Welcome! Help a Dutch couple in the garden and workshop while we create a safe community space in Raumati Beach, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • 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. Our dream is to prepare this for visitors with mild dementia, based on Dutch models. To offer them a place where they feel valued and enjoy their time by using the living space or work in and around the garden. We need lots of help in the garden and workshop to make it happen soon. We try to use recycled materials when possible and need support.
    We just added a lovely dog, meaning chooks and the dog where you can walk with along our beach.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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, and the ‘model’ we are hoping to finish is taken from Dutch models in social approach for people with Dementia. We are fully imbedded in the New Zealand culture. And you might be able to meet interesting people of all kinds. We are nurses as well as artists in: Pallet art, painting, jewellery. We are active members of Toastmasters. You could come along and enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. You can enhance your garden and DIY skills.
    We are also grandparents ‘far away’ you might be open to see how we handle to have good contact with our family oversees
    The base of all we are and do is our non traditional 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

  • Accommodation


    We have your own mobile home available. We will supply your meals. You will enjoy our home cooked meals and mostly Dutch lunches
    This might even be a cultural experience ;)
    We are pretty regular with meal times and all coffee /tea breaks and we can enjoy them together
    We often host people and might then like to have a bit of our privacy with meal times

  • 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.
    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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 417279628818