A selection of our feedback from hosts and workawayers
This is the truest daintree experience you could have! Meet the locals, see the hidden gems, live a simple existence.
I felt more at home in the first hour at toons home than I did my entire 7 months living with my previous host family. Toon will humbly welcome you into his home and graciously teach you his way of life-- which is amazing by the way. One of the first things he asked me was what I was hoping to get out of the experience. He will help you achieve whatever goal you have whether that be though food and health, gardening or sustainability. I truly felt it was important to him that I got all I wanted to out of the experience. I'm grateful to say that over the month of my time with Toon, he became a true friend.
We did so many fun things together! We went swimming daily in the creek that is just a few minutes walk from his house, we cooked a feast on coals at the beach, took a little trek down the creek, gutted/ skinned a cow, explored waterfalls, and lastly he took me on a trip to the tablelands which is a spectacular place! Thank you, Toon for the memories. I will cherish this escape from reality forever.
We are so very lucky to have Jenny. Now she's here I don't want to let her go! I couldn't recommend her more highly.
She has a wonderful attitude and always wiling to go above and beyond. She gets along well with the kids but at the same time is good at not letting them get their way all the time in a gentle and caring way. We have three children, 21 months, 5.5 years and 8 years. An example: mornings are our most difficult time. Trying to get kids woken up fed and off to school and preschool. My husband normally does mornings. Yesterday he didn't wake up in time and she handled the morning all by herself! Which even we find hard. All the kids were fed, dressed, teeth brushed and ready to go out the door with no tears and on time. Amazing !! She's excellent at helping with chores, very proficient. She is looking for other workaways to complete her travels and anyone else would be lucky (to put it mildly) to get her help. We will always remember her and hope to stay in touch once she's gone. Email me through Workaway if you have more questions I'm happy to answer any!
An amazing place and experience encountered during my one month stay with Pushpa and Janak. Both of them are the kindest and warmest people I've ever met. I felt so at home even though it was my first trip to Nepal through workaway. The kids and dogs are just so adorable and I totally enjoyed volunteering there, walking, playing with the disable kids & doggies or simply spending time with all of them. I highly recommend it anyone who wants the same experience I did. Thank you Pushpa and Janak for making me a part of your family. I am already missing you loads and can't thank you enough for all you've done. Moh timilai maya gotchu (spelling might be wrong but I am sure you know what I mean ;) )....Jeni
I just finished my stay at Andre's and what an incredible experience! There was great food, great drink, and great conversation, Andre is a true storyteller and the definition of a good host.
He was very understanding toward my inability to speak hardly any French and made me feel just as comfortable either way. I was suppose to stay only one month but my plans set for afterward fell through and Andre was good enough to let me stay a couple weeks more and help me work for an exhibiton. He gives out as much as he receives in this exchange and I feel I gained a lot from this experience! It was the best way for me to experience true French culture and an artists life!
I will never forget his kindness and this experience, I hope to return one day and get a chance to paint together again! :)
After spending two months with this family the only thing I can say is thank you. They offered me all they had. Such an incredible hospitality, incredible environtment, a nice, close to nature relaxing job. There's so much you can learn from them, not only about the vineyard but also their lifestyle, focusing quite a lot on sustainability.
Even though the parents don't speak english, if you don't speak italian nor french, that's not a big deal when comunicating. They will always smile at you and with simple gestures you can managed to understand each other. But my recomendation is to try to learn some italian, because in just some days you can really say lots of things! (I was actually speaking fluent italian with only two months learning it.)