I can't wait to meet you! I'm a writer and ceramic artist who's looking for some help managing my 2 properties: one in the city and one in the country. I've been hosting foreign language students for many years and have loved meeting people from all over the world. Over the past 2 years I've discovered the Workaway program and am loving it! My home in Montreal is 30 minutes from downtown by public transport. My country place is a beautiful 50 acre property 45 minutes from the city.
The country property requires a lot of garden and yard maintenance, painting, small renovations, and house cleaning. Projects for the city property include painting, cleaning, gardening and some maintenance. And, darn it, I'm only one person! So I'm looking for a workawayer who can help with some of that.
I have two daughters (ages 26 & 30) who live in downtown Montreal and they'll also be good resources for what's happening around town when you come.
From May - September I can host couples, but in the fall & winter I only have room for a single.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
As I mentioned, I've hosted foreign students for many years, helping them to learn English and introducing them to this wonderful city. I've also taught English as a second language, so I have some professional experience too.
I'm also an avid gardener, so I'd be pleased to transfer some of those skills as well.
The most exciting thing about coming here, though, will be experiencing all that Montreal has to offer: French and English language, dozens of cultural and music festivals, natural beauty, a funky shopping and artistic scene.
The Workaways I've had also love chilling out at my country house. It's a serene break from the stresses of constant travel. I was surprised, at first, that people would be happy to stay at a no-internet location. But it seems that being unplugged for awhile can actually be a big plus!
Many of the students who've stayed here in Montreal don't ever want to leave!
I'm principally seeking workaways with painting, carpentry, furniture refinishing, and construction experience. If you have real experience in those areas please provide some specifics when you contact me. That will be a big plus! . I can also use help with garden and yard maintenance which includes weeding, transplanting, lawn mowing, pruning, wood chopping, etc. Finally, there's always the house cleaning to do. In the city, there are some of those same projects too - but my priority is the country property.
I do have a few clothing alteration projects that you might be interested in if you're skilled with a sewing machine or can iron. Not a top priority, but may be an add-on to some other projects.
Please be aware that outdoor work in Canada in the summer can mean dealing with mosquitos and other bugs. And even though Canada is known to have a cold climate, in summer, temperatures can reach over 25 degrees celsius. In the spring and fall, it's much cooler and there are far fewer bugs.
English, some french
In both homes I provide a private room (bed, desk, bureau, closet) with a shared bathroom. You have access to the rest of the common areas of the home (kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry). I can only accept two workaways together if you're a couple and can share a bed.
Depending when you come, there may be one or two others, besides me, living in the home.
I'll provide all meals and/or food supplies. If you're working and staying at the country property you will likely be preparing all your own meals with the food I supply. At the city house, I'll do most of the cooking. I'm not vegetarian, but don't mind cooking veggie meals. If you like to cook and would like to share this task, let me know!
Under certain circumstances, if we agree to a reduced workload (something like 10 -15 hours per week) I could provide accommodation without the meals (or with fewer meals).
While there's unlimited wifi at my home in the city, there's no internet at the country house where the majority of the work will be done in the spring and summer. Internet is available at a local coffee shop nearby if you need to get online.
In your free time you can get downtown from my city house in 30 minutes via bus & metro. There's so much to do in Montreal it's impossible to list everything!
Non-smokers only please.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week