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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1/2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 21451
Region: South

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Last Updated: December 15, 2019

You will live in a house on a large lot, you can have the master bedroom with attached bathroom. It is convenient to a bus stop, public library, restaurants, river, bay, etc. Mobile is the secret of the south and I can introduce you when I am free. There are things to see and do but the best attraction is it's friendly people, parks and wildlife.

Some of the help we need includes assistance with creative landscaping & repair work inside and outside of a house, garage and shed. Any skills you bring are greatly appreciated. For the skills you may not possess, we may be able to teach you or we may need to learn together. Some useful skills would be; ornamental and landscape horticulture, carpentry, plumbing, maybe electrical, roof repair/replace, painting and probably other odds and ends along with the application of creative thinking. I would also love to learn and/or practice Japanese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish or even Urdu with a native speaker.

You can live in a the house shared with me and my partner from Japan. You will have the master bedroom with full, private bathroom, WiFi and a TV. Also available is an RV trailer but some cleaning and repair work would be required. We are happy to share our food with you also. I have a wide range of experience and knowledge that I am happy to share if you inquire eg; teaching English in various countries, traveling, helicopter flight instructor, class A truck driver, heavy equipment operator, mechanics & engineering, photographer, etc.
Also my property partner was born and grew up in Japan and is a medical laboratory scientist as well as a licensed pharmacist and can likely answer any questions you may have regarding those subjects.

In general, we would like you to be available to help during daylight hours. It is now winter so it's dark after 4:30 pm. A local part-time monetary paying job could be had in the evenings. I have no set hour requirements but when your help is needed I definitely want you to be available to help. We would like the helper to commit to a minimum two week stay.

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reviews (2)
Helper: Maria isabel and David Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: June 5, 2016
My husband and I stayed at Dustin´s only 2 nights, however was a very thought... view complete review

Helper: Carolina and Juan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: May 17, 2016
I spent one month with Dustin and I really enjoyed that time. Sometimes I hel... view complete review

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