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We're a family of five living in the city of Rochester, New York (~500km from NYC). We live in a co-housing community that includes 7 other houses filled with all sorts of interesting people. The houses are spread out over a small area within our urban neighborhood. With all those houses, we also have plenty of projects! If you're interested in spending time in a diverse place with a fun group of people and a wide-range of tasks, this is the place for you. =)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We love hosting travelers and exchanging culture. To-date we have hosted over 3,000 people from all over the world! You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse range of interesting people, to learn about community-building, and to help us do a bit of good in the world. =)
There are all sorts of opportunities to help here. We really want to utilize your skills and also make sure you enjoy your time here, so let us know if you'd prefer to focus on something (or if there's something you'd prefer not to do). Each day we'll have a list of tasks to complete made by one of our volunteer coordinators (usually Erica or Joe).
Home Improvement Projects:
Whether you are a skilled carpenter or someone who's never held a hammer before, we have a project for you. And we're willing to teach as well. Right now we are rehabbing an entire house that has been completely gutted! When it's finished, it will be a 7-bedroom house with space for community gatherings on the 1st floor.
We are particularly interested in learning Spanish and Italian, but we are open to learning other languages as well.
Do you have artistic talent? We frequently contribute to public art projects.
Landscaping and Gardening:
We have several gardens with lots of fruits and vegetables. We need help with weeding, mulching, and maintaining the grounds (grass cutting, hedge trimming, etc).
We have several house painting projects- interior and exterior
Help in the house:
The usual cooking, cleaning, and shopping
If you have other ideas on how to help, let us know!
English (fluent), Italian (conversational), Spanish (basic)
You will have your own bed in a room that will potentially be shared with up to 2 other Workawayers (if you have a strong preference to share a room only with other males / females, please let us know). You will have access to the kitchen and other living areas. There is WiFi as well. At times, it may be necessary to move you to a different room. We ask that you are flexible about this.
We will provide you with food to cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner such as pasta, flour, oats, dried beans, rice, bread, cereal, and you are welcome to join us for any of our community meals. Please note that all of our community meals are vegan-friendly (though you do not have to be a vegan to stay with us). You are also welcome to eat anything in our gardens (onions, peppers, tomatoes, kale, squash, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, apples, potatoes, and more!)
We love hosting and spending time with our guests, but we are also very busy and might not always have time to show you around. Luckily, there are many fun things to do in Rochester! We will also provide you with many opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. =)
-There is a great cafe on the corner where you can meet many of our neighbors and try several locally-produced foods.
-We have a collection of bicycles that you can use to get around town. Rochester is a very bikeable city.
-There are several parks within the city that are great for hiking around in.
-Lake Ontario is close by with 3 public beaches to choose from.
-We have a waterfall in the middle of the city and a pedestrian bridge that will take you across the gorge.
-You can rent a kayak at the nearby Irondequoit Bay.
-There is a local amusement park near the lake.
-Rochester has many music venues, including the world-renowned Eastman School of Music
-There are festivals every weekend June-August.
-We have several farmers markets in the Rochester area.
-Rochester is home to the National Museum of Play and also has science, art, and photography museums.
-The Rochester Public Market is a 25-minute walk (10-minute bike ride). Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
We are also very civically-engaged and often attend rallies, protests, public input meetings, etc.
Please bring clothing that is okay to get dirty. =)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week