Come and share our cosy, relaxed household in the tranquil village of Woodend in the Macedon Ranges!
We're a happy, loving family with two young boys (aged 7 & 5) and a friendly dog and cat, looking for an individual/couple/friends/family to help us keep the household running and tackle some gardening or home deco projects while mum recovers from surgery.
Kangaroos and cockatoos, eucalypt forests and wildflowers are all part of the experience, and our (nearly) 100-year-old house is an ideal base for exploring Victoria’s central goldfields region. We’d be more than happy to show you around and help you plan some interesting local experiences – we’ve hosted 13 international au pairs and many more international guests over the past few years and we always enjoy building new relationships and learning about other cultures.
Dad (Godfrey) works as a project director in the city and although his work takes most of his time during the week he loves spending time at home when he can. Godfrey loves learning about music, and he plays classical guitar and Irish & baroque flute. Until recently I taught in the Faculty of Environments at Melbourne University; now I’m a part-time swimming instructor. I enjoy gardening, painting and sewing and the boys keep me busy, so a bit of extra help around the house is always greatly appreciated. Godfrey and I also tinkle a bit on the piano and ukulele - we have several instruments around the house and are always ready for a song or dance party! Our boys, Dash and Orlando, are happy, active and curious - they love playing superheroes, building forts and towers, playing with Lego, listening to stories, swimming and getting dirty while exploring local parks and bushland.
At times our house is loud, busy and chaotic; at others it is remarkably peaceful. We just hold on fast and enjoy the ride!
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Juddie was an ESL teacher and is happy to help you improve your English skills while you're here, through formal lessons or relaxed conversation (as you wish). She also has several years's experience teaching Japanese and German. You would be welcomed into our family, sharing the usual ups and downs of daily life, so some initiative, patience and openness to learning new things would be help you create memorable experiences with us. We are a close and loving family with an understanding of what it's like to spend time away from your home country - it's challenging and exciting in equal measure - so we offer a supportive, stable home environment.
We enjoy getting out of the house even in the winter, and as there are many areas of natural beauty and little towns nearby, Woodend is the perfect place to use as a base while you get out and explore a little bit of south-eastern Australia!
We would be grateful for your help around the house for up to 20 hours each week. This might include:
- playing with our boys
- helping with their daily routines such as getting dressed and ready for school, preparing and serving their meals, helping them with their baths and getting ready for bed
- driving or walking with the boys to school or other activities
- walking our dog and/or playing fetch with his favourite ball
- cooking some of the family's main meals
- helping with light housework such as tidying, laundry, grocery shopping (we have a cleaner who does the main cleaning work once a week)
- helping in the garden: weeding, mowing, planting, digging etc.
- using a wheelbarrow to move and spread soil, gravel and mulch
- small building projects, such as: raised garden beds, a small garden shed/greenhouse, renovating an old cubby (playhouse) for the boys
- relatively small interior painting/decorating project
- part of an exterior house painting project
We are happy to offer a warm, safe and friendly family home and help you enjoy the local lifestyle; in exchange, we hope you'll engage in our living and work arrangements with a similar spirit of goodwill.
Ideally you will have a valid drivers' licence and some experience in looking after children, but more importantly we are seeking someone friendly, proactive and trustworthy who can settle easily into a family environment.
Workawayers would be living in private quarters on the second floor of our house, where we have two queen rooms with ensuite bathrom and expansive living area, in addition to the shared living space within the rest of our family home and garden. We generally eat breakfast and dinner together every day (and lunch if everyone is home at the same time).
In cold weather we often relax around the open fire in our sitting room, and on warmer days we like to soak up the sunshine in our large garden, which explodes into life in spring.
In Woodend you are well situated to explore the beauty of the Macedon Ranges and the historic Victorian goldfield areas and spa towns such as Bendigo, Castlemaine, Malden, Hepburn Springs and Daylesford in your spare time. Maybe take a picnic to Hanging Rock and climb to the top for 360° views of the landscape, or wander the many walking trails and paths in the bushland/national parks nearby - you're pretty much guaranteed to see kangaroos and native parrots every day, and sometimes wombats, echidnas, or koalas :-)
We can provide you with a small (manual) car and bicycles for exploring the region; bikes can also be taken on the train to Melbourne.
If you can see yourself/ves living in a quiet county town, less than 1 hour by direct train to Melboune's city centre, come and join our family! :-D
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4-5 days a week