Show you handyman skills and experience the Alaska uniqueness!

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The Exchange

We need wooden stairs built to make it easy to get in and out of our 10' x 10' tree house. At present it is accessed by a ladder through a trap door. We want you to build a staircase that rises about 8 feet, with a platform (tiny deck) at the top, and to install a door in the side of the tree house. We will supply materials and tools, and can arrange for a helper when needed. Other projects are available if you wish to extend your stay.

What you offer

21 hours of help per week

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

What you get

3 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Restaurants: Get discounts at nearby restaurants.

Discounts on Pubs: Get discounts at nearby pubs.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Fluent English

Over 18 years old

United States Visa

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

There are ALWAYS projects that we can use help with, but the tree house staircase has the first priority. If you are hoping to stay longer there are definitely other projects, let me know if this is the case. You can have your choice of staying in a dorm bed or we have some tents if you prefer. Our offer includes your lodging, there is free pancake mix and jellies, eggs, and tea in the mornings if you like but you have to cook them yourself. When the staircase project is completed I will buy you a prime rib dinner, up to three beverages of your choice, and dessert, at the Turtle Club in Fox, Alaska. (And we will provide the transportation.) You will be working at the direction of a local carpenter, so you do not have to design the work. We will provide the necessary tools and materials, and arrange for a helper when needed.

Activities & Shift

Hours are flexible but within reason; because construction can be noisy, please plan to work between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
I request you work a total of twenty one hours a week for this exchange. You may choose which days to work and for how long each day.
I estimate this project should require a total of 63 work hours which would exchange as three weeks lodging. You may work more hours at the beginning if you want to have more days off at the end. However you may not take your days off before you do the work!


There is no smoking of any kind allowed in the hostel or near the entrances. There are designated areas where smoking is allowed outdoors.
Alcohol is prohibited on the grounds. If you are of legal age in Alaska (21 or over) it is not our business if you want to have an alcoholic beverage away from the hostel, but we expect you not to bring containers back to the hostel, and not to be disruptive in behavior.
No outside guests at the hostel. Some exceptions to this rule may be allowed with prior approval from the host. It is very important we know who is on the grounds at all times.
The host in residence (Alex) is the authority at all times; it is the hosts responsibility to maintain an appropriate atmosphere for all guests. This means we expect you to accept any decisions the host may make that might impact you. (Don't worry, everyone loves Alex! But he is the boss!)