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London
All Year: no
Area (ha): 0.2
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 34423
Country: England

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Last Updated: August 3, 2017

UPDATE 03/08/17
Hi

FROM 18.9.17 ( NOT BEFORE) I have places for 1-2 people who

1. Are available or at least 2 weeks and longer if agreed
3. Can be male or if female - but must be happy to share a room with either another male /female helper
4. Have skills and experience in building /house renovation/ DIY and/organic gardening and enjoy problem solving and/or love tidying, sorting out and clearing unneeded things!

People with references from another host or otherwise preferred

This is my 3rd year of hosting and we have really appreciated the help and enjoyed the contributions ( particularly the good cooking and laughter) provided by all our previous volunteers - and looking forward to meeting new people.
This time , I can take up to 2 active and skilled individuals or friends who can stay for at least 2 weeks and are happy to agree for either side give one weeks notice giving one weeks notice.

You will share a room with each other OR another helper and need to very strong and active , enjoys physical hard /dirty work.

It would be great if you have reasonable skills in either gardening / building /carpentry / construction /painting/handyman skills and can get on with things without supervision. I have a large collection of power and hand tools.

The work will be general maintenance ,surface preparation and and painting of the house, lots of work tending trees and shrubs and growing organic vegetables, maybe rebuilding a wall, making bookcases, renovating furniture....... Also loads of there is lots of opportunities to sort out the compost heaps and shovel horse manure..... and there's clearing a loft, sorting bookcases, cupboards , renovating a stone floor and always cleaning....

ACCOMMODATION will be in a big room with a high double bed and sofa bed underneath in large period house with unusually big garden in a beautiful and historic area of London close to the river, parks, pubs, the museums in Kensington and National Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Sofa bed in a large room shared with another helpx person . Bedding/towels provided]. You will be welcome in and part of the household and have the use of the bathrooms [ continuous hot water], play the piano or just sit around our huge kitchen table [ for 10+] and chat or chill in the living room living room in the house or enjoy the garden. There will be 3+ other adults around but people are working and tend to be v busy. Helpers have generally shared cooking and there is always plenty of fresh vegetables and healthy ingredients to use.

WHAT ELSE IS ON OFFER? This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone to stay in pleasant green surroundings and experience everything London has to offer.

The station is 3 mins walk + good connections by rail/tube to all London . However helpers to date have borrowed bikes to explore Central London ( 8+ kilometres 30 + mins on mostly flat) and there are great river walks /rides to historic/interesting places in West London.

You can use our high speed broadband and everyone here will happily pass on info /knowledge about London and how to experience it for free/ not too expensively.

I am a qualified English Teacher and love walking and London and it's cultural opportunities.

I will also provide loads of food and endless organic vegetables , the odd beer and a warm welcome.

In exchange I ask for a minimum of the equivalent of 5 full hours hard work per day five days a week, a positive attitude and a good sense of humour.

There are many people who want to come to London so if you are interested ...it would be v helpful if you would update your Profile, provide references and information
About your skills/experience and what you might contribute,
When you are available and
How long [ minimum and maximum] you would like to stay and
Whether you have any allergies/intolerances or special requirements/diet and

Looking forward to your response - by email please in the 1st instance please. I have had a lot of interest over the summer. Please do not call me as I will simply ask you to email.

Liz

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