We are a Peruvian/Australian couple with two young children, we speak Spanish and English at home, and my husband also speaks the local language of Quechua. We have 3 dogs and 1 cat but you will see many more animals in the community (pigs, donkeys, sheep, cows, chooks). We work in the tourism industry and also rent out our guesthouse so we can only accept workaway guests when it is unoccupied (so please contact us no more than a month or so in advance). We have a good sized yard, planted with flowering plants, trees and vegetables and would like your help initially with some general building type jobs, fencing, and in the future to build and plant a greenhouse , or even just some help around the house like cooking, cleaning, looking after the kids so we can move forward on our other jobs! We love meeting people from all around the world and sharing stories and food, we can help you have the best time in Cusco! Our guesthouse is located in the community of Sencca, just 15 minutes to the main plaza of Cusco by car with amazing views to Cusco and the Ausangate mountain to the East and Salkantay mountain to the West, a great jumping off point to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas! The guesthouse has room for 4 people so we can accept up to 4 adults or a family with kids. :)
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are looking for friendly, helpful and trustworthy people, ready to roll up their sleeves and do whatever needs to be done on the day. We are currently finishing off a house build and have flooring, plastering and painting and a whole kitchen and bathroom to get done. We need some fencing done outside and have a garden and would also like to build a green house and plant it with fruit and vegetables for ourselves and future guests. Another project in the future is to demolish a house on site and build a playground/BBQ area. We are also happy if you just want to cook, clean and tidy up around the home (inside or out) or wash and tidy the tourist vehicle we own.
English, Spanish, Quechua
Private guesthouse with 2 double bedrooms (for up to 4 adults or a family) and a small bathroom upstairs with an open plan kitchen/dining/living area downstairs and then a sunroom, grass lawn and laundry outside. Wifi access in the guesthouse and in the yard. You will be provided with breakfast (porridge, quinoa, ponche de habas, bread, jam, tea, coffee, etc), and a hearty lunch. Due to the altitude 3,600 metres (2.24 miles) above sea level, we usually eat light meals at night like yoghurt and fruit. It gets cold at night with temperatures dropping around 0-5 degrees celsius (32-41 fahrenheit) year round with pleasant days (the rainy season starts in December and ends in March, but there can be some rain at other times of the year).
There are so many things to do! Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Salkantay treks, Ausangate treks, Lares trek, Rainbow Mountain, Maras natural salt spring farm, the Sacred Valley (ruins, markets, locals in traditional dress), cooking classes, Spanish classes, dance classes, rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, rock climbing, and less popular but just as amazing experiences such as condor spotting, visiting the Inca Straw bridge of Qeswachaka, Tres Cruces spectacular sunrise (where the Andes Mountains drop into the Amazon basin), and many other archaelogical sites where you are likely to be the only visitor!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
The advantage of living in a rural community is that you get to see a traditional way of life, you will see people taking their livestock out to pasture, and working the land for crops, as well as the popular sport of soccer/football being played on Sundays. You can learn about the traditional Andean way of life, as well as Andean food, music and culture. If you wanted to learn Quechua this is a good spot to do it, otherwise Spanish is also widely spoken. As we work in tourism we provide you with lots of free information and let you know about all the fantastic places (natural and cultural) off the beaten track that are well worth a visit!
25 hours a week, can be worked over different days as agreed
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