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We are a married couple, Danie and Suzanne, living and farming in South Africa. We are boergoat farmers from a region in the Northern part of South Africa known as the Kalahari. We are also striving to cultivate a permaculture foodforest. In 2016 we did workaway in Ireland, and we liked the concept so much, that we have also been workaway hosts for the past two years.
Danie loves gardening and working with his hands. He is good at fixing things and also a good problem solver, and always has great ideas and does a lot of research for new projects. Suzanne is an online language teacher (she would be happy to help with language exchange, as she is currently learning French). She is great with people and loves animals and working with them. She is a home maker and multi-tasker, making sure everyone is healthy and cared for. We are both hard working and willing to put our backs into any challange.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
In the Kalahari you learn how to slow down and appreciate the small luxuries in life, and how to make the most out of the simplest situations. You will learn how to disconnect (no internet or TV) to connect (find yourself in this quiet environment). You learn how a community works together to help each other in a very harsh and isolated environment.
We are slowly renovating our farmhouse as well as the Workaway-house, and also constantly expanding the vegetable garden. We will need general help in the house with cleaning once a week, but also bigger projects like building and painting, gardening, fencing, working with the goats, helping with our bees, and general maintenance. We are slowly becoming more self-sustainable as we learn how to survive in this harsh environment. We still have lots to learn as we try to live and be more Eco-conscious.
English, Afrikaans, learning French
We have a rustic and cozy little two-bedroom house a short distance from our main house where workaways stay. We can host 4 people (two per room). The bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared. It has an equipped and stocked kitchen and large bathroom with shower. There is electricity and running water, but you will have to make your own warm water in the boiler. Depending on how many requests we have, there might be times where you will need to share a room with a same-sex roommate. We will inform you in advance about a situation like this.
Volunteers cook most of their own meals, but you will be invited for some nice meals and socializing at the main house on occasions. Basic ingredients will be provided for all meals at workaway house, but because we live far from any shops, shopping is kept to a limit, so be aware that if you run out of a certain item, it will not be quickly replaced. If you know you often have cravings for certain things, we suggest you stock up on some of your own favorite foods and treats before you arrive. We do not provide expensive/luxury items (cheese, filter coffee, daily meat), but we still make sure your workaway kitchen is well stocked. The vegetable garden is your daily fresh-food store!
Washing machine is available at main house.
On the farm you will learn to connect with yourself, and find entertainment in simple things like reading, drawing or going for walks. You will also discover afternoon naps, especially during summer where the afternoons are hot and lazy. There are a few things/activities to keep you busy during your hours off, like Pool, table tennis, darts, board and card games, some books, an outdoor gym, and of course peaceful walks and beautiful nature scenes (There is a game farm that is only a short walk from our house where you will be able to view a number of wild animals)
All of this can be enjoyed during break hours and on weekends.
The closest big(-ish) towns to us are Kuruman and Kathu. Most hired cars aren’t able to reach our farm, only 4x4’s. For that reason we suggest you make use of one of the following ways of transport:
• The bus service, Inter Cape, to Kuruman from almost any major city in SA
• Rent a car and drive to Kuruman.
• Flights to Sishen airport (near Kathu). Very small airport. Visit the following website to see available flights .
We will then arrange to meet you at one of these destinations to pick you up and drive you the rest of the way.
Internet: Please note we do have a cap on our internet data at this stage and our internet is for Suzanne's work. You will not have access to our internet, only on specific times to read emails and do bookings online for your trip. We suggest you buy an MTN pay-as-you-go sim card, as most remote areas in South Africa do have MTN signal. To register a sim card on the South African networks, your passport and proof of residency (rental agreement) are required.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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