Workawayer to help prepare Vegetarian meals and help with house duties for Christian Family with Large Home in Rural Area, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    Workaway is a great opportunity to travel, explore and experience life around the world while reducing the high cost of accommodations through helping at a local home, farm or hotel to offset those expenses.

    In addition to your housing and meal costs are covered, we love to reward volunteers with a token of our appreciate I’m being with a Stipend of $50 per week to support your travel adventure expenses in California. After your first week with us, we will support a stipend volunteers who display an excellent level of service, team work and commitment.

    Our family has been enjoying Workaway helpers for over 5 years now! We love the connection with others from all over the world! We enjoy sharing our time and home with others and for those committed to a community and team based spirit! We are an extremely active and busy family with many applicants wanting to help and stay with us. We turn away more helpers than we accept. We seek volunteers who a have a desire to serve a community of positive, health-minded high energy people and animals needing attention and care. We are an early to bed, early to rise community so if you are a night hawk and love to sleep in, this would not be the place for you. Our home is in a rural and farming community an hour north of the city of San Diego and the ocean, so this opportunity is ideal for those not seeking an active city night life but prefer a more peaceful and low key setting nestled in the mountainous countryside. California inland communities are all at risk for fast moving wildfires, so if you seek to volunteer with us you will need to own or rent a car because Uber cannot evacuate you in the event of fast moving fires. We do rent Bikes for those who like to enjoy biking.

    We are a Christian Family with a middle school girl who loves Swimming, Singing, Reading, Canoeing, Kayaking Paddle boarding, Yoga, Karate, Horseback Riding and Adventure! We choose to eat a whole food plant based diet for a variety of health reasons. Sometimes we have several helpers and sometimes it's just one person, so you need to be someone comfortable being alone at work and during your times off. There are several young adult activities at our churches such as camping, concerts, sports,fellowship, etc. We love connecting you with any three of the churches we support in North County. Southern California is full of many adventures including theme parks, beaches, mountains, desert. hiking and a beautiful climate year round! Snow skiing is only a few hours away in the winter/spring months as well. We have amazing wildlife like roadrunners, eagles, hawks, Wild Turkeys, Quail, Coyotes, mountain lions among a few. There are many charming and exciting things to do right here in our little country town not to mention the impact of festivals and events in San Diego almost every weekend. For those who love running, there are many half or full marathons or 5k fund raising runs every weekend somewhere in the county. Our hiking and camping options are unlimited and we can loan you a tent if you don't have one too for adventure on days off.

    The projects we have on our property can be demanding physically and rewarding through accomplishment and team work. We require NON Smokers and those who are physically fit, have good strength and endurance who live a very healthy active lifestyle in order to be able to handle the physical demands of outside yard work like weed-wacking, tree trimming, raking, as well as be able to tolerate hot and cold temperatures. We prefer that those who are unsure of their physical fitness and strength discuss this with us upfront. Our goal is safety first and if you are not good at heavy lifting, digging or living a healthy active lifestyle currently, we are concerned our home projects are not the best choice for you. We apologize but we cannot accept volunteers with pets, children or who are pregnant. Our helpers and our family are seriously committed to personal development, leadership, goal setting our church and serving others. We seek only like minded individuals who strive to be in alignment with a purpose driven, results oriented life.

    You can stay a short or long time,. We accept on;y those who seek a minimum stay of 2 or 3 weeks but if you want, you can stay longer too. Each week you will work 4-5 hours a day Monday through Friday with weekends off. We are also flexible if you seek to go on an adventure at times leaving us at off times on weekends or during the week so you can experience and visit all the Southern California has to offer

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our family enjoys sharing the opportunities and experiences our community and Southern California offers. We live a busy full life, attend church, serve others in need in our community and attend many functions. We are also very committed to leadership, goal setting and personal development work. We will often invite helpers to experience what our area has to offer and join our family when we attend Church as well as other activities like skiing and sailing, other functions and special occasions so that you too can experience the full impact of a workaway stay! our North County Churches offer amazing opportunities for young adults and extra curricular activities like camping, concerts, etc. you can send you websites for our some churches. You will find there are plenty of opportunities to help others in the community through the church as well, plus there are many youth and young adult activities and meetings with more info online. We request that volunteers wanting to stay with us are committed to living and growing as a Christian

    If you would like to see exactly where we are located, please google our town called Valley Center, California and learn what adventures and opportunities are part of our area. We have a Chamber of Commerce, A library with free yoga, art, Zumba classes, computers, DVD rentals etc

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help

    Help

    Our family enjoys sharing the opportunities and experiences our community and Southern California offers. We live a busy full life, attend church, serve others in need in our community and attend many functions. We are also very committed to leadership, goal setting and personal development work. We will often invite helpers to experience what our area has to offer and join our family when we attend Church as well as other activities like skiing and sailing, other functions and special occasions so that you too can experience the full impact of a workaway stay! our North County Churches offer amazing opportunities for young adults and extra curricular activities like camping, concerts, etc. you can review both sites online for info further as you will find there are plenty of opportunities to help others in the community through the church as well, plus there are many youth and young adult activities and meetings with more info online. If you would like to see exactly where we are located, please google our town called Valley Center, California and learn what adventures and opportunities are part of our area. We have a Chamber of Commerce, A library with free yoga, art, zumba classes, computers, dvd rentals etc

    We have many needs on our property that break down into 3 areas. We expect everyone to help with all 3 kinds, but if one is your passion and you are exceptional at it, we can arrange for you to spend more of your time helping with that task

    1) Outside help with collecting garbage, weeding, raking, tree trimming, pool cleaning or simple repairs and assembly of items like furniture shelving, etc
    2) Inside help involving cleaning and cooking
    3) Animal Care: 2 dogs and 4 cats. .

    We require 25 hours volunteer work a week. As well, all Resident Volunteers are required to be scheduled 2-3 nights a week on house duty (meaning you are on site for safety reasons but no scheduled tasks). We live in a wildfire zone and therefore due to the number of animals or others who may need to evacuate if a fire came into area we need to ensure someone is on the property at all times especially during night time hours.

    Most tasks begin after breakfast but some duties may be later in the day at times but you would know in advance to plan your time yoo. Volunteers are expected to get a good night sleep at a decent hour and be up by 6am then out of the living areas during the day leading an active life either working on projects on the property or enjoying the surrounding area and opportunities of southern California during time off. The living quarters are off limits during daytime hours no exceptions.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and our daughter is in a Spanish bilingual program at school.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    As a Volunteer guest you will receive shared accommodations including three meals a day on the days you are volunteering. Please provide your own snacks, condiments and beverages personally. In exchange for Staying with us, you will help support us volunteering on a project inside, outside or a combo of different tasks for 20-25 hours total a week, 5 days a week. We also have a rotation for those staying on the property to be onsite duty 2-3 nights per week for emergencies, such as wildfire evacuation, animal safety etc.

    Cooking your own meals, Laundry, Cleaning and maintaining volunteer living area like the sleeping area, bathroom and kitchen will be your responsibility daily on your free time. We cannot provide laundry machines at this time but there are several laundry facilities in Escondido.

    On your days off, we encourage and prefer volunteers to take short trips, exploring areas away from our home to hostel/hotel stays in the city, a trip to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or go camping in the desert, mountains or beaches and experience a journey away from our place so you get to meet other travelers and experience all California has to offer!

    What else ...

    Despite our very detailed outline of what our projects require and that we value and seek only people with a positive and connected attitude, we have had some folks who come to us believing they are here to be on a retreat, barely function or able to contribute to the teams physically demanding projects, they are smokers, animal eaters, eat junk food and worse, or have been found to be using drugs. Even though we require a minimum of 2 or 3 week stay, please be advised if you arrive here and are not committed to our healthy and positive lifestyle, prove to be extremely high maintenance, requiring significant micromanagement, don't work well with teams or lack efficiently at tasks, you cannot contribute to a united positive energy atmosphere, this is not the place for you and you will be asked to leave immediately. We will then provide a ride to the Bus station in Escondido.

    If you want to join us and are serious, then we will need some detailed information up front from you in order to ensure we both will have a good experience by having a great match! If a USA Visa is required for your travel here, then please only apply with us after you have made those arrangements and know when exactly you plan to travel as we have many applicants and can only commit to those ready and able to come stay with us. We cannot assist with the VISA process in any way

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Despite our very detailed outline of what our projects require and that we value and seek only people with a positive and connected attitude, we have had some folks who come to us believing they are here to be on a retreat, barely function or able to contribute to the teams physically demanding projects, they are smokers, animal eaters, eat junk food and worse, or have been found to be using drugs. Even though we require a minimum of 2 or 3 week stay, please be advised if you arrive here and are not committed to our healthy and positive lifestyle, prove to be extremely high maintenance, requiring significant micromanagement, don't work well with teams or lack efficiently at tasks, you cannot contribute to a united positive energy atmosphere, this is not the place for you and you will be asked to leave immediately. We will then provide a ride to the Bus station in Escondido.

    If you want to join us, are serious about growing as a Christian and making a difference in this world, then we ask you to answer some detailed information from you that we have itemized below in 9 simple questions to complete. Please feel free to make an initial contact to inquire about calendar dates you are asking about availability for a stay prior to answering all our questions if that is important for you to know up front. After we receive your answers to our questions, we will set up a skype interview to ensure all your questions and ours are answered. That way we all ensure that you and our family both believe this is going to be a great experience and be supportive for us all. If a USA Visa is required for your travel here, then please only apply with us after you have made those arrangements and know when exactly you plan to travel as we have many applicants and can only commit to those ready and able to come stay with us. We cannot assist with the VISA process in any way.

    All volunteers joining us must provide proof of Visa if from outside USA or Canada. travel health insurance prior to arrival. If you do not have it, you can Google options and then obtain it, but it must be purchased prior to us offering you to stay here. All helpers must provide 3 professional references to be verified or teachers if still a student. There are health travel options on the workaway site mentioned as well.

    We have many jobs and opportunities at our home and welcome the chance to engage and work with different people and thank you for considering us to be apart of your journey!

    Please complete all answers to our questions below for Consideration:

    1) a little bit about yourself including the things you like to do for fun, helping done in the past, if you are a student, what are you studying? When will you finish., and if working please tell us about your job and job history for past 3 years.
    2) Which kinds of jobs you want to assist with. Please be specific with project types, inside work, animal care, cooking or a combo of what types. We have listed many needs for help here. Which jobs or areas of interest do you have to help us here?
    3) Dates you would like to come and stay with us and for how long. Remember, we require a minimum of 2-3 weeks and prefer times much longer. Please do not apply if you want a stay less than 2 weeks.
    4) What kinds of experience or interests you would like to have traveling and learning about in Southern California
    5) How we can support you to explore your passions, goals and activities.
    6) How do you plan to travel here? Plane, train, bus, car, boat? Will you be bringing your own car or rent?
    7) Are you a vegetarian or vegan? How long have you been living this way? What is your favorite cold breakfast cereal? Do you like hot cereals and which kind? What are your favorite fruits? Do you have any dietary restrictions, preferences or allergies? Do you consider yourself someone who enjoys and maintains a healthy balanced nutritional diet?
    8) Please tell us about your Journey as a Christian so far. Are you a new Christian or you have been raised in a Christian family? Can you tell us a little about your church and what areas of service are you involved with there. Are you in a weekly small group or bible study?
    9) Please tell us any other information about yourself to give us as much information to help us make a decision to have you join us.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20-25 hours of help per week with 2-3 nights a week onsite house duty for wildfire evacuation/safety needs

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