Our farm is 100 acres of deer-fenced land on the Otago Peninsula. The help we require is some basic garden maintenance, wood splitting, weed-eating etc. We are an animal besotted family with 3 horses, 3 cats, 11+ ducks and a dog (please NOTE we have retired drugs dogs so if you use even occasionally, then please don't bother offering your services !)
Ideally some equestrian knowledge would be good as you will take care of the daily horse care but not necessary. As we are a working farm, no pets thanks. We usually only take couples (but have had single helpers before) as you can help each other out on jobs. If you are able to use a chainsaw and a log splitter then that would be great too as winter is always coming.
You need to be comfortable using your initiative as you will mostly be unsupervised and its useful to have your own boots/outdoor gear. We will provide you with scrummy food and brand new accommodation with a queen bed and your own private bathroom.
Please bear in mind that we will all share in the domestics particularly clearing up after meals ! Non-smokers only thanks.
Also as we are a very busy household with school children stuff going on, we really don`t have the time to separately cater for special dietary requirements i.e .vegetarians, gluten/lactose issues - SORRY!
We start out with a week`s trial - this seems to suit our helpers - it`s just in case you don`t like us or vice versa!!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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You can learn new skills such as using a chainsaw safely, driving a quad bikes and operating a log splitter. Because you will be needed to care for animals, it is an opportunity to gain confidence in taking responsibility for an animal menagerie. You will be close to animals and nature and can practice your English and we'll teach you the kiwi way.
We have several large stands of Macrocarpa trees and we need to gather wood from the fallen branches. Also some light garden help such as weed whacking. Being able to use a chainsaw and drive a quad bike really helps. As the help is mainly outdoor, sturdy boots would be good for you to bring. I'll supply you with wet weather and protective gear.
You have your own queen sized bedroom with it's own bathroom - part of the main house.
As we are not on a main road, any helpers really do need their own transport. Dunedin is known as the wildlife capital of NZ, we have a lot of interesting wildlife and places to visit close by, but all DO require a car to get there. Also as we are very busy and time is of the essence, we don't have the time to separately cater for special dietary requirements ie vegetarians, gluten/lactose issues - SORRY!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
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