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We are looking for either singles or couples to stay at least 3 weeks over most of the year (but not from December - March as we host airbnb guests then instead). If a single, we would prefer someone who is happy to help mostly with childcare and housework, OR someone with construction experience (we have an old shed that has its roof falling in and needs repair) - OR a couple who have both sets of skills would be our dream workawayers right now...
But if you have other skills let us know - read below and see whether you think you would fit in :-)
We are a writer and architect with an 8 year old girl and boy of 3 1/2, who live in a wonderful old house overlooking the sea on Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. We have a boisterous young dog, a cuddly cat and some free range chickens, + lots of native wildlife inhabiting our garden.
We are extremely well-travelled (almost 50 countries) and try to travel to at least one new country every year. We welcome people of all cultures and outlooks, and workawayers from any country, culture or religion are welcome to enquire about staying with us.
Five years ago we moved here from Auckland city to enjoy a more fulfilling way of life, be as sustainable as possible, and grow our own vegetables and fruit.
We are currently renovating our house and garden so there is usually a project of some kind underway.
In general we are looking for either 1 or 2 workawayers to help with childcare, cleaning/housework, gardening, painting and possibly building work depending on your skills. People with childcare experience or building/carpentry/plumbing/ roofing and gardening/landscape experience (especially those who can use machinery such as mowers and weed trimmers) are extra welcome. However, attitude is more important overall than experience, so if you are happy to try all sorts of things, you should fit in well with us.
Generally we don't confirm workaways more than two months in advance, unless you have specific skills we need (in particular, trades such as building, as these are in short supply on the island!)
Apologies if we don't reply to you quickly - we are currently getting a huge number of enquiries.
Workawayers usually stay between 1-8 weeks with us, depending on their skills and the time of year. (Shorter stays in summer, longer in winter. In winter we prefer at least a 2 week stay.)
Waiheke is a beautiful island with lots of wineries, green spaces, bushwalks and wonderful beaches. Dolphins and orca (killer whales) are sometimes seen around the island (in winter especially) and we have lots of native birds.
Our house is a historic old house with a close-up beautiful view over the water at Anzac Bay. We are close to a main bus route, so you can easily explore the island or get to the ferry to go into the city. You won't need a car to explore most of the island but we might be able to lend you the use of a van on weekends to get around.
Your room will be a separate historic studio (with comfy queen size bed) - so you won't be woken by children in the mornings on your days off!
All meals are included in your stay.
Dinner is usually eaten together, while breakfast and lunch is on a 'help yourself to items provided' basis.
No smokers please. We are also unable to cater for vegans, sorry.
We eat vegetarian food around half the week for health and environmental reasons, and other meals can usually be made as vegetarian options.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You will experience everyday life in a New Zealand family in a non-city environment, practise your English (if you are a non-native speaker), and learn about a variety of things, such as gardening and cooking.
For single workawayers, a lot of the help will be childcare and cleaning help, with some gardening, cooking, animal care, and general help around the house. If you are a couple, additional work will include more gardening, painting, and possibly building, depending on your skills.
English, some French, some Swedish, tiny bits of Italian and Spanish
Your room will be a private, comfortable guest studio in the garden (so you can sleep in on your days off without noise from the kids :-)
Workawayers staying with us will get lots of English language experience - especially from our chatty kids, and I have also worked as an English language tutor so can offer you help too. You can also learn about organic gardening, sustainability and cooking.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
up to 5 hours per day, five days a week, but will often be less - especially if you are working in the summer heat.