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Join an easy-going, creative host with some gardening and painting at home in Shelburne Falls, MA, USA

  • United States
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  • Last activity: 6 Jun 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    I have a large home in a beautiful Historic New England Village, on a clean, swimmable river. The village grew in the industrial times and is rich in history and had a knife and tool factories here. It is also home to the Bridge of Flowers.

    I am a fun, easy going , creative and artful person. I play pickup basketball and enjoy biking and swimming and love to tour people through the local swimming holes. I am self employed as house painting contractor and graphic designer. I am not looking for help with my personal business, I am looking for help with home renovations on my 200 year old home ( mostly interior or exterior painting and basic gardening ( growing tomatoes and basil). I also need help with lawn work. It's a little less than 1/4 acre.

    I host bicycle travelers for free through another website.
    I love cooking Thai food and did a work away myself in Thailand, and would be interested in expanding my cooking skills. I am on the recreation committee and promote basketball, volleyball and a ping pong program. I have one son in college who is here on school breaks. I am interested in meeting people from all over the world. My house is in the heart of the village of 2000 people.

    I would love to learn more about ethnic cooking from my guests, or be tutored in Spanish or Italian when I am not working during the winter months. I would like to get better at my Ping Pong Game, basketball shot. Tell me about what talents you would like to teach others.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers will get a taste of life in New England in a New England Village where many people will know you by name in a short period. You will enjoy a quiet life in a village looking up at the beautiful hills of New England and walk to them easily. Or swim in a clean river less than 100 yards. A simpler life from simpler times. You can sit in a yoga class, meditate at the Shambala Center, take a drawing class at the Art Garden... ( these are all closed at the moment because of Covid-19).

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Help with painting and gardening and carpentry would be helpful as well. Be comfortable on ladders, use a lawnmower, weed whacker, trimming bushes, etc. Sometimes I may ask for some help at the old Gymnasium that I am a volunteer at. I am currently helping patch the floor of the new ping pong room. Tell me about the talents you like to teach others.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Helpers will have a room in my home, and share a kitchen. I will provide one meal each day. I will provide bicycles for helpers and coffee, groceries and restaurants are within my block.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In addition to a taste of life in New England, and have access to many outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, fishing, tubing, swimming ( June, July, Aug), skiing and I am 1/2 hour from the largest modern art museum in the United States. Shelburne Falls also is home to a Vispassana Retreat Center.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    However, I am next to a public parking lot that someone can park in but not live in.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 362831973685

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