Help with our non-profit and Museum in Detroit-the coolest city in the USA

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a non profit organization based in Detroit, Michigan, focusing on international cultural and educational activities in the city of Detroit.

    We host international travelers and offer housing, English instruction, Museum tours, and fun activities, as well as help out other nonprofits.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers will learn all about Detroit, an amazing city.
    Native Speakers: interact daily with speakers of other languages and gain some knowledge of other tongues and cultures.
    Daily interaction with people from all over the world.

    English classes: There are FREE English classes, please let us know when you contact us if you are interested in attending because registration is required.


    See other interesting parts of the USA: Detroit is less than a 2 hour plane from New York City and less than 5 hours from Chicago and Toronto by train. Travel is encouraged during your stay with us so it's a great opportunity to see various parts of the USA!

  • Help

    Help

    We need help with maintaining our facilities, so help with landscaping and other house maintenance projects

    We need grant writing help

    We have various research projects requiring online research

    We need help with social media management and marketing

    We need help creating and decorating new living spaces, including moving furniture

    We need event planners, licensed drivers, help with our guests.

    We help other nonprofits (food banks, community organizations, etc)

    We need help putting the final touches on our Volunteer kitchen, so help with putting up walls, installing flooring materials, painting, installing cabinets, etc

    We want to build on our vacant lot ( living accomodations, community garden, dining space, and outdoor restroom facilities)


    Special projects (We may bring you here for special projects, depending on your skills)

    The main part of our program is English instruction/cultural exchange, so we are setting up a formal English/Cultural exchange program, so we need help with paperwork and filings

    When you contact us, please let us know what you can offer to the project!

    Flexibility is a must because our needs are constantly changing

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Portugusese, Russian, Czech, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Single bed in shared room.


    Once a day Community meals at the house, with each volunteer rotating a cooking day and providing the groceries for their day of cooking. You may also dine at the local community kitchen where we volunteer each week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner any day of the week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), and then take 2 buses to the house for about $3 USD, or Uber for about $30-35 USD.

    NOTE: It's best to arrive during the daytime hours, from Monday to Friday if you want to take the buses, as bus service is either nonexistent or slow at night and on the weekend. I recommend you download the UBER or LYFT apps on your phone if you plan to arrive that way.


    HOURS: about 15 to 20 hours a week



    Depending on the time of year, there is usually an interesting mix of people in our houses a mix of internationals from all over the world. We usually also have native speakers in the house to assist non native speakers with English.

    Detroit features:


    -Dequindre Cut (converted railroad line for biking)
    -Belle Isle (Beautiful park on the water, for biking, swimming, fishing and exploring trails)
    -Ethnic areas: Mexicantown, Greektown, and Hamtramck
    -Midtown-explore the many shops around this cool area
    -Museums! Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Motown Museum
    -Downtown (house is 30 min bike ride/bus ride)
    -Eastern Market-Highly renowned open air market. Best place to be on a Saturday morning from May to October
    -Heidelberg project (large outdoor art installation)
    -University life: houses are close to Wayne State University and a short bus or train ride for a day trip to our premier University, the University of Michigan, which is a lively city with museums, shops and restaurants
    -SLOW ROLL: largest group bike ride in the country takes place in Detroit every Monday night in the summer

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20-25 hours a week, max 5 days a week

Summertime crew: residents from USA, Germany, New Zealand, Belgium, India, Japan, China and France represented here!
Museum
Spring 2018 birthday/farewell party. Kaoroke with Dmi and Stelton.
Karina and Dmi from Russia, Lison from France, Coline from France, Alex from Italy, Zahran from Syria. Hugs for Lison on her last day!
Karen and Yoshimi from Japan, part of fall 2018 crew.
Fall volunteer crew: Francois from Belgium, Tristan from France, Toshiki from Japan at sushi making night.
Karen and Yuying from China at the incredible University of Michigan Law in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is amazing place to visit during your stay.
Another famous Detroit ruin...Michigan Central Station with Francois from Belgium, Victor from France, and the Brazilians, Leonardo and Fouad.
Fall 2017 volunteer crew: Victor from France, Fouad from Brazil, Francois from Belgium and Leonardo from Brazil hanging out in the D. AMAZING street art is in Detroit.
Coco and Nicolle in the kitchen on group cooking night. We love Coco's French toast!
Summer 2017: Asian market field trip with Coco and Fabien from France, Nicole from Peru, Matt from Australia, Tram from Vietnam, Juyoung from South Korea and Karen from Detroit!
Workawayer Yuka from Japan, painting the staircase.
Artist Sean creating a mural at the house.


















































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