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I am a retired publisher, and now a freelance writer. I live on my 32-foot (10 m.) sailboat in the Ionian, Greece. I am looking for one mature, non-smoking, addiction-free, fit, agile and healthy person and if you are also a writer that's a bonus. You need to be an early riser.
In exchange for four to five hours of volunteering per day, I offer a berth and board.
Volunteers with some carpentry and electrical skills are especially welcome and I also need help with cleaning, polishing, sanding, and painting. You should know how to use basic tools and be neat and tidy. Unfortunately, I am not able to sail at this time due to major engine problem but the boat is at a dock in a small Greek town with opportunities to swim, hike, explore and a bus to other locations.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You will learn how to live onboard a sailboat. I can answer any of your questions about being a writer and you might be able to join a floating writers' retreat after your workaway stint. You will meet local people and other boaters and have the opportunity to practice your Greek, Polish, French and English. You will eat healthy food and get fit. You will have free time to explore Greek islands and the mainland by foot, bus, ferry, rental bike or e-bike (not included). Or you can row our dinghy around the anchorage or harbour. Sometimes we share a rental car and explore places not accessible by boat. We will seek out festivals and special events.
This workaway offer is for people who are fit and like helping outdoors, often in hot weather, doing energetic, physical labour in a methodical manner. You will be climbing over the bow rail or up and down a ladder to get on and off the boat.
I prefer volunteers who have some appropriate prior knowledge and experience, are independent and are able to help without supervision. Tasks could include cleaning, polishing stainless steel and bronze, sanding, painting, varnishing, and carpentry. If you have electrical wiring experience, I also need some help with that.
You need to be a morning person because a day onboard often begins at 6 a.m. This way, you can be done before the heat of the day and have the rest of the day free.
English, Polish, basic Greek, basic French
Volunteers get a berth on the boat, shared accommodation. You should be less than 6 feet tall and less than 160 lb. to fit in the bunk. Bring only carry on luggage in a soft-sided bag or a small backpack (< 30 l.).
Meals are provided (it helps if you eat a lot of fruit and salads as it is often quite hot in mid-summer to cook on board, but we will cook as well especially in the cooler months). Volunteers are expected to help with grocery shopping, food preparation and clean up. Once a week we do an overall clean up and you will be responsible for cleaning the bathroom, the kitchen or the main cabin. This is part of living onboard and does not count towards your workaway hours.
I don't provide laundry services. There is a laundry available close by for 5 Euros. Or we use a bucket for washing small items. Showers are on land in marinas or in restaurants/hotels for about 2-4 Euros and we have an outdoor solar shower on board. Smoking is not permitted onboard and alcohol in moderation. There is WiFi and plugs for charging batteries in most of the cafes on shore and a 12 volt, cigarette lighter type of plug powered by a solar panel on the boat for USB plug. Beginning in November, we will be plugged into electricity and there will be normal heating and lighting.
Please come with shoes, clothes and a hat suitable for helping in the sun that you don't mind getting dust or paint on. In July and August, the temperature often reaches 30-35 degrees Celsius! If you are worried by insects, bring some insect repellent or a mosquito net. Also, sunblock and sea sickness medication if you get seasick. You will need to show that you have your own health and accident insurance. I expect everyone who stays on the boat to keep their and common areas tidy and clean. There is a 50 Euro security/damage/cleaning deposit.
The nearest airport is Aktio/Preveza and there are also bus and ferry connections from other locations.
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Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours per day, 5 days a week