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We are a Jiu-Jitsu community in Asheville, NC! We have anywhere from 2-10 community members who all live and train together here on what we affectionately refer to as "The Compound". Myself (Bobby) and my wife, Amanda bought a fairly run-down piece of property back in 2017 and with the help of dozens of guests and volunteers have since transformed this place into a happier place.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around 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 are a jiu-jitsu community so you will most likely have the chance to learn Jiu-Jitsu and/or Judo. You may pick up some creative construction ideas as well as useful handyperson skills.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
First off, we are a Jiu-Jitsu community, so right now we are primarily interested in a work-exchange with those who have a strong interest and/or proficiency in BJJ.
The two main areas of help we're needing here this season involves basic ground maintenance and landscaping, cleaning, painting, gardening and... did I mention cleaning (lol)? If you happen to have a specialty skill outside of this area though, please let us know, as we've got various other random jobs to do around the Compound.
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.
If you don't have a camper of some sort, you would most likely be staying in "the bunkhouse". Imagine a small garage with 3 bunk beds, a couch, a hide-a-bed and a TV in it, and that would be where you'd sleep.
Otherwise, you would have access to everything else we have to offer on our property, including bathroom facilities, solar shower, plenty of people to socialize and hang out with, washer/dryer, internet, jiu-jitsu/judo training, fire pits, grills, kitchen/dining areas, and good times had by all!
Volunteers are not required, but are HIGHLY encouraged to train Jiu-Jitsu and Judo with us.
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
Can host families
Our internet connection is fairly decent most of the time. If you need to do tons of video calls for your job though, it might be kind of tough.
We are tailor-made for campervans/motorhomes. Well, for the most part at least. It would be important to have a semi-sustainable living apparatus because we don't have septic hook-up for RVs/converted vans. However, we can provide a standard 120v extension cord and a comfortable place to park, as well as a bathroom and hot shower.
Your pet should be well-behaved and quiet. Gotta pick up after your fur friends as well. But otherwise, we are a fairly pet-friendly establishment, assuming your pet will get along with random dogs and cats that wander in from neighboring properties.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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