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Hi, My name is Mary. I have a B&B/ hostel in Chicago. Now, I travel a lot.
This 100 year old house is the house that I grew up in as a child so I know all it's idiosyncrasies. The house is in a quiet and very safe neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago. It is very close to the CTA train, airport and the highway. There are parks and stores and a library in walking distance. It's right next to the Kennedy Expressway and a 10 minute walk to the Blue Line train station. There's a flower garden, a backyeard deck, and 4 guest rooms. 2 of the 1st floor rooms are private guest rooms. The 2nd floor has 2 Shared Rooms. Soon, your bed will be in the Shared guest room! :-) We have guests that come from all around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. Many are medical students here to take their exam to become a licensed physician.
Help in the house
First of all, Workawayers will be meeting guests from every continent. As I type this, I have a doctor from Dubai and a couple from Brazil and a young woman from Germany on the 2nd floor.
Also, Travellers can experience the beautiful museums, the Theater District, parks, and uniques architecture for which the city of Chicago is famous. There are unique areas in the city that have different cultural flavors, like Chinatown and Greek town and Little Italy, etc. There are some sculpture parks and a unique lakeshore that is ALL public land with a walking/bicycle trail. During the warmer months, there are many free concerts, outdoor symphony and theater performances. When I am home, travellers can meet my friends and explore the Chicago Botanic Gardens and other activities.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
The position is called House Manager. Workawayers will be cleaning the house when guests leave and also, cleaning the laundry room when necessary. Sometime, helper will be showing the guests where things are located in the house; and helping guests. There's also a component of an occasional repair or maintenance to the house, such as painting walls or organizing storage.
Travellers will be working *️️usually*️️ 10:00 - 15:00. The hours are somewhat flexible. It could be earlier if guests leave early. There will be times when there is no cleaning during the day and just attending for a short while later in the day. B&B guests will be taking the old sheets off the beds. And Workawayers will be putting new sheets on every time a guest checks out. then, cleaning the bathroom; watering the plants; dusting and vacuuming the room. On occasion, there is some outdoor work, such as watering the lawn or shoveling the snow. There is trash and recycling removal that is important to do daily. If there are no guests checking out that day, then workawayers can spend the day wherever they want. Maybe go into downtown. There is also a small amount of gardening in the flower garden. There are small projects of painting of the guest room closet, the doors, etc.
The first 2 weeks are a mutual trial basis to see if this is a good fit. At any time, you or I can part from this agreement is it is not the right fit.
English. I speak Spanish like a 4 year old. And I speak French like a slow 3 year old.
The upstairs Shared Guest Room or a couch at my home 2 miles away will be available for sleeping.
There is a good chance you will be sharing a room with guests and another Workawayer as it is a Shared Room. We have privacy screens, too.
You will be provided pay of $8.25 per hour.
There is public transportation throughout the city of Chicago and suburbs. It is very easy. You can take the train from the airport to my B&B and to every part of the city. It's $5. And a week pass is $28; a month pass is $105. The pass will take you everywhere in the city. You will need to supply your own transportation pass.
Once you are shown how to take care of the B & B and the guests, you will be independent. I will provide you with a calendar and text you about the next guest arriving. I use WhatsApp and Skype.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Typically 3-4 hours per day. Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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