Come help grow veggies and work with small animals in Rural San Diego Country, USA


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    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.

    Our family has been enjoying Workaway helpers for over four 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 wth many applicants wanting to help and stay with us. We turn away more helpers than we accept. Unfortunately, we don't have time for those who are not serious about a committed stay for at least 6-8 weeks and 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 please apply elsewhere if you are a night owl and have trouble getting up at 6am daily. Our home is in a rural and farming community an hour north of the city of San Diego, so this opportunity is ideal for those not seeking an active night life but prefer a more peaceful and low key setting nestled in the mountainous countryside. Public transportation is limited in our town with a 4 mile walk or bike ride from our home to the bus that goes into the nearest town 20 minutes away. We do have bikes for you to use and they can be taken on the busses and sprinter train that goes over tho the Ocean and Beaches.

    We are a Christian Family with a middle school aged outgoing little girl who loves Swimming, Singing, Reading, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Yoga, Karate, Horseback Riding and Adventure! We choose to be meat and dairy free eating a whole food plant based diet free of processed or junk food and sodas. 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. Many helpers find several young adult activities at our churches such as camping, concerts, sports, comradery, 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! 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 as well as 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.

    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, but if coming short term, must be minimum 6-8 weeks but can stay longer too. There are many part time jobs available in the area for you to earn extra income and we would be happy to give you some suggestions. We can and do pay a small stipend for spending money for additional help and bonuses for exceptional support!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • 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 and attend many community 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 usually 530-630pm for Saturday Service as well as other activities, functions and special occasions so that you too can experience the full impact of a workaway stay! The church we attend is North Coast Church in Vista, CA. Our daughter is in the choir at Emmanual Faith in Escondido which also has 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 on the site.

    We have weekly team meetings with all helpers to establish and provide accountability on goals, as well your team meets daily to provide excellent communication opportunities, as well as check in on goals, support each other, diffuse any conflicts or issues if any and build the team.

    Feel free to 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, comptuers, 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


    We have many needs on our property that break down into 3 areas.
    1) Outside help with construction, weeding, raking, tree trimming, fence repair or shed building,
    2) Inside help involving cleaning and cooking
    3) Animal Care: 2 dogs and 4 cats plus we will have a small flock of chickens in the near future.

    We are about to embark on a small hydroponic operation to eventually grow veggies and bring to local farmers market.

    We require 20 hours a week helping As well, all Resident helpers are required to be scheduled 2-3 nights a week on house duty (meaning you are on site for safety reasons). 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.

    We seek those who are healthy, physically fit, efficient, flexible, task oriented, have high level of energy, healthy active lifestyle and a positive attitude, focused on goal setting and serving with excellence. Sorry but for safety reasons, we cannot accommodate children other pets or pregnant ladies in our remote location.

    Most tasks begin after breakfast. Helpers 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


    We do not have luxury accommodations. We make every effort to make sure every one is safe and as comfortable as possible Please expect accommodations that Include a simple trailer for food storage and preparation and camping style tenting with cots. Please expect accommodations that are coed.

    Our location can be found on Google. Valley Center, CA is just 60 minutes from San Diego. Weather in our area can go from cold at night to warmer or even quite hot during the day. We often get dressed in layers, peeling them off by mid-morning. We suggest you bring Cold weather to light weather Jackets, shorts and long-pants for winter times and colder evenings ,

    We share the area with many interesting wildlife but some are not so people friendly. Please be advised our area is a habitat for rattle snakes, scorpions black widow spiders that like to hang out in darker areas, woodpiles etc.

    You will be required to bring your own Personal items like sleeping bags, towels, toiletries, clothing. It's Mandatory that all helper have health insurance or if traveling from outside the USA, obtain travel insurance to cover you. Workaway and Google have options for helpers and travelers health insurance. We must verify your coverage before you come to stay with us.

    There are many opportunities and trails for biking around our community, plus its a great way to get to and from the bus stop in town if you are heading out on some adventure. If you choose to use one of our Bikes or Camping tents, a refundable deposit of $100 is required.

    We provide simple vegetarian breakfasts, purified water and on special occasions we may invite you to meals. You are responsible to purchase and provide for your own food for your other meals and snacks. We provide a small kitchen in the trailer for you to store and prepare your meals.

    We require that all resident helpers while they are on our property. staying with us, refrain from smoking and using any alcohol or drugs. No exceptions.

    We will provide pickup at the Transportation Terminal in Escondido only. If flying, taking a train etc, you will be responsible for getting to Escondido by Uber, bus, trolley or train.

    As a Resident helper you will receive shared room accommodations including breakfast. In exchange you will help 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. Cleaning and maintaining the living area, bathroom and kitchen will be addressed daily on your free time. we cannot provide laundry machines at this time but there are several laundry facilities in Escondido.

  • 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 6- 8 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.

    We are extremely busy as many folks are these days. We therefore will only be able to spend time and give consideration to submissions that are complete and have all the items and information listed below that we require. We have spent a good amount of time describing who we are and what kind of helpers we seek. We also know that we are asking for very detailed information from helper applicants. You may be unsure if this is the place for you to experience and you may have a few questions before you send us a detailed submission, so please feel free to ask any questions that have not been addressed in our profile and we would be happy to answer them first. Please ensure you read our profile thoroughly so you understand our limitations, minimum expectations etc.

    For serious submissions and consideration to stay with our family, please tell us the following:

    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) why you want to help with us and is your family supportive of your travel plans?

    3) Which kinds of jobs you want to assist with. Please be specific with project types, inside work, animal care, technical stuff 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?

    4) Dates you would like to come and stay with us and for how long. Remember, we require a minimum of 6-8 weeks and prefer times much longer. Please do not apply if you want a stay less than 8 weeks.

    5) What kinds of experience or interests you would like to have traveling and learning about in Southern California

    6) How we can support you to explore your passions, goals and activities.

    7) How do you plan to travel here? Plane, train, bus, car, boat? Will you be bringing your own car, bike or other?

    8) 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?

    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.

    All helpers 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!

  • 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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