House-sitting/dog-sitting in Baños!

Staying in one place for a few weeks rather than a few days is something we really hoped to do a lot on our trip.  The first place we planned to stay for awhile was Baños, Ecuador.  We started off WWOOFing at the Tungurahua Tea Room, where the Canadian owner, Carol, introduced us to a few other expats around town.  Sticking around for awhile and getting to know people led us to the best opportunity we’ve had yet on this trip:  house-sitting!

Our temporary home!

How we got this gig: In our first few days of WWOOFing we did some work on the property of one of Carol’s tenants, an American expat named Patricia.  Patricia was really cool and helped us find all the awesome things to do in Baños!  Then, after we had been in town for a couple weeks, Patricia got called away for a last-minute business trip.  She needed someone to stay in her house (expats are big targets for robbery) and take care of Oso, the dog.  So she asked us!  We happily obliged and moved from living in a tent to living in a nice house with a refrigerator, hot water, and Internet (hence the reason we’ve been able to post every day and get caught up recently)!  Oso did require a lot of work (long hikes, playing, bathing, feeding, etc.) but other than that our only real job was to keep an eye on things!  It was a great, relaxing 10 days!

Relaxation!

I think this experience exemplifies the great opportunities you can stumble upon while traveling if you’re flexible!  If our schedule and plans had been more rigid, we never would have been able to do this.  We had such a great time that now we’re thinking that more house-sitting might be a great option for us as we travel.  I’ve heard good reviews about sites such as www.MindMyHouse.com, but I’m not sure there are enough listings in South America to make the $20 membership fee worth it.  Anyone have any tips on this???  Or other ideas for us to get more house-sitting gigs?

This whole house was made from recycled building materials!
Lofted bedroom
Beautiful view off the side yard
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14 thoughts on “House-sitting/dog-sitting in Baños!

  • We love house sitting and it sounds like you got a great one! We found a house sit in Argentina after couchsurfing with am American family who were going back to the US for a visit. We are members of mindmyhouse.com and it’s a great site but I’m not sure I’ve seen any opportunities in South America. There have been a few in Costa Rica. In South America you are probably most likely to find opportunities informally.

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  • Hi do you happen to have any contact of patricia in baños? we are looking for such opportunity right now and if not her house maybe she knows someone who could use our help 🙂 it would be really nice of you, my email is mimi1vs@hotmail.com thanks in advance

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