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This Tucson home sits on a couple of quiet acres but is close to town. Our goal is to provide a peaceful, friendly, safe environment for animals and humans to interact and learn from each other. At first we scheduled one person at a time. Accidentally, three overlapped and it was great fun! Now we sometimes juggle sleeping arrangements but we often have our own multi-national meals and adventures!
With so many animals, this place sounds like a good place to heal mental health problems but we are not qualified to help you with that. Please seek professional help.
There are always things to be done. Twice a day the horses and dogs are fed and manure cleaned up. This takes about one-half hour morning and evening. The rest of the day depends on priorities at the time, for example: house cleaning, tree trimming, pasture maintenance, lawn and garden work; horse and equipment care, irrigation system maintenance and repair.
Although there are only two human residents living here, there are three or more dogs, one cat, two horses, and two mules plus many friends with their critters visit. We are both professionals and retired so our minds are in better shape than our bodies! We enjoy sharing the southwest and anticipate learning about other countries. Limited understanding of English is fine if learning English is a goal. If you are someone who prefers to stay in your room until told to help, this is not the place for you. This is not the time to be on the phone all day. Find what needs improvement, make suggestions, initiate and you will be rewarded with wonderful experiences. The profile states 5 days a week, 5 hours per day. I do not offer a consistent workday schedule. We are project and goal oriented rather than a time clock keeper. Please do not consider this place if you need constant supervision or cannot find something to do on your own.
We have found that if you are new to the southwest, three weeks (preferably longer) gives time to visit our area and experience the southwest. Shorter stays are possible when there is a gap in the calendar.
I have also learned that I really don’t prepare regular meals — We often shop with our visitors and buy what they like to eat. If they cook, I like to share the eating and will help but my cooking is sporadic! If a visitor likes beef, pork or chicken, there is a ridiculous amount on hand. If they like sweets, yep, lots. We also have lots of fresh veggies and salad makings ... I would rather pull weeds, trim trees, drive the tractor, mow the lawn than clean the house so cleaning the house and porches is a daily chore with all these animals.
We foster dogs, sometimes they were abused and often come totally untrained. If you like to help training them and show them how great living with humans can be, this is a good place for you.
Retirement so far is great and ‘workaway’ has added to our lives.
I am adamant about no smoking.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesCharity WorkArt ProjectsElderly CompanionshipGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
The variety of people, professions, and ages that come to our home is unusual. I encourage my friends to drop in to eat or just sit on the porch and enjoy the surroundings. Discussions will promote language skill, encourage questions about the American way of life, environment issues, cultural differences, financial difficulties, history of the southwest and more.
Dan likes to teach you guitar, if you are willing to learn it or to improve your skills.
We have plenty that could get done but do not stress. Yard chores, gardening, organization, general household tasks, or cooking are examples of the type of help but it will depend on the person. A self motivated person will be appreciated, but direction and choices will be discussed. What is asked of the person would be dependent on that persons interests or skills. I believe in treating people with respect and expecting the same. The length of time someone is staying will determine the type of project they could be involved. Dan is an architect, commercial contractor and retired military so his shareable experiences are extensive. Rhonda has worked as a environmental scientist for over thirty-five years including mining, utilities and private consulting.
On a daily basis we care for the horses, dogs, cats and ourselves. Depending on the weather we can work or play inside or out. I encourage appreciation of the desert and it's history. From our home there are walking, bicycle and horse trails. The bus system is close and will take a bike along which I will provide so access to downtown, etc. is convenient.
Guest bedroom (king comfort select mattress) and guest bathroom. You can use this bedroom for two if you're friends. A second bedroom is my old office, AC, tile floors. Well water, solar power.
What else ...
Volunteers will have access to trails, bikes, bus transportation, any family or group trips or shopping. University of Arizona and downtown Tucson are easily reached by bus.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
My internet is centurylink which is not as good as cable. Two people were able to zoom/teleconference at the same time is the best quantity I can provide.
Space for parking camper vans
Depending on the maneuverability parking is easy. Electric/water is easy. Septic is much harder.
Can possibly accept pets
Pets are welcome as long as they are friendly, vaccinated and will stick around as the gate is open for deliveries during the day. Small pets should be watched because coyotes and bobcats are frequent.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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Accuracy of profile:
She immediately looks for things that need doing along with normal chores. She is cheery, polite, positive, and friendly. She can work along with others or on her own.
Her vast experiences are interesting If you care to share and she is very keen to visit new places and learn about other lifestyles.
The duties here
Singing with Dan was a blast and sharing the festivities with
It was my first ever workaway experience and i highly recommend it! I got to ride their amazing horses, train them a little bit in dressage and ride them out on beautiful trail rides (we rode part of the Arizona trail!). Furthermore the other work away (Laura) and I worked with the dogs and walked them into the beautiful wash to
All I know is that I can‘t stop thinking about my workaway experience with Rhonda and Dan, which actually was the very first one for me. I am beyond happy that I found this incredibly beautiful place in Arizona, all my cowgirl dreams came true and I got to experience things that I never imagined to see or do. For me
Rhonda is so nice and loving, I feel like she is my American Mom. Dan is a really funny guy and I also got to meet so many friendly and kind people, who are just hanging around the property from time to time and who are all really good company.
I'm so grateful
I hope to come back and see you again . You,
They are warm-hearted, welcoming, intelligent and humorous
From the very first message this amazing woman seemed to be so hospitable and open-minded, so is the atmosphere in the profile pictures. I've always dreamed of going to the west: the whole thing about cowboys, the Native Americans and horses, for sure. I
It was the best decision we could ever made to come to your place. You made us feel welcome and comfortable immediately. You are such warmhearted persons. Thank you for all the opportunities you gave us even though we didn't use them.:smiley: We already miss you and your horses!
We hope we gonna see you again!
Not only were they responsible, hardworking and excellent horse women, they were full of laughter!
I did learn that I am not the best cook. We searched for recipes and they made the most delightful things.
I hope they come back soon.