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UPDATE May 2022
Until September, only those with strong tools/diy experience need write as we're pretty full until then.
We have an opening for late September or so for 3+ months, house and family helper or couple, and for a DIY person.
We ALWAYS consider those with strong construction skills.
=== OUR FAMILY & HOME ===
Julia is a high school teacher and Brian social impact entrepreneur live near Lake Merritt in Oakland with two young children two dogs. We enjoy connecting with people, traveling, nature, yoga, dance, music, healthy food...
In one of Oakland's finest neighborhoods - green and calm, with super friendly neighbors, walking distance from many businesses, Lake Merritt, farmer's market, and downtown/subway , with easy transit to downtown, San Francisco, Berkeley and more.
We're among four units in a new co-housing project (separate kitchens, but each provides a monthly meal, shared garden etc.) so there will be many friendly faces around. We have a huge sunny deck, a separate roof deck and yard, a hot tub, music and a big screen for movies, and often bikes to borrow.
Brian is currently handling initial communications. We'll both do a Whatsapp interview before agreeing to anything if it looks like we could be a fit. Happy travels!
== HOW WE HOST ===
We enjoy hosting travelers~ it's so cool to meet new interesting people and to hear about your enjoyment of the bay area! We have been hosting almost continuously since 2017. Today, we still keep in touch with a few dozen of our "Workaway family" and several have returned for visits short and long.
We have learned that it works best if there's a true "win--win." So tell us, what do you hope to gain or learn from the Workaway volunteer experience? We usually try to connect you to reach your goals. And, we sure appreciate the extra hands/help. We lead a very dynamic life (flexible schedules to make sure that we have time to strive for our balance of family, neighbors, friends, WORK, healthy food & fitness, nature, urban events and nightlife).
Some people do a bit of both, but we think of people often in two roles:
-- house help, and
=== House helper person/s==
MUST HAVES (TOP 5): for the house/family helper persons
1. you LOVE DOGS (we have two: Tika and Boo (medium+small but large personalities)
and walking/taking care of them= 5+ hours a week (not all on you!)
2. you are an experienced and SAFE DRIVER (we often need help with driving errands)
3. you are comfortable around and ENJOY CHILDREN (we have two: a 7 year old boy and 5 year old girl) Our children wake the house up around 7:00a and have an incredibly bright life: enjoying school, playing with friends, drawing, being outside!
4. you enjoy KEEPING TIDY. (your private room is small but bright. our weekly housekeeper for our house has been with us 15 years and we keep trying to live in a clean and inspiring space. Our housekeeper cleans our main house. We do ask for 5 hours a week to help clean at a pretty detailed level.
5. you have CLEAR COMMUNICATION. (you are clear about your dates (+scheduling needs) and goals for the workaway volunteer experience. you are truly interested in experiencing Bay Area living and helping out. you can talk about challenges that come up in life. you are clear and comfortable with saying yes or no. we often share meals together (usually 2+ dinners per week, and weekend breakfasts, occasional lunches - we provide ingredients for the other meals).
=== Workaway Handy Projects ===
We *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️always*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ enthusiastically consider people who have real experience working with TOOLS (carpentry - working with wood, electrical, plumbing, drywall, etc) to work together on projects as they come up. Could be shorter 2-4 week stay. In this role you don't need strong/extensive skills- we usually have someone to mentor on details, but the mindset to do things carefully, clean up afterwards, and also to dive in and learn while doing. So tell us about your experience with tools and projects in your first message. "DIY" people super welcome.
Also open to discussing other skills such as massage/yoga, swim lessons, etc.
We have two different Workaway spaces: a private room usually for our *House helper* and a private attic space for *Workaway Handy projects*. We provide healthy food, and lots of ideas to make your experience the best it can be.
If you read all the full profile and think we might match all of it, please let us know in the subject saying "I read your conditions- we match" since many emails are typically generic.
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
We are a very social family, surrounded by neighbors we often share meals with.
A traveller could meet many interesting people, improve their English if from abroad, and see San Francisco, Berkeley, and California generally. Our house is a perfect location to explore the Bay Area. It is walking distance to the lake, shops, restaurants and the BART train.
Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.
Cet hôte offre l'hébergement et une rémunération.
L’hôte a indiqué qu'il paierait au moins le salaire horaire minimum de son pays pour chaque heure travaillée et que l’hébergement serait fourni. Il demande de l'aide dans le cadre de son entreprise ou activité professionnelle. Contactez l'hôte directement via la messagerie du site pour en savoir plus et avoir des détails sur le salaire proposé. Tous les arrangements devraient être conclus à l'avance avec votre hôte.
Details are posted above. We work out weekly schedules for 20-25 hours of volunteering in exchange for room+board. People whose goals here include earning money could find well-paying work in the neighborhood (cleaning, gardening, handyman work).
Ideally you would have house experience (cleaning, organizing, cooking, walking the dogs, help with running errands, gardening) the other ideally has some experience with tools (construction/ or the spirit to learn/focus on DIY projects around the property for example, landscaping).
Our house and neighborhood (very central/ great walking neighborhood and public transportation, biking etc) are well suited for this so make it easy to host.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.
Our home is a gorgeous, large 1908 house with a very modern add-on unit and a set of very friendly neighbors with whom we frequently share meals. There are many different spaces to hang out.
We have had many roommates and happily share our food (we eat mostly vegetarian, but some meat is fine too).
Dinner is usually 6-6:30 because of kiddos. We communicate when we need a "family dinner" (some private time 2-4 times a week).
It is really fun to live so close to Lake Merritt (great for jogging and picnics), and the "BART" (subway) is 15 minutes walk. Our work week is mostly quiet at home (sometimes meeting friends for dinner). We like to get out of the house on weekends. Our dogs love when we take them on hikes in the nearby hills.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We have very high speed internet (nearly gigabit), a wired ethernet network, and mesh wi-fi network. It can drop out for a few seconds at a time but for most uses is quite strong.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week