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Myself (from Cymru) and partner Brian (from Catalonia and living here for around three years now) are welcoming in workawayers for 2 hours a day help in exchange for all bills (gas, water, electric, wifi, basic toiletries) and accommodation.
We do this mostly to assist travellers to have somewhere friendly and comfortable, safe and warm to stay - and for us to have that extra assistance that can be so beneficial to create a welcoming and comfortable living and workspace and, where it times well, to have some extra assistance with local community project.
Pretty please, to save time, can you read the whole profile to see if this place is good for you and please answer the questions on here in your request? This is recommended for all hosts you contact as it indicates respect, consideration and care.
We live on the outskirts of Wrexham town centre so almost everything is close by - the shops, the cinema and also local nature is close too. The community here is quite lovely, with a blossoming music scene and art scene if you know where to look, and am happy to share these with you.
Myself and Brian work with Complementary Healthcare in a home clinic and at events around the UK.
So, the questions if you could answer on the message
1. What attracts you to this workaway?
2. In what way would you most like to help? (please see other information for what assistance is needed)
3. Are you ok with working just 2hrs a day, 6 days a week for bills and accommodation and so providing your own food? *
4. Are you ok to only bring food products in the home that are free from animal products? (i.e. vegan ).
This is important due to both allergies and ethics - what people eat outside the home is up to them, this is just a little haven in this house. Allergy reasons are obvious but If you wish to learn about the ethics, I haven't watched them but I hear films 'Earthlings', 'Forks over knives' 'Farm to Fridge' and Cowspiracy' are good. I have watched 'Game Changers' which I enjoyed.
5. Are you a smoker or non-smoker? This is important to allergies, even when smoking outside brings the residues and smeells into the house and furnishing loads and prefer to minimise this.
6. Are you able to work on your own, be self-motivated and self-disciplined in doing so and see what needs to be done and do it or do you need lots of supervision and guidance? This is important as, because we are so busy, this is what we need for this offer to be workable and sustainable.
7. Are you ok if we are too busy to spend much time with you? This is important as while ideally we would spend more with you if you wanted, we have so much work on at the moment it's not too likely. Or do you need people that you can spend lots of time with?
We get a lot of requests and, while it may take a little time initially, answering these questions saves us all a lot of time in the long run, and helps us see if we are right for each other.
*We work out the 2hrs a day for accommodation/rent, water, gas, electric, WiFi, council tax, toilet roll, toiletries, washing powder, washing up liquid, handwash etc like this:
a) Renting own room in a house on a long term contract: (not including deposit) £80 a week, plus gas, water electric, WiFi, council tax, toilet roll, toiletries, washing powder, washing up liquid etc: £105 or more per week
b) Renting our accommodation on a short term basis as we do to paying guests just over £20 a night: £140 a week
c) Renting a hotel or other guesthouse: £30 or more a night: £210 a week
So working 2 hours a day, 6 days a week - 12 hours. So would be the equivalent of either a) £8.75 an hour b) £11.67 an hour or c) £17.50 an hour depending.
It's not about money of course, and you are not in the standards of a hotel! It's just that we have been quite flexible with people work and some have taken advantage of us a bit and not kept to their agreement. We much prefer people to be self-disciplined, so thought it might help to see it in a financial way. The people we have written reviews for have been amazing by the way, so if we are still offering this opportunity, these amazing people are why!
This two hours a day option also gives you the opportunity to explore the area a bit more and even find an additional paid job if you wanted. We think it's a fair deal, if you do too and like what we offer, please apply :)
Also, there's zero curfew and you will be most welcomed and encouraged to feel at home. You will have your own room.
You can also borrow the bike here to get around, lots of places are easily accessible on foot. Cinema, art gallery is about 10-15 minutes walk, streams and trees about 10-15 minutes walk, supermarkets 2-5 minutes walk.
Usually just one workawayer is possible, but working on being able to host two.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
I think our references on this site give some ideas - it depends on your interests and how much you would like to do, and what we are doing when you visit.
Previous workawayers have spoken about improving their english skills, experiencing community art, music, nature, meeting and working with and for local community etc.
Chores that is so good to have help with includes:
Assisting keep and make the house and garden be in beautiful shape
Cleaning and tidying kitchen, living area and the rest of the house - brilliant cleaners are well loved here - I love a pristine house but I'm not so amazing at achieving it!
DIY - often bits and bobs to do
Growing food with us (weeding, sowing, planting, mulching etc)
and similar tasks.
Could also be:
Assisting with a local community gardening project.
When you apply, it would be great if you could share which of these you are happy to do. Happily we get a lot of offers from workawayers, and it would be great to make sure that the work needed fits with what work people wish to do here.
This place would suit most someone who is:
Can work independently a lot
Is happy working on their own (as well as with others, but will be often be on your own)
Can just see what needs doing and just do it as well as having a little guidance on what needs doing.
Between us: English, Spanish, Catalan, some Cymraeg
The accommodation is a room in our house that is on the outskirts of the town centre.
You are very welcome to make yourself at home. Best compliment is for you to do so.
There is no curfew on when you have to be in - you can stay out as late as you like (we are in walking distance of the town centre).
There are so many beautiful places to see Erddig, Bersham, Nant Mill, Minera mountain, Llangollen, Pontcysllte Aquaduct, Horseshoe Pass, Ty Mawr, Alyn Waters with buses to many of these places.
Undegun and Ty Pawb are great art galleries with great events. Live Rooms also have some great gigs.
Wrexham Community Choir every Tuesday in term time is great.
There are some great live music gigs that happen too in Wrecsam that you may enjoy.
The local college do free english lessons in term time which is great. The university also do free Cymraeg lessons.
Liverpool, Manchester and Snowdonia are quite close too to visit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
2 hours a day for free accommodation, gas, water, electric, internet etc
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