Hey future guests.
We are booked up at the moment and need help starting April 9, 2019.
Scrappy, young upstarts living thrifty and looking to help others to experience NYC on a budget.
- Curious as to who we are?
Sandy, my husband, runs a post production film company.
I, Jennifer, am a household manager who is creating a website full of free educational resources to try to reduce the achievement gap between high and low income households. Check it out - Equality.Education
And we dabble at writing a blog on how to live a thrifty and sustainable lifestyle.
We're looking for individuals passionate to effect change in the world in the realms of sustainability and equal education.
How can you help?
We're looking for this interested in the following:
For the educational site:
Researching free educational resources that can be shared on our nonprofit's website that enables families of any social economic status to better prepare their children for various exams - whether admissions or annual - therefore changing the life and career path of these children
Creating posts on the website that educate parents on how to use these resources
Creating videos that show parents how to use resources or complete fun activities that enrich the lives of their children
For the sustainable living site:
Share articles and videos from around the web that teach and inspire others to live more sustainably.
Writing posts about sustainable practices one can do at home, even if urban living, to enrich their lives and those of others.
There is a lot to see and experience in NYC. People from all walks of life and countries live here and will be your new neighbors. Discover the melting pot of our city and meet guests that stay with us from across the world. Practice your English and learn a thing or two about living in a sustainable home.
English, a little French/German/Spanish
Amazingly our house was partially renovated by a team of past work exchange volunteers (we have hosted 80+ volunteers over the last three years!): new stairs, new siding, a new roof with two skylights, new siding and eco -friendly insulation, new closets, new kitchen, extended bottom floor ending in dining room, etc.
Behind the house is a backyard filled with garden beds made of reclaimed wood from our projects. We often harvest organic produce from the backyard you are welcome to eat + lots of jumbo sunflowers! It's surreal.
There is a full kitchen with every type of cooking tool you may need, plus plenty of dishes, utensils, etc, and our large kitchen table is where the plans for the Ellis Island Museum (next to the Statue of Liberty and the place where sooo many immigrants were welcomed to NYC, and to the US) were created!
We keep some supplies on hand for you to use, and you will have a part of the refrigerator and pantry to store your food.
We don't provide food as it is quite expensive for us to maintain a place in the NYC metro area, but there are lots of cheap grocery stores around.
Jersey City is like the 6th borough of NYC; you're closer to all the liveliness of the city than if you were in most parts of Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx, and yet shopping is much cheaper, so you can live on less! Yay!
Our bnb is conveniently an 8 minute walk to the Journal Square PATH train stop. Door to door, it takes about 20 minutes to commute to Manhattan. Path train stops in the West Village, Financial District, Union Square, Chelsea, and Midtown Manhattan. Our neighborhood, Journal Square, is an up and coming hotspot, right across the Hudson River, from Manhattan. It is safe and teeming with restaurants and all of the conveniences of a city.
It is a small rowhouse with 4 bedrooms in Jersey City, an 8 minute walk to the Journal Square subway station, and a 15 minute ride on the PATH train.
3 bedrooms are rented and 1 bedroom is shared by 2-3 work exchange guests - each work exchange guest has his or her own bed and storage space.
Who will you share a room with? Maybe one other work exchange guest, and our super manager, Marta. She came as a work exchange guests nearly two years ago and never left! She will greet you and help you become familiar with the home.
Sandy and I don't live there, but we love hosting our guests for board game nights, dinners, film screenings, etc. No pressure to come, but we love making friends from all over the world, and we can teach you how to live in NYC on nearly no budget if you're curious. After all, we've spent 3+ years paying no rent, rotating from petsits and housesits + dumpster diving.
In exchange, we provide
A flexible schedule
Fresh sheets and towels
A large washer/dryer for you to do laundry
A location close to Manhattan - a 15 minute ride on the underground Path subway train into the city at just $2.75/ride.
Please - in writing to us - tell us:
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Lots to see. New York City is one of the best ( and our favorite! )
Whether Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or the Bronx - and of course North Jersey!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week