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New York City
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1-4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 3441
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: July 28, 2020

One thing I can advise helpers who want to get a placement with any host is to have at least one PICTURE of YOURSELF. Just as you like to "see" who and where you`re coming, hosts like to see who they`re opening their home to.

The weather is warming up now so there is lots to do outside in the garden. Knowledge of Carpentry and Plumbing are always appreciated. I do need someone who isn't afraid to help with painting the roof, when the weather is warmer and car mechanics are always helpful. I would really appreciate someone who can do handyman jobs and wants to come for a week or two. I sell things online and on eBay and would love someone who is good at writing descriptions in English.
I have a large house and property in a diverse area of Staten Island, New York that I`m always working on.
I plant a vegetable garden in the spring using the square foot gardening method. A friend and I rebuilt the whole house on the inside including jacking it up and replacing the foundation, sills and beams so there`s very little major work to be done inside except some finishing work, moldings and such so carpentry skills would be more than welcome. I have a large extra bedroom for up to three guests although at times someone may have to sleep on the daybed in the living room as sometimes I have family or friends visiting. If you've always wanted to visit NYC, I am close to the Staten Island Ferry, which is free and gets you to Manhattan in about 25 minutes. You can see the Statue of Liberty on the way. I also have bicycles you can use. Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of NYC. Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn are the other four. We cook most every day and you are welcome to eat a meal with us.

How many hours a day and days per week will we be doing?
The equivalent of 5-6 hours per day, 5 or 6 days a week.
I usually don`t have any set rules about working as long as people put in the time overall and get some things accomplished. I don`t have a farm or BnB, etc. that needs scheduled work times so I try to be really flexible. I know it`s tiring to work and tiring to go sightseeing. I think it`s better to do both without restrictions so I usually give some idea about things that need to be done and let you work it out. Just as an example, one person was helping me list things for eBay, one fellow wanted to redo the entire garden so he worked on that on his own schedule more or less. One girl just liked to do weeding and work on the property pruning and mowing the lawn, etc. We just emptied the tool shed and built a new floor (I helped with finding, measuring and cutting the wood) and put everything back, rebuilt and painted my garden cart and then wanted to put down big stone blocks I had on the property for a walkway. So, you see there are many things to choose from and not everyone is cut out for everything. Some enjoy one job and not another and I find it`s best to let people do what they enjoy as much as possible. Sometimes I`ll be working with you, sometimes not. I`m quite knowledgeable about how to do most things but don`t always have design ideas or the time to do it. For instance this week I have sewn clothing, made yogurt and no knead bread, made homemade ice cream, taken a trip to PA to see my grandsons and daughter at camp, (some helpers came along) repaired a broken monitor, (had to find the problem and then un-solder and re-solder some of the capacitors) and the list goes on and on. I don't need help with washing dishes, cooking, cleaning or general daily chores.
One evening we drove around Staten Island to see the sights, to the beach, the posh houses and this evening we will go to Coney Island and Nathans Hot Dog Stand in Brooklyn.
I have a happy disabled son who has Cerebral Palsy. He lives in a group home nearby and sometimes comes over on the weekends. He is pictured with some helpers.

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