This is a small business - I have 2 homes with 3 or 4 rooms occupied throughout the year. - Most of my tenants are international students and usually post graduate researchers. normally they are very busy with their research work but occasionally they are happy to have a coffee and chat.
if you prefer a quieter place instead of a hostel then this could be good placement for you. You would be working partly by yourself and partly with me in a variety of different jobs - apart from basic cleaning - the jobs would vary day to day. I do my own painting and decorating carpentry, electrical and , plus a variety of gardening jobs from weeding to tree pruning. The basic cleaning work would be done by yourself but all other work you would be required to be my assistant.

I am partly retired and have worked in renting rooms in my 2 houses for over 25 years and have much experience. I also have a second job which is to manage a Digital Music Studio - where my main work is as an audio technician for mastering and editing audio recordings both speech and music. Normally you will work between 16 and 20 hours per week and your accommodation would be part shared (4 days per week) and partly single room (3 days per week). You would be provided with full meals and services. Breakfast and cooked evening meal 7 days weekly. And on weekdays snack lunch in addition. Plus internet service in both houses and laundry. I also teach english and happy to spend evenings in helping my volunteer assistants to learn how to speak well and increase their vocabulary. I am a quiet person and this is a quiet house - I also practise and teach meditation. About your Luggage. There is no reason to bring a lot of things with you - even if you are staying in UK/Europe for 6 months (unless you are camping) therefore a suitcase of about 50 x 40 x 23 (which will go in most airline overhead lockers and save you money) is absolutely ok. Most hosts can supply items for example towels, bedding, utensils etc. If you research on the internet - the travel advice from expert long time travellers - they all give the same advice - travel light, travel light, travel light.

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Dave It's a good a person, who before you start the trip, he is helpping you to know wich transports you have to take to arrive at his home, and he is guiding you the entire journey.
And the most important for me, is that he intent that your english improve, and he is helping you all time because you improve your english.

about 1 month ago



Dave is a very nice man that always enjoy a good cup of tea and a good chat. The work is very reasonable and very good if you want to improve your english and visit Oxford.

about 2 months ago



I stayed here for two weeks, he’s a good man. The first few days take some getting used to, but then everything went well. He has two houses and one is closer to the city center, which is perfect if you like going out a lot. The work wasn’t too heavy and was always fairly easy. Dinner was early compared to what I’m used to. In general it was a positive experience that allowed me to exit from my comfort zone and improve my english speaking skills. Tips: if you want to meet people, download Meetup. For free English lessons go to Oxford English center when you arrive. Best nightlife Friday night

7 months ago



Not bad experience. Keep a polite distance with each other.

8 months ago



This was a fantastic experience, Oxford is so unique, I love the nature and the activities to do in the city, Dave has two pretty and cozy houses, He is the perfect person that I needed to improve my English level, he makes you feel at home and also gives you vibrant and varied food, in addition to the delicious desserts it offers daily. it has been the best volunteering I have ever been on and my best experience in the UK. Without a doubt, I would return a thousand times.
Thank you, Dave, for your flexibility and your unconditional friendship.

10 months ago

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