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Persons: 1-4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 3441
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: March 30, 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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Helper: Celso Bruno Cardoso Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: November 5, 2019
I was at Barbara's house for a week and I just have to thank her for the pati... view complete review

Helper: Andrew and Michael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 17, 2019
My friend and I stayed with Barbara for three weeks, our best time in New Yor... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: September 18, 2019
We have just come back From Barbara´s last Augoust. We stayed there for 3 wee... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: July 3, 2019
We have just spent 12 days with our new friend BArbra :) What can I say othe... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: December 19, 2018
I stayed with Barbara during 9 days. The work was very fair, she was pretty f... view complete review

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From: Belgium Date: September 12, 2018
When you ask us what the first word would be that pops up in our heads about ... view complete review

Helper: Lorine and Clément Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 29, 2018
Barbara was a wonderful host :).

We were very well welcomed in her big... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: August 10, 2017
We spent an amazing two weeks with Barbara on Staten Island: gardening, helpi... view complete review

Helper: Micael Martin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 7, 2017
Wonderful helpx place in New York City !! (Staten Island) Barbara is a suc... view complete review

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From: United States Date: May 7, 2017
I stayed with Barbara for a bit over a week, during which we organized closet... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: April 1, 2017
We stayed with Barbara for a week and helped her with several tasks including... view complete review

Helper: E Love Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 27, 2017
Barbara is a kind and caring being, her hospitality is very much appreciated!... view complete review

Helper: Jossi Groote Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: December 14, 2016
Stayed at Barbaras for a week and enjoyed it lots! During my stay i also got ... view complete review

Helper: Jean mathieu Thevenot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 28, 2016
Barbara is a wonderfull person who will help you with anything you need durin... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: October 1, 2016
We will never forget the time we spent at Barbara's house. Highly recomended.... view complete review

Helper: Anaïs and Simon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 14, 2016
How to begin about Barbara ? I guess that she is an amazing woman that learne... view complete review

Helper: Yuki Isogawa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: September 4, 2016
It was very comfortable and relaxing to stay in Barbara's place. Since I stay... view complete review

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From: Lithuania Date: August 7, 2016
Barbara was our first host. We felt welcome immediatly after she opened the ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: June 14, 2016
Staying with Barbara was the best opening host experience I have encountered.... view complete review

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From: Nigeria Date: May 3, 2016
Barbara is an exceptional host. I spent five wonderful weeks with her. She wa... view complete review

Helper: Thibaud Gruarin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 14, 2016
My girlfriend and I had a really nice time at barbara's. We satyed there for ... view complete review

Helper: Aurélien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 20, 2015
Barbara is a great host! She left me a lot of responsibility for the tasks an... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: October 16, 2015
Barb, sorry it has taken forever for me to write this review! It's been a lon... view complete review

Helper: Angela Heath Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 3, 2015
Barbara was a very friendly host and gave me the freedom to work some days an... view complete review

Helper: Josep M Gairal Casadó Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 9, 2015
It was a pleasure to be with Barbara in Staten Island and I really appreciate... view complete review

Helper: Olaia Martinez de Irujo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 31, 2015
Barbara, Oh Barbara! What a wonderful and strong woman! It was a big pleasure... view complete review

Helper: Tushar Khurana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: India Date: May 13, 2015
I spent three weeks at Barbara's place in Staten Island; after the hustle of ... view complete review

Helper: Sergio and Noelia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: July 17, 2014
Barbara is a FIVE STARS (******) woman. She and her life is, by far, more ... view complete review

Helper: Kati and Fabrice Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 16, 2014
We spent one week at Barbara's place with helpers from Canada, New Zealand an... view complete review

Helper: Shane Bradstreet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: July 14, 2014
I was a helper for Barbara over two weeks mostly in July. During my stay I he... view complete review

Helper: John and Linda Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 9, 2014
If you are wanting to spend some time in New York, but wish to avoid staying ... view complete review

Helper: Nerea Landa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 17, 2013
I was with Barb 10 days and I really enjoyed my stay with her. She is such a ... view complete review

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From: Ukraine Date: September 15, 2013
We had the most amazing time staying with Barbara for 2 weeks in New York. Sh... view complete review

Helper: Alessandra Di Napoli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: September 6, 2013
Barbara is the best host that I met in my trip in United States. I spent with... view complete review

Helper: Pierre Beguerie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 4, 2013
I stayed with Barbara 2 weeks and I can say she is a marvelous host. She coo... view complete review

Helper: Joshua Tripp Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 28, 2013
I stayed with Barbara for one week during my stay on the east coast. She has ... view complete review

Helper: Bas and Eline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: June 28, 2013
Barbara is probably the greatest kindest person you'll meet in greater New Yo... view complete review

Helper: Debbie and Ian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 20, 2013
Barbara kindly provided our first stay in the US. We very much enjoyed our t... view complete review

Helper: Samuel and Eva Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 11, 2013
We stayed with Barbara for 4 weeks and it was amazing! She is a lovely stro... view complete review

Helper: Elise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: January 4, 2013
I had a great time with Barb and her grandson Cole-chatting and sharing our s... view complete review

Helper: Teija Tarvainen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: December 5, 2012
I'm just going to confirm what so many others already have said, Barbara is a... view complete review

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From: Italy Date: November 5, 2012
Barb is a special person with a big hearth. We spent three weeks in her house... view complete review

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From: Switzerland Date: September 27, 2012
Barb was my first ever HelpX host and I don' think I could have chosen a bett... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: September 24, 2012
Staying with Barbara was truly a pleasure. She is kindhearted, open minded an... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: August 18, 2012
Staying with Barbara was my first helpX experience and I like it so much beca... view complete review

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From: China Date: June 20, 2012
Barbara is such an wonderful person with lots of life experience and love to ... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: January 28, 2012
Barbara welcomed us for 21 fantastic days! we had an absolutely perfect stay ... view complete review

Helper: John O'Brien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 9, 2011
I stayed with Barbara only a few days and rain limited the work I could finis... view complete review

Helper: Clifton Edmonds Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 3, 2011
Jovita and I spent just over 2 weeks with Barbara and had a lovely time with ... view complete review

Helper: David Clark Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 20, 2011
I recently enjoyed a fantastic 3 week stay at Barbara's. Such a lovely women,... view complete review

Helper: Kevin He Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 27, 2011
I haven't stay in her property for long time, what i can tell you about Barb... view complete review

Helper: Charlie and Donna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 12, 2011
We stayed with Barbara for two weeks in June and into July. We found her to ... view complete review

Helper: Polly Grice Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 22, 2011
I stayed with Barbara for 10 days, and she is truly wonderful. Not only di... view complete review

Helper: Kurt MARTEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 5, 2010
My stay with Barbara was great, I had plenty to keep me busy and the food and... view complete review

Helper: Jeff Moorley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 21, 2010
I stayed with Barbara for 4 days in November 2010 and it felt like she really... view complete review

Helper: Emilien Belgeri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 28, 2010
Barbara is a wanderfull Women with whom i share very good time. Both discu... view complete review

Helper: Borja Lz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: October 23, 2010
I've been with Barb 1 month and one day and it was absolutly great!! She's lo... view complete review

Helper: Fiona and Michael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 17, 2010
Barbara, thank you for a wonderful week. We felt both comfortable and inspire... view complete review

Helper: Jessica and Stephen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 8, 2010
Steve and I had a wonderful time with Barb, who welcomed us into her home lik... view complete review

Helper: Danielle and Benjamin Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: December 4, 2009
Oh Barb .. what can I say - you were truly a god send I feel sad when I ... view complete review

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From: Puerto Rico Date: October 21, 2009
I stayed with Barb for a fun filled two weeks and she certainly is an unique ... view complete review

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From: Slovakia Date: October 13, 2009
I would like to join these positive reviews with my very enjoyable experience... view complete review

Helper: Jana Liggett-Wright Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 2, 2009
I am sorry I took so long to review! Barb is a great host. She treats you lik... view complete review

Helper: Christophe Cormy Donat Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: France, Metropolitan Date: August 19, 2009
Barbara is an amazing person ! i love her so much, she s like my second mum, ... view complete review

Helper: Virginie Mermet Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: France Date: June 9, 2009
I couldn't but recommend to spend some time with Barbara, she is a valuable p... view complete review

Helper: Delphine trioleyre Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: France Date: March 26, 2009
It's been quite some times now since I left Barbara, and I didn't think to wr... view complete review

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