San Diego area countryside home with multiple projects, close to the beach in Blossom Valley, USA



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    June 10th update. With our sons at home now, unexpectedly, we have to limit the number of visitors. At this time, I can only commit to dates in mid-July, as my wife travels to Canada then. We can't commit for June or after early August at this time, as our own travel plans are variable right now. More slots will open later. What fun to host the smiling faces (without masks) again!

    July means lots of gardening, watering, and always a variety of house projects and nice cooking and always cleaning. We may have a few interesting projects about to start. We hope to install another tiny home and we want some more gardens created. We always have mulch and weeding and making things. Over the past few years, what a wonderful bunch of travelers we have met!

    Note: we do NOT require vax and we do not wear masks.

    After a wonderful first few years of WorkAway, we are being a little more picky about our helpers. For my wife it is usually best if there are two people, a couple or two friends, as this way she does not feel any need to 'entertain' people and she is usually the one at home. We have two sons, 21 and 23 currently at home. If you are very independent, it may be fine as well. We also require that Workers speak enough English for a real conversation, as that is wonderful and a big part of why we do this.

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    For anyone who does not know, unlike Europe and most of the modern world, Medical services are not free in the USA.

    We are a married couple with two sons (23 and 22, with 23 year old in Idaho now and younger son fishing most days) and two dogs (both puppies) and a few cats. Happy hour is a daily observance on most days.

    This is a 2.5 acre house in the local country, about 1/2 hour to the beach. 25 minutes to downtown San Diego.

    One large room (the blue one) is available, but we also have our just recently built "Swiss Chalet" above the garage. This is in the bottom photo. Excellent food is available, with pool and toys, such as surfboards, mountain bikes, fishing gear, guitars, volleyball court, etc. (Since we do have a pool, no children please.)

    We have numerous projects on-going such as landscaping the yard, setting up or dealing with gardens, depending on the skill level, possibly painting or light carpentry. If you are a good cook, that is wonderful. We can get any ingredients.

    A few necessary details:

    - Since we already have a dog and cats, we can't accept helpers with pets.

    - No cigarettes on the property. Seriously, if you smoke regular cigarettes, that is not cool here and you will be asked to leave. We are not anti-smoking, just anti-cigarettes.

    - We do have fast Internet, as well as a TV and Netflix, etc.

    - We are not very close to public transportation, at over 2 miles, but transportation can be arranged. A car is very handy, but not needed.

    - we have added our photos to our profile, and we prefer to see a helper's photos on their profile as well.

    - In general, a one week or two maximum stay is the maximum commitment we make at this time. It typically takes a couple days to figure it all out, then people are treated just like family. We are not a farm nor a business, and we just have many projects. We do host events from time to time.

    Thanks for reading! And we hope all have wonderful experiences. So far we have been thrilled with our experience with our visitors. We are world travelers stuck in a home for awhile, so enjoy your journeys!

    Also, if you have read this far, here is a BIG HINT, for us and for other nice places.... in your message, say WHY you want this particular place. Good hosts get many requests, and we can tell many are very generic, being sent to many places. We always respond, but the personalized messages get a MUCH better response. Cheers!

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Between my wife and I, we have traveled to all the continents at least 5 times, with Australia only twice, and not Antarctica. My wife is Canadian and in general, we are pretty well-traveled. Yet, we are here in San Diego for longer due to work, family, etc. So, we are open to both learn from others as well as share our experiences. We can provide a great room and really healthy food and we think a pretty nice spot to be. If anyone plays music, we can play together perhaps.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

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    My wife will have a list of about ten possibilities. Travelers choose the tasks they enjoy and feel comfortable with. Over the past many months we have had tasks such as endless gardening, cooking dinners, tile work, trimming trees, re-modeling a barn, creative art landscaping, weeding, painting a variety of places. We are not a farm or a hostel or a business, just a big house on 2.5 acres with some tiny homes, a variety of gardens, and we enjoy learning about faraway places, sharing meals, and showing off San Diego.

    We do not want a whole bunch of visitors at once, but rather 2 or 3 at a time.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire

  • Hébergement


    At the moment, we have a very large private bedroom with private bathroom as well as a smaller room we recently added above the garage. The large room is is our oldest son's room and it is available when he is away. The house has a pool, horse shoe and games, volleyball court, and other nice things. As for food and work, we don't have an official time clock, but in general the trade is about 4 hours of your time per day for food and lodging. As mentioned elsewhere, happy hour observed most days as well. Many visitors prefer to work for a full day one day and the next day go to San Diego or the beaches.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    With time off, wow..... we are about 30 minutes drive from downtown San Diego or the beaches. If you are taking trolley, it is a bit longer, of course. Beaches, city, and anything in San Diego is possible. From our house, we are close to hiking, mountain biking, a lake is a few minutes away, as well as unlimited videos, wi-fi, of course. In general, one or two of us drive most days past a trolley line, and arrangements can be made to drop or pick-up.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

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