Come and help me with sustainably refurbishing my home in London, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    Come and join us (in sustainably refurbishing my house in the artistic hub of Walthamstow (Zone 3). I’m looking for volunteers who are interested in a genuine exchange of culture and skills. My current focus is on general maintenance and building repairs and some practical DIY related skills would definitely be an advantage as would a willingness to learn some new skills. You would be mainly doing independent tasks like carpentry. I'm also in need of help with more general things like cleaning, gardening, shopping. Preference will be given to volunteers who are able to be independent and possess an ability to see what regular things need doing and take care of them. I can accommodate two single individuals or a couple in the room that I have available for Workawayers.

    IMPORTANT: You must be at least 24 years old, have one positive Workaway review (previous Host feedback). I generally offer an initial trial period of a week and then together we can discuss the arrangement and agree the duration of your stay, please be sure to check our calendar before applying.

    I live at home with my friendly family! Mum & Dad (retired), sister (primary school teacher) and her daughter (16+). if you want to experience what life is like for a 'typical'? London family living in the suburbs (not the centre), we'd love to have you join us!

    We're a traditional muslim family, so please don't bring any alcohol/pork and no couples :(
    you'll have to make your own meals as I'm hardly ever home!

    I embarked on a project this year to fixup the house as a golden jubilee present to my parents, workawayers would have a home whilst sharing my philosophy of exploring life and work as an ongoing meditation practice. In exchange, they’ve shared their cultures, skills, cuisines, and lifestyles with us. We love to host people who are independent and creative, balancing a curiosity to learn new skills with the freedom to think for themselves.

    A spare room in Walthamstow (one of the suburbs of london) with a bed, in my family house with a shared bathroom and toilet. It takes 15 mins to get to the tube, and 45 mins from there to Oxford Circus, although with Covid we'd prefer if you don't use public transport and use the bike which takes an hour to Oxford Circus.

    Walthamstow, voted London's borough of culture for 2019, is a multicultural and artistic area where you can find a range of delicious food options, from Thai and Indian to 'right proper' east London pubs and cafes.

    While you will have plenty of privacy and free time, there is always a good bit of banter between me, my friends, other workawayers, and guests from around the world (pre-covid). If you’re an open-minded and curious person looking to experience and share new things, I invite you to contact us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We're a traditional muslim family, with my parents having left pakistan/india before the partition, so if you want to experience what life is like for a 'typical'? London family living in the suburbs (not the centre), we'd love to have you join us! My sisters a primary school teacher, currently into organic 'everything', gardening and pottery.

    There are always a lot of varied and interesting projects to help with here and for those willing to put in some effort with good spirit and humour there's plenty of knowledge and friendships to take away with you. My hope is that you'll leave learning about a culture / lifestyle you didn't know about before.

  • Help

    Help

    If you are an honest person and have plenty of independence you will be welcome to help on this project. The things that we'll need help with are many and varied, sometimes building, carpentry, and maintenance related, sometimes with the household and cleaning etc.

    I suggest that volunteers come for one week at first, then if it all works out we can negotiate the duration of the stay. You will need to be physically fit and we are happy to take either one or two single individuals.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Urdu: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A spare room with a bed for two, in my family house with a shared bathroom and toilet and use of the kitchen. There may be some food available in the evening depending on our schedule, but its more likely that you'll have to make your own!

    Bedding and towels provided and use of the washing machine, we also have a fast broadband connection that you can connect to.

    Usually the days go a bit like like this:
    We have our breakfast at around 8am so that we are ready to start with our tasks at 8.30am. At around 11am we stop for tea/coffee and cake/biscuits and then continue with our projects until 1.30pm. At about 2-2.30pm we eat a substantial lunch together. After lunch the afternoons and evenings can be used to explore the many things that London has to offer or you can just chill in the house, and the weekends are all yours to do with as you wish!

    I also provide a bicycle and a lock for workawayers to use to explore the neighbourhood and London. However, I do expect servicing and repairs to be the responsibility of the user.

    We do sometimes invite each other and eat together in the evenings but it's on a more relaxed, casual and invitation type basis.

    You'll be provided three meals for the day which you'll need to make yourself - all the above as guidelines, lets see how it goes!

    I am fairly adaptable and open to alternative arrangements but the key here is negotiation, we can come to an agreement, put it into practice and then review it after a few days to check that we are all happy and remain happy with the reality of the arrangement.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    it's a suburb of London - there's plenty going on, both in the local area, and if you head into central, check the location before you contact please?

    William Morris gallery
    Walthamstow High Street - traditional street market

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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