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***Next availability January 3, 2020***
Hi Everybody! We are Mercedes and Andrew, an artistic couple. Mercedes is an actress, singer and musician and Andrew is a musician and artist. We both like photography and doing art projects. We are currently seeking someone with common interests who can assist us with day-to-day chores, dog sitting and house sitting. You can improve your English, experiment with cooking, do arts and crafts, or improve your ability to play a musical instrument in our studio.
We had been operating an artist community with a scheduled program in New Jersey since 2015, but our situation is changing. Bands, musicians, artists, and writers in residence come less frequently because we just don’t have the time to host them and tend to their needs any more. Volunteers may help us continue this program in the warmer months (April through October). If you’re here in the off season, you may be the only volunteer. We're looking for positive people with a peaceful vibe. The mood here is good for meditation or creativity (writing, playing music, drawing, etc.). It's a great place to relax and unwind in your free time. We like to maintain a community vibe and an early 60s hippie lifestyle. You will meet our friends and relatives.
This is a quiet place near a lake. There's a lot of nature here, a few shopping malls within 20 minutes' drive, and a couple of clubs on the lake shore with live music on weekends. There are opportunities for hiking and shopping excursions. If you are looking for a LOT of action and noise, you may be more comfortable in a city environment.
We offer a stay of 3-6 weeks, or sometimes longer for experienced volunteers with excellent feedback or excellent work references.
You must be OVER 21 with positive Workaway feedback OR A WORK REFERENCE. We are seeking those who care a lot about health and the well being of our planet, and who are flexible, care about others, and have an easygoing personality.
You must love dogs. We rescue and rehabilitate dogs and get them ready for adoption into their Forever Homes with good families. Therefore, we are somewhat dog friendly but we have to discuss it before you bring a dog. Due to allergies, we regret that we cannot host cats.
Please read our ENTIRE profile carefully before you contact us. We will respond ONLY if you have answered the questions posted below. American Workawayers have specific questions they must answer. Thank you!
PLEASE INCLUDE IN YOUR MESSAGE:
(1) What CHORES would you be willing to do?
(2) What date can you arrive? What date will you depart?
(3) Do you have a driver's license?
(4) What is your level of English?
(5) Are you over 21 years of age?
(6) How would you feel about camping out in a tent or a trailer in the warmer months?
(7) Do you play any musical instruments?
(8) What SKILLS and CULTURAL EXCHANGE can you offer?
Additional questions for AMERICAN WORKAWAYERS: Why do you want to be here? We give preference to artists and musicians who really need our facilities to develop a music or art project. What do you have to offer others? Can you represent American culture from your region? Are you willing to attend community dinners and events, which we take the time and effort to create for everyone's enjoyment? This is separate from work exchange hours and can occupy another 10 hours per week of your free time. If you don't want to participate, then please consider a different Workaway.
We will reply to all inquiries that provide literate responses to our questions. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️A Skype webcam interview and a scan of your passport or identification is required. We also require international medical insurance, which can be purchased through a travel insurance plan. If you have no feedback on Workaway, please be prepared to provide the name and phone number of a person who can recommend you and tell us how you live and work in a communal situation.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
If you need to improve your English in a real work-and-play situation, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE! We offer lots of English practice and sit-down English classes if you want to schedule them.
Musicians, we have 2 full rehearsal studios and lots of instruments to play with ... guitars, basses, keyboard, piano, drums, and even a mandolin, ukelele, cello and a sax. We're musicians who can coach you and give you the experience of playing in a band. We usually have one acoustic jam and one electric jam weekly.
For artists, there is an Art Garage which is great for large art projects in the warmer months. Also, there are many light and bright areas for drawing and painting all over the property. If you are interested, we can teach you lots of crafts, including decoupage, tie dye, crochet, sewing, furniture upcycling, and lots of other projects. We have many crafting supplies. The best time for crafting in the house is during winter season.
We love practicing foreign languages, especially Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, German and Arabic.
We're making short videos about everything in this section for our web site and social media. We can always use input about that.
We also love cultural recipe exchanges and entertaining. You will learn etiquette at community dinners -- for instance, how to set the table and make polite conversation with guests. If you want to learn about American regional cooking, we have an apron and a knife available for your use :-). Take a turn cooking dinner and share a recipe from your country or region.
We recycle and repurpose everything possible here and you are going to learn a lot about how we try our best to take care of the environment and our Earth. We strive to leave a light footprint on our planet.
Here are the lists of chores we all do:
FREQUENT: Yard help (groundskeeping outdoors) and painting in spring/summer/fall seasons. Cleaning and organizing, general errands, housework, general maintenance, dog sitting, house sitting, snow removal in winter season
OCCASIONAL: Internet marketing, making short videos, photography, organizing items to be sold for fundraising purposes
Work hours are flexible. Healthful foods are provided on the days you help us, including vegetarian and vegan options. All food preparation, cooking and cleanup is shared, and is NOT considered work. Mealtimes are important for cultural exchange.
English, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, German
There are many types of accommodations. During our busy season: Private bedroom, shared bedroom for couples or friends, bed in trailer, air mattress in our office, or tent camping if we are very full. During off season,, there is always a private bedroom available.
Please see the Cultural Exchange section for all the things there are to do on our property in your free time.
This is a lake community where there are recreational opportunities all year round (swimming, boating, fishing, ice skating). We are near mountains for hiking. There is plenty of shopping and some night life on weekends, too.
We are located 1 hour 15 minutes west of New York City. Volunteers often take the bus there on Saturday morning and return Sunday evening. We strongly suggest obtaining sone references on other travel platforms if you want to find free or cheap overnight accommodations in New York City. Hostels are $50-70 USD per night during summer and holiday seasons. Hotels are $100-200 USD.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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