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Bristol
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0
Persons: 1
Category: Other
Host ID: 4624
Country: England

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Last Updated: April 6, 2013

This is as different from a farm stay as you could get! I am near the middle of Bristol, England (well, 3km from the city centre) in a very small (38 m2) studio flat with my partner and cat.

I am a freelance writer (Google me), offering writing services to others. I would like to host people for mini-apprenticeships (internships) of between four and eight days, negotiable, during which time they will help me either directly or indirectly; they will then receive a reference which can be helpful should they wish to take up a career in publishing or writing.

People would help me for between four and six hours, six days per week (or about 80-85% of the number of days they are here), in ways which might include: web and phone research; typing; data input; teaching me admin procedures, Database, accounts software, accounts, translating and cooking. Don't worry if you're not experienced in all of these things. There's a chance I might also be able to get you involved in the creative process in some way.

I might sometimes ask you to get shopping, do our laundry, vacuum, cook, wash dishes, do bicycle maintenance and things like that. You might also wish to meditate and/or do yoga with us. I'm a beer-drinking Buddhist, which I won't talk about unless you ask me :)

We would get on with people who are sensitive/ creative (could mean good at problem-solving), reasonably early sleepers (before 12.30 a.m. mostly), non-smokers, people who are into spirituality, and those who can manage not to bang doors/toilet seats late at night or very early.

Your bedroom is our office/living room, but I'll make sure not to use the computer too late! It will be yours when you/we'are tired.

I've had around 100 couchsurfers staying with me since April '07, all at my previous flat; it was smaller!

There'll be time to see and do things in Bristol, and I enjoy showing people around. You can have your own space, or meet couchsurfers who are in town, my friends etc.

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