We are an easygoing well travelled Kiwi/Swedish couple, Richard and Camilla, and four children: At home all the time is Grace (10) gymnast, sauna warrior, and master shopper; and Isabelle (8) animal lover, singer and protector of all the world’s soft animal toys. Home in holidays and some weekends are Sam (17) master model builder and painter, tank expert and very good computer gamer; and Oscar (15) ice hockey player, quad bike rider, terrific skier ... and average computer gamer :)
Oh, and we have a golden retriever called Lulu and a cat called Bonfire.
We live in Bombay (about 45 minutes from downtown Auckland by car).
On the Bombay farm we have some sheep ... and a large beautiful garden and peaceful property with a stream. We often need help outside on the property and in the garden and maybe some general organisation/cleaning in the house from time to time.
When you stay with us you are naturally involved with anything that needs an extra hand in the house and the right person will also have the kids asking you to play :)
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We will share our lives and good times with you. This may mean trips to local attractions, and sharing our Kiwi/Swedish cultures. Our property is very peaceful and you will be close to nature.
Volunteer work in our family could include helping out with daily household tasks such as preparing meals/cooking, doing dishes after meals but the main tasks are ‘projects’ in the gardens or on the property. This maybe planting trees and plants, using weed eater, pruning, picking up leaves, helping move and care for sheep and lambs etc.
To mix in well with our family we you will enjoy being around children and love the outdoors.
You need to be self motivated and outgoing. You get on with things and get them done! You are interested in doing Workaway because you love to help out and you believe you have some great values to offer. Our kids are sponges and have had so many great workaway friends - people we still see even when we travel (not at moment) overseas. You are also really keen to take an active part in our family life and not just "do the work.”
If this sounds like you and what you would like to do, please feel free to send us a message.
In Bombay you have your own large private furnished room in a garage close to the house.
You can go by train to Pukekohe or Papakura from Britomart in Auckland. Or there is a bus stop close by where most bus companies stop (companies like Intercity, Naked bus etc). If you come by plane there are shuttles that would take you into Auckland then onto trains or buses. Depending on arrival days we may also be able to pick you up.
On free days we are happy to drop you off to the train or bus or take you into Auckland CBD with Richard. There is lots of nice parks and beaches to explore in Auckland, museums, an art gallery, cafe's shops and the normal city buzz. You can also take a ferry out to one of the islands in the harbour or stay a night on Waiheke Island.
In the region south of Auckland there is also bush walks, mountain bike tracks a botanical garden and lots more to explore.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Any size is fine
maximum 25 hours a week