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I am English, I grew up in France and lived 15 years in Spain. I have been living in South Africa for 12 years.
I have 2 adorable children of 7 and 10 years old, a boy and a girl. My name is Joanna.
I am a multitalented mother / deep ecology facilitator /wilderness guide / artist / nature lover. Your presence will allow me to share daily kid care and house chores, plus some DIY, daily chit chat and the nurturing of our garden so that my daily routines become more enjoyable by freeing some space for myself and sharing my knowledge with you.
I am mainly involved in parenting, teaching English and producing organic ceramic art, and I also provide services as a tour guide/nature guide occasionally.
We'd like you to be part of our family, share our meals and our activities too when possible.
On your side, open mindedness and initiative are important. This exchange is only interesting for people who like to be surrounded by nature and the sea (cold sea!) and learn about minimum waste, vegetarian food, healthy nutrition, conscious parenting and looking after chicken!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
You will learn a lot from my children and the Waldorf way but also from the culture and wildlife of this small region called the Southern Peninsula, the Cape Peninsula or the Deep South.
This community is very focused on conscious living, and Scarborough is a conservation village, so much can be learned about respecting the environment, and treading lightly.
This is a beautiful village close to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, settled in the UNESCO Table Mountain National Park, home to the Cape Flower Kingdom. A nature lover's paradise. Kite surf and surf spot. Hiking.
Concerts in the village, craft markets, great food, etc... Great vibe.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
I offer free accommodation and meals 5 days a week for a minimum of 3 weeks in my house in exchange for au pair work with the kids and house tasks. I am looking for a well travelled and environmentally conscious person of 20 to 50 years old, with experience of living independently.
If you are male, please only apply if you have experience working with children and have experienced living in a female-run home. :-)
I would include you in the care of our garden and house, so gardening, and DIY woodwork skills are a plus.
Experience with kids required, either personal (siblings, family) or professional (looking after children experience...).
My children are very curious, open, loving and always up and down. They are schooled at the local Waldorf schools. Activities they love include very simple crafting, painting, gardening, baking and taking beautiful walks through the village to the beach, the riverside or to visit friends. Swimming...
Individual cabin, with its own outside covered bathroom (toilet and hot shower) and shared living in the main house (until 9 pm), free wifi, help with your leisure and travel plans.
Healthy vegetarian meals shared cooked with love and shared with the family on the days of work. (Plus occasional fish and mussels from the local beach if our guest wants to share). We can also make vegan food if you are vegan.
The village is not connected to public transport but there are nice venues to eat out on your days off in the village.
If you need help with your travel plans around Cape Town, South Africa, or Southern Africa, I can help you!
You will organise your own transport to and from the airport if you are not already in Cape Town and during your stay if you need to go anywhere else.
You can use the app Uber or Bolt from the village to any spot around Cape Town or to the closest bus or train station.
We are concerned by the environment and healthy eating and we hope you are too. South Africa is water scarce so we have adapted our lifestyle to that, please adopt it too while you are here.
If you are interested please send us a message, so that we can organise a video chat and find out more :-)
Looking forward to meeting you! :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a good internet connection but your times need to be flexible, so that you can work around our times. We cannot work around yours.
It can be parked but on a slope
5 hours per day, 5 days
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