Looking for help with the gardening and around the house in coastal Little Compton, RI, USA



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are Barbara and Bob.
    We live in a single family home. We have adult sons and a daughter and grandchildren who visit during the summer and holidays. We have a friendly dog, Lily, who loves belly rubs and fetching a tennis ball.

    We are energetic people who enjoy many outdoor activities, grilling/cooking great food (outside and inside), sharing a cultural exchange, sharing recipes and cooking ideas and providing learning opportunities, in gardening and food preservation.
    In the spring we plant a large vegetable garden so we can enjoy healthy foods all year long. We harvest all summer and fall as various crops are ready. We can show you how we make tomato sauce and salsa and vacuum seal food to freeze for winter months. We also dehydrate herbs for the off season. We compost our vegetative waste for our future garden soil and to help the environment.
    We do lots of projects around our yard. Some are big, some are small. Here are a few: We built our patio and pool decks ourselves. Bob installed our solar panel system to power our home a few years ago. In 2020, during the pandemic, we built a wood fired pizza oven so we can enjoy homemade pizza!
    We have other smaller projects always in the works.
    We love boating, beaches, and fishing and live in the perfect location for these activities.
    This year we are hoping to build an earth sheltered greenhouse so we can keep our vegetables and herbs growing for a longer season.

    Career life:
    I (Barbara) am a teacher and Bob is a boat captain/marine construction. He is busy, but has a somewhat flexible schedule.

    We are conscious of the COVID-19 virus and take safety and health seriously. We have been fully vaccinated, with our booster shots, but are still cautious.

    Location & things to do:
    Little Compton is a quiet, little, scenic, coastal town. It is a perfect location for observing nature. Bike riding is very popular here during the warmer weather. We are within 8 miles of the beach, a few miles from quaint shops, art galleries, farm stands, walking trails, etc.

    Other local activities also include kayaking, surfing, swimming, fishing, sailing, etc. There are “pick-your-own” farms for strawberries, blueberries, apples and pumpkins nearby. (seasonal). The local vineyards have wine tasting, etc.

    This area is an artist’s dream. There are so many locations to do painting and sketching of the beautiful farmlands, woodlands, beaches and harbors. There are many local artist and shops in this area.

    We are looking for someone interested in short -term stays (2-3 weeks) who may like to help us out during their stay. We have so many yard chores, and gardening tasks (spring/summer/fall),. We do some outdoor or indoor projects, and light housework.
    Winter: most tasks would be indoors. Perhaps, some home projects.)
    (4-5 hours per day.)

    Meals: We eat vegetables, grains and meats. (Mostly Chicken, seafood) We try to prepare nightly meals. We love to learn new recipes and share some of our own. When we are at work, there are other foods are available in the refrigerator or cupboard for Workaway volunteers to share during the day. Workawayers who prefer “specialty” foods are welcome to store them in the refrigerator or cupboard so they can prepare them, when desired, and perhaps cook a new recipe for us.

    Workaway volunteers should, ideally, have their own form of transportation because there is no local public transportation in our area. We have bicycles, but a car makes it easier during your time off exploring.
    If you don’t have a car, we can certainly drop you at the bus station if you would like to explore farther away for a day trip too.

    Accommodations: We have one guest room or room to park your own camper van. We have reliable and fast Internet access in the house.

    More about us:
    When our children were younger we hosted 12 exchange students from many countries and really enjoyed learning about new cultures. During those years, we found it was an interesting way to meet new people and learn more about our world, even if we were unable to travel.
    With Workaway, we find that we have also had some great experiences meeting people from many places and backgrounds. It makes life more interesting!
    We love to learn and the best way is to share cultural experiences with people from other places.
    If you need help with your English, we can try to help you with that too!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Summer season: Local history, gardening, enjoy nature, learn about making wood-fired pizza, etc. Enjoying coastal RI beaches and nature.

    RI is a historical area since it was one of the original 13 colonies. There are many places to see that are not too far away (by car.)

    Winter: just a few hours from ski resorts and mountains for snow lovers!

    English tutoring, if needed.

  • Help


    We are looking for an energetic person (or couple) who doesn't mind getting up early and helping around the house and yard.

    We have many options: (SEASONALLY)
    *In addition to solar, we use firewood to heat our home and so, if you are willing to help with splitting wood (with a wood splitter) and stacking wood, and filling the wood furnace (winter season), that is one job. *Help with snow removal in the winter, if it snows. (We usually don’t get too much snow.)
    *Weeding the garden is another activity with which we could use some help in spring/summer/early fall; or raking leaves in the autumn months.

    *Summer/ fall harvesting the garden and freezing, canning or dehydrating vegetables and herbs is another activity that we do a lot.

    *Pool maintenance

    *We have many other possible projects, that if we have time between our work schedules, we may take on some other projects,
    Such as interior painting, etc.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am willing to tutor in English and share cultural history.

  • Accommodation


    No pets, please. (unless we can discuss it first.)

    We have a guest room in our home with one full-size bed. We can accommodate one or two (a couple) Workawayers.

    NOTE: There is NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION in our area. You may want your own vehicle to get around. We do have bicycles.
    We can drop you off at a bus station, for a day trip, if you don’t have a vehicle. There are buses to Providence, Boston and NY, etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is so beautiful during the summer and autumn seasons. Winters are usually somewhat mild along the coast with a some rainy or snowy days. We get a few very cold weeks in January.
    It is a quiet coastal farm town.
    If you love the outdoors, the coastal landscape and woodland paths nearby are breathtaking. Local vineyards and farms to pick your own blueberries, apples or pumpkins. (Seasonal)
    Many people bike and walk in the area to enjoy its beauty. Nearby beach is popular with (summer) swimmers and surfers. There are rivers for kayaking, summer sailing from the harbor and fresh or salt-water fishing. We enjoy many of these outdoor activities and grilling/cooking great food (outside and inside.)

    We have off-road parking.
    We have bicycles, if you like riding.
    Plenty of room to park a camper too.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    If you are working part time, during your stay, we have good Internet here.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of privacy and parking on our back lot (Seasonal: it is too cold in the winter.)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 319526458711

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