Homestay in a small village and help with our water hyacinth project in Kerala, India



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  • Description


    Our house is located 16 kms south of Alleppey town in a small village called Vaishyom Bhagom, in Kerala Backwaters. Being a homestay, guests get to stay with us and be a part of our family which helps them understand our culture, religion, festivals, family events etc.
    Since we started our homestay in 2010 I've been looking into options of using the weed called Water Hyacinth into some form of income generating source. Water Hyacinth was introduced in India towards the end of the 18th Century by the British Colonials as an ornamental plant. And now it has spread almost all over the country clogging our waterways. Finding a financial solution will help motivate the locals to harvest the weed, in turn cleaning the waterways.

    We welcome Workawayer to come stay with us and be a part of the project we are dying to start.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Guests staying with us and being a part of our project gets to experience a village life while interacting with the locals and understanding the joys and difficulties of living in Kerala Backwaters. Workawayer will interact with the locals while working on the project which will help both Workawayer's to understand our community.

  • Help


    We do have a few projects that needs some help -
    1) Need help with housekeeping . As it is a home stay there are days which could be very busy and some days when there will be a lot of free time.
    2) Need help with building a welcoming garden where guests would love to spend more time.
    3) We have lots of wall space which need to be decorated therefore we need creative minds to let the walls talk with their art work.
    4) The backwaters is clogged with a weed called Water Hyacinth, we are looking for ways to develop it into a source of income which would help generate employment and help the community grow financially while keeping the water ways clean. We do have some ideas in mind and are in the testing state. We need help harvesting the water hyacinth from the canals or rivers and build products out of it which can be sold.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Malayalam: Fluent
    Marathi: Fluent

    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.

  • Accommodation


    We have clean and comfortable but basic room which will be shared by other workaway if needed. Will only share other same gender.

    For construction - Food will be included as part of the project, local home cooked food which will be prepared in our kitchen for us will be shared.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our village is well connected with local transports to visit Alleppey Town near, 13 century old Sree Krishna Temple is worth a visit as guests can experience and understand Hinduism, Chambakulam Church which was built by St Thomas - one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, explore the backwaters by renting bicycles or book a day cruise or overnight stay on a Houseboat.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 583597845549