Hi Hola Salut Selam Ciao and welcome to our Workaway profile page! 2019 will be our 4th year of hosting Workawayers from many different countries, including Mexico, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, India, Brazil, Iran, England, Scotland, Australia and Ireland, and we hope to expand that list!
We operate an ARTIST COMMUNITY. There are often bands, musicians, artists, and writers in residence. Volunteers and guests can improve their English, take a cooking class, do arts and crafts, or play a musical instrument. There is a real community vibe here and most of all, we want to everybody to have FUN and LIVE IN HARMONY! We follow an early 60's communal hippie lifestyle. This is a quiet place near a lake. There's a lot of nature here, a few shopping malls within 20 minutes' drive, and a couple of clubs on the lake shore with live music on weekends. There are opportunities for hiking and shopping excursions. If you are looking for a LOT of action and noise, you may be more comfortable in a city environment. We're looking for positive people with a peaceful vibe. The mood here is good for meditation or creativity (writing, playing music, drawing, etc.). It's a great place to relax and unwind in your free time.
We offer a stay of 3 weeks to first-time volunteers, and up to 6 weeks for returning or experienced volunteers with excellent feedback. We want as many volunteers as possible to have this experience.
Winter Season (January 3-March 31) is extremely quiet, and you may be the only volunteer during Winter Season. If you are looking for more interaction with other Workawayers, consider coming to visit us in Spring, Summer or Fall Season.
You must be OVER 21 with positive Workaway feedback OR A WORK REFERENCE. We are seeking for 2019: (in order of preference) musicians, a yogi, filmmakers, visual artists or performing artists. We also value those who are good at maintenance projects, who care a lot about health and well being and our planet, and who are flexible, care about others, and have an easygoing personality.
Please read our ENTIRE profile carefully before you contact us. We will respond ONLY if you have answered the posted questions below. American Workawayers have specific questions they must answer. Thank you!
PLEASE INCLUDE IN YOUR MESSAGE:
(1) What CHORES would you be willing to do?
(2) What date can you arrive? What date will you depart?
(3) Do you have a driver's license?
(4) What is your level of English?
(5) Are you over 21 years of age?
(6) How would you feel about camping out in a tent or a trailer in the summer months?
(7) Do you play any musical instruments?
(8) What SKILLS and CULTURAL EXCHANGE can you offer our community?
AMERICAN WORKAWAYERS: We know what we have to offer you. What do you have to offer others? This is not a homeless shelter. Please be ready to represent American culture from your region to international Workawayers and guests during community dinners and events, which we take the time and effort to create for everyone's enjoyment. This is separate from work exchange hours and can occupy another 10 hours per week of your free time. If you don't want to participate, then please consider a different Workaway.
We will reply to all inquiries that provide literate responses to our questions. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️A Skype webcam interview and a scan of your passport or identification is required. We also require international medical insurance, which can be purchased through a travel insurance plan. If you have no feedback on Workaway, please be prepared to provide the name and phone number of a person who can recommend you and tell us how you live and work in a communal situation.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
If you are lazy, selfish, and just looking for a free place to crash, or if you are difficult, complicated, high maintenance, a chronic whiner, or ultra conservative, please look for another host!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Here are the lists of chores we all do:
FREQUENT: Yard help and painting in spring/summer/fall seasons. Cleaning and organizing, general errands, housework, general maintenance all year round. Snow removal in winter season.
OCCASIONAL: Internet marketing, making short YouTube videos to promote our community, organizing items to be sold online for fundraising purposes
We usually work between 10 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, with an hour break for lunch between 12:30-1:30 PM. You will usually be free on weekends and we expect you to be independent, including purchasing your own food and feeding yourself, during your free days. Occasionally we could use your help for a special party, concert, or event in the evening or during the weekend.
Healthful foods are provided on the days you help us, including vegetarian and vegan options. All food preparation, cooking and cleanup is shared, and these chores are NOT considered helping hours. They are community dinners that are important for the cultural exchange aspect of this program. If you are on a special diet, we will provide some of those foods, within reason, but expect to prepare them yourself in your free time.
If you need to improve your English in a real work-and-play situation, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE! We offer lots of English practice and sit-down English classes if you want them.
Musicians enjoy our Workaway most, because we have 2 full rehearsal studios and lots of instruments to play with ... guitars, basses, keyboard, piano, drums, and even a mandolin, ukelele, cello and a sax. We're musicians who can coach you and give you the experience of playing in a band.
For artists, there are many light and bright areas for drawing and painting. If you are interested, we can teach you lots of crafts, including decoupage, tie dye, crochet, sewing, furniture upcycling, and lots of other projects. We have many crafting supplies. The best time for crafting is during winter season.
We love practicing foreign languages, especially Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, and Arabic.
We're making short videos about everything in this section for our web site and social media. We can always use input about that.
We also love cultural recipe exchanges and entertaining. You will learn etiquette at community dinners -- for instance, how to set the table and make polite conversation with guests. If you want to learn about American regional cooking, we have an apron and a knife available for your use :-). Take a turn cooking dinner and share a recipe from your country or region.
We recycle and repurpose everything possible here and you are going to learn a lot about how we try our best to take care of the environment and our Earth. We strive to leave a light footprint on our planet.
English, Spanish, Italian, Turkish
Our artist community consists of 3 homes and a trailer. The best accommodations are given to Workawayers who are willing to help 25 hours per week. During spring, summer and fall, when we are quite full, there are many types of accommodations: Private bedroom, shared bedroom for couples or friends, sofa/couch in shared apartment, bed in trailer, air mattress in our office, or tent camping if we are very full. During winter, there is always a private bedroom available.
We have a fully equipped music rehearsal room and musicians are welcome and preferred!
Located 1 hour 15 minutes west of New York City, this is a lake community where there are recreational opportunities all year round (swimming, boating, fishing, ice skating). We are near mountains for hiking. There is plenty of shopping and night life on weekends, too.
When there are Artists-in-Residence, it is very busy. Volunteers are expected to put the best interests of our AIRs first and to keep all areas neat and tidy. Our busiest times are April through November, and that's when we need the most help.
Most of our helpers use free days to take a bus into New York City and do sightseeing. We strongly suggest obtaining sone references on your social media and profiles on other travel platforms if you want to find overnight accommodations in New York City. It is otherwise VERY EXPENSIVE to stay overnight in NYC.
We are somewhat pet friendly, but we have to discuss it before you bring a pet.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week