Help us around our property on a lovely quiet pond west of Boston, USA


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    Mike and I live on a lovely quiet pond west of Boston - we are trying to build a small park on our land and a vegetable garden and a meditation path. We are in a wooded, rural area, but only 3 hours from New York, 1 hour from Boston and l/2 hour from Worcester. We have one cat - mostly outdoors. We are both pretty much vegan (Mike more than Kathleen) but still eat eggs but very limited sugar and little bread. Our house is on two levels and has five bedrooms and two baths, 2 fireplaces and an outdoor firepit down by the Pond - good swimming and fishing in summer. We are five miles from the nearest store and library, but have bikes to lend out and can offer lifts. We are looking for people to help build the park, e.g. clear the brush and cut up trees and help with the gardens and general house cleaning. We have wi-fi and cable tv and a canoe and kyak and fishing poles.The fall colors are wonderful and the spring is simply beautiful. The summer is warm but we can cool off swimming in the pond. We are looking forward to winter and ice fishing and ice skating on the pond. There are snow shoes and ice skates and sleds here to enjoy the weather and lots of wood to cut up and stack.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can help with english language improvement, can teach some basic mac computer skills, improve your table tennis and golf swing and get comfortable taking care of horses and one cat. We can encourage basic cooking skills and housekeeping skills. We can introduce you to the local area and if requested bring you with us to local events.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We can use occasional help with 9 horses located about 5 miles from here who we help feed. Help is needed with general housekeeping, e.g. window washing, cleaning out cabinets. Outside we need help stacking and cutting up wood, building a meditation path, clearing brush. Also, we are trying to create a movie on iMovie about our experiences in the mideast.

  • Languages spoken

    Gaelic (Scottish): Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a fairly small room that is quite comfortable and the bathroom is nearby. There are larger rooms if we have more than one person. We are vegetarians going toward vegan and all our food is shared with any guests. We each cook and prepare food for ourselves and sometimes for each other. All basic food will be provided with the exception of meat and chicken and processed snacks and sweets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a downstairs apartment that is sometimes used for Airbnb and we provide them with scones and coffee. There is transportation to Worcester and Boston from Charlton center and we will be happy to drop you off at the bus and pick you up anytime. There are lots of hiking trails, cross country skis and bikes available. We often travel to Boston and will be happy to take you with us. We are an older couple who like to laugh as much as possible and enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories and telling ours. We are both fairly busy with volunteer work and improvements to the house. Kathleen practices the piano, feeds the horses at Blessings farm, organizes Old Home Day and Recycling committee and Earth Festival here in town. Mike plays golf (he is a scratch golfer), member of Old Home Day Committee, writes poetry, and is a challenging ping pong player and is working on a book about nutrition. They have eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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