Stuart & Alison

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    We are intending to tour NZ North island in 2023 in our motorhome, looking for WorkAways, preferably gardening and landscaping projects. We are planning to be overseas September-November 2023.

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  • Beschreibung

    We are an energetic, fun-loving New Zealand couple in our mid/late 50s who have recently decided to semi-retire, rent out our home in Wellington and enjoy NZ by travelling in our motorhome, Buster, as well as workawaying and volunteering. We are originally from the UK but have been NZ residents since 2000 and are now citizens.

    We left NZ in Dec. 2019 for a 19 month OE in Asia, Europe and UK to visit family. During this time (despite the pandemic) we discovered WorkAway and enjoyed some wonderful working experiences in the UK and Spain.

    Now back in NZ, we wish to combine our travelling with being involved in community volunteering and have undertaken several tree planting projects in Dunedin, Queenstown and Arrowtown. We've also undertaken several months of dog/house-sitting while travelling the beautiful New Zealand South Island and enjoying our love of being outdoors. Stu is a qualified gardener and held a team leader role at the Botanic Gardens in Wellington from 2016-2019, and prior to horticulture he worked in the graphic design industry. Ali had a career in event and project management and held positions in a variety of industries prior to training as a Pilates Instructor which she taught full-time for 8 years.

    We love to apply our skills, interests and experience to help WorkAway hosts complete projects or to share ideas, learn new skills and help out along the way. In the past, for example, we have renovated old gardens, designed/landscaped new gardens, pruned roses and trees, trimmed hedges, planned and planted a fruit-tree orchard, weeded vegetable gardens, created new lawns, mown overgrown lawns, renovated a willow hut, learned to build a dry stone wall, dug drainage ditches and hand-picked olives. When weather moves us indoors, we'll turn our hand to painting and decorating. We'll have a go at anything.

    As long-term home owners and landlords, general household tasks and house maintenance jobs are not a problem. We are clean, tidy and very capable with plenty of initiative if problems arise. We are non-smokers.

    We love walking (preferably in the company of a dog), cycling, kayaking (preferably a double so Ali can relax in the back), gardening, travelling, meeting people, watching movies (ideally with a cat on our lap) and generally having fun, laughing, dancing (only after a glass of wine), staying fit and trying to live our best lives to the full.

    We believe in serendipity and think that by following our hearts and instincts, interesting experiences can happen. We look forward to meeting you!

  • Interessengebiete

    Leben im Camper-Van
    Heimwerken & DIY
    Yoga / Wellness
    Events & Sozialleben
    Kochen & Backen
    Kunst & Design
  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Englisch: Fließend
    Französisch: Fließend

  • Bereiche, die uns interessieren oder in denen wir anderen etwas beibringen können

    Interessiert uns:  

    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Betreuung von Tieren

    Bereits etwas Erfahrung vorhanden  

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Hilfe mit Computer /Internet

    In der Lage, anderen etwas beizubringen:  

  • Was könntest du arbeiten?

    Stuart is a professional horticulturist with 6 years experience training and working as a landscape/amenity gardener and 4 years employed as Heritage Gardens Curator at the Wellington Botanic Gardens. He has extensive experience in all aspects of garden maintenance and using gardening power tools. Prior to this, he worked for 20 years in the computer graphic design industry in London and New Zealand. He finds that his creative problem-solving abilities translate well into his love of garden design. Having owned our own home, Stu is comfortable with diy jobs, painting and decorating, working with his hands, being outdoors, getting stuck in and enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done.

    Alison had a 20 year career in project management/planning and held positions in a variety of industries including IBM Europe, Wellington theatre and NZ Parliament. Alison has been a qualified Fitness Instructor teaching Pilates for 6 years, specialising in treating and preventing long term injuries. She loves to teach and enjoys making exercise fun. She also likes to help people to tap into their body awareness and find new ways of moving that feel good and pain-free. She is an excellent cook who enjoys learning about different international cuisines and after living 10 years in France, she speaks fluent French. Last year, Ali took part in a Dog Sharing Project in Wellington and made a new friend, Pancho the Miniature Schnauzer, who she walked once a week. Ali is good at organising and enjoys planning, and creating order out of chaos. She's also an excellent gardener's assistant to Stu.

  • Alter

    56 & 61

  • Was noch ...

    We will be travelling and living in our 7.5m motorhome so we would require access and space to park on your property. We have electric bikes to use for local travel.

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