Help maintain and renovate our guest cottages


The Exchange

Our 60 acre eco lodge, heritage site and farm has 5 guest cottages and a 180 year old plantation house which need to be repaired and upgraded on a regular basis. We typically do this in the off season from April to December. We are looking for someone primarily skilled in building and any kind of wood work - carpentry, framing, furniture making etc. Experience in electrical, plumbing, small engine and power tool repair is also a plus.


Title

20 hours of help per week

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


What you get

3 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

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

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Tours: Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Get free drinks or beverages.: Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.

Yoga classes: Take free yoga classes at our place.


Requirements

Intermediate English

Over 30 years old


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

Our volunteers have their own private cabin, and also receive free breakfast and dinner. Our family consists of my mother (73) and myself (41), and my 5 year old nephew who lives with us part time. Balenbouche Estate is a historic sugar plantation which over the last 35 years we have converted into a retreat center, heritage park, eco lodge and restaurant. We are constantly building or fixing something. There are 2 beaches on property and many attractions within a 10 - 30 minute drive. Our property and the South of St. Lucia is a beautiful place to visit and explore.


Activities & Shift

You can determine your own hours and days and most times will have at least one general laborer to help you. We will go through all the buildings and make a priority list of what needs to be repaired, and maybe also come up with one or two bigger projects, such as adding a kitchen to one of the guest cabins, or redoing part of a roof etc. My mother has a background in carpentry, architecture and design, and we both have experience with building. We love coming up with creative and inexpensive solutions using local materials.


Rules

Must be patient and flexible and able to improvise using limited tools and materials.