Dog / House Sitting in beautiful Maracas Valley, Trinidad
Update: Position for 2019 filled. Will be looking for help again in April-June 2020.
We are Ian and Jenifer and we are looking for someone (or two) to look after our two rescue dogs and our home and for approximately 7 weeks from early September, while we are away. We are also workawayers, and have really enjoyed our experiences working on a farm in Italy and pet-sitting in the United Kingdom, and would love to give you the opportunity to enjoy our part of the world. Ideally, you will arrive a day or two before we leave, so that we can show you around.
We live in Maracas Valley, a quiet residential area in the foothills of the northern mountain range of Trinidad. We have a large veranda with beautiful views of the mountains to the north and the plains in central Trinidad. A perfect place to bbq or just relax. We are a short drive from shops, restaurants and bars and a car will be available for someone who has a drivers licence and five years experience driving. We are a 45 minute drive from Maracas Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. We are approximately 20km from Port of Spain, the capital city with an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment, etc.
Trinidad is the larger of the two islands making up the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, located at the southerly end of the English speaking Caribbean islands. Trinidad is one of the more adventurous Caribbean destinations, known for it's friendly people, rich culture and music, and diverse eco-activities (bird watching, hiking), etc. Tobago is quieter, with spectacular beaches. Arrangements can be made for someone else to take care of the dogs for a few days during your stay so that you can visit Tobago as well (accessible inexpensively from Trinidad by ferry or a short flight).
Travellers will be able to experience the Caribbean culture through exploring the island and interacting with local people
The key help is to look after our two rescue dogs, Safi (a sheppard mix) and Volare (a mastiff mix). They are outside dogs and are both very friendly and low maintenance, just requiring feeding once a day, and some love! They would love to go for a walk around the neighbourhood a few times a week, but this is not required.
Otherwise, all we would like done is for the indoor plants to be watered every couple of days and that you keep the house clean and tidy as required. Ideally we would like the lawn to be mowed once a week, but let us know if you can't do this. We estimate less than one hour per day, some days just 15 minutes!
Food is not offered as we will not be here, but you may use what is in our kitchen.
En-suite bedroom within our home, with hot and cold water, good internet, cable television and fans (no air-conditioning). Full use of the kitchen, living area, patio, bbq, washing machine and dryer. The house is located within a gated community, with 24 hour security at the entrance to the community.
We offer the use of a vehicle to someone with their driver's licence and experience driving.
We have friendly, helpful neighbours on our street
Two other persons live on site in apartments downstairs
Your free time can be spent exploring Trinidad:
- may have the use of a car to explore with provided you have a licence and have driving experience. In Trinidad they drive on the left. The car is automatic.
- sample our diverse local food
- excellent birdwatching at Yerette a few minutes away, or the Asa Wright Nature Centre and the Caroni Swamps
- several different beaches to explore, especially along the north coast, and small islands off of Trinidad (called "Down the Islands")
- hiking - we can put your in touch with local hiking groups or guides
- visit Tobago
- enjoy Trinidad's lively nightlife and music scene, restaurants, cinema, etc
- or just relax on our patio enjoying the view!
We can give you tips and ideas on site seeing and areas of interest. Trinidad has a lot to offer.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Average 1 hour a day