We are looking for volunteers to stay with us in our house or attached studio apartment - right in the heart of Little Italy in inner city Melbourne. The volunteering involves light spring cleaning (cleaning out the fridge, cleaning walls - nothing yucky or difficult), planting our herb planter boxes, looking after our two cats and generally house sitting.
We need help for the next 10 days. We can offer a place for all or part of that time with (minimum of 1 week). If you'd like to stay longer that - we'd love to meet up and get to know you, once we come home we can offer you a bed in a charming vintage caravan at our house.
You'll be staying in our home while we are away, so we are looking for exceptionally responsible and trust worthy volunteers.
Adrian is a builder and Kate is an sculptor and urban strategist. We're a family with two kids, two cats and a dog.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
You will have access to a shared office space with an architect and a project administrator to work on your own stuff.
You'll be staying in Melbourne's Little Italy and right next to La Mama Theatre. Cinema Nova, Kathleen Syme Library and Melbourne University so you can take part in their cultural programs . Or you're welcome to just chill out and nap a lot and enjoy the fast internet.
We've got guidebooks you can borrow, and we're very happy to give local advice. We have a couple of bicycles floating around that you can borrow too.
You will be staying in the middle of one of Melbourne's most interesting inner city neighbourhoods surrounded by bars, live music, galleries and cafes.
Our house in located about a 2 minute walk from Cinema Nova in Carlton right in the heart of the restaurant precinct. You can walk to the city, to major art galleries, parks and museums and most of the key sights of Melbourne. It's really the perfect location to explore our city.
You'll have bicycles to use, included our cargo bike.
Our current projects/jobs include:
- planting the herb planter boxes (this means riding the cargo bike to Ceres park and choosing good plants)
- spring cleaning (cleaning out the fridge, washing the kids handprints off the walls etc)
- Looking after the cats
We are looking for people who are reliable and trustworthy.
We generally don't book volunteers more than 2 or 3 weeks in advance - our lives are too unpredictable :-)
We do get A LOT of applications so do please make sure you make it obvious that you've read this advert in your message and if you're a qualified trade or have a particular skill please include it in the subject line of your message
We will be away for (most) of your stay, so you will have the whole place to yourself pretty much. Possibly sharing with other workawayers depending on whether the first person to volunteer is keen to share the house.
We have a 2 bedroom house (or 3 if the third person is a young kid) plus a studio apartment, plus a caravan.
House: One bedroom has a queen bed and the other has a single bed
Studio: One queen bed
Caravan: One double bed and either a dinette area or a second double bed. It happily accommodates our family of four while on holidays, and would best suit a couple, a family or friends travelling together.
If you're staying in the caravan you can make yourself coffee, tea and toast in the caravan which has power, water, high speed wi-fi and USB charging ports and you can use the toilet in the office. You'll share the living areas and bathroom in the main house with everyone else.
The studio is quite self contained with an ensuite, but only has a kitchenette (microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker)
If you need a place to work we can provide a desk for you in the office.
Bedding, towels, wi-fi etc are included along with groceries for all meals including some snacks.
When we are home and taking turns sharing the cooking, please make whatever you fancy (except for beetroot!), we will cover cost of groceries. We'll sort out the best way to organise your breakfast and lunches with you depending on your preferences.
Carlton is an cool inner urban suburb that is an easy walk or a 5 minute tram ride away from the city. If you like being in the centre of the action - then this workaway is for you.
We have public swimming pools, sporting fields, libraries, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, arts galleries and live music all within an easy stroll.
It's easy to get away to the bush or the beach and we have some of camping equipment that you can borrow.
Melbourne is all about food, coffee, art, wine and good times!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week