PLEASE READ DETAILS CAREFULLY, INCLUDING AGE REQUIREMENT: I will be needing a very trustworthy person or couple (over 30 years of age) to take care of cats, house and garden when I'm away. At the moment I haven't planned any trips, but by spring I expect to do so. I am offering the use of my very quiet, private and peaceful home with nature all around in exchange for the services listed above (see Help Needed for more details), but cannot offer food in my absence).
A valid driver's license would be a plus, as the bus for town (harbor) gets you there around 11:20am and returns 2:30 (or 3:15 on weekends). The trip takes about 25 minutes on the bus, but 15 or 20 minutes by car or motorcycle..There is an earlier bus that leaves from near me at 7am, but only for very early risers. Distance is about 15km(9miles). So there is no public transporation after mid-afernoon between my area and the main town. Motorbikes and cars can be rented there, but at the volunteer's expense. Knowledge of Greek language a plus, but not essential.
The house has one bedroom, a bright main room and small kitchen, with some nice older features--wooden doors, window frames and shutters, and two nice balconies with tables and lovely views of olive trees, pine forest and the Doric temple of Aphaia in the distance, as well as good places to swim just a ten-minute walk from the house, if weather permits.
NON-SMOKER MUCH PREFERRED (though I would accept smokers who would commit to smoking only outdoors and not allowing any smoke to enter the house.
Helpers who have projects that involve using a laptop will likely enjoy being here, as would those wanting/needing to do some reading, writing , online Skype lessons, etc.,The house has Wi-Fi.
Help in the house
I am fluent in GREEK, both spoken and written, and a native ENGLISH- speaker who has also published articles in English. I play traditional music from various regions of Greece and also from Asia Minor, as well as some Ottoman classical music on violin.
Volunteers would be welcome to listen to music from my large collection of traditional music from Greece And Turkey and to peruse my collection of books about and guides to Greece (written in English).
I have 6 full-grown cats, though only one spends time in the house .They are fed twice daily. My favorite is used to abundant affection (though all like it, of course). . I would expect the house to be kept locked when noone here, kept clean, and for people to be reasonably quiet, to maintain the status quo here. I need to meet anyone who wants to stay in my home ahead of time, before committing, and to show them house, cat and watering details. We can discuss details about this via email or phone.
Smallish double bed in bedroom, single bed in main room with good mattress.
The island is beautiful and offers a lot to see and do, especially for those with a vehicle. For those without, there's nice walking from house to sea or in the woods.the sea is a 10 minute walk from house withe good swimming spots. The main town (also the harbor) is very pleasant, with neoclassical architecture, one long pedestrian street, a pedestrian walkway on the waterfront, a fish market and good grocery stores, various tavernas and cafes, traditional kafeneia (old-style Greek cafes) and a relaxed atmosphere. Small enough to walk around and see everything in an hour (at most). The coastlines offer beaches and coves of various types and sizes, and there is plenty of unspoiled nature up in the hills, with nice sea views. The small, very undeveloped, wooded island of Angistri is a short ferry ride away, with schedules that allow for day trips.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
15 hours/week, no food