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Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 60719
Region: South

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Last Updated: September 10, 2018

My name is Alexandra and I've been a helper twice (Thailand and Italy)and have also spent time volunteering at an ashram in India. I moved to Florida three years ago to help my elderly mother, who has sadly since passed away. She left me her small home and it requires a lot of updating.

I need helpers as soon as possible to help paint a couple bedrooms, replace ceiling fans, do some minor carpentry work, etc. This could be for a week or maybe more if we're getting on well and we both agree to extending (so far my helpers have stayed 2 weeks or more).

I am a certified English language instructor (BA English/CELTA) so if you need practice (or tutoring) with English, I'm more than happy to help with this through daily conversation and/or more formal lessons.

I offer a private air-conditioned bedroom with semi-private bath (private if there isn't another helper), unlimited wifi, free laundry and 3 home-cooked meals a day. I also have a bicycle you can use.

I'm not too far from the beautiful beaches and there is a bus stop just a block from my house. I'm also very close to the Everglades and will take you on a tour if you're here for two weeks or more. South Florida is a good 'jumping off' point if you're planning to travel to the Caribbean or Central/South America and you can often get very cheap airfares.

I'm a sociable person and we'll take our meals together, sharing conversation, thoughts and experiences. I will treat you like family. Even though I'm older, I am still curious about the world (I consider myself a life-long learner) and I'm interested in your views (and hopefully, you'll be interested in my views, too!). At night, you may want 'alone' time to email your friends and family or watch youtube and that's fine. Or you may want to spend time with me in the living room, watching a video, playing cards or a board game. That's fine, too.

I can teach you how to cook typical American food, if you're interested. We'll barbecue and we will often have lunch (or dinner) outside on the shaded lenai, weather permitting.

I do not smoke so no smoking in the house but you're welcome to smoke outside. We might share a beer or two at night but please, no heavy drinkers and absolutely no drugs.

If any of this interests you (even if it's last minute), please shoot me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP!

PLEASE READ: If you're vegan/vegetarian, you'll need to buy (and prepare) your own food (with work hours reduced to 3 per day). I can accommodate halal, kosher, and lactose intolerance but cannot cook/provide for wheat allergies.

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