Help on a cattle farm and get to know the Sneeuberg Mountains of the Great Karoo in Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

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South Africa

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Our farm is part of the Compassberg Protected Environment near the top of the catchment of the Sneeuberg Mountains of the Great Karoo. We have a busy life farming cattle and hosting guests and home school our children. We would love help from people who have experience working with kids or have a special skill they can share with children (ours are 7 & 9). Each year we have a festival at Easter that we need lots of volunteers for (in 2021 the festival will be in September not Easter)! There are lots of maintenance projects including the upkeep of our natural earth building, so all those carpenters builders and people that are creative and love working with their hands are welcome.

    This remote farm is far away from the air/sound/light/noise pollution of the city. It is the ideal place to connect with yourself and with nature. However, life on the farm is very busy. You need to be self motivated and comfortable with your own company. For this reason we prefer couples/pairs of volunteers.

    We are an hour drive from the nearest ATM machine/petrol station and 20 minutes on a bumpy road to the nearest small shop. Sometimes we are cut off from civilization for a few days when the rains turn the roads into mud soup. We do weather in a big way: In winter we have can have snow and freezing temperatures, in summer we have flash floods, electric storms and occasionally intense heat (though being up in the mountains our temperatures are never get too unbearable high for too long). We know drought very well.

    But if you love mountains and fresh air and you don't need cell phone reception then you will love this farm.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    Visitors will learn about rural living where we are guided by the seasons and the focus is on life and death (the health and wellbeing of our animals, our environment and ourselves). You will get a perspective on sustainable not sentimental environmental practices. You will spend time working with our staff who have different life experiences and different perspectives from yourself. If you stay for long enough you may have the opportunity to visit the town of Nieu Bethesda and see what village life is like.

  • Help

    Help

    Tasks on the farm is physically demanding. If you are strong and able we need you!
    We are looking for people with skills and experience in fixing things/ building things/ making things/ growing things/ cooking things/ childcare and teaching kids/ training horses among other things.
    Homeschooling our children.
    There are also lots of jobs in the house including cooking for the family, organising chaos, playing with the kids, laundry etc
    We need help with marketing our accommodation and workshops
    We need help with the ongoing maintenance of the farm, the fences, the infrastructure, the buildings as well as the running of the cattle.
    We are needing help with veld restoration including erosion control, creating baseline data for veld management, removal of alien plants.
    We need help with the vegetable garden, feeding the chickens and many many other projects.
    Can you sew? We have lots of sewing projects that we need help with.
    We need help with setting up and running a running fest our Easter festival (in 2021 our festival will hopefully take place in September instead of Easter).
    You will share meals with us and spend time with the family. However we are often juggling many projects at one time so you need to be a quick learner who doesn't need lots of mentoring in your tasks.
    We prefer couples and volunteers over the age of 25. Because it can be a bit lonely and the work can be tough. Though if you are convinced this is the right place for you its still worth applying.
    Life on the farm is never dull, every day there is something else to do, are you up for it?

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Afrikaans: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will stay in in a caravan. In the holiday season we sometimes do not have accommodation, so if you are prepared to sleep in a tent you are welcome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are looking for people with strength, energy, enthusiasm and a love of nature.

    We welcome couples who are keen to help with childcare as well as helping on the farm.

    If you are able to work hard and enjoy a remote location this opportunity will work for you. We prefer volunteers that have skills and experience in hands on work.

    We prefer volunteers to stay three weeks or longer.

    Please let us know in good time if your plans change and you are unable to make it as much organising goes into hosting you!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Most of the time

  • 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

    Pets that don't hunt and that get on with our dogs and cats

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    30 hours a week (some days more some less)

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