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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021-
We have availability for a vaccinated person or couple to help with organizing the house and errands, in Sept through mid-November. Stays ideally 3+ weeks, but would consider shorter. (Ideally someone who has a drivers license and experience but not essential - note that any foreign license is valid in the US.)
From November onwards, can commit only with someone who some form construction experience at all ... carpentry electrical plumbing etc.
At some point in the first half of 2022, we'll look for a 3+ month person with a drivers license (essential) to help with the house/dogs/ family / etc, but timing of that is TBD.
We hope you are well, as we are, even as many people are facing incredible hardship in the face of this pandemic.
You will read in the basic information about us below that we are a co-housing-ish property. Our children 6 year old is distance learning from home and our 4 year old is at daycare.
We request that you consider the following:
--You are honest and like staying on the safer side (regarding COVID-19) - we (adults) are both vaccinated.
--We get along best with people who are oriented to the outdoors. We love hiking, running, biking, swimming, yoga and are grateful that there is so much nature to explore.
--You must be comfortable around children and dogs.
-- We strongly prefer someone with a drivers license (may need help with getting groceries or running an errand).
-- Flying/ bus/train here? Be willing to get a couple tests and a bit quarantining for the process (working outside for the few days while you self-isolate and get free test here). Even better: be in the area already, or who can drive here without airports buses or trains involved.
If you read this and do match all of it, please let us know in the subject saying "I read your conditions- we match" since most emails are typically generic.
Our NORMAL profile:
We enjoy hosting travelers~ so cool to meet new interesting people and learn about different cultures! We have been hosting since August 2017. Today, we still keep in touch with our over a dozen of our "Workaway family" and several have returned for visits short and long.
Workaway has been incredible for our family. We have learned that it works best if it is what we Americans call "win--win." What do you hope to learn from the Workaway volunteer experience? We will try our best to connect you to reach your goals! (Example: I am happy to have weekly conversations with someone who wants to expand their English skills.) On the flip side, we appreciate the extra hands/help. So difficult for us to run the property alone. We lead a very dynamic life (flexible schedules to make sure that we have time to strive for our balance of family, neighbors, friends, WORK, healthy food & fitness, nature, urban events and nightlife).
Need= *House helper person/s.*
MUST HAVES (TOP 5): for the house helper persons
1. you LOVE DOGS (we have two: Tika and Boo (medium+small but large personalities)
and walking/taking care of them= 5+ hours a week (not all on you!)
2. you are an experienced and SAFE DRIVER (we often need help with driving errands) probably 1-2 times a week.
3. you are comfortable around and ENJOY CHILDREN (we have two: a 6 year old boy and 4 year old girl) Our children wake the house up around 7:30a and have an incredibly bright life: enjoying school, playing with friends, drawing, being outside!
4. you enjoy KEEPING TIDY. (your private room is small but bright. our weekly housekeeper for our house has been with us 15 years and we keep trying to live in a clean and inspiring space. Our housekeeper cleans our main house. We do ask for 5 hours a week to help clean at a pretty detailed level.
5. you have CLEAR COMMUNICATION. (you are clear about your dates (+scheduling needs) and goals for the workaway volunteer experience. you are truly interested in experiencing Bay Area living and helping out. you can talk about challenges that come up in life. you are clear and comfortable with saying yes or no. we often share meals together (usually 2+ dinners per week, and weekend breakfasts, occasional lunches - we provide ingredients for the other meals).
We provide healthy food, the small private room and lots of ideas to make your experience incredible!
Workaway Handy Projects?
We *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️always*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ enthusiastically consider people who have real experience working with TOOLS (painting,electrical, plumbing, drywall, etc) to work together on projects as they come up. Could be shorter 2-4 week stay. With tools, you don't need strong extensive skills for that- we usually have someone to mentor on details, but tell us about your experience with tools and projects in your first message. "DIY" people super welcome!
Also open to discussing other skills such as massage/yoga, specific video or computer/business skills might be useful. We have two different Workaway spaces: a private room for our *House helper* and a private attic space for *Workaway Handy projects*
OUR FAMILY & HOME
Julia is a high school teacher and Brian social impact entrepreneur live near Lake Merritt in Oakland with two young children two dogs. We enjoy connecting with people, traveling, nature, yoga, dance, music, healthy food...
In one of Oakland's finest neighborhoods - green and calm, with super friendly neighbors, walking distance from many businesses, Lake Merritt, farmer's market, and downtown/subway, with easy transit to downtown, San Francisco, Berkeley and more.
We're among four units in a new co-housing project (separate kitchens, but each provides a monthly meal, shared garden etc.) so there will be many friendly faces around.
Brian is currently handling initial communications. We'll both do a Whatsapp interview before agreeing to anything if it looks like we could be a fit. Happy travels! Be safe.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are a very social family, surrounded by neighbors we often share meals with, including another kid-and-dad, a traveller and tech guy, and surrounding apartments with families.
A traveller could meet many interesting people, improve their English if from abroad, and see San Francisco, Berkeley, and California generally. Our house is a perfect location to explore the Bay Area. It is walking distance to the lake, shops, restaurants and the BART train.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.
Details are posted above. We work out weekly schedules for 25 hours of volunteering in exchange for room+board. People whose goals here include earning money could find well-paying work in the neighborhood (cleaning, gardening, handyman work).
Ideally you would have house experience (cleaning, organizing, cooking, walking the dogs, help with running errands, gardening) the other ideally has some experience with tools (construction/ or the spirit to learn/focus on DIY projects around the property for example, landscaping).
Our house and neighborhood (very central/ great walking neighborhood and public transportation, biking etc) are well suited for this so make it easy to host.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Our home is a gorgeous, large 1908 house with a very modern add-on unit and a set of very friendly neighbors with whom we frequently share meals. There are many different spaces to hang out.
We have had many roommates and happily share our food (we eat mostly vegetarian).
Dinner is usually 6-6:30 because of kiddos. We communicate when we need a "family dinner" (some private time 2-4 times a week). However, we have a table in the kitchen and in a dining room so there is space. We also have a huge shared deck outside.
It is really fun to live so close to Lake Merritt (great for jogging and picnics), and the "BART" (subway) is 15 minutes walk. New "bike share" program lets you bike from by our house to BART/downtown as well. The kids like walking to nearby playgrounds. Our work week is mostly quiet at home (sometimes meeting friends for dinner). We like to get out of the house on weekends. Our dogs love when we take them on hikes in the nearby hills.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have very high speed internet (nearly gigabit), a wired ethernet network, and mesh wi-fi network. It can drop out for a few seconds at a time but for most uses is quite strong.
Best for shorter stays. With Covid we're open to brief stays and outdoor projects to people that don't come inside the house, including some hours of bathroom access.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week