Help us with our daily life on the farm in the Kalahari desert, South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a farm in the remote area of the Kalahari desert. We are 170 Km out of town so no cars or people bother us here. We farm with goats and cattle, and we have a vegetable garden that we want to turn into a food forest over time. It is only Suzanne, Danie, the dogs, some goats, and a few wildlife species on the farm. We enjoy the privilege of living a slow-paced life on the farm, away from mainstream city life.
    Suzanne is an online language teacher, and her schedule varies so she often needs some help with housework, but you will mostly be working outside with Danie.

    We have traveled a bit ourselves and also volunteered through workaway on a farm in Ireland. We liked the idea of working with new people and learning from others, and since we have no permanent workers to help us on the farm, workaway is our perfect solution. We need enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers that can help us with the daily farm-and-house tasks, as well as occasional new projects, in this harsh environment we live in.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In the Kalahari you learn how to slow down and appreciate the small luxuries in life, and how to make the most out of the simplest situations. You will learn how to disconnect (no internet or TV) to connect (find yourself in this quiet environment). You learn how a community works together to help each other in a very harsh and isolated environment.

  • Help

    Help

    We are slowly renovating our farmhouse as well as the Workaway-house, and also constantly expanding the vegetable garden. We will need general help in the house with cleaning once a week, but also bigger projects like building and painting, gardening, fencing, working with the goats, helping with our bees, and general maintenance. We are slowly becoming more self-sustainable as we learn how to survive in this harsh environment. We still have lots to learn as we try to live and be more Eco-conscious.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Afrikaans, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a rustic and cozy little two-bedroom house a short distance from our main house where workaways stay. We can host 4 people (two per room). The bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared. It has an equipped and stocked kitchen and large bathroom with shower. There is electricity and running water, but you will have to make your own warm water in the boiler. Depending on how many requests we have, there might be times where you will need to share a room with a same-sex roommate. We will inform you in advance about a situation like this.

    Volunteers cook most of their own meals, but you will be invited for some nice meals and socializing at the main house too. Basic ingredients will be provided for all meals at workaway house, but because we live far from any shops, shopping is kept to a limit, so be aware that if you run out of a certain item, it will not be quickly replaced. If you know you often have cravings for certain things, we suggest you stock up on some of your own favorite foods and treats before you arrive. We do not provide more expensive and luxurious items, but we still make sure your workaway kitchen is well stocked. The vegetable garden is your daily fresh-food store!

    Washing machine is available at main house.

    On the farm you will learn to connect with yourself, and find entertainment in simple things like reading, drawing or going for walks. You will also discover afternoon naps, especially during summer where the afternoons are hot and lazy. There are a few things/activities to keep you busy during your hours off, like Pool, table tennis, darts, board and card games, some books, an outdoor gym, and of course peaceful walks and beautiful nature scenes (There is a game farm that is only a short walk from our house where you will be able to view a number of wild animals)

    All of this can be enjoyed during break hours and on weekends.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The closest big(-ish) towns to us are Kuruman and Kathu. Most hired cars aren’t able to reach our farm, only 4x4’s. For that reason we suggest you make use of one of the following ways of transport:
    • The bus service, Inter Cape, to Kuruman from almost any major city in SA
    • Rent a car and drive to Kuruman.
    • Flights to Sishen airport (near Kathu). Very small airport. Visit the following website to see available flights .
    We will then arrange to meet you at one of these destinations to pick you up and drive you the rest of the way.


    Internet: Please note we do have a cap on our internet data at this stage and our internet is for Suzanne's work. You will not have access to our internet, only on specific times to read emails and do bookings online for your trip. We suggest you buy an MTN pay-as-you-go sim card, as most remote areas in South Africa do have MTN signal. To register a sim card on the South African networks, your passport and proof of residency (rental agreement) are required.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week























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