Bienvenue à St. Martin ! Welcome to St. Martinville !
Would you like to help restore a part of history? Our home on the town square is steps away from Bayou Teche and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While neither elegant nor lavish, our modestly appointed humble home does come with a few interesting architectural details, plus lots of hands-on opportunities for volunteers.
We are native Cajuns (Acadians) who speak Louisiana French, international French, and English. We are glad to help connect you to your favorite activities (music? dance? outdoors?). You can also walk to museums, restaurants, doughnut shop, thrift store, library, convenience stores, post office, tennis, and parks. Festivals take place frequently in this region, and some are even within walking distance. A kayak/canoe launch is just one block away.
Exterior carpentry and painting are a priority right now, but interior painting, yard work, chores, decorating, moving furniture, and meal prep also need to be done. Specific duties to be negotiated based on the weather, what's going on at the moment, and your interests and abilities. All skill levels welcome. Total work hours are 20 hours per week, which can be completed in 4 hours/day Monday-Friday or whatever other schedule we agree upon.
We enjoy three meals a day and eat organic when feasible, but the schedule is somewhat loose, so please take a snack if you are hungry before it's ready. Or you can help with meal prep if you need a firm schedule and this can be part of your work hours if you like. We are omnivores but can accommodate your preferences.
The guest room has a twin bed. Guests have access to the balcony, a shared bathroom, and wifi. An additional full-size futon can be put on the floor if needed. There is air conditioning and heating, but the temperature and humidity may not always be perfect--this is an old house in South Louisiana, after all.
You will be staying in the heart of our small city, so traffic, bells, and lively conversation from the barber shop downstairs can be heard. Children are welcome, but only if they are mindful or well-minded of broken railings, cars, tools, etc. No smoking, alcohol, or illegal activity on the property.
Should you rent a car? It's optional for a short stay, but you will want one for a longer stay in the region. A website like rome2rio is great for comparing transportation options. If you arrive by bus, train, or plane to Lafayette or New Iberia, I can pick you up. I do visit New Orleans occasionally and can help with transportation if our dates jive.
You can also visit parts of Lafayette and New Iberia on foot. However, please do plan to pay your own entrance fees.