Join our family in a sustainable solar Village in the bush, Humpty Doo, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Our family resides at Solar Village, Humpty Doo, 35 km from the tropical city of Darwin. We live on a sustainable bush block that is a citizen science experiment and we keep the bush in pristine condition and are building a legacy library. Solar Village began in 1980 with members choosing to live 'off grid', experimenting with new independent technologies, and co-inhabiting 320 acres of bushland. It is set in the citizen science project of a fire exclusion zone within the highly flammable landscape of the top-end savanna with the last of the annuals fires ceasing 1979. As a result, many rare plant and animal species have returned and are now flourishing and it serves as an important ongoing experiment in sound ecological landscape management.
    We have a seasonal creek and spring, jungle, tropical woodland, and a floodplain with rare small mammals and birds as we have kept the bush block fire and stock free there have been a number of ecological studies undertaken here and currently, we have a nest box and camera trapping project. There are great opportunities for bushwalking, bird watching, spotlighting, bike riding and on the flood plain cooking around the fire and moon and star gazing.
    Our lives are a little busy at present, so helpers will need to be pretty self-reliant and able to work out what to do next. The work may be a variety of things, from weeding to building, to domestic work, to a bit of help with the kids.

    We look forward to meeting you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    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 live in Northern Australia's most successful fire exclusion project and it is an example of pristine Australia Savanna. Have extensive knowledge of local ecology and the different environments and travel to work and visit out bush regularly. The library has a collection of writing and books that focus on the local knowledge, culture and the environment. Events and workshops take place at the library and on the flood plain. We live a healthy outdoors lifestyle regularly going on bush walks, fishing, swimming preparing meals and foods for staorage. We go to Darwin town often on weekends for markets and events. Love hosting visitors from near and far, cooking on fires with local food.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We need assistance with bush regeneration; landscaping, weeding, garden maintenance, checking nest box. At the library finishing building and cleaning, there maybe filing, scanning cataloguing. Help around the domestic house and other camps there can be maintaining solar panels, water maintenance, repairs and cleaning.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Haitian Creole: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    bush hut or safari tent with power, beds, comforts.
    guests can eat with our family for exchange for help on the block and in the house for about 2-3 hours a day, plus helping out at meal times.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on a bush block in the rural area and there is bush walking and mountain bike riding are close to swimming and fishing spots, there will be limited local use of vehicle, there are buses that run from Humpty Doo to Darwin few times a day.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    plenty of space

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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