Southern charm and country fun with animals and music close to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

  • United States
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  • Last activity: 18/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    You will find our family and community to be full of Southern charm and country fun. The house has a casual feel and host family gatherings that are full of unique local foods like: gumbo, crawfish, bar-b-que, jambalaya, hamburgers, and sweet tea. We welcome you to join our friends an family in colorful family stories and general conversations on the porch swing or around the camp fire. Our property includes a vegetable garden and the following animals: horses (trained for western speed events and trails,) two small dogs (mini Australian Shepherd & Corgi/ Jack Russell), two cats ( friendly barn cats.) We live in an old family home with an acre of land. Down our street lives many of our extended family, including both sets of grandparents. We feel blessed to have them in our daily lives and hope you do also.

    We are a family of 10+ but only three people live in our home. Trent is the man of the house and loves to relax outside with an evening beer and some good music. He works for our city and is also a lead singer and guitar player in a Southern Rock/ Country band. He plays his music at local night clubs and festivals. He also loves to hunt, fish and ride his ATV or trucks. Our youngest child is an athletic All-American girl who is a true extrovert. She is studied nursing and and playing soccer at a college 2+ hours away but comes home as often as possible. My name Deanna I love nature, hikes, camping, and exploring cities and towns. I once dreamed of being in the Peace Core or adopting orphans but neither happened. I have found happiness in doing volunteer work locally and in Mexico, gardening, and learning new skills. I currently work with special needs children teaching and supporting them emotionally.

    Outside our home lives our two grown children with spouses, and five grandchildren. We have a few extra children who started as exchange students and now are family. During COVID our local schools did not allow exchange students and we discovered Workaway. June 2022 was our one year anniversary of hosting workaway travelers. We have hosted ten guest so far all of which blessed our home.

    Our workaway home is in a suburban community 45min from New Orleans and 30min from Baton Rouge the home is quite during the day which allows for online studies and independent exploration by Uber or your personal transportation. The evenings are spent enjoying life with our friends, family, or animals along with going house chores. Most weeks include small social gathering or cultural events. We are a busy bunch so get ready to live a new life.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience southern USA while learning/ improve skills in: gardening, composting, animal care, hunting, ATV operation, soccer, teaching, horseback riding, Southern/ Cajun cooking, tent camping, fishing, Southern slang/ English language, country music band, elderly care, life hacks, party planning, etc.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    **Last minute need *We have a elderly companionship need (2hours a day) for the month of Jan-March . if you can help in this way please message.

    We will provide the setting and ask that you provide a plan of how you can contribute to our family 5 hr a day or 25 hours a week. Your work should be a balance of tasks and more can be done on one day to have more time off on others for example:

    2 hours of home cleaning/ cooking
    1 hours of farm tasks
    2 hour of elderly assistance and/ or engagement

    Example of tasks: share life experiences/ culture/ companionship, cook or help prepare dinner, weed home/ community vegetable garden or flower beds, exercise / ride horses, read to preschool children, talk / eat with grandparents, bath dogs, sweep house/barn, feed homeless, and helping in a community food bank. It is important that you feel as family and work both as a team and independently to make life better for all members of the home. Your talents and life goals can be discussed before arrival and we can work together to create activity plan for your trip. We ask that you contribute 5 hours a day to the family or community and believe the more you do the more rewarding the experience will be.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to learn a few words in your language, but pronunciation of new words is not something I master easily. Be prepared to laugh some as I try. Feel free to coach me by saying good morning in your native language and helping me learn the proper response.

  • Accommodation


    A private bed room and shared bathroom are provided in a four bedroom home located in a suburban village with large outdoor space for exercise and relaxing. Guest are encouraged to use family areas (kitchen, dinning room, living room) alone and with the family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our home has WI-Fi and you can attend online classes, attend local universities, sight see, or work. Uber can be utilized and we have a car that can be used occasionally by insured drivers . With extended stays we would enjoy showing you New Orleans and Baton rouge along with neighboring states. In 2022 we plan to visit Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and California. We enjoy attending local festivals, music, and sporting events, along with attending family, church, and high school activities.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 875899839427

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