Help out with Puna Hawaii family life, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    Aloha. We are family living in the Puna district of Hawaii. Evan is a Waldorf school teacher and Porter is an acupuncturist. Our 2 children are Eureka (6) and Bhumi (3)



    Our home is in the jungle but walking distance to the beach, on the grid and our volunteer would have their own room (technically a lanai with 2 solid and 2 screened in walls.) We would love a guest to stay and enjoy our positive environment while helping out Porter & Evan with household chores, gardening/land work and kitchen and some with kids as well. Usually we can sit down at the beginning of the week and come up with a schedule of times where we know we will be expecting your help and the rest of the time it’s up to you if you want to go to the beach hang with us or whatever. When we share meals together we expect that you hang around for 10 or 15 minutes to help with the dishes and clean up after we eat just as a part of being in the house.

    Porter used to be fluent in Italian although she is a little rusty now, Evan is fluent in Spanish and we would love to practice these languages. Our top preference is for an Italian speaker:) I also would be happy to have a Korean, Japanese or Mandarin speaker/ couple to learn some language from.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We like to think of ourselves as a friendly family and would be happy to share our knowledge and passion for Hawaii and Hawaiian culture with our volunteer guests. Our home is walking distance to the beach and near an interesting part of Hawaii

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    It would be great to have 1 or 2 people that could help with meals, household tasks, yard work and as we get comfortable with the kids.
    I usually ask that you do a daily list of chores around the house at your own timing and then give a second list of other projects to do during the week when you like and may put a few kid firm kid watching hours on the weekly schedule as well.
    I have been really grateful for the contributions that people have made so far and try to adjust my requests based on your strengths and skills. I like to say its the 'honor system' in terms of your hours- you keep track of yourself and we can always check in on how the workload is comparing to our expected contribution agreement.
    We would ask for 20 hours of your time a week and you can expect to have your all your meals here if you like. If you are staying a bit longer, have a good driving record and a license you can also borrow the car when available to cruise around the area (like as far as hilo or volcano and all around Puna) for an extra 5 hours a week. If you want to eat food that's different than we are making then that would be your own purchase.
    I can be providing dinner and staples (always rice, beans, oatmeal and coffee available but you buy the snacks, fruits and other things for eating that you enjoy throughout the day.)
    For a single guest its nice to stay for a longer period and get to know the kids/area/ tasks well and really get in a flow. For 2 guests we usually do shorter duration stays (like 3 -4weeks) since the house can feel a bit full with 6 people after a while. But it all depends on the person/season/ situation. Reach out if you are curious.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to practice Italian and would be happy for my young children to hear other languages as well

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our house is medium size and our visitors sometimes call it a "tree house" with the jungle all around.

    Downstairs there is the bathroom and outdoor shower, and two large rooms. One we use for our bedroom. The second room is a large shady room that acts as an acupuncture clinic/ office and chill space (off hours) for the workawayers whose room is on the lanai off the office.



    For food we would plan to have one meal a day that is planned shared that we eat together (most often dinner.) We like to eat things like quiche, hearty soups, taro, homemade pizza, spinach dishes, burritos, salads etc. We try to eat as much local fresh produce as we can and mostly only buy organic and natural groceries. If you really need to eat meat then you could take yourself to a restaurant and get some but we don't do meat in the house. If you are gluten free that would be fine for some meals but there are times we bake bread/ eat pasta or whatever and you may want your own alternatives.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our area is so beautiful! We are in the district of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Kalapana area. This side of the island is rainy and our coastline is black lava- so no white sand beaches or hotels. From our house one can walk to the black sand beach. There are some nice warm ocean pools down the road as well.

    We have a second car that you could use for local driving if you are a trustworthy driver when its available.

    Our home is in a sweet neighborhood but there are no stores or commerce nearby and the town with stores is 15 minutes away by car so it is good to be comfortable with going to the store only a few times a week. This is a jungley place, which means we are close to nature- a definite plus but it is best to be comfortable with the possibility of cock roaches, ants, little lizards, coqui frogs and random critters mostly outside but sometimes inside as well. We like to go to hula at least one night a week.

    We like to go to the beach and swim but we tend to go in the morning or afternoon and avoid full on sunning.

    It's quiet in the evenings and we are just home and kicking it a lot of the time. Hi it would be great if you were on board with germ theory.

    We don't smoke and the way the air here is thick and the windows are only screens it wouldn't work to have a smoker in the house.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The internet connection here works pretty well for regular internet stuff . There is a desk by the room for the workawayer.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours or 25 with the car borrowing

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