MacGyver type person for work in the Tropics

self • St John, US Virgin Islands
Posted: December 21, 2018
Deadline: April 30, 2019


In September 2017 my little island was hit by 2 Category 5 hurricanes and almost wiped off the face of the earth. I was one of the few fortunate ones - the roof stayed on my small wooden house - but I have loads of other problems that I cannot get fixed because all available workers are working for the luxury villas.

Many years ago, I took a Yestermorrow course and loved the experience and all
of the people involved. I need some help now and thought your school might
have some adventurous skilled people looking to get out of the cold weather
for a while and come work in the tropics fixing the hurricane damage to my

I need someone with general building skills but more important is a MacGyver type creative problem solving attitude to get stuff done. My list is very long, some examples are: dry stack retaining wall stone work (I can teach that), earth moving with pick and shovel, plumbing new cisterns, repairing a fiberglass cistern, rerunning gutters up 2 stories, pouring concrete footers, framing a new kitchen structure including roof, rewiring and plumbing the new kitchen, rehanging screen doors, figuring out how to fix corroding windows, rescreening house windows, repainting the house interior, the list goes on and on.

The accommodations I can offer have been compromised a bit but can be one of the first things to get improved. I have a school bus that I lived in for 12 years (very comfortably) that can still provide a private room to live in (double bed), but the storm blew away the outdoor kitchen and water collection system, so until that is rebuilt you will need to share the house kitchen and bathroom with me. I do have internet and cell phone service (most of the time), but no cable TV or land line.

I am not a great cook and work every day, so unless someone could exist on peanut butter sandwiches, I will not offer board but maybe it could be worked out somehow if that was important.

I could offer a hourly compensation but am not rich. Something like $100 day in addition to the room is about all I could manage.

The island is nice and warm with fabulous snorkeling and hiking. I would not expect anyone to work every day, they would have plenty of time to enjoy St John.

I know this is a long shot, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try.