Hello from North England!
I enjoy buying properties, which quite often need some basic renovation work, before renting them, or selling them.
Each time I have bought a property, I have hosted Workaway volunteers, and they have been a great help with the renovation work. Quite often this includes some basic DIY, and a lot of painting walls. Both house and garden maintenance jobs.
There may be times when I am busy with other activities, and during these times a guest may be working alone. This will be on a project they have already started, and are familiar with.
We will come to an agreement about the help you can offer, and create a schdule that suits us both. Aside from my projects and work, 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 properties are in the South Shields area, which is by the beach and seaside......really beautiful!
Also, I have two bikes, so there will be some nice days where we can have a cycle ride along the local river side and North East coast line.
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. But often 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.
Help in the house
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 lot of the time we will explore it together on bicycles. We can visit 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.
garden clean up
My guest will stay with me in the property that is being worked on. 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 occassions, 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.
Three basic meals a day are included!
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.
My property is in a small town, South Shields, a few miles east of Newcastle upon Tyne. It's right on the North East coast, only minutes away from the beach and sea.
There is a local metro station, with a main line into the city cetre (30 minutes), main railway station (20mins) and also Newcastle Airport (50mins).
Getting around the local area;
Although you will have use of a bike, you may also want to use the local Metro. A+B+C zone day ticket is £5.00 (seven day ticket available).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
max 5 hours a day (25hours/week)
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