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Hello, greetings from the lovely island of Jamaica.
Our names are Sofia and Michael , we are a Colombian - German married couple and we are both since over a decade in Jamaica. We were once both looking for warmer weather, that´s why we came to the Caribbean. But at the end it was in each case a business opportunity that brought us to the lovely but small island of Jamaica.
We are photographer (he) and civil engineer ( she) from profession. We are both strict non-smokers and are also only looking for nonsmokers (and that includes Ganja :-) ) to join us here temporarily. We think that we are well educated and we def.also appreciate manners in day-to-day life. We try to be healthy in life and food, love art and sports, nature and excursions/ Traveling. Since our place, our new venture does not allow us a lot of traveling, we are hoping to welcome people and share some time with them. We are open-minded and like to share our experiences we gained here in this long time.
We live about 10 mins away from Ocho Rios, on the North Coast of Jamaica. Its a beautiful place, great landscape, lots of lush vegetation, of course a magnificent ocean close by. Our place is in a gated community and quiet and safe. Overall its a great place to live. However, it is not the party hotspot of Jamaica. It might be a little more on the quieter side. Negril and Kingston or also Montego Bay are those places where you find the proper nightlife more than here.
We both are animal lovers and also rescuers - we love cats and we rescued several, in the hope we would find forever homes for them but somehow they got stuck here :-). They are now like our family since we dont have children. Be prepared for 11 lovely creatures and us :-)...They and we all have our special caracters..
Our venture is a small exclusive guesthouse that we build and we manage it now. Its our pride and the guests appreciate its unique style and privacy. It is not a hostel, so dont expect checkin-and checkout and a crowd on a daily basis. It might even happen that no guests or very little come in the time that you spend here. Your luck because the pool and the rooftop are then free to use :-)
We are with workaway pretty much from their beginning ( I think there is a badge somewhere :-) )...so here are a few thoughts about this thing here - we dont have a heavy work load that we position the workawayer in like some other places. We put an emphasis on cooking, but we are not vegan or vegetarian. We however eat vegetarian meals once we like them. We dont want to be seen like parents, which we are anyways not. We like to treat you and be treated on eye-level. We dont like when the workawayer only shows up for "work" or the tasks and disappears otherwise. We like to establish a connection and also hang out together. We share a bungalow, our home together, but the workawayer has its own room and en-suite bathroom. We are not a cheap hotel for a couple days ( yes, we got those requests too) and we can not accommodate more than one person. We will always decline those requests. Other than that, we are very lovely and nice :-)
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Jamaica - do we need to say more? You benefit being at first on the beautiful island of Jamaica and second, we show you a lot in every day live all spectrums here - from first class to the very simplest ways people live here. We would do some excursions for sure in that time and we take you places and show you around but with open eyes you will also catch up a lot just being here. Despite being expats, we have contacts with the local people and so you get to know them as well.
First off, we like to meet people and this way seems to be a great way to get to meet new people. We like to hear stories about other experiences or where the WORKAWAYER comes from.
I am not sure if we can really describe it as "work" what the WORKAWAYER would do. We were able to get it going and maintaining it ourselves. But we figured it would be nice to have an extra hand sometime, especially in the times the helper that we already have cant be here.
Therefore, we need someone responsible and outgoing to help us here and there in our house with the daily stuff and also in the guesthouse, with the running of the place such as helping with the tourists, fixing the place ready for them, giving them information, maybe checking them in etc. The pool is for use but also maybe requires some easy maintenance work here and there.
Some animal care maybe involved too as we do have a small "cat shelter" which needs to be taken care of.
Cooking skills or interest is very highly appreciated as we like to dedicate that task to you, especially in the evening when the day-helper has left for the day. We also like to experience your national dishes that you like to prepare if the items for it are available here.
Nothing heavy or rocket science, just more the normal crazy things that come along with the day. Pretty much an allrounder like us :-)
We live in a beautiful home on the side of the villa and we do have a guestroom accommodation for one WORKAWAYER. It comes with your own bathroom (shower) and so you have a pretty independent room but since you are in our house, you are integrated in our daily life. We trust you with our place and so we will be very careful in selecting the person which will come and stay with us - the longer the better.
This place is pretty well situated in terms of getting to here and from here. Public Transportation is available. Beach is close by; we are open to different food habits, no problem
We like you to be here for like Wednesday/Thursday to Monday/Tuesday and the other time you can plan your excursions to farer places in Jamaica. In the days, when the work is "on", you can relax in the daytime as most of the workschedule would be for a little in the morning and then re-start in the afternoon
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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