Creating a magical space in New Orleans. Help me build an outdoor bathroom with a compost toilet, sink and shower for my guest quarters, and garden


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    I'm a lawyer who works for herself, and but have broadened into another career path--healing arts. I have a beautiful home, with a huge yard and a pool. I"d also like to build an outhouse with a compost toilet and an outdoor shower and create a really nice guest quarters out of some backrooms. This is the project I'm working on for the summer of 2020. If you have really strong carpentry skills and have a good eye, that would be perfect. Generally, I want to create a magical outdoor space, and maybe re-work an old shed. Some of the yard has a lot of brush and small trees that need to be cleared out. I also am de-cluttering my home and can use help with that. I have a lot of green space for New Orleans. We have a sweet dog. The last few years, we've hosted exchange students through PAX from France, Germany and Morocco. We enjoy yoga, full moon celebrations, art and creative endeavors. We are omnivores who try to eat organic. We enjoy cooking. The ideal volunteer would be enthusiastic, energetic, communicative, and enjoy becoming a part of our family while here. We will try to include the volunteer in our activities where possible. Also, I offer limited food. You're welcome to some staples--rice, potatoes, oatmeal--and condiments and cooking oil. I also need some help with repairing old brick on a wall. If you are skilled in that, let me know!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    New Orleans is an exciting city, with a lot of new ideas and activities. Creative people are attracted to this city. Having lived here for years, I can plug you in to things going on. I am of Swiss and Latin American heritage. I speak Spanish and French. If the volunteer is learning Spanish or French, we could practice together. I have a lot to offer a guest and hope for someone who can help me and support me in my dreams. I am recently separated. I feel a bit overwhelmed with projects around the garden right now and would love some help on it. I think working with others would be great.

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    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    Designing and building a outdoor bathroom, with a compost toilet, sink, and shower. In the garden, creating raised beds, gardening, basic renovation, heavy manual labor.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    I have two rooms in the back of the house. It's also where we do our laundry, so I would need to access it once a week. There would be a guest bath room for him or her to use that would require walking outside through the porch and back into the living quarters. THIS IS WHY I"D LIKE TO CREATE A COMPOST TOILET AND OUTDOOR SHOWER FOR IT! There's a pool and spa as well that all could use. Our home is conveniently located in uptown New Orleans, near the park, cafes, bus line, street car, etc. Also, when you come to the house, I will ask to take a picture of your photo ID, and am happy to delete it when you leave.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I hope to create a friendship and mutually supportive relationship. I'd be happy to show the guest activities in New Orleans. There are a lot of events that you can access through Meetup and facebook. It's a truly vibrant and interesting city with a lot to offer. Our home is centrally located. There are buslines and a street car nearby to go to the French Quarter and other neighborhoods.

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

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

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