Edith and Jill are a mother and daughter family. We are both fully vaccinated, retired, and live relaxed and simple lives. Edith works in the garden, draws and paints, and studies Spanish. Jill cooks, plans her travels, organizes home and work exchanges, and connects with family and friends. We both walk, read, and watch movies. We enjoy learning about the world and have been focusing on anti-racism and environmental reading and films. We would love to hear about your life experiences and share our own. Our current availability in 2022. Wishing you all marvelous adventures!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Enjoy the beauty of the Oregon Coast while connecting with two generations (mother/daughter) of women who love to travel the world, learn languages, and share cultural experiences. Our house is 101 years old and has a lovely view of the Nehalem River and Neahkanie Mountain. We would love to exchange languages and/or life experiences over meals and work in the garden or house. Enjoy long walks along the tidal river on rarely-used railroad tracks, or up through logging roads above this tiny American West historic town. Beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches are minutes away by car, with walking, hiking, surfing, skim boarding and other fun activities nearby.
Our current need is mostly weeding (including removing ivy and other invasive plants) in the 1/3 acre yard/garden. Assist with house cleaning, and share your favorite dishes or learn to cook ours. If you happen to speak Spanish, Edith would love to speak only (or mostly) Spanish during your visit. Help schedule is flexible, with about 20 hours per week expected.
Chinese (Mandarin): Intermediate
This host offers a language exchange
We are both looking for Spanish language conversation practice, particularly with native Spanish speakers. Jill is looking for Mandarin Chinese language conversation practice, particularly with native Mandarin speakers.
Our home is comfortable, filled with art and natural treasures. Your private space would be a large bedroom with queen-size bed, internet television, small desk, and room for yoga or stretching. You would share the two bathrooms and other living space. We have room for only one workaway guest at a time.
Three meals per day are provided whenever you are at the house, with the option to cook your own food with us or on your own when you wish. We usually eat our main meal mid-day, often including chicken or fish, though we are happy to provide vegetarian or vegan meals. Jill does most of the cooking and loves company in the kitchen. Breakfast is usually homemade muesli cooked or cold, often with fresh berries, homemade yogurt, or cottage cheese. You are welcome to cook your own breakfast. Jill makes hearty soups, salads with protein, fish or chicken with vegetables and whole grains, or spaghetti sauce rich with vegetables and meat. If you have a sweet tooth, fresh cookies or muffins are a treat. We love to learn foods from other countries. Evening meal is usually leftovers, soup or a sandwich.
Please be fully vaccinated against Covid, and willing to wear a mask when inside local businesses. To be careful, we will also ask you to wear a mask in the house near us for the first 4 days of your visit.
We do not drink alcohol or use drugs, and we ask that you not have alcohol or drugs at our home. There are places in the community to enjoy local wine and beer.
Our current availability is for October 31 to November 27, 2021. We prefer a stay of at least three weeks, and are open to someone staying the full time.
From our home you can easily walk to the nearest (tiny) town where you can rent a kayak or canoe, visit the coffee shop/deli, walk out on the fishing pier, explore two antique stores and a gift store. We are often available to drive you to a nearby beach, hiking trail, or town (Manzanita, Nehalem, Seaside, Tillamook, Cannon Beach), where you can join us for a walk or hike, or explore on your own. There is a public bus that stops in town 6 times per day. Jill travels up to Seattle once a month by car to visit family, and may be available to take you to the Seattle area or anywhere on the way if it fits her schedule. Some workaway guests may split their time between Wheeler, Oregon and Newcastle, Washington, since Jill may be able to arrange housing, food and work with her Seattle-area family when she is there visiting.
Wheeler is not near any major airport. Jill or Edith will be happy to pick you up at the Portland (PDX) or Seattle (SEA) airport, or a bus station or other meeting place.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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