Help with house improvements, decorating and gardening, borrow a bicycle and explore Oxford, UK


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    We feel lucky to live in the city of Oxford in a 3 bedroomed house with a large garden, half an hour's walk from the historic University and Museums. From mid-March we're particularly looking for someone with experience of house decorating (painting) and some gardening.

    Janet works as a community musician - running singing groups, Wyon as a counsellor and charity worker (specialising in work with refugees and the homeless). We are widely travelled and we both like good conversation, music, community building, meditation, wild swimming (mostly just Janet when it is cold) reading, writing, sharing and caring. We are vegetarian and can also cater for vegans (no meat cooked in the house).

    We are going to be workaway guests ourselves when we go travelling from June 2019 - so we need help getting the house and garden ready to rent out when we are travelling. We like to live harmoniously, tolerantly, and peacefully and trying not to be judgemental of others, or indeed ourselves ... we would hope that any guests would have similar aspirations and intentions!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will be happy to advise you on good places to go in and around Oxford. We can lend you a bicycle to help with this. Oxford's historic centre with the University Colleges and Museums is half an hour on the bus from our house and about the same if you walk (because you avoid the traffic jams!). There is a nature reserve 5 minutes' walk from the house and our garden is frequently visited by deer, fox and many birds. As one of the most popular tourist sites in the UK, Oxford is a great place to visit. It is steeped in history with many wonderful old buildings, museums, great parks, cafes and restaurants, There are two universities here so there are lots of activities going on, especially in term time. It is also easy to visit London from here - there is a bus stop nearby for a regular coach which takes you to central London in 60-90 minutes. Whatever your interests there is almost certainly something for you and we would be glad to point you in the right direction if we can.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We mainly need help with gardening, decorating, and house improvements. We can offer some supervision, but would prefer you to have some previous experience/skills so that you can help independently at least some of the time. We are particularly looking for someone able to decorate at the moment.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own decent sized single room - which also has a door to the outside. There is wifi, TV in our lounge which you can share with us, and facilities to listen to music.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Every evening and many lunches we share a meal together and would hope that you will want to join us, when you are around, as part of the family. It is a non-smoking household and we don't tolerate drugs or excessive drinking. You can get a bus into central Oxford from a bus stop about 10 minutes' walk away. There's also a good coach service to London which takes about an hour to get there - stop is about 20 min walk away (or short bus ride).

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    maximum 4 hours per day (on average) 5 days per week.

Host ref number: 412151813955