My home is on the edge of a lovely Cotswold town, with a park/meadow a couple of minutes walk from the front door. There is a VERY small garden (but lovely south-facing terrace) with the house. I've made some changes but still inevitably have little DIY and garden projects on the list....
However what I mainly need help with is putting up a (second hand) aluminium greenhouse on one of my two rented allotments about a 4 minute walk from the house.
I speak intermediate Spanish, my 16 year old son is bilingual. We're only too happy to welcome native Spanish speakers.
Main issue will be that I work really difficult shifts so can't be with the helpers anywhere near as much as I'd like. I welcomed lots of volunteer workers at our previous home in Spain and fully understand it's all about interchange of cultures as well as a healthy sharing of hours of work - preferably together but as I said, this is not so easy for me here in the UK.
Ours isn't likely to be a long stay project, but somewhere for people to visit for a few days, help us on our way and meanwhile enjoy what the Cotswolds have to offer with our home as your base. Or just spend time with us - whichever
oh … and if visitors like dogs, our dogs will LOVE your input with extra walkies ;)
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are happy to communicate in Spanish or English and love actually discussing language, cultural differences and similarities, national characteristics whether humour or whatever.......... and I don't think it's about what the travellers would learn but about what we'd all learn.
If pushed, I suppose they'd learn just how many stones there are in Cotswold soil!!
I'm happy to work with volunteers or leave them alone after basic explanations - really just want everyone to get along happily. All progress is good progress in my book!
As our projects are a mix of smallish DIY work/painting, erecting a greenouse, and general tidying at the allotments, nothing is likely to take that long or require that many hours at a time. I'm quite flexible and easy-going providing both sides agree at the outset what needs doing that day.
The usual 4 or 5 hours a day: very likely less; is fine providing you're also prepared to step in with domestic stuff like cleaning up after yourselves, loading and unloading dishwasher, that kind of thing -preferably without needing to be reminded! And if there's any kind of emergency or something needs doing urgently outside your 'helping hours' well we'd hope you'd step in. It's worth saying that though most people think of the weekend as free time, we'd rather work on five days out of seven, mutually agreed and not necessarily at the weekends. That way we all get the help and time off we really need. We really prefer to welcome volunteers who have a practical attitude and don't need reminding or checking on the whole time!!!!
Me: English, intermediate Spanish with sometimes terrible verb endings, about 20 words in French and 15 in German. Our son: English, Spanish (bilingual)
There is one free double bedroom in our house, the bathroom would be shared with my son. The house is within walking distance of a fast-food outlet, two supermarkets, a steak restaurant/pub and another pub - and in fact it only takes about 20 minutes or so to walk into town. Other than that there are bus stops within a 10 minute walk.
I would expect to cater for you in the evening, prepare or help prepare/get out your breakfast and lunch on days you're helping. And I would expect we would all eat together - dinner tables are the best place to get to know each other! Of course if you're a whizz at cooking I'm not going to say no............
I work shifts so unfortunately would probably have to ask visitors to help even when I'm out - once we've all thoroughly understood what needs doing, of course. I'm more than happy to give lifts in the local area on time off ... it's all about give and take.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours, 5 days a week