We are a family of 6 with four children under 8. We live on Great Barrier Island which we believe is a very special part of New Zealand. We are homeschooling / unschooling our beautiful children and wish for them to meet people from all over the world. You will be warmly welcomed into our bustling, creative and caring home.
Here we live in harmony with the seasons, the land, sea and sky. We are part of a small, isolated, but friendly community. Our property is off grid, with independent systems for electricity and water. We are an unschooling family, which is a lifestyle in itself, a radical way to approach education and life. While staying with us, we will make sure you have opportunities to explore this amazing island, tramping, biking, hiking, swimming, surfing, diving, fishing, adventures aplenty!
We are seeking helpers for assistance with mainly household chores, plus a bit of child care and gardening. Prefer a solo female helper, but would also welcome a couple that could help with some carpentry tasks around the house too. Board and evening meals in exchange for 4 hours work per day / 5 days a week. We ask that helpers come for at least two weeks, but would really like those that could stay with us for a month or so. We have found that it takes 3 weeks for the children to feel relaxed around helpers and for helpers to understand how our household works and be truely helpful. Also, 3 weeks gives you enough time to explore, it is a large island with many magical places!
You will have your own private sleep out accomodation with a comfy queen sized bed, and simple cooking facilities. We will share the evening meal, but you will be able to have your own breakfast and lunch in your own space. You will have your own toilet, but will need to share our bathroom. Our home is at the top of a 3 minute walking track, surrounded by ancient pohutukawa trees with stunning views over the ocean. We are situated in the heart of Tryphena, within walking distance to beaches, shops, cafes and pubs.
If would like a glimpse into our life on the island, and what our unschooling life is like, there is a couple of clips our friend made when she stayed with us.
Here is the local Great Barrier Island website: greatbarrier.co.nz
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day / 5 days a week