Experience remote mountain village life in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small family business, managing the backpackers place and a variety of other budget tourist accommodation.

    For those wanting to experience life in a desert mountain village, while helping tourists from all over the world, this is an ideal location.

    Far away from city lights, we are the ideal place to connect with yourself and nature.

    All our permanent staff are from the local community.

    Our dogs and cats are always looking for a walk or a nuzzle.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Help

    Help

    Business here is very seasonal and we have hot summers and long, cold winters, so the work required from volunteers varies considerably, depending on our immediate needs and the interests and skills of the volunteer.

    Volunteers are expected to work 20h/week, on a flexible basis, in return for board and lodging. This gives time to explore the village and surrounding mountains.

    Work mainly involves interacting with guests, gardening, property maintenance and caring for the animals, .

    It is very important for volunteers to fit in with our family and the team of staff.

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private room when possible, but sharing during busy periods.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We lie in the foothills of the Sneeuberg Mountain Range, 50km north of Graaff Reinet.

    Views of the Compassberg (2502m), the highest freestanding peak in the Cape, dominate the village.

    The surrounding mountains are great for hiking and mountain biking and exploring the abundant fossil, San and more recent colonial history.

    The weather is dramatic: hot summers with thunderstorms and flash-floods and winters with snow and heavy frost.

    Tourism is now the main industry in the village and wool is the major product on the surrounding farms.

    There is no night life in Nieu-Bethesda, but for those who enjoy relaxing in nature and browsing craft and coffee shops, book stores and art galleries, it is ideal.

    There are no doctors, ATM’s, banks or petrol stations in Nieu-Bethesda.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20h/week on a fexible basis


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