We are looking for one or possibly two long-stay Workawayers to help us through the Spring & Summer season in the centre of Keswick, Cumbria.
Arriving as soon as possible and staying until early September - or later if you want to stay.
So a full 4/5 months in The Lakes!!
My children and I are looking for conscientious, independent helpers with masses of initiative who'd like to live right in the heart of the English Lake District, 2 minutes walk from the centre of Keswick, ONLY 20 minutes from a railway station AND 3 hours to London, 1.5/2 hours by train to Manchester / Glasgow / Newcastle & Edinburgh. So perfect for days / weekends off.
We have about an acre of woodland, garden, river (with fishing rights) and vegetable garden and we are only 10 minute walk from a huge lake and the mountains. We have a dog, cats, chickens & guinea-pigs. Jeronime a qualified and experienced EFL teacher and will naturally support your language development.
Our house is ALWAYS a very busy. Jeronime is a busy single mum busy with 4 kids living at home and a business. Our family loves walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!
Keswick is a busy tourist town in a stunningly beautiful part of the UK. It is REALLY easy to find part-time work. You'll make friends and become part of the community rather than someone just passing through.
Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You will be living with us in one of the most important literary houses in the UK and we host many visiting professors, university departments and writers of English Romantic Literature. The Lake District is home to Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ruskin and many more. We often host famous actors and personalities so we do expect you to be discreet. We are often visited by TV crews and writers, so it can be very busy at times.
This is a great opportunity to really enjoy life in a classic Georgian English country house in the most beautiful part of England, improve your English and learn new skills that will be great for your CV. An opportunity to spend time with a busy, fun family. The best way to learn English is by using the language everyday.
Jeronimé is a qualified and very experienced EFL teacher. We are always out and about enjoying life and are happy to have you jump in our old LandRover and come with us on trips out to the lake /Fells / the cinema / supermarket.
Our family is big (7 children aged 26 - 10), however only four live here full time. The house is always full of people, children, friends and paying guests. All of our children play instruments: piano, violin, cello, guitar. We love mountain biking, canoeing, walking The Fells, art, watching movies together, cooking and basically love life!
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Jeronime has rheumatoid arthritis which 'flares' up from time to time and has a genetic blood disorder which makes her susceptible to viruses - this can make her really exhausted about 1-2 days each month. However, pretty much most of the time she's full of energy!!
We prefer WorkAways who are independent, have lots of initiative & who are conscientious and would like to stay long term, this gives you more opportunity to make real friends, really become part of the community here in Keswick and means that my children aren't constantly saying 'hello' and 'goodbye'!
Our working week looks a bit like this:
During school holidays - Monday to Saturdays with Thursday, Fridays & Sundays off.
Outside school holidays - Monday to Thursday Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays off
On Mondays or Saturdays when we are cleaning guest accommodation, we start work at 10.30am or 11am
Other days we start at 9.30 and work for 4-5 hours with a lunch break
The rest of the time is yours - if you have the right visa, we can help you find a part time job in Keswick.
We are looking for help with the following:
Washing, drying and Ironing
General maintenance and DIY
Help with our animals am and pm...maybe dog walking
Preparing the garden and vegetable garden for Spring
Help keeping my own family house clean and tidy.
Applicants need to be 21 years old or over to be included on our insurance.
If you are applying from within the EU please ensure that you have a EU health card and make sure you have dental insurance as this is NOT covered by the NHS except in an emergency.
We can help you apply for a National Insurance if you're planning on staying in the UK.
If you are applying from outside the EU you must have an appropriate visa and health insurance in place.
English, French, some German, some Japanese & Arabic
In return for your help we offer accommodation, food for your breakfast, lunch and snacks, evening meals with our family and a little pocket money.
A small converted Barn with a living / sleeping room with double bunks (for two Workawayers), table, chairs and a wood-burning stove, there is a small kitchen, an electric shower room and internet. I'll teach you to use the wood-burner as it's the main source of heat.
A lovely little caravan called Daisy - with one living/sleeping area, toilet, sink, little kitchen area, heating and electricity.
You must keep your accommodation very clean & tidy - you will be sharing the accommodation AND occasionally we may need to use The Barn for guests and at short notice. On these occasions I will give you a room in our house OR our 2nd caravan which is like our spare bedroom.
FOOD - the MOST important bit!
Most of the food we cook is vegan and often gluten free.
Occasionally I might cook fish or meat sausages but not often.
We don't use much dairy.
I will buy what you need for 7 X breakfasts and 7 X lunches.
I will also buy the food you need for 3 X evening meals a week.
On workdays I cook an evening meal for us all to eat together - I love cooking. Everyone helps to set the table and clean up after the meal. If you are a good cook I'd love you to cook sometimes.
I don't agree with junk food, or anything with palm oil in it or meat however am happy to buy you dark chocolate, biscuits etc.
We're happy to offer WorkAways for cleaning guest accommodation at UK minimal wage of £7.20 per hour - this is usually 4-5 hours per week and helps towards evenings out (great pub quizzes in Keswick), the movies (we have a wonderful tiny cinema), the theatre, buses or to save.
Keswick is a very welcoming community and if you make the effort you will make life-long friends here.
There are many small community groups which are free to join and very welcoming to newcomers: theatre, street theatre, knitting, walking, climbing, chess, archery. We have bicycles, canoes, kayaks for you to borrow. The River Greta runs through our garden. Just 7 miles away is Scarfell, the highest mountain in England plus lots of other fantastic walks and climbs.
We have a huge lake with a ferry service and a good local bus service. Penrith is only 20 minutes away and from there London is just 3 hours away and Edinburgh 2 hours. If you book tickets well in advance, a return train ticket to Edinburgh can be as cheap as £10!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5/6 hours a day - 4 days a week (max 25 hours a week)