We are a 30-something married couple who moved to Asheville a couple years back. Both of us work at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym in the neighborhood. We happened to have bought a pretty run-down piece of property and are looking to fix it up a bit, with plenty of varieties of projects all around!
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Travelers could potentially benefit from us in a multitude of different ways. We've lived abroad and all over the place here in the States. We'd be happy to train you in Jiu-jitsu or Judo as part of our exchange as well! We've both taught English in the past and are a very good resource for beginner-to-advanced English language learners. You may pick up some creative construction ideas as well as useful handyperson skills.
We're happy to welcome all kinds of visitors with all kinds of backgrounds and ability levels! We're needing help with all sorts of typical home-related maintenance. It's winter time in Appalachia, so there's tons of raking, chopping wood and other landscaping-type activities going on. Our biggest (and most exciting) project we have going on right now is installing a bathroom in the garage! Yay!
We're also patching holes in roofs, building a retaining wall out of old/upcycled tires, and building random stuff all around the compound. Other things we have going on include several DIY-style construction/restoration projects, like slapping some new paint on ugly parts of the house, building hang-out/chillin' spots around the yard and just generally beautifying the property as much as possible. Really, anybody of any ability level can help us out in some way, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
You (or "y'all" if you're a couple) will have your own semi-private room with a twin bed in a shared 2-bedroom house, possibly an RV, a converted garage "dorm" or in a room attached to another building that is a short walk from the house. If you're traveling in your own mobile home/bus/RV even better! I know, there are lots of options, so as long as you'd be flexible with living arrangements we should be all good!
We should mention that there are also camping-type dwellings on our land as well, so I suppose that there's always the option to camp or to stay in some sort of RV/trailer/converted vehicle. in this case, you'd still have access to a bathroom and shower somewhere on the property so you'd be all set if that's your thing.
In their time off, volunteers are encouraged to go out and enjoy all Asheville has to offer; from one of the highest concentration of breweries in the world to some of the best nature walks this side of the Mississippi, this place has it all. We live in NW Asheville, very close to the West Asheville art scene and all the other zany stuff that goes on in this town. I could write it all down here but you'd probably find more info on stuff you like if you just google it.
Unfortunately, the closest bus stop is a 30-min. walk from our place, but we can offer to take you from A to B if it's on the way to where we'd be going, and we can guarantee you a ride to and from the Asheville airport if you are flying in/out during your travels. The roads near the house are sketchy at best in regards to riding a bicycle or walking, so please be advised that you should venture out at your own risk!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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