Help with gardening and DIY projects in a beautiful safe neighbourhood, Los Angeles, USA


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    Green, Solar and Internet Professional with fixer upper House in Los Angeles, enjoys hosting interesting, thoughtful, helpful & handy people. Ideally folks on vacation in LA to explore the wonderful sites around here. We prefer international but occasionally host people from the US.

    This is not a free food workaway. Foodies are encouraged to apply and people who prefer organic and want to share some meals together for cultural exchange. We share the cost of food & enjoy fun times preparing meals together community-style. Must be friendly and like to share meals and get to know other workawayers if they are here. This is a 2-week workaway. Not longer.

    Looking for friendly, considerate, energetic, mindful people to help with projects. People who like to approach tasks start to finish and are serious about helping us. Currently, need help clearing out closets and pricing and organizing items for garage sale, weeding lawn and garden, gopher trapping, deep cleaning home, and dirty garage, Interior painting, Handyman (woman) skills, moving stuff (cleaning the garage, moving boxes), handing mirrors, preparing garage sale, selling on ebay. ***Always have yard work that is zen-like but not easy. If you don't like outdoor work that can seem hard or boring this may not be for you.

    We love hosting friendly people who enjoy helping us for mutual exchange and would be enthusiastic to share a few weekly organic and healthy meals and good cheer in LA. Our goal is for you to have a comfortable place to stay at no cost, and enjoy an adventure in LA. We do not supply free food. We all pitch in for food and share breakfasts and few weekly wonderful dinners and lunches together for cultural exchange. If you’re on a really tight budget this may not be the best workaway for you as we want to share really good food and split the cost. It’s part of the fun!

    This is an ideal workaway for travelers wanting to stay in a free, comfortable home and save money on lodging. Must have a budget for food and plan to be out and about enjoying yourself in LA. Be sure to mention what type of help you feel qualified for in your introduction.

    Speaking conversational English a must. Happy to help you improve your English but am not good with people who struggle to understand English. Sorry! If you have workaway reviews it's helpful, as many apply and we choose based on what feels like the best fit for a great cultural exchange and who can help us most with our projects. We’re looking for good vibes and good help! Many apply so let us know how you can help us and what your plans in LA are.

    Must be comfortable being a good guest. Think of it as if visiting a relative you respect. Good manners are a must. If we were to visit your home we’d ask you what you need help with, and if you had a plan worked be happy to follow the plan. It's important you be comfortable more or less following instructions. You’re only here for 2 weeks we want you to have a wonderful time visiting LA, and get projects done we’ve planned. Please be someone who puts things back where you found them and is neat and organized about work and tools.

    It’s a great neighborhood of LA. Convenient, pretty and safe. The bus is 2 blocks away to get anywhere and freeway close yet has big trees and hiking nearby. It’s not Santa Monica or Hollywood. Encino is “over the hill” in the SFV (San Fernando Valley area of LA). Encino, 91436.

    The ideal workawayers for us are those looking to experience a fun-filled stay in the Encino area of LA, for two-weeks, as vacationers with a budget and desire to explore LA to sightsee. We do this to move projects forward with helpful people, and to create a community with sympatico people and organic foodies who like helping and want to visit LA and stay here at no cost for 2 weeks.

    Encino is a very nice, safe neighborhood, close to hiking and a bus 2 blocks away at Ventura Blvd.. This is a small workaway 1-4 volunteer. You can expect a private room or 2 people to a room. You may be the only workawayer or we may have a full house. Organic Garden (in season yummy free farm to table food). Otherwise food not included. Nice neighborhood! The yard work and getting rid of gophers are priorites. The yardwork's basic weeding and raking. Volunteering requires a zen appreciation of outdoors work and basic on the ground weeding, raking and moving leaves. Let us know what projects you want to help with and what sites you want to see in LA.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    About me: I'm a solar design consultant, who had a digital imaging and graphics business for major movie posters and advertising for many years, now involved in a green internet startup. Am launching an internet directory and green website. Am LGBTQ friendly. Have extensive experience in business and as an employer. We're creative people, who enjoy nature, share meals and create a community to cook together, share stories around the table, and explore Los Angeles.

    My joy in workaway is a mutually happy and rewarding two-weeks. I want to get projects done, and am looking for conscientious volunteers who care about detail, and offer you a friendly, welcoming, free and safe place to enjoy your stay in LA. Most people who stay here like to cook, hike, go to the beach, and museums.

    I volunteer to take you on a gorgeous neighborhood hike, or up to Univeral Citywalk for a movie, and to visit Malibu or another must-see LA spot, and help you plan your independent adventures.

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    We need to have a big garage sale coming up and need to sort and price things to get that ready and clear the house of everything being sold. The garage is dirty. Are you ready to take on this help with some heavy lifting?

    My father passed away and have an abundance of things to sort through and sell in a garage sale, unpack, move furniture, and hang moderately heavy mirrors.. A fringe benefit for us as host is we like to get a break from house cleaning and dishes. Are you OK to do dishes to give me a break for 2 weeks. It's great to share cooking and I'm a pretty good cook.

    We have a fixer-upper house that's also quite spacious and comfortable. I'm a former solar design consultant and practice permaculture. We do organic gardening (but this year was very sparse). Are you a gardener? We have a yard that has a bunch of weeds and crabgrass that needs to be dug up. It's not too hard and not that easy. Are you up for ridding the weeds and crabgrass? Expect a combination of inside and outside projects. Need help with general "handyman/woman, hanging mirrors and art, moving furniture packing and unpacking. Cleaning the garage. Doing dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and mopping? The help is varied, we can mix it up, and prefer some skill level and willingness to get down and dirty. You can read from our reviews the help is not that hard.

    We a large well-trained, friendly standard poodle dog, and don't accept pets or children or campers in the driveway. Sorry.. May want you to take care of our dog for a few days. Do you love walking dogs? Are you a dog person? Looking for responsible people who take helping us seriously. There's a lot of time to play, so it's a great exchange. Please let me know if you have a car.

    Please note what you are good at when you contact us and what if any projects you would not want to do. (Would you trap a gopher?) Yikes! Yard work, painting, general cleaning and yard sale prep and fixing stuff around the house are ongoing. Looking for people willing to jump in on priority projects. If you only want to do certain things and would object to painting, gardening or cleaning please let me know. Many apply. Our selection is made on who we feel will enjoy their stay here the most and who can help us the most. This is a very nice convenient to get around LA and safe neighborhood.

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  • Accommodation


    1-4 person residential workaway at lovely home that we're transitioning into urban/suburban tree forest and organic gardens. Large rooms. Spacious house in a beautiful, safe LA neighborhood of Encino. Rooms have a queen and 2nd twin bed. May be a private room or two to a room or couple in a private queen bedroom. Kitchen access with everything to prepare meals community style. We don't provide food accept breakfast on helping days. We trade for a lovely place to stay. We also go out of our way to help you have a fun-filled and lovely stay here.

    Off-street parking (Tell us if you have a car). Only 2 Blocks from Ventura Blvd. the main shopping, restaurants, with a Bus Stop connecting to subway for getting all-around LA. Very convenient, SFV location, 1 mile from Sepulveda entrance to 405 and 101 freeways. Easy commute all over LA, (Within 25-35 Minutes) to Westwood, Hollywood, Burbank, Malibu, Santa Monica, Downtown. Offer 2 weeks work-away volunteer opportunities at Club Encino :) . If you plan to stay in CA longer, consider booking several work-aways for diversity. People who volunteer here for a 2-week workaway often visit other areas of CA such as the San Francisco Area, San Diego, or travel the US then come here for two weeks.

    No excessive drinking or drugs. No food or smoking in bedrooms. No cigarette smokers welcome -- I'm sorry, I quit smoking so smoke and having smokers around would be hard for me to not ask you for one.

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    What else ...

    Encino is a very safe neighborhood in Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, over the Hill from Bel-Air. Nice restaurants and shops within blocks. The house is spacious, arty and 2 Blocks South of Ventura Blvd. in a very nice safe LA neighborhood. Centrally located, with easy walkable access to bus system and freeways. It's in the SFV near Sherman Oaks and Studio City. Nice neighborhood to walk, run, restaurants, shopping, and public transportation 2 blocks away. Great hiking nearby. 30 Minutes to Malibu and Santa Monica. Easy access wherever you want to go. Not far from UCLA and Hollywood. Am not able to accommodate pets, families or campers in the driveway... Sorry. One car is OK.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    maximum 15 hours a week over 4 days

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