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2021 DATES: June 2021 until end of September 2021...
In the middle of a large, deep fresh water lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, our 9-acre private island has a large lodge and 5 small sleeping cabins running down the length of the property. In continual recreational summer use since 1941, the buildings are in excellent condition. Each cabin has a sink, beds, desk, and view of the lake while the main lodge is the gathering place for meals, cooking, games, etc. The entire place is off the grid. After work, there are boats, canoes, kayaks, a sail boat, fishing gear, a sauna, and even a ping pong table.
FYI: This is not a business of any kind but simply a private property used by the private landowner.
(The lake is a 40-minute drive from Marquette (the largest city in the Upper Peninsula) and a 45-minute drive from the nearest airport, which is Sawyer Airport in Gwinn (airport code MQT).)
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Travelers will benefit from coming here and helping out in the following possible ways:
1) learn and gain experience in forestry work
2) learn and/or gain experience with boats, wood construction, handyman work, firewood and kindling production, etc.
3) rest, relaxation, swimming, and boating in a serene wilderness setting completely off-the-grid -- and a break from all things technological.
4) practice English language (if English is not your first language)
VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED:
Seeking strong, reliable helpers for forestry, carpentry tasks, mechanical repairs, and/or cooking and cleaning. The tasks are done to improve and maintain the property. It is not done for any business use as this is not a business of any kind.
Forestry work includes clearing trails, transplanting, promoting threatened trees, removing invasive plants, and clearing dead timber throughout the dense forest of Balsam Fir, Spruce, American White Cedar, White Pine, Paper Birch, Mountain Ash, Basswood, and many other tree species on the 9 acres. (No forestry experience required though knowledgeable forestry recommendations made to owner are welcome.)
Minimum stay: 7 days.
NO smoking. NO drugs. NO excessive alcohol. NO firearms.
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.
Comfortable beds in furnished cabins with linens and towels provided. All buildings and furniture are comfortable, clean, and in good working order. (Volunteers are welcome to bring tents and gear for sleeping outside if they prefer. There are acres and acres of possible camp sites.)
Workawayers can park their personal cars on our property on the mainland, where we also have a dock for getting back and forth to the island by boat. (There are no ferries on the lake or anything like that.)
A non-smoking citizen of both the UK and the USA, I am an outgoing person who is all about people - and details (I'm extra observant and notice details in ways people often miss). I have a wide range of skills and experiences, many of which I picked up while working on this island almost every summer since I was a boy. I have built a kayak, a sauna, cabinets, shelves, and fixed just about everything at least once. In the rest of the world, I write, teach, manage websites, make films, and practice Buddhism.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There is parking space to park a campervan but I would suggest that living on the island (where no motor vehicle can go) is a lot nicer than living in a van.
Some dogs, yes, but not all. Dogs that can happily live outdoors would be best. This is not a place for dogs who like to be inside most of the time, and especially not for those sorts of dogs who like to be on furniture, etc. Cats would probably also be okay as long as they do not come into the main house as many people are allergic. In either case, the pet owner must conscientiously clean up after their pet when necessary. Any extra work caused by the pet is the owner's responsibility, of course.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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