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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 parents to run a house 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).
UPDATE December 2019:
Looking for a *House/kid helper person/s.*
WHEN: from April 1st or close to it, and for at least 3 months (ideally 6 months).
We're currently totally full through at least end of February, and potentially later.
PREFERRED but not necessary: Spanish speaking (our kids both attended Spanish schools)
MUST HAVES (TOP 5): for the house/kid 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 3+ hours a week.
3. you are comfortable around and ENJOY CHILDREN (we have two: a 5 year old boy and 3 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 a family. 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).
HOURS: 25 volunteer hours per week (Hours are mainly daytime. Example=Two times a week 7:30-10:30a and 2-5:30p. Maybe two to three times a month needing weekend dog care or a chunk of 3-5 weekend work hours? BASICALLY, most evenings and weekends= no help needed).
We provide healthy food, the small private room and lots of ideas to make your experience incredible!
Workaway Handy Projects?
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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!
Cooking / shopping
Help in 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 host offers accommodation and payment.
Details are posted above. We give clear schedules ahead of time. People whose goals here include earning money easily find other well-paying work in the neighborhood (cleaning, gardening, handyman work, helping families).
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.
English, German, Spanish
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.
Our two private spaces that we host Workawayers in are both near the children's rooms, so best if our guest is not a light sleeper. (The children are mostly great sleepers).
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
5 or 6 hours a day, 5 days a week