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We are living near the small town of Ahaura on the West Coast of the south island. We are a family who have has had volunteers stay with us many times. We live on a 280 hectare sheep and deer farm,
The next available space is from 24th january. Length of stay we prefer is 7 - 14 nights, any longer than 2 weeks and the girls get quite attached and upset when you leave! In your first email let me know dates that might work for you and I will check my calender and I will confirm if I can book those dates in. If you do have a strength like using a sewing machine or building or something else we maybe able to learn from each other. While i have workaway people staying one job i do get them to do is all the dishes. Rachel will be at home with kids most of the time and you can help to. The busiest time of day for me is 4-6pm. Sometimes you may take the girls for a bike ride or do craft with the girls or gardening. Rachel usually makes dinner and sometimes we do a meal together.
Other things might be helping hang out washing or doing art and craft with girls. I usually get help in the afternoon and help with after school and once dinner dishes are done- you are all done.
We are always able to take last minute workaways. As soon as tommorow in some cases. Sometimes plans end up changing and a 3 week stay can get changed to two weeks for example. So you could ask as sometimes travel plans change. Please email your request of which month you want to come and i can let you know what is free. First in first served. Single travellers are welcome. We do host couples but we prefer one person. It is not essential to have a car.
We live in the West Coast region, famous for scenery, walks and many photo opportunities nearby. West Coast and many towns in it were busy at the start of last century with gold mining and coal mining. I have a bike It is OK, just does not have suspension. Hopefully by mid 2020 I will have a mountain bike. We have a farm dog puppy that loves cuddles it was born in early October.
We have two adventourous girls that like to give things a try. They sleep well at night too. They are 7 years old and just turned 5 years old (April 2019)
We have 5 working sheep dogs. They all live outside in kennels. We plan to buy 4 hens in summer 2020, we have hens for many years and after moving islands we have not brought new ones.
We do live in the country you can see the mountains and animals in the paddocks. We go to the biggest town on the coast (Greymouth) once or twice a week. It is a advantage if you have your own car then you have more freedom when you have time off.
My husband Ben works on the farm. There is some fun times like shearing or yard work and watching the dogs work. September and October there will be thousands of lambs running around. we are working for a NZ government farm and one of the rules is that we can not have helpers WORKING on the farm. I apologise as we have only been on this farm since October 2019 but that rule is not set by us. You can walk and see and experience some but we just can not have you help with stock/farm work.
We have made lifetime friends with some of the lovely people we have met through workaway. We want you to come and experience New Zealand family life. See all the things that make where we live special. Like our girls goes to a rural school. There is about 90 students in the school - kids range from 5 -12 years old.
If I am being completely honest we are looking for someone we can talk and laugh with. Someone to share family experiences with. In the past we have had a few people stay that in their spare time they go into their room for most of the day and shut the door. Or they sit at the dining table for 10 hours looking into their laptop. So we ask that you interact with our family as we want to learn and share experience with you too. Your spare time is yours to do with what you want but just if you sit down with us a couple of times a day and have a cup of tea and a chat is great. Vegeterians are welcome to stay but please remember to respect that we are farmers and this is how we earn our money. I have had vegetarians stay for 3 weeks and been really happy with the food we serve. We take care of our animals the best we can.
If you have an allergy please let me know.
You are welcome to use our internet. You can skype home or friends we just ask that you do not do it for hours a day as we do have a limit on how much internet data we have. Rural broadband if you live in the country is expensive for about 60KB each month.
Also English level needs to be good enough for you to be able to understand a couple of young girls talking to you lots.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Life on how farmers live. We care for our animals so much. Hope you will learn the kiwi ingueniuty. Rachel can teach you how to cook some of my favourite dishes for dinner. There is a lot to learn by just watching the dogs muster the sheep. What is the life cycle of a lamb? How old do they live for? There are many questions.
Why do you need to shear a sheep? The main reason is for animal health. Some are shorn twice a year. They get really hot during summer. In summer is the worst time for flies. Flies are attracted to the sheeps rear end and can cause issues if not treated correctly. And you do not want really long wool on the sheep before they give birth in Spring time. They can get cast (get a itchy back and start scratching their back and never be able to get up again and potentially die if the farmer does not observe them closely. The second major factor is when you take the wool off the sheep they are cold therefore eat more grass and grow bigger faster. This means they can go to market and either sold in NZ, Europe or America.
Looking for a relaxed friendly person or couple to help out with childcare and housework. We always feed you very well. Being farmers we eat mostly lamb and beef but at times we have venesion or pork. Vegetarians are welcome. We like vegetables and get them once a week. In out pantry we always have eggs, beans, rice, loads of veges that have longer shelf life like potatoes, pumpkin, kumara and things like that. Many vegeterians have been really happy with what food they get. Some even take away the salad recipes. My salad recipes do not often have lettuce I usually roast vegetables and put with isralei cous cous and a onion jam dressing is one example. We are farmers so we do eat meat from our farm 5 days a week.
You will have your own bedroom in our farm house. It has a very comfortable queen size bed. It has loads of books and magazines to read. We have a 3 bedroom farm house.
Walks, so many scenic walks. Some of my favourites are coal creek falls, or Point Elizabeth track.
There is caving near Greymouth - you need to be on a guided tour or you could get lost in kilometres of caves. The beaches are beautiful but wild. If you let me know your interests I can help plan some of your free time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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