We're looking for volunteers that can assist with getting ready for Christmas and helping on our small lifestyle farm in the Wairarapa. New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are looking for friendly, helpful workawayers to be a part of our family at Christmas time. We need help with the gardens (weeding, watering, trimming etc) and spring cleaning the house ready for a big traditional family Christmas where we expect you to join in be a part of it too. Help set up our Christmas tree and share your Christmas traditions with us by baking your favourite dish if you feel like it. We take time during the Christmas holidays to take our work awayers to local sights... New Year camping, Patuna Chasm, winery visits, Pukaha Mount Bruce.

    We are a busy family of 5 (kids are 11, 10 and 7) that live on an 8 1/2 acre lifestyle block with a few livestock i.e. cows, sheep, chickens, guinea fowl, cats and dogs. We prefer organic and natural but don't always practice what we preach due to time constraints.

    We love the outdoor life whether it's out and about, or in the garden, tending to the animals or just relaxing and socialising with friends and family outside in the sun.

    Mum, Robyne is a born and bred Kiwi and Dad Rene, is from South Africa so we have a nice similar cultural blend and we enjoy foreign company and learning about other cultures and traditions. We have both traveled a lot, and so we love and value our workaways to come and share their culture with us and our children - language, stories, cooking and music etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

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    Projects involving children

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  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We would love to share our culture with you and we are flexible about personal time off if all the jobs are done. We have some lovely forest walks nearby and also wineries and cafes a short drive away.

  • Help


    We're looking for volunteers with initiative who can see what needs doing - who can easily fit into our very busy household, reading with the kids, helping care for the livestock, build livestock shelters or sheds, tend to the vege garden, lawn mowing, trimming hedges, fixing electric fences, painting and general maintenance around the property. There's plenty to do and with 3 kids close to the same age, we sometimes need a patient but firm adjudicator. Having said that, our children are loving, honest, keen to learn and want to know all about you and where you are from and how you live. They'll want you to read books and play cards, sing to them (or have you listen to them sing - eek). They want to listen to your stories (not all of them have to be real) and tell you some of their own. But it's not all about the kids, sometimes we'll want to take you somewhere different that you won't have seen before, or sit up late and share grown up stories.... have a glass of wine over a nice meal and talk about what a fun (or otherwise) day we had.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There is a spare room that is separate from the main house so you would get privacy if needed. (it's not hotel flash but we can make it comfortable). We expect our workawayers to be a part of the family, which means eating what we eat at our meal times.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Wairarapa has a lot to offer and see. Some of the most scenic beaches in the country, some beautiful walks in the mountain forest ranges, vineyards. Summer in the "Rapa" is generally beautiful and hot. We also have some cavern walks (look up Patuna Chasm on the internet), plenty of cafes and wineries about 1/2 drive away.

    We're a friendly well travelled couple who love our home, animals and lifestyle and are keen to share this with like minded exciting people. We think our kids would love to meet travellers and learn about other cultures. In exchange for a bit of work you will become part of the family. Have a good feed (that you may have cooked?) , a bottle of wine, a good chat and enjoy our hospitality.

  • 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


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