Join our family and share your culture with us. Kaitaia, New Zealand.


New Zealand


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  • Description


    Hi there,

    I am a mum that moved into this adorable house build by pulling a horse and cart in the 1920's. In the last few weeks our family has gone through the a shift of dad leaving his pregnant wife and three children in order to move on with his new relationship with life. My children have been home schooled up until this point and I'm in the process of transitioning them part-time to a beautiful Maori school and part time worldschool at home as we did before.
    While our future with their daddy is unsure we are making the choice to reach out for help. We'd love to welcome a caring person to support my lovelies and our home while I'm growing this new beautiful soul. We fell in love with this old house and it's gorgeous natural grounds and the spirit of a house where nothing looks straight. The house is fully build with Kauri wood and is located right next to the Herekino forest. It is build on the most beautiful Clay ground and part of our homeschooling project is to learn how to turn the ground into useable clay for sculpting. We are using the natural resources around the property to build vegetable gardens and sustainable living. Our goal is to live off grid in the next 2 years and turn this beautiful place in a sanctuary for humans and an
    imals a like. Finding harmony, balance and peace again is my priority right now and I would love to use your help to extend our children classroom beyond the 4 wall of a traditional classroom too.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you would benefit from spending time in the Far North of New Zealand. This Magnificent place is next door to the Kaitaia walking track and only 15 min away from 90 mile beach or shipwreck bay. Both beaches are amazing places to soak up some of New Zealands beautiful nature. Also being from Belgium myself I can introduce Dutch, French or support you with the English Language if you seek to introduce or improve those skills for yourself. I am also an art teacher by trade and even though I'm a little rusty I would be happy to start picking up teaching some of those skills again as well. I like the practise of living healthily, mindfully and in harmony. My kids have a surfing board and mine is picking up dust while I'm pregnant so feel free to use my long board anytime. So if you feel the need to come back to basics this is a good place to be.

  • Help


    After a few workaway experiences we've realised our first week is usually going through a healthy spring clean of the inside and outside of our home. This includes cleaning guttering, brushing outside walls, carports etc. while getting to know each others strengths. By the next week most workdays have gotten used to the flow in our home and are feeling comfortable with taking on some other tasks like teaching a skill to our children or joining in the morning flow, or simply take responsibility for one of the projects we are working on. We choose to study from home so a helping hand with projects and jobs in and around the property as well as teaching in general is a welcome gift. Any of your skills in art, music, sustainable living, languages as well as introducing your culture to our family is a welcome addition.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Maori: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    We live in an old villa that has been pulled by horse and cart around 1920. We have a spare room in the house for 1 person to start with. You will require a car as we live rurally, yet very close to town, beaches and walking tracks.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off there are walking tracks, surfing beaches close by, there is a cinema, a museum and library within 5 minutes and three different swimming pools in town. Only 1 hour from here there are also surfing dunes. We have yet to discover our surroundings ourselves, so we welcome you along this journey of course.

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    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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

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