Wildlife, space and peace near Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Barb, Dave and Meg and we live in wildlife country just north of Toowoomba and we have just a few horses. We are looking for a girl or couple of girls to help out.

    I have two horses, one of which I compete in dressage to medium level (flying change, half pass, collected work etc, not sure what level that is in Europe), and a companion horse. Sometimes I have another horse to ride for girls who are confident riders - just check with me when you get in touch. I normally compete once or twice a month from March to November and I love to take travellers with me to see how it all works - at the moment I am doing online competitions but hope to get back to real competitions soon.

    The main activities you will do at the moment will be weeding and housework! We have had quite a bit of rain that we are being overrun with greenery. Also some cleaning, gardening and help me with some of the bigger jobs outside and with the horses. I also need help scanning a heap of old photos and sorting them out - a time consuming job that I haven't been able to get started on. If you are a painter, all of our window frames and sills need repainting even thought the house is only nten years old. Our dog Dig can run all day and would love a running or bike riding partner too!

    You will have your own room and usually your own bathroom in big, fairly new house, depending on what's happening when you come. You will help about 25 hours a week, and we are flexible about when you do this - so if you have your own car, you can take off for a few days at a time to explore the area. If you don't have your own transport, we will make sure you get around to explore the area and Toowoomba and our great street art trail. We are happy to take you out on day trips too, and I am often trekking off somewhere interesting to do horse stuff (competitions, to my coaches etc). Our place is located in the middle of the bush and has amazing views!

    If you travel by bus from Brisbane or out west, we will pick you up from Toowoomba. We are an absolutely no smoking family. We are pretty easy going and flexible. We have a dog and a cat that live inside, so it's a really great place if you are missing your dog or cat at home.

    A couple of friends together is fine - it can be very quiet and it's always more fun to share with a friend. No vegans please. Gluten free and vegetarian travellers are easy - my daughter is gluten intolerant and we are used to it. We do have a lot of spiders - just putting that out there :-)) .

    We can't sign visas as we don't produce food 😒.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We like to share special Australian food experiences (Tim Tams, lamingtons, pavlova, barbecues, lamb and kangaroo); our place is a haven for birdwatchers and people who love wildlife, with wallabies visiting most days, a diamond python (a good snake) living in the shed and kangaroos living just down the road. We will also teach you to do a Tim Tam Slam!

  • Help

    Help

    Cleaning stables and helping a little with the horses
    Cleaning up kitchen and wiping down benches after breakfast and dinner.
    Vacuuming house once a week and checking/sweeping kitchen floor in between.
    Hanging out and gathering in washing.
    Preparation of the occasional meal.
    Helping us with the bigger jobs such as clearing paddocks or fencing, painting, gardening, cleaning windows and walls, washing and cleaning out vehicles.
    Walk the dog.
    Cleaning windows
    Weeding and other gardening

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Own very large room in a new house with a comfortable queen size bed; wireless internet; own bathroom or share bathroom depending if we have other visitors staying.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are lots of trails for mountain biking and walking (we have bikes), and plenty of wildlife to see. We occasionally go camping or take our travellers on day trips, and if we are doing something our travellers come with us, so you will learn a lot!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Definitely digital nomad friendly. I work from home three days a week and we can work a schedule.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours - Mainly house cleaning, but it depends on your skills. We are on bushfire cleanup the next few months, so plenty of outdoor stuff.. It's about four-five hours a day, not counting riding.

































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