We live on a rural property around 30 minutes outside Canberra, Australia's capital city. It is a great spot - it feels like you are in the middle of the countryside but the city is within easy reach. And we are just 1.5 hours from the beach, 1.5 hours from the ski fields and 3 hours from Sydney. We love animals and we have horses, dogs, cats and chickens. The house is large and modern, so you will be very comfortable indeed. As of February 2018, we have a baby boy.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are primarily looking for someone to help with the care of our animals. Confidence handling big horses is essential. If you don't want to ride, that's ok, but we do need you to be comfortable bringing the horses in from the fields to their stables. We have two gorgeous dogs, who like to be walked and played with, and help feeding the chickens and collecting eggs would be much appreciated. We would also appreciate some help with general tasks involved in running the household and gardening. We run a small equestrian and pet products online business, which our volunteers generally find interesting. Volunteers are welcome to help with that, in particular social media marketing, which provides valuable office and marketing experience.
You will experience living in the Australian countryside and its amazing wildlife. You will see kangaroos and incredible birds every day, plus wombats, possums and more. We can offer you varied experience with horses, including riding lessons and exposure to a variety of training methods. We have great equestrian facilities, including a large, fully-fenced sand arena. Our Alaskan Malamute enjoys sled racing and you are welcome to come along and try that out too. We can also offer valuable experience in the business in office administration, customer service, marketing and more. The owner is originally from England, but also speaks French and Spanish and is happy for the opportunity to practise those languages.
English, French, Spanish
Bedroom with own bathroom in a spacious, modern house with a beautiful garden.
The Canberra region has a wealth of things to do: wineries, museums, shopping centres and much more. The beach and the ski slopes are within easy reach, as is Sydney. We always endeavour to give our volunteers special experiences and take them on days out.
We are a non-smoking household. We are active and like to keep busy, so we are looking for someone with plenty of enthusiasm and energy.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week