Volunteer in beautiful Valley Northland, New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    Kia ora koutou
    We haven't hosted in a while but would love someone to come and join us after the 28th of April.

    We are home until mid May.

    We are a vegetarian family of four living in a picturesque bush clad valley by a rocky bottomed river.

    We currently need someone to help us with maintenance in the garden - weeding, collecting horse manure; general house work, collecting firewood, feeding animals and walking the dogs.

    Although this is flexible we prefer you to arrive on a Thursday or Friday so we can spend time with you on the weekend helping you to settle in as we work during the week :-) . Please note that we are at work/school during the week so you must be able to work independently on tasks and be self motivated. I work Tuesday to Friday

    We are passionate about preserving our environment and have placed most of our land under a covenant to protect it for the future. This was achieved with lots of help from workawayers and wwoofers ;-)

    Being good hosts is important to us and we value the extra help and having the "world come into our home" by hosting travellers. It is a great experience for our kids.

    We appreciate it if you show motivation and become a part of our family by pitching in. Helpers who are able to use initiative are like Gods to hosts, kidding, sort of! We worship anyone that noticed something needed doing and does it particularly if they haven't had much work to do. Work is usually 4 hours a day and help with the evening dishes.

    Gloves, sunhat, old clothes, sunblock and insect repellent are important as are gumboots in Autumn and Winter.

    We are situated 20 minutes drive from beautiful east coast beaches and 35 minutes from Kaitaia township where we shop. Workawayers without a car usually catch a bus to Taipa where we can pick them up. If you have a car we encourage you to take a day or two out and head up the coast and camp in one the many cheap beachside campgrounds on the way to Cape Reinga.

    We potter about alot at home with the kids and pets, there is always something to do! There are lovely bush walks in this valley and a river to swim in beside the house (perfect for the summer!).

    Julien is a secondary school art teacher and enjoys sailing. I work at the local preschool as a teacher and enjoy pottering at home with the animals. Our kids are aged 12 and 14.

    I recommend visitors shop for any extras (treats and toiletries) before coming as we are not walking distance to any shops and drive to town once a week.

    We do not mind if you are learning english but it is important that you are sociable rather than very quiet! We value a sense of humour and enjoy conversations with our guests. Our household is busy but our attitude is relaxed, you will have plenty of opportunity to just chill out and will be treated like a member of the family. We have lots of pets so if you like animals you will enjoy your stay!

  • 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 around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sharing ideas and experiences. Seeing things from another perspective and reciprocal knowledge sharing. Learning about organic gardening practices.
    Fun, laughs, relaxation and hard work.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We currently need someone to help in the garden, collect horse manure, general housework, sanding furniture and windows, house painting, walking dogs.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A motor home with 2 double sized beds parked beside the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Northland is a beautiful place to visit with some of the best scenery in the country. Many parts of it are remote with beautiful forest and white sandy beaches.

    Unfortunately our internet access is limited mobile broadband - ok for emailing, basic facebooking. Apologies no biguploads/downloads (movies/ skyping). We can drop you at the library when we are going in to town for free wifi. Our local store also has free wifi.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours depending on the job, 6 days a week















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