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We are a family of 5: my husband and I have 3 boys, ages 17, 15 and 9 and we have a golden retriever dog, Finn, a cat named Felix and a bunch of chickens. Our middle son has a genetic syndrome with developmental delay, kind of similar to Down's Syndrome. He is learning self-help and independence skills and absolutely adores people. We have a dream of creating a life for him that helps to accomplish two goals: connection to community and to be productive during the day with a purpose in life. With those goals in mind, we have created a mini-farm for him. We envision a place where young adults with special needs can come to work in a supportive and happy place! We also need help maintaining our home and our property. A rough estimate is that you may spend about half of your time working on a project for the garden and chicken project and half of the time working on an upkeep project or general maintenance and housework around our home. Come and help build our project!
Are you not interested in helping in the garden, but would still like to help with this social care farming project? We also need artists, web page designers and social media content people too.
Artist project: Work on tile mosaic on the raised garden beds
Web Page: We'd love to develop a web page for our project.
Social Media: Can you help with blogging, vlogging, social media posts, etc.? We'd also like to create videos of farming tasks that are standardized so that new people working with us as direct support staff or as workawayers will know what to do.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will know what it is like to be in an American family! We're happy to share our life with you and hope that you will join with us in family outings and activities that we participate in. You will learn about life in the United States and in California, in particular. By joining with our family, you will also learn a lot about living with and loving a person with special needs and the family dynamics (and challenges) that go along with that and experience the joy and connection that our special little guy brings to everyone who knows him. You'll also have the chance to live in one of the most beautiful places in the United States, the central coast of California, while also learning about landscaping, gardening practices, and maybe some construction projects. We love to travel, love other languages, and know that we can all learn from each other!
While we have big plans, we also have a very busy life! We'd LOVE help with our project, and general family life maintenance, including pitching in with cooking meals (1 dinner per week), and a few household chores, and household projects. You will not be tasked with babysitting or child care.
We also would love to learn about you, where you are from, your culture and life experience and look forward to the cultural exchange aspect of workaway. We'd like to trade a space in a tiny house on our property and meals for 5 hours of help per day for 5 days per week. You'll need to work independently, by yourself much of the time while we are busy with work and school. We will help with tasks at other times, when we are home. For meals, we'll provide food for breakfasts and lunches, but everyone prepares their own food. The mid-afternoon or evening meal will be communal when we all eat together. We see meal preparation as a group project and while it won't be a part of the 5 hours of volunteering, we'd love help and can prepare the evening meal together.
English, some Spanish, limited Italian, limited ASL
You will have a bed in a 120 square foot "tiny house" in the back of our property. This little house is 2 years new and has a queen bed in the loft (sleeps 2), a fold out couch that sleeps 1, and a sitting area. The bathroom facilities are inside the main house.
We live in paradise! The beautiful central coast of California! It is a nature-lover's paradise with the beach nearby (Pismo Beach and Avila Beach), numerous hiking trails, and other famous tourist sites, including San Luis Obispo with it's fun Thursday night Farmer's Market, numerous live music concerts outdoors, Hearst Castle up the coast, we are surrounded by California wine country, and Santa Barbara is just a 1.5 hour drive to the south. We are quite far from a big city, but we have numerous middle-sized cities all around us! We live in a neighborhood (other houses close by), but we're about a 5 minute drive from the center of town. Within 10 minutes walking distance of our house there are three restaurants (a bbq steak house, a pizza place, and a Mexican food restaurant), a grocery store, and a gas station with a mini-market. We don't have good public transportation connections, but we're happy to invite you along on our outings.
We have a couple of bicycles you can borrow too.
We don't accept workawayers from the United States, as the cultural exchange aspect of workaway is of primary importance to us. Thank you for understanding! :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week per person
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