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Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 32193
Region: South

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Last Updated: January 1, 2020

It's winter in Louisiana---A good time to visit and enjoy outdoor activities.

Our family operates four Airbnb guesthouses in Lafayette, Louisiana, We opened in January 2015 and have been wonderfully busy hosting guests from all over the world. Our first Guesthouse was The Treehouse Guesthouse and you can see it on our Youtube video: Treehouse Guesthouse Lafayette Louisiana. Since 2015 we have developed three more Airbnb homes. We have hosted more than 20 HelpX helpers who participated in building and improving our shared homes and participating in community events. We love the creative input and the "joie de vivre" that HelpX folks have brought to our projects.

Since we have Guesthouses, there are always tasks related to laundry, cleaning and maintenance. We also have construction projects where we teach building skills. Our projects are supervised by staff with lots of construction experience and tools, so you have the opportunity to learn new skills and use a variety of tools.

Some of our current projects involve pressure washing, painting, using recycled materials, constructing an outdoor kitchen. We have both vegetable and ornamental gardens, as well as fire pits, so we have tasks working outdoors in landscape design and maintenance. We have supplies for art projects and love to incorporate art into our environment.

This is South Louisiana, so of course, you will eat well and meet some friendly people. Let us know what you like and we will help you have fun while you work with us! There are many opportunities to enjoy nature, music venues, festivals and food that South Louisiana is famous for. We also participate in Native American ceremonies---sweat lodge, drumming and gatherings. We are part of Louisiana's spiritual and healing community, so you will meet interesting people as well as have the opportunity to learn and participate. We network with other Help=X Hosts and can introduce you to them if you want to stay in Louisiana longer. We often give Helpers the opportunity to stay additional time with us.

Another benefit is that our helpers stay at our Airbnb facilities and have luxurious (we think so!) bedrooms, unlimited internet and spa bathrooms. We also have space for tend camping. Our Help-X guests stay in our empty Airbnb homes, so sometimes they will be required to change homes during the 2-week assignment. We have nice accommodations and great food to offer our Helpers. We will certainly give you privacy as well as lots of opportunities to interact with our staff, guests and community friends.

Our work/exchange program usually follows these guideline:
We prefer a 2-week commitment so that we can see a project through to a level of completion, and for the experience to feel like an internship. We expect 25 hours of work per week, with at least 2 whole days off for the Helper. In addition, There is often the opportunity to earn money for additional work. We either provide 2 meals a day or a a cash food allowance of $70 per week. All of our food is shared and we are happy to accommodate your individual food preferences. We share in cooking and love to teach and learn new cooking styles. We always include "Louisiana Black Pot" recipes and cooking in our exchange with Helpers. We frequently participate in parties and group activities in the community that include food,

We do our best to customize the experience to the maximum benefit of everyone. Let us know your preferences and interests and goals related to your time in Louisiana.

reviews (11)
Helper: Hans Wilke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 7, 2019
I have stayed with Paz and her sons Harvey and Eli for almost three weeks and... view complete review

Helper: Jon H Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 19, 2019
It was great to spend time with Paz and her family in Lafayette! I really got... view complete review

Helper: Vanessa and Yonnas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 7, 2018
Thank you Quincy for the great moments. For your soul food the conversations ... view complete review

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Helper: Sam and Camryn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 6, 2017
Paz is a fantastic host. We spent about 3 weeks at the Birdhouse with her and... view complete review

Helper: Xingyue Zhan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 19, 2017
ms. paz is a suuuuper nice host !!!! i stayed for nearly a week with ms.paz. ... view complete review

Helper: Eva and Jacob Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: March 12, 2017
Paz is an amazing host with a lot of surplus energy and takes on the responsi... view complete review

Helper: Lauriana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 24, 2016
Hi, I spent one week in Pat's house. It was very cool. Pat is a lovely woman.... view complete review

Helper: Karim Guissé Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Luxembourg Date: May 12, 2016
I only spent a week at Pat's house but i had a great time. Pat is really nice... view complete review

Helper: Francois and Capucine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 17, 2016
We stayed for two weeks with Pat at the Treehouse. We had a lxurious bedroom ... view complete review

Helper: Esma Larabi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: March 14, 2016
I have stayed with Pat and her dear family for a month. Before I had done vol... view complete review

Helper: Elisabeth and Gary Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 11, 2015
My husband and I with our little dog spent a wonderful couple of months with ... view complete review

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