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Jamaica
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: flexible
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 16377
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: March 11, 2020

We are a homeschooling family of 5 people and 3 cats who live in suburban Queens in 75-year old house and we could use help with the general maintenance/repairs.
The structure is sound, but it needs lots of cosmetic work and repairs.
There is no dearth of work that needs to be done.

We do *NOT* need help with daily household assistance, child care, or cooking. We prefer HelpXers in their 30s or older or couples. If you are still in your 20s and interested, please discuss your work ethic and work knowledge/experience in your request.

WE NEED INDEPENDENT SELF-STARTERS WHO DO NOT NEED CONSTANT SUPERVISION AND ASSISTANCE FROM US AND WHO ARE WILLING TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO COMPLETE TASKS AND COME TO US WITH QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS AS THEY ARISE! ALSO IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO PUT IN THE HOURS PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND AS WORK ETHIC IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US.

WE NEED HELP WITH BIGGER AND SEASONAL WORK:
gardening (weeding, pruning, raking);
spackling and painting (interior and exterior);
fixing the driveway;
renovating our kitchen;
renovating our bathrooms;
replacing the front door and inside garage door;
polishing/finishing the wood floors on the first and second floors;
adding a bathroom in the basement;
refinishing the kitchen cabinets and counters.

Just look around and you will find things that need doing. In your email to us please mention what job you think you can do and also what experience you have in doing it.
We tend to be busy, so people who are independent self-starters who already have skills who do not need direct supervision are a better fit for us.

WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR:
an avid video gaming professional or hobbyist to give advanced training to our children;
someone with advanced online e-tail experience to help sell various items.

Our kitchen is stocked and you are more than welcome to help yourself.
We also have an outdoor propane grill available.
Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary needs and please remind us right before you arrive.

We have three large indoor Maine Coon and British Shorthair cats one of whom is blind.
Our yard is not fenced.
Our home has free wi-fi (it is not perfect, so if you need perfect coverage we are not the host for you) and TV (broadcast, but no cable and no satellite).

We have a guest room/den and two bedrooms in the basement (which needs someone to finish fixing it up) and a full pantry.

If you've always wanted to visit NYC, we are one mile (or a bus ride) from the subway which gets to Manhattan in about 45 minutes.
We are also 2 blocks from the Grand Central Parkway, for those with cars.

We request helpers provide the equivalent of 5-6 hours per day per person 5 or 6 days a week of work.
We usually don't have any set rules about working as long as people put in the time overall.
Please let us know in your request if you prefer certain working hours/times of day or if you prefer to work shorter times daily or longer days and have more free days.
We don't have a farm or B&B, etc., that needs scheduled work times so we try to be really flexible.
We know it's tiring to work and tiring to go sightseeing.
We think it's better to do both without restrictions so we usually give some idea about things that need to be done and let you work it out.
There are many things to choose from and not everyone is cut out for everything.
Some enjoy one job and not another and we find it's best to let people do what they enjoy.

We have included a picture of our first HelpXer, Alice, with our older son.
Our second picture is Carla, with our daughter in the dining room that Carla prepped and painted.
Our third picture shows Sylvain and Eva on the kitchen floor they tiled.
The fourth picture shows Nico with the front walkway he completely replaced (before he completed the job).
The fifth picture shows Albert and Azu building a magical swing in our front yard.
The sixth picture shows James removing 70 year old paint from the radiator cover in our front yard.

reviews (17)
Helper: Andrew and Michael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 8, 2019
We stayed with Marc&Blair for a month and helped them with several tasks incl... view complete review

Helper: Patrick Dacre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 4, 2019
Staying with the family and sorting through myriad house projects with full s... view complete review

Helper: Erik and Kristie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 15, 2017
Marc And Blaire and Family (3 home schooled, smart and really fun kids and 3 ... view complete review

Helper: Melito Mufana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Caledonia Date: September 9, 2017
15 day spent at Blair and Marc, very warm and welcoming with their small fami... view complete review

Helper: Sarah and Jan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 14, 2016
We spend three weeks at Marc and Blairs home. They are very warmly, relaxed, ... view complete review

Helper: Dolhem Jules Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 3, 2015
Hi, sorry for the late review ! I've spent about a week at mark and blair... view complete review

Helper: David Carter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 2, 2015
My wife and I had a wonderful stay with Marc, Blair, and their nice children.... view complete review

Helper: Simon meriaux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 10, 2015
"lovely jubbly" i spend lot of time whiths the whinston i really enjoyed m... view complete review

Helper: Mathew Stephen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: January 1, 2015
I stayed with Blair and Marc for almost 3 months working on a variety of proj... view complete review

Helper: Jane and Sean Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 13, 2014
This was our first HelpX experience and a very positive one. Blair and Marc w... view complete review

Helper: Felix Musselmann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 7, 2014
I had a great time while staying with the Whinstons for 2 weeks in September.... view complete review

Helper: Ricky and Matthew Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 29, 2014
We had a fantastic time at Blair and Marc's. They are easy to get along with,... view complete review

Helper: Juan eduardo Gomez Alvarado Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: July 16, 2014
I spent a month with them and i can say that i meet a very unique, smart and ... view complete review

Helper: Azu and Albert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 9, 2014
The best helpx experience we have ever had!! Blair and Marc were very thoug... view complete review

Helper: James and Leah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 2, 2013
Our stay at the Whinstons' was really good. They are a very welcoming and gen... view complete review

Helper: Carla West Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 17, 2013
Blair and Marc were very accommodating hosts, starting with picking me up at ... view complete review

Helper: Alice Thomas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 15, 2012
I had a great time staying with Marc, Blair and the kids! They were always ha... view complete review

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