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I am a single male with two children. They have both now graduated from university and are working and living away from home. I therefore had spare bedrooms which are now occupied by 2/3 female lodgers. Because the main bathroom used by my guests is shared, it is preferable to host female workawayers. I am a Chartered Engineer by profession, but need to spend some of my time maintaining my largish house, and the land and outbuilding that go with it. I would welcome some help in the house and garden , so that I can spend more time doing maintenance jobs and projects. If you had good computer skills, that would also be helpful. In return I would be happy to take you to many of my local places of interest. So if you are friendly and sociable, and able to prepare an occasional meal, I would like you to consider this opportunity for a visit of at least four weeks. ( Two months would be even better) If required I would also be happy to spend time assisting you to improve your English Language skills. ie pronunciation, grammer, & vocabulary. However you would need to already have sufficient spoken English for simple day to day conversations. You could also come with me when I visit my friendly "local pub" where you would meet and could talk to other local people. PLEASE NOTE, I AM ONLY ABLE TO HOST ONE VOLUNTEER AT A TIME AND WILL NOT HOST SMOKERS.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
During your visit I will ensure that all my activities are home based. This means that if you are attracted by my headline title, you will have my 100% attention for your English Language practice . In addition the Midlands area is rich with examples of how UK history has influenced the names & building methods used by local villages and towns. If you have an interest in Horses, all the information on riding & looking after the needs of these lovely animals, is available here. Also the grazing areas need constant attention and you would be able to appreciate. and help with, a variety of related maintenance tasks.
I like to increase the variety of meals I can provide & welcome new recipes that are local to where you live. You would also be able to appreciate and see how to cook some traditional English meals. In the salad season I grow my own lettuce & tomatoes. You would be able to be involved in all the growing stages depending on the timng & length of your visit.
Finally whenever I go anywhere you would be able to join me. eg pubs, friends & relatives., getting materials for repairs, & of course food shopping. To more fully appreciate the variety of things that others have found useful, you should read the many feedbacks from previous Workawayers.
As I dont run a business, the help involved would be varied and would also depend on the weather and the time of the year. Your tasks could be arranged to suit your skills, interests, and preferences. In the spring, summer & autumn your routine help would involve, the greenhouse, flowers , & lawn, i.e. some general gardening help. However as I enjoy "good " food, it would be useful if you have an interest and skill in cooking, as preparing an occasional meal would be very helpful.
A 6 bedroom, (2 en suite) House, with 2 living rooms, (both with Tvs), 2 kitchens , a laundry room , main bathroom, a seperate shower room, and a downstairs loo. You would have your own study/bedroom & be sharing the main bathroom with a female lodger who normally has exclusive use of this facility.
My House is within driving distance for trips to Alcester, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Worcester & the Cotswolds. Although you would be in a rural location, there are local train services from nearby stations & there are also main line services to London from Solihull and Birmingham International stations.The journey time to London is no more than 90 minutes and a return off peak ticket is about £20. However I will take you to see all the "local" places of interest (ie Stratford upon avon, Alcester & Birmingham) and places that tourists never find ! ! The local pub, where I go to meet friends & have a chat, is very relaxed & has its own small brewery. I would take you to visit all of the above places, as required, & time permiting. The right person would have a fun time here !
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Approx 20 hours /week
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