 500 on DVD), or whatever you like. You can practice your Spanish with us and the guests, and we can give travel advice for the rest of your trip.
You can get days off to visit Tigre or Buenos Aires without problems we have to arrange in advance. It takes 2 hours to go the the city centre of Buenos Aires. Each trip on the boat to or from tigre is 40 pesos (4 dollars)
If you are a single volunteer, you could share your stay with some other volunteer, the room provided has a double and a single bed.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Depends a bit of the moment, but the standards are related to normal B&B jobs. If you have your own ideas, that is good as well often.
Mowing the lawn
Clean all the balcony and organize cats stuff there
Bring garbage to the pier for collection service
Clean the refrigerator from old food of customers and normal dirty
Checking fruits and vegetables status (do not loss them)
Cutting branch from the trees
Taking care of fruits trees around
DAILY ROUTINE TASK S
Breakfast service for customers
Review toilets for checking cleanliness, towels and enough paper
Prepare wholemeal bread in electric bread machine
Changing sheets and towels per room
Sweep the kitchen
Sweep the living room
Sweep the first floor
Hanging and collecting clothes from the rope
Cooking or heating food for customers
Spanish, English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese
We have a room with a double bed and a single bed for the volunteers, the boat room.
To reach our place, you need to take a boat from Jilguero at the Tigre harbour, 2 blocks from Tigre train station. They leave Monday to Friday punctually at 07.45, 11.00, 12.30, 15.30, 17.00,18.30 and 21.00. in the weekends more frequently, like every 1,5 hour, with last one 18.30 Saturday and 19.00 Sunday. The boat take you in 15 min to the front of our orange house at Rio Carapachay 29. Costs is 35 pesos one way.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours per day on average for acommodation
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