I have 2 - amazing - years experience as a Host. I started because I wanted ( and still want ) to be a volunteer. But I had to stay here and did the next best thing - just let the world come to me! I'm an artist/art educator, well travelled , energetic with a lot of organic gardening and some building experience. I love walking /hiking and London and it's cultural opportunities. I live with 3/4 other adults who mainly have interests in the arts, music and physical activities + a geriatric cat.....
We have really enjoyed the company and appreciated the contributions of all the volunteers who gave so much in terms of labour, new ideas, fabulous recipes and much laughter and look forward to hosting this year.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Lots of opportunities to explore and experience London. Bikes are available and advice freely given - be it on free /cheap events, tourist attraction or just ways to find work, volunteer at museums or improve English.
Please do not contact me if you need a place outside these dates and/or if your skills do not fit as I get a lot of requests and I can't reply to them all !
People with references from another host or otherwise preferred
The main help, subject to weather will be helping with the vegetable and other gardens, outdoor maintenance and painting and when it is wet, internal decoration, cleaning and clearing a huge loft space.
There's also fences and sheds to mend, trellises to put up, brick walls to take down and rebuild , water conservation systems to devise and structures to build outside and a lot of different house maintenance tasks, and lots of external and internal sanding/ painting to do and may be opportunities to build bookcases etc . If you have experience in making blinds, cushion covers, upolstery ..you will be doubly welcome.
Help is always needed in a very big garden and massive organic vegetable patch ..... Enthusiastic and experienced gardeners / plant lovers/ vegetable growers welcome but otherwise - people with stamina, problem solving skills and work proof finger nails... Frankly if you have a bad back.... its not for you.
I ask for a minimum of the equivalent of 5 full hours help per day five week days a week, a positive attitude and a good sense of humour. Weekend are free.
There are many people who want to come to London – so if you are interested ...it would be v helpful if you would provide references and information
• About your skills/experience and what you might contribute,
• When you are available and
• How long [ minimum and maximum] you would like to stay and
• Whether you have any allergies/intolerances or special requirements/diet
If English isn't your 1st language - please honestly disclose your level of speaking/understanding and how you are learning.
Looking forward to your response.
ACCOMMODATION will be in large period house near the station with an unusually big garden in a beautiful and historic area of London close to the river, parks, pubs, the museums in Kensington and National Botanic Gardens at Kew.
The 2 helpers share one large room with a high double bed with a 2nd bed below. Bedding/towels provided]. You will be welcome in the household and have the use of the bathrooms [ continuous hot water], play the piano /guitar or just sit around our huge kitchen table [ for 10+] and chat or chill in the living room living room in the house or enjoy the garden. There will be 3 other adults around but people are working and tend to be v busy.
You need to be happy to share with person of another gender.
Food will be good quality and plentiful . Loads of home grown organic veg. .People who love to cook healthy (non?) vegetarian food particularly welcome
WHAT ELSE IS ON OFFER?
I will also provide use of high speed broadband, loads of food and endless organic vegetables , the odd beer and a warm welcome.
This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone to stay in pleasant green surroundings and experience everything London has to offer without bursting their budget.
London is in exhaustible - but can be ridiculously expensive but everyone here will happily pass on info /knowledge and how to experience it for free/ on the cheap.
The station is 2 mins walk + good connections by rail/tube to all over London . However helpers to date have borrowed bikes to explore Central London ( 8+ kilometres 30 + mins on mostly flat) and there are great river walks /rides to historic/interesting places in West London.
We can can help you meet people with similar interests including language practice exchanges and find opportunities for work. Some helpers have really progressed their English and found jobs and a new life in the UK
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Weekends free.