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We are coordinators for a Llama Rescue center and have 30 llamas and alpacas who call our ranch home. We also have 9 dogs and 1 cat; who some are rescues also. We also have goats and laying chickens. As a rescue we have daily obligations to the animals and you can be a part of that.
Bill still works full time so we can use help around here with daily chores as well as projects that need to be done.
Bill is a ham radio operator and has a contest station on our property. We have on-going projects around here as well as our concession trailer which we take to festivals in Texas and Louisiana.
We are NOT a vacation resort where you lay around for 22 hours a day and get 3 meals. It is an exchange going two ways. We need people who are self-motivated and will take some initiative on different tasks. We go to different activities that you are welcome to join us and there will be some down time for you. We prefer non-smokers.
Our internet is very limited but you will be able to check emails and plan your future destinations. No games, movie downloads, etc. Our cell phone coverage is almost non-existent unless you have AT&T. Our land line has free long distance if you need to call within US.
Help in the house
They will learn how a rescue farm work (feeding, mucking, grooming, etc.) with both llamas and dogs. We are in the country and they will learn there is life without texting, internet (limited) and other things that are taken for granted today. We eat our meals together as a family and attend church and other functions together. Our county has "history" from the first settlers going west up to the Columbia Shuttle crash in 2003. We have bird watching, fishing, farming, etc. Most of all they will see a community of folks who are friendly and eager to share and listen with visitors regardless of their origin, language or color.
Mucking stalls and feeding, picking up downed limbs and burning, helping in concession trailer if we have a festival during your stay (if you want to go) and possibly some light construction.
The ham radio station/shop is a separate house with 2 bunk rooms - each room sleeps 4 - 1 full bath, 2 half baths, a full kitchen, dining area and living area. You can also pitch a tent in nice weather. We will provide all meals at our house.
We have no public transportation here so we would help you get to what you want to do. Our closest Greyhound Bus station is in Lufkin, TX and if this is your mode of travel - we will pick you up there. We have fishing, birdwatching, a NASA museum and several other museums.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4-5 some may be longer and some could be less - depends on weather
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