Help around the house in East Texas, United States


United States

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  • Description


    My husband, baby, and I have a home on roughly 18 acres adjacent to Davy Crockett National Forest. We have 10-15 forested acres and a beautiful meadow with native wildflowers and grasses. Our 2 pups love to run through the creek that winds through the land and play in the tall grass. We often have wildlife sightings of deer, hogs, and armadillos, and there are beautiful birds everywhere. We would welcome some help with tasks around the house and some light help with the baby (vaccine required). We have both been Workawayers ourselves, so we have a good idea of what you need to have a fulfilling volunteer experience!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a unique experience for the average Workawayer because our region is not only ecologically rich (we live in the Piney Forest, adjacent to the national forest), but it has a long and abundant history. The two oldest towns in Texas are minutes away and we live only a few miles from El Camino Real de los Tejas (one of the oldest roads in Texas). Our land also used to be home to several American indigenous peoples, we even find arrow heads around the property on occasion. Workawayers who join us will be able to explore the forests, towns, and parks around the area to get a real sense of the distinct culture of Deep East Texas.

    On a more personal level, we know what it's like to have to adapt to new places, languages, and cultures; so we are able to empathize and identify with people who come from far off. We were Workawayers ourselves in Serbia and have lived in three other countries together. In fact, my husband became the volunteer manager for an organization made up entirely of Workaway volunteers in Serbia and we spent most of our time at that organization making Workawayers feel part of the team. We have a passion for cross-cultural exchange and believe strongly in the value of working and living side-by-side. We plan to eat dinner with our Workawayers as often as they'd like and help shoulder to shoulder with them on any projects we undertake together.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We will mostly need help with chores around the house and some help with the baby. Must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese and are open to learning new languages!

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers have access to our guest room with a full bed, shared bathroom, and access to our kitchen to cook breakfast and lunch (dinner will be a family meal with us!)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are very remote! There is no public transportation and our road is a dirt/gravel maintained by our county. We are only a few miles away from the state park Mission Tejas and Lake Ratcliff. We do not have Wifi or cell service at the house, but there is cell service on the road.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have lots of space for vans/motorhomes! We do not have electric or water hookups for motorhomes.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 142742141169