Help with our veg garden and more Central Auckland, New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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    We are a family of 4 that includes our two sons and my husband Philip. Philip aged 61 has dementia and enjoys walking a lot. We have reached the stage where he requires having someone accompany him on the walks to make sure he does not go in to malls and shops to take chocolate. He is easily directable and very passive. He previously owned a software company.
    One son is 20 and doing workaway/travel in Europe, the other is 22 and at university in another city. We live in Sandringham, Auckland which is 10 minutes from beach and city by car. I work as a social worker in a large hospital.

    I prefer to have workaways who can cook vegetarian meals as this will be one of the tasks. You will also be doing some house and garden work and walking with Philip. There are many nice walks to do around Auckland. On 9 September, 2019 Philip started Dementia Daycare on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when I work. I take him on the way to work and a workaway guest walks there to pick him up about 1.15pm. He is walked home and later the workaway may go with him on another walk.

    We have had many workaways in the past and enjoy having guests from other countries to stay. In summer we go to the beach often to swim.

    I often have 2 workaways to spread the total of 40 hours across the week. Normally, they have a room each.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Organic gardening, making fermented foods and drinks, sourdough breadmaking

  • Help


    Walking companion for husband with dementia, cooking healthy vegetarian meals, watering garden and picking vegetables, housework, occasionally some painting.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Bed in a room in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. There are many beaches, museams, art galleries and a zoo to visit. There is a nearby island that is worth a day trip or overnight stay.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    4 hours per day for 5 days or the equivalent .

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