I am looking for someone handy and responsible who can help around my property in lieu of rent. You would need a working knowledge of Spanish and an ability to troubleshoot the systems in this off the grid acreage situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. The property is only a 5 minute boat ride from the nearest town, Santiago, and is only accessible by boat.
The property is fairly technical so you need sufficient knowledge to handle the water system, basic plumbing skills, mechanics, and be aware enough to recognize a problem if it is about to happen and troubleshoot it. (The local tradesmen are not trained in plumbing and it is very difficult to find a good mechanic.) The gardener/caretaker will handle most things except larger projects himself but because he is not on site 3 days a week, it's best that you can handle a problem should one arise.
There are extensive flower gardens, an organic vegetable garden and orchids everywhere. I have a gardener who works 4 days a week who handles the majority of outdoor work. You would be responsible for overseeing and giving direction to his daily duties. And, when there are special projects that come up on the property, planning and assisting in carrying them out.
During dry season the caretaker is expected to water the gardens the 3 days that the gardener does not work.
I also need someone who will give loving affection and care to Shadow, my big beautiful dog,and my cat Misha.
Accommodation is in the two bedroom, two bath house
Your share of expenses are minimal and include, propane for your shower and stove,(approximately $15 a month depending on use) gas to raise water, ($10 a week), your transportation to and from the property, your food, and any other personal expenses you incur. You must come with sufficient money to support yourself for your time commitment.
Also, I am asking for a $200 bond (depending on time period agreed) which would be returned to you at the end of your stay if there are no damages to the house and equipment.
The house sitters are to be in charge of the property while I am away and should be prepared to be involved and to treat the property as if it was their own.
Working knowledge of Spanish is a must. This is a perfect place for a writer working on a project. Serenity and a level of quiet isolation is the tone of the property. A willingness to be on the property during the nights is also a necessity.
The area is one of the most beautiful in the world, facing two inactive volcanoes and nestled in the Santiago bay. A love of Nature and openness to a different culture is a necessity.
I must also point out that the buildings are 40 meters up the side of San Pedro volcano, great for views, but require that you be in good health and physically fit. Also, you need to love solitude as there are no immediate neighbors, although civilization is just a short boat trip away.