Come to the heartland of America and enjoy a cultural exchange in Ohio, USA




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    Come to the Heartland of America and enjoy a cultural exchange in Columbus, Ohio.

    In 2019, I spent 3 months in Europe as a Workaway volunteer and loved every minute! Now I’m home and want to offer a cultural exchange to international visitors. In addition, Americans exploring different regions of our country are welcome.

    I live in a quiet, pleasant neighborhood that is centrally located in the Columbus metropolitan area, with tree-lined streets, grass yards, and pretty gardens.

    Within a few steps of my home, there are cafés, restaurants, pizza shops, and various stores.

    The Ohio State University is within two miles. However, some students are attending classes online, so the student areas may not be as buzzy with activity as usual.

    I have a bicycle available for visitors. There are some super greenways to explore. There are also some large parks for hiking, and I can provide transportation to those locations.

    A city bus comes within four blocks of my house. Columbus isn’t tops with regard to mass transit, but there are bikes and Ubers readily available to explore the city.

    Columbus is served by the John Glenn Columbus International Airport and by the Greyhound inter-city bus line.

    The nearest train service is in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo, Ohio. There is a train that runs from New York City to Chicago, stopping in Cincinnati. Also, a train between Washington DC snd Chicago stops in Cleveland and Toledo. (All of these cities are about 2 hours away from Columbus by car, and you can take a bus from there.)

    At present, most museums are open. The Franklin Park Conservatory has been popular with visitors. When I know more about your interests, I can help design some cultural experiences for you.

    My background?
    I was a high school teacher for a number of years, and then I went to law school. As an attorney, I worked for state and federal courts and a large law firm. Now I’m retired.

    Before the pandemic, I loved working as a writing coach for local college students, helping them write papers and dissertations. I also did free-lance work as a private cook before the pandemic.

    I have a garden and grow vegetables and flowers, and have apple trees — so there’s lots of outdoor work from March through October. The winter weather, I’m sorry to say, often involves grey skies and cold rain, and we also have snowy days.

    I look forward to discussing the possibilities with you!

    What about Covid:?
    I have received my COVID vaccine and booster. All Workaway volunteers must establish full vaccination, and a negative Covid test from a sample taken 72 hours before arrival.

    If I request a Covid test during your stay, I will pay for it.

    As of May 2022, a few public places are requiring masks, but it is voluntary at most places.

    Note: Before making an offer to host you, I would need to see a copy of your passport and vaccination certificate.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Close to my home is The Ohio State University, one of the 3 largest universities in the U.S.. The University offers music events and cultural events.

    There are many cafe’s, bistros, art galleries, sports venues, theaters, and museums, as well as venues for contemporary and classical music.

    I am a tour guide at the Ohio Supreme Court and would enjoy showing it to you and explaining about state and federal government and law, and the art in the building, if that would interest you.

    I can help you with learning English. Before Covid, I worked part-time as an ESL teacher and writing coach for university students.

    In addition, Columbus is close to Native American landmarks, such as The Great Serpent Mound, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark. There are other Native American sites if you are interested.

    One Workawayer visited Hocking Hills and enjoyed hiking to Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave.

    Two volunteers were interested in shopping for shoes, Levi’s jeans, and upscale handbags at Easton Town Center and at the outlet malls.

    Two volunteers enjoyed a baseball game — cheering for the Columbus Clippers. Their first ever American baseball game!

    Let me know what kinds of things interest you 😎

    Note: I will provide transportation and costs for 1 cultural activity of every 7 to 8 days — restaurant, museum, park, music performance, trip to factory outlet, local party with my friends or family, and so forth). But you can explore the area fully during your free hours!

  • Arbeit


    I would love to have help with things such as

    (1) Gardening and yard work

    (2) Household help such as sweeping, doing dishes, and laundry.

    (3) Clerical work, such as sorting and scanning documents.

    * * The typical day is usually like this:

    Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
    Then help tidy the kitchen, including empty the dishwasher, and load it again, sweep, etc.

    9:30 a.m. - To the gym for about an hour (often, but not every day). My membership allows me to bring one guest free. You’ll need to show ID.

    12:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Work on a project in the garden or house.


    1:00 to 2:00 pm. Finish project.

    2:00 pm to end of day: Free time.

    (If you are here for dinner, then you’ll help prepare dinner and clean up after dinner.)

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Englisch: Fließend
    Französisch: Grundkenntnisse

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
    I’m an expert in English, having taught English literature, published papers in journals, and edited journals. I’m working to learn more French, and I have learned a few phrases in Italian and Korean! One of my (Workaway) volunteers started to teach me Spanish. 😀

  • Unterkunft


    A private room and private bath on
    the second floor (the “first” floor in Europe).

    I will provide food for 3 meals a day but will let you prepare your own breakfast and lunch.

    For breakfast, I’ll provide foods such as bread, butter, jam, eggs, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, milk, juice, and cereals, for you to prepare your own meal. As for lunch, there will be bread, cheese, sandwich fillings, soup ingredients, pasta, rice, etc.
    A recent volunteer liked avocados, tomatoes and ham for breakfast and lunch, so I bought those items for her.

    With regard to dinner, we’ll both participate in preparing it. If you cook, you can take charge of some dinners!

    I can accommodate some but not all food preferences. For example, if you need gluten-free bread or non-dairy milk, there is a store within one block where you can purchase these items.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    (This is a no-smoking location. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.)

    While here, it may be required to wear a mask in some settings. Restrictions have changed and are not strict at present (May 2022). But it’s always required to wash hands properly when entering the house, cooking, and so forth.

    NOTE: I almost never invite volunteers who have no reviews on this site from previous hosts. But it happened once — Virginie from Strasbourg.

    For a first-time volunteer to be considered, I would need to have reliable background information and references.

    Also, it is difficult to host 2 volunteers at the same time.
    Providing work, materials, and supervision for 1 volunteer for 5 hours per day takes a lot of planning and attention. I’m not sure I can provide 10 hours of work per day — except in April or May in the garden.

    But I am open to two visitors at the same time. We can figure something out. 😎

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    I replaced the modem and router in 2021, so the wi-fi should be good.

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Platz für Wohnmobile.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


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    Maximum 25 per week, average 5 hours per day. Two consecutive full days off, free. If you prepare your own meals separately from supplies I provide, that time is not part of your volunteer hours. But if we prepare a meal together, we will count that time.

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Korrekte Angaben im Profil: (5.0)

Kultureller Austausch: (4.8)

Kommunikation: (5.0)

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