Volunteer at a sheep farm with a family in Western Australia.
Workaway Host rating
Single man in early thirties, needs help with some farm work, in large garden and around the house. I have a mixed cropping and sheep farm 2 hours south of Perth. My family have been farming for many years in this area and my extended family all live in the area. My parents are on hand to help in busy times also, so it becomes a family atmosphere. My brother and his family live up the road and we assist each other when it is required. I tend to work quite hard, as I am on my own, and like to keep things tidy and organised, but would love some help.
Type of helpAnimal care,
Help in the house,
Cooking / shopping,
Working with sheep, assisting with cropping and harvest programs, helping prepare meals and maintain house and garden.
One option to stay in spare rooms in house ( shared bathroom), or to stay in shearers quarters, short walk from house.
What else ...
Close to 4 towns and various other amenities, good social life, lovely country area 2 hours from the coast. Backpackers up the road, no shortage of things to do.
Host ref number: 1338836554d3
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Area: GaunshaharHello, my name is Shamser Thapa. I am the principal of an academy of learning in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of North-Western Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar and is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal, which later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract hundreds, sometimes thousands of people from all around at many intervals during the calendar year. Besisahar is a small town in the valley below and is the starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. Know that you can also get your trekking permits from Besisahar. We have both Western and Nepali bathrooms, internet, and plenty of blankets. Our food is sourced from almost entirely local ingredients. We can accommodate vegetarian diets as well. We can also teach volunteers to cook Nepali food, such as chapati for breakfast and Dal Baht as a main course. We ask volunteers to pay only a total of 5 USD a day to stay here. This cost includes two meals, tea and coffee , free wifi and cold shower. We have also hot shower if you want. We have a local shop if you want to buy snacks or other items. We ask volunteers to give four hours help a day in any way you can. The rest of the day is yours! We welcome all new volunteers with Tikka and garlands. Whilst staying with my family, we welcome any help you can give. As the principal of the local school I welcome volunteers that help the children in any way they can, especially with handwriting practice, learning English or even just playing with them or teaching them games. There are 75 students, aged 3-13, with class sizes no bigger than 12. Don't worry if you have no special skills. I will give assistance with any work that needs doing. This might be painting, building work, cooking or whatever you can offer. A few volunteers started their own novel projects, which were most welcome. One volunteer helped build a clay cob oven, which we use now every day. You are welcome to use this to bake or cook (we can make pizza). You can buy some ingredients in Besisahar. One volunteer set up a very small library (children's book donations are welcome). Other volunteers helped build the house we live in, and our beautiful garden. Two recent volunteers taught some nursery rhymes and games to our school children during assembly. If you know anything about permaculture, we'd love to learn so we can grow more of our own food. The next projects I have in mind are : - collecting laptops to teach the children in the village how to use a computer. This is currently my number one priority as most of the children do not know the necessary skills to use this technology. So if you are coming to volunteer, it would be great if you could bring any old laptops you have and can spare. If you are interested in the project but cannot volunteer, you can contact me and I give you my address to send any old laptops to the village. - building a stone gate, - assisting an elderly woman to improve her house, - building a large, traditional mud round house with a reed roof. I'm very excited about this; there are nearly none left in Nepal and it would be a magnificent addition. I have consulted with elders on how to build and it would include a washroom nearby and would be rented out as a unique holiday experience for local and foreign tourists to get back to nature, - the children and elders from my village have to go in to Besisahar to learn how to use a computer. So my project is to open a place with laptops to teach them how to use them for the basics things for the first time. That's why I would like to ask you to bring me any old laptops you are not using anymore. Right now the eighteen year old children from my village have no idea how to use a computer, -when I get my paypal account I would like to develop sponsoring the local children. The cost would just 5 to 8 dollars per months for the school fees. - I would also like to educate the people of Gaunshahar about environmental issues, such as recycling and water purification, and welcome any volunteer with experience in these fields. - Similarly, any volunteer with knowledge of first aid and other medical issues would be very welcome here, as I would like to run an awareness program on these matters. - Many people in the village have their ovens inside. As this is dangerous due to the release of carbon monoxide, any volunteer that could help make chimneys and a create a safer way to cook would greatly help the village. In the village many of the children's parents are not educated and may be illiterate which makes them unable to help their children with their learning and homework tasks. Volunteers can be extremely helpful by going to the houses and providing private tutoring. They can assist with homework from school, as well as planning their own lessons in order to improve English writing and speaking skills. On weekends we can go hiking, or participate in cultural programs,or even spend one night in the jungle. During your time here you will get a strong sense of Nepali village life. There will be Nepali lessons twice a week so that the volunteers can be acquainted with Nepali culture, history and language and would be useful on subsequent treks, that you may be planning. We frequently have campfires, where you can try our local wine. You may find a general schedule of your stay here at the bottom of the page. Also, if you would like, I can give each volunteer a certificate at the end of their stay, to use for future volunteering or when searching for a job. There are local, micro and tourist buses running from Kathmandu to Besisashar daily. Local buses are slower but cheaper. There are several ways to come to Gaunshahar. Here is the clear information how to get here and if you have any questions feel free to ask me. The quickest and easiest way to get here is by microbus from the small Gongabu bus station (next to New Bus Station) in Kathmandu to Besisahar. Please try to take earlier micro bus around 6 or 6.30.Give half an hour for the bus to fill up and finding the ticket booth next to the main road. This journey will take about 6 hours but will stop once for local food and a toilet break on the way. Its best to set off no later than 6 in order to catch the pink 161 bus from Besisahar to our village, Guanshahar. This runs once a day from opposite the Tukuche Peak Hotel and leaves between 2 pm. Please tell to the driver to get off in front of hotel tutu he other wise you will go far from.Watch out for it on the left as you enter Besisahar. Both bus rides are very scenic; the bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar costs around 500 NPR (5 dollars) and the bus from Besisahar to Guanshahar costs 100 Rupees. Also from Pokhara you can come here like take bus from Pokhara to Besisahar............ In case if you miss the bus you you have to walk half an hour up to get my village Gaunshahar. -Or you can also hike up to our village if you prefer which takes about one and half hour. It's about 8 km's and is mostly uphill (good practice if you're going trekking later). If you like, you can pick up a cheap sim card for your phone before you come so you can contact me if you need any assistance. My family hope you can stay with us for as long as you like and we look forward to meeting you! ------ General Schedule ------ First day: Settling in and introduction for volunteers to my family and current projects. (Volunteering activities during the day, depending on the nature of the activity) Friday: Campfire in the evening with the volunteers Saturday (rest day): Nepali class / 4 to 5 hours trek to the forth, ruined Royal Palace and jungle and village visits etc. / free time ------ Things we can use ------ 1. Stickers 2. Pencils, rubbers/erasers, markers, crayons, colour pencils, sharpeners, and etc. 3. Exercise books, drawing paper, A4-sized printer paper 4. Working gloves 5. Old laptops 6. English children's books 7. Children's clothes 8. Educational board games and toys 9. Radio/CD player 10. External hard disks 11. English educational cartoons and nursery rhymes CDs 12. First aid materials (plasters, scissors, wound disinfection) 13. Chalk and duster 14. Old photo and/or film camera 15. Overhead projector 16. Small flag of your own country 17. Light bulbs and lamp covers 18. Blackboard paint 19. Solar boiler or solar panel or solar cooker 2o. Toys 21. Unwanted children's football boots, tshirts and shorts. 22. Old working mobile phones 23. Watches and clocks 24. Cups, mugs, plates or bowls 25. Seeds of herbs, vegetables or fruit which we can plant
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