Discover the local area with me and help on few small home and garden projects in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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  • Description


    Hello from North England

    I hope to host someone, who can help me with some gardening. Do you have a strong back for digging? Drop me a message, I'd like to hear from you!

    My DIY skills are limited, so I prefer to host someone who has some skills in this area, rather than someone willing to learn from me.

    Each time I have hosted Workaway volunteers, and they have been a great help with my basic DIY tasks. Quite often this includes some basic cleaning, and a lot of painting walls, and both home and garden maintenance tasks. (If you message me, it will be useful to know what experience and level of DIY skills you have.) Some people have even helped with a small amount of driving, collecting things from the shop and bringing them to my home, (a bonus if this is something you will be able to help me with).

    We will come to an agreement about the help you can offer, and create a schedule that suits us both. Aside from my projects, some previous guests have wanted to work on their own project (I have good internet connection and there's a great study area in the local library). Some have enjoyed having a routine of visiting the gym most days, or having a morning walk by the sea. And some enjoyed exploring the pubs in the town. I'm flexible with all of this.

    I am a relaxed individual, and open to making sure you get what you want out of your visit to the area. So, the arrangement will include plenty of free time for you to see the sights and experience the North East culture. My home is close to the beach and seaside, as well as the city centre.

    If your aim is to improve your English language skills, then I promise you that you will 100%. I have a lot of experience in helping with conversational English, for people who's first language isn't English. In my local area there is a strong regional accent and dialect (Geordie), and often visitors to the area find it difficult to understand the accent. However, I do not speak with the local accent, and many of my previous Workaway guests have commented that I am a great English teacher.

    I ask you to read my previous guests feed back. I am very proud that all my guests have had a great time when they have stayed with me. The best times, for me, are always with the guests that want to have a real 'Workaway experience'. I am committed to investing a lot of my time with the guest. Spending many hours talking about cultural and nationality differences, and other interesting conversations and aspects of two people meeting and connecting.

    The experience is often a challenge for a guest. Sometimes it's because it's their first time away from home, or maybe it's because it is their first opportunity to speak with an English speaking person. It may be that a guest finds my 'chaotic' life and ever changing schedule too much for them. Or that the project is too small, and there is not enough for them to do. But mostly a guest tells me that the experience has enriched their life and they have grown as a person. For me, this is what is great about Workaway.

    Before any arrangement is made, one thing that is important to me, is responding to all messages. I ensure that I do this, so I expect others to do the same. If you haven't followed this principle, and message me at a later date, I am most likely to decline.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If your aim is to improve your English skills, then I will promise to help you every day and they will improve 100% (see my previous feedback to confirm this statement.).

    You will have plenty opportunities to visit the local area. A walk into the city centre which has the old castle, the iconic bridges, and some nice museums and galleries.

    We can visit the sea and beach area and have the typical meal of 'fish and chips'.

    Some of my previous guests have visited Edinburgh, for the day. Or took the bus to Alnwick. This small town has a castle and it is where the exterior Hogwarts scenes were filmed, in the Harry Potter films. Also, the city of Durham is very nice. En route is the new icon of the region 'Angel of the North'.

    I will show a keen interest in you. With my previous guests, I have enjoyed visiting their home (unfortunately, only in a virtual reality capacity), hearing about their cultures and behaviours and helping them cook a traditional meal from their home country.

  • Help


    garden clean up
    general help

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    My guest will stay with me in my home. They will have a private bedroom, and use of the house, which has living room, kitchen, and bathroom with shower. A good wi fi internet connection.

    On some occasions, there may be a Workawayer overlap, so a guest may have to share a room. Let me know if this is a problem for you.

    My cooking skills are pretty basic, hopefully with some assistance, we can serve up something to keep us going!!!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Newcastle upon Tyne is an amazing place. There is so much to do, and places to go to. If you like time in the city and time by the coast, then this is the place to be. There will be plenty free time for relaxing and socialising. I enjoy meeting new people and offering some of my local knowledge. There are many interesting places to visit, in Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding areas. A bus ride away is Alnwick Castle, the place where Harry Potter was filmed, also nearby is the wonderful city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Durham and York are other cities that are a bus ride away. I encourage all my guests to visit some of these cities while they are staying with me.

    Getting to my house;
    Newcastle airport is a few miles away. A taxi from airport to my home is approx. £10.00.
    There is a metro station (Pelaw), direct from airport (20mins), Central Train Station (10mins).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    max 5 hours a day (25hours/week), 2 days off

Host ref number: 154575499368

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