Farm in the Texas Hill Country, near Austin, TX, USA

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Clark and Lora Gray, and own 28 acres in the Hill Country just outside of Wimberley, Texas. On our property we have 2 horses, 5 goats, 40 chickens, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 tortoise. We also have two vacation rentals that we own and operate year-round. In addition, we are always working on side projects, from property management to construction, to permaculture, gardening and landscaping. There is never a day without something to work on.

    Our ideal workers would be a couple (since we’re looking for two people and only have one accommodation). They would be willing to work with us for 4-6 hours a day, five days a week and be flexible around meals…sometimes, especially in the summer, we have lunch on the go and eat a very late dinner. We do eat meat, but not at every meal. If you require meat at every meal, this may not be the best fit for you. Many of our meals are vegetarian or vegan to suit those in our family who choose to eat that way. We are somewhat flexible around work schedules. For the most-part our work hours are between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM (and then also evening animal feedings), but rain, heat, or other obligations can cause us to start later and end later, or work all day into the evening on one day, and take the following day off. We love our afternoon siesta, and expect our workers to also take a little break in the afternoons to reset for the day. We've always got a list of projects to tackle, but are also happy to rest after putting forth a big effort.

    We will pay our workers a flat fee per week (adds up to minimum wage for hours worked), and nice accommodation (plus food) will be provided. While we are English speakers, Clark is proficient in German and loves learning and trying out all other languages.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Regarding our location, the Texas Hill Country is often times compared to the hills of California. The square in Wimberley, our town, is about a 15 minute drive away from our property and is a popular tourist destination. There are many fun shops and restaurants in the square. Nearby are a large number of swimming holes, the Blanco River, and a handful of state parks under an hour away by car. For convenience, it would be best for our worker to have their own car, though this is not absolutely necessary.
    We can teach our workers a number of things about property maintenance, animal care, vacation rental management, and general construction, while working on the many projects we’ve got on our long to-do list.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help

    Help

    Help with Animals, with our vacation rentals, construction projects, and general property maintenance. We usually wake up around 7:00-8:00 AM and start our morning animal duties, which include: mucking stalls and feeding our goats, horses, dogs, cats, and tortoise. Then we have breakfast, followed by addressing any needs of our vacation rentals (cleaning, maintenance, hot tubs, landscaping, restocking firewood, and filling birdfeeders.) After that, we choose a project to tackle for the day (building a barn, pulling fence, trail maintenance, painting a mural, construction projects, gardening/landscaping, etc.)
    By 2:00-3:00, we are normally wrapping up work for the day, and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the pool or working on personal projects. The average workday is about five hours of labor, sometimes more, sometimes less.

    Our evening animal routine is very basic. Feeding everyone and making sure they're secure for the night. It takes about an hour and is a very enjoyable time to spend with the animals.
    Because of our accommodations (a one-room camper with one bed) we are hoping to find a couple who would like to work with us.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Clark is interested in all languages and would love to learn as we work together. He formerly taught English in the Slovak Republic, so does have a background in teaching the English language.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodations available for our Workawayers are very nice. We’ll provide a fully restored 1967 Kenkraft camper, with a queen-size bed, a mid-size fridge, running water and a hotplate. The camper also has its own fire pit and private hot tub. The bathroom is a short walk away, at the main house, with an exterior entrance for privacy. The full kitchen in the main house will be available at any time. As hosts, when we make meals our workers will be welcome to join us in eating. Lora does not love to cook (hah!) so you'll be free to make your own meals most of the time.
    Unfortunately, there is not internet access in the camper. Guests in the camper usually use their phones as hot spots. There is decent internet access in the main house, and workers are welcome to come inside, or sit on the porch, to use it when needed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our town, Wimberley, is a fifteen minute drive away, and offers a variety of fun shops and restaurants. There are many parks and swimming holes nearby too and, within an hour-drive you can reach a number of state parks and other destinations in the hill country. The town of San Marcos is a 45 minute drive away, and offers larger stores, chain restaurants, movie theaters, a floating tour on the river, and shopping malls. The state capitol, Austin, is about an hour drive from our house, and San Antonio (one of the oldest cities in the United States) is just under two hours away. It would be best for our workers to have their own car, however, if they’ve got a drivers license, we may be able to provide a car from time to time.

  • 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

    Our internet can be limited at times, however we are happy to host workers who have their own online obligations, as long as the time needed for those things can be somewhat flexible.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We do have plenty of parking available, and may be able to accommodate a motorhome or campervan if our number of workers allows.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    8:00-3:00

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