Relaxing stay in an island taking care of the house and garden and attending guests in weekends in Tigre, Argentina



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    Hi there, dear potential volunteers,

    We have a big house and garden in Tigre Delta, at 35 km from the city center of Buenos Aires.
    In the weekend it works as an B&B, but during the week there will be hardly customers.

    We ourselves are working in the city now and doing some studies and other obligations and commitments,
    so we prefer someone else to live in the house, especially during weekdays.
    We are looking for 1-2 persons to stay at our place. Live there and do the general maintenance, and small tasks
    You have to be a self-starter, show initiative and see things that need to be done.
    Especially handymen and -women with speciall skills will be accepted (mechanics, carpenters, gardeners, for example). Or anything else you can offer.
    We are looking for experienced people, with life and work experiences in different fields, as you have to run the place by yourselves. Anyone can apply, but if you have experience in running a rural place (farm. ranch, country people style), you will be more easily accepted.
    You do not have to be professional, but just show you have dealt with all kinds of situations before.
    And at least one of you has to be fluent in Spanish, to deal with the guests (in real life, and answering phone and mail)
    For the month of november we will include food, except for meat.

    Due to the actual situation in Argentina since last December with high inflation, increase of 400% of fees on services like electricity, gas and water, we will request you to be carefully with the use of energy at home. Like plugging the thermotank for hot water only when you are going to use it. If you prefer comfort and not be thinking on how much electricity, we will ask for financial contribution.

    What we offer to you:

    A beautiful spot in the nature, on a river, where you can stay in this case without paying rent. You can just relax, read books, write, use internet (WI FI available), walk, kayak, play with the dog and cat, watch movies (we have some 500 on DVD), or whatever you like.
    If you want, we can also include meals (the staple food: bread, rice, pasta, potatoes), excluding meat, cheese, and other expensive ingredients.
    The house has 2 levels, the ground floor is for the guests, and where the living and kitchen are.
    The first floor is for us (the owners) when we come to the house on weekends, and where your sleeping room is.
    The only thing you have to pay is for most of your groceries.
    The idea is we wil share the meals and the costs for them, when we are together.
    There is a small shop next door, with drinks and non-perishable food. Once a day the supermarketboat passes, which also has some fresh food (meat, vegetables, fruit). you can request him to bring something specific the day before.

    What we expect from you

    We are looking for a couple of people we fulfill the following conditions/profile:
    - Some level of basic/intermediate of Spanish to be able to communicate with the neighbors in case that`s necessary.
    - Like dogs and cats. Our dog Zuma is very friendly and easy going, you don´t need to walk them as she is free to run in the big garden all day, she only need to be pet. Our cat is very independent, sleeps out of the house and only need to have food once a day, she also likes be petted.
    - Persons hands-on mentality and being handy. The garden is of a fair size, and needs up keeping: mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, collecting the pecan nuts. –
    - Small repair jobs always occur. - know what to do if electricity goes off again for a day or so (we have a power generator equipment for this cases)
    Also, know how to handle high water. Flooding (water will rise statistically twice a year to enter the ground floor) - no need to go to town frequently. It takes 1 ½ hours to go the city Centre of Buenos Aires.
    Each return trip on the boat to Tigre and back is 2x 70 = 140 pesos (10 dollars, yes, that is quite expensive)
    But there is no need to go frequently, as food con be ordered by boat.

    If you like this idea, feel free to ask all your doubts and be welcome to take care of our place.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    we have people arrivinf all the time. Guests, to talk with, and for language practice.
    Learn how life is on an island

  • Help


    Depends a bit of the moment, but the standards are related to normal B&B jobs.
    If you have your own ideas, that is good as well often.

    General tasks:
    Mowing the lawn
    Collecting pecan nuts and raking the leaves
    Clean all the balcony and organize cats stuff there
    Bring garbage to the pier for collection service
    Clean the refrigerator from old food and normal dirt
    Cutting branch from the trees
    Cleaning toilets
    Sweep the kitchen & the living room
    Hanging and collecting clothes from the rope
    cleaning kitchen, doing dishes
    preparing room for guests
    doing laundry
    cooking for yourselves, us (weekends), and guests
    put breakfast in the morning

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    We have a room with a double bed and a single bed for the volunteers

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To reach our place, you need to take a boat from Jilguero at the Tigre harbour, 2 blocks from Tigre train station. They leave Monday to Friday punctually at 07.45, 11.00, 12.30, 15.30, 17.00,18.30 and 21.00. in the weekends more frequently, like every 1,5 hour, with last one 18.30 Saturday and 19.00 Sunday. The boat take you in 15 min to the front of our orange house at Rio Carapachay 29. Costs is 70 pesos one way.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 on average (weekends more, weekdays less) (15 hours max/week)-no food

Host ref number: 288976965137