Support a Dutch couple in their garden and workshop while they create a happy community space for people with memory loss in Raumati Beach, New Zealand

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  • Last activity: 29/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are Jan and Marian. Dutch from origine, both over 60 years old, living in New Zealand since 2007. We bought a house with land and workshop in the middle of our community, of nearly 3000m2. We have been renovating this since July 2020. Our dream came through, to prepare this for visitors with mild Dementia, based on Dutch models. And we can now say that we have opened and day visitors are coming here and love it!
    We offer them our place where they feel valued and enjoy their time by using the living space or work in and around the garden and the animals.
    We still need lots of help creating a workable garden and workshop and in the house are some finishing touch points to achieve. We try to use recycled materials when possible. We could use some help with advertising as well and creating good PR material to promote the place
    We have a lovely Huntaway dog, Bella a great bunch of chooks and looking into more animals.
    And: Yes we had our first Workawayers, now 3x:) staying after Covid shut off everything and we had a great time !!
    We have one extra single bed only to host you, but if you are in a campervan, we do have a concrete slab near the house.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    We are Dutch:) in New Zealand. The ‘model of care’ is based on the Dutch model of social approach for people with Dementia. We are fully imbedded in the New Zealand culture / community. You might meet interesting people of all kinds. We are nurses as well as artists in: Pallet art, painting, jewellery. We could introduce you to Toastmasters to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. You can upgrade your garden and DIY skills, or show us yours.
    You might be able to help us setting up flyers and other PR material.
    We are also grandparents ‘far away’ you might be open to see how we handle this to have good contact with our family oversees.
    The base of all we are and do is our christian faith.
    As you read certainly no dull moment here.

  • Help


    Knowledge of gardening, or willing to learn, help with animals and DIY / renovation.We are open for ideas but we also need listeners

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Open to learn more about the guest’s language / Culture

  • Accommodation


    We have one small bedroom in the house and a concrete slab where a camper/ van can be parked. We do share the bathroom.

    We will supply your meals and you can use our washing machine. Wifi available, beach nearby and nice tracks as well.

    We are pretty regular with meal times and all coffee / tea breaks and we enjoy them together. On the days we are having visitors we are all having cooked lunches together. This might be a cultural experience for you:)

    We often host people/ friends and might then like to have a bit of our privacy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Public transport to Wellington or upper North Island the station is nearby. Good bicycle paths, great hiking tracks, 2 km from lovely beach good for surfing nearby and Kapiti Island view. Lots of artists around. Bike available.
    Shopping mall at walking distance.

  • 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

    Although we have not a lot of spare time left and Jan working online himself. Wifi is available to continue your own online work

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a concrete slab near the house where a van can be parked

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 417279628818

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