Arizona: Flexible and Relaxed Homestay (Help with Home, Dog Care, Etc.) -- MALE ONLY


The Exchange

This is a great opportunity for a brief and casual "add-on" before, after or between your other volunteering, work-exchange projects or homestays. If you are exploring the U.S., or making your way to another assignment, and would like to layover in Arizona, then feel free to contact me. This arrangement is intended for foreigners visiting the United States on a gap year or similar arrangement. Please note that I only host single males.


What you offer

1 hours of help per day

Cleaning: Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

Housekeeping: Exchange and wash bed linens. Make the beds.

Gardening: Help to grow and cultivate plants.


What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: Have a private room to chill and relax just by yourself.

Shared Dorm: Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

Breakfast: Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to prepare your own meal here

Free Laundry: There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Free Tours: Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.

Free Hiking Tours: Keep your feet moving! Get free hiking tours and exercise yourself.

Free Events: Be part of something! Get free events.

Bikes at your disposal: Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.

Pick Up: No worries! Get a free ride to get to our place.

Language lessons: Learn or improve your language skills.


Requirements

Fluent English

Between 21 and 30 years old


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

I always have some relatively minor house projects that a Worldpacker can perform (especially painting and paint stripping).

Daily cooking and housecleaning responsibilities could also be added.

I am very flexible about the specific arrangements that can be worked out.

I also volunteer with the Arizona Humane Society as a foster host for dogs. These dogs are pre-adoption and usually are recovering from surgery or other medical conditions, and therefore generally cannot be "played with" in the usual sense. They are typically here for only two or three weeks. If a foster is present, then you are expected to spend at least one hour per day interacting (not "playing") with the dog -- slow walks, petting, giving treats, that sort of thing.


Activities & Shift

Professional musicians -- especially those with experience teaching music theory, Western/European music history, composition and conducting -- are also invited. I am studying the oboe but would like to learn about general music theory as well.

If you play the piano, then you could play continuo or duet for my oboe recital pieces during my practice sessions. (I have an electronic keyboard).

If you have artistic skills (painting, sketching, etc.) and would like to make some art for my home, then I would cover the cost of supplies.

Those with video editing skills could also help turn my travel photos over the years into videos. I used to do it myself and realized I'm not very good at it.

(Regardless of the arrangement you are seeking, please be either a native English speaker or have B2 proficiency or higher.)


Rules

--Absolutely no smoking or vaping. No drug use (alcohol okay).
--Kindly remove your shoes.
--Please shower daily and avoid colognes or body sprays.
--Music with headphones only. If you have an instrument to practice, feel free to check with me for a good time to be loud.
--Please check with me before cooking a large or messy meal.
--I don't have a curfew (and you get a set of keys), but I do ask that you inform me of your daily schedule, especially if you plan to stay out past midnight.
--Use of my bike is strictly "as is" and "at your own risk." I do not yet own a helmet, sorry.

Apart from these rules, pretty much any and all lifestyles are welcome in my home. If you have any practices -- dietary, religious/spiritual, cultural, clothing, anything -- please feel free to engage in them during your stay. Anything you would do in your own home, you can do in mine.