Interested in artists, gardening/farmers and builders to help with our property and big smiles in Kerala, India

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  • Description

    Description

    I live in the village of Aymanam in Kottayam, Kerala, India. We have a 1 acre land that is riverside, solar-powered, with coconuts, banana and nutmeg cultivation. W also have some pineapple, star fruit trees, scramberry, guavas etc. I am keen on volunteers who can water a lot of our young plants.

    We are also riverside, which requires regular cleaning. Volunteers can use kayaks to move along the property in the river, to help with cleaning. You can take these kayaks for trips in your free time too.

    I do have some old wood from an ancestral home of ours and would like to a build a nice vernacular or traditional structure above our car park, if volunteers with the required skill set are interested.

    I have a brother who is a slow learner, and loves guests.

    We have a family tree at our parents' house, picture included, that is a work in progress. The local artist stopped half way through. We welcome artists to come help us find a solution to it.

    I am an easy going guy. I will occasionally take guests to local view points, and would love a flexible arrangement where we are all enjoying ourselves.
    I just returned from a 6 month trip through Europe, so have a lot of things to catch up on.

    Thanks
    Jeffrey

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can get an indepth look into the village life, as it hasn't changed much for the average Keralite here. I am drawn to the old ways, and how things used to be done, including the history of this land, and I can show you the same. I cant take you on trips to the local toddy shop, food joints and view points whenever I head.

  • Help

    Help

    As far as farming goes, routine weeding, replanting of bananas, upkeep of turmeric, black pepper, management of creepers like passion fruit etc needs constant work.

    I am keen to pursue sustainable options wherever possible like building mud, bamboo, clay structures, incorporating sustainable waste - management and energy systems like biogas systems etc. I am also keen to try many traditional recipes for farming, mosquito repellents etc.

    Being riverside, we have kayaks, and plan an awareness campaign to promote the use of the water ways as they were being used half a century ago. This can be fun for you, as you get to set out on the kayaks and explore the waterways which are absolutely magical in the mornings and late evening. Interested individuals could help with cleaning the waterways near our home and chart out the different water routes on a map.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Malayalam, Hindi, Some Spanish, Some Arabic

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a 3 bedroom house, with 2 rooms reserved for family, guests etc. and one room for myself. When there is no booking, you could use one of the guest rooms, or otherwise there is ample space in the house and mattresses/ mats can be provided.

    The fridge and kitchen will be stocked with eggs, bread, milk and vegetables or daily allowance for breakfast and lunch from the local eateries (5 minute walk away) will be provided. Options can be decided on after discussing with interested individuals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Kumarakom backwaters are very close to us, so is Kottayam town. There is a lot of history and scenery in the area that I can direct you to. Also our place is equidistant from Thekkedy, Varkala, Allappey etc (about 2-3 hours from all these places). You can accept Allappey by ferry boat (costs about Rs 20/ ticket) and get a nice 2-3 hour boat ride through the lake.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week



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