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Beautiful farm, animal-assisted therapy center for children with special needs in Windhoek, Namibia

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  • Last activity: 17 Jul 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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  • Description

    Description

    *** CURRENTLY WE ARE LOOKING FOR HOUSSITTERS/FARMSITTERS FROM AROUND 22 August (also earlier possible) UNTIL 9 September 2024 ***

    We are in the process of establishing an animal-assisted therapy center for children with disabilities in Windhoek. Our idyllic farm is home to lovely dogs, naughty cats, very cute miniature horses, two horses, affectionate donkeys, and the cuddly-looking alpacas Puschel, Wuschel, and Kuschel. There's also a playful "circus" goat named Putzi, alongside numerous tortoises, rabbits, and guinea pigs.

    Our farm is an ideal haven for those who have a deep appreciation for nature and animals, and who are passionate about contributing to the well-being of children with disabilities from economically challenged families in Namibia. There is a refreshing pool which can be used together with the children or just for your own enjoyment.

    Please note that, as our project relies solely on donations, we kindly ask you to arrange for your own meals. We offer access to our kitchen, and approximately twice a week, we can go together to the supermarket. In exchange for about 2-3 hours of assistance with farm tasks, we provide free accommodation. Your support is invaluable to us, and we look forward to welcoming you to our meaningful endeavor.

    We prefer people to stay with us for 2-3 weeks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    You can relax in a beautiful natural surrounding, enjoying the time with our friendly animals and learning about the difficult lives of families with children with disabilities who never got any previous support.
    We have some young San Bushmen residing on our farm who make ends meet by offering two-hour Bushman Walks. During these walks, visitors have the opportunity to delve into their ancient wisdom and almost extinct hunters & gatherers lifestyle. For those interested, you can book a walk with them, exploring different plants, fire-making techniques, and various cultural aspects.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We would love for you to spend time with our animals, offering cuddles and perhaps even participating in their training. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy the company of our inquisitive alpacas. Your assistance with typical farm tasks such as cleaning the paddocks, grooming the animals, and providing food and water would be greatly appreciated. Please also lend a hand with household chores, such as sweeping the floor, as the house tends to accumulate dirt quite easily.
    Our physically and mentally challenged children attend from Monday to Friday, and you are encouraged to visit them in the therapy houses at your convenience. You will experience the immense happiness of our children as a response to your interaction with them.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Inside our red brick farmhouse we have two beautiful rooms for volunteers and guests. One huge room with two beds and attached bathroom and a smaller room with great views. We will share the kitchen and there is also a huge thatched lapa (living room) whith a typical Namibian indoor-braai (fireplace for barbecue).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When we head to town, you're welcome to join us in Windhoek, where an abundance of malls and shopping facilities awaits. If you feel the need for a break from the remote farm life, immerse yourself in the vibrant city atmosphere. For those seeking a safari experience, we can drop you off at Okapuka Farm, a mere 10 km away, where giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and crocodiles roam freely in the wild. Additionally, there are nearby hiking and riding opportunities at Elisenheim Guestfarm.

    For budget-conscious travelers, I may have the option to rent out my Volkswagen Kombi with a rooftop tent. Feel free to let me know if you're planning a trip before or after your stay with us!

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 478741548442

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