Available to host: Short stay now to 25th of Feb
We are a active little family with several great projects on the go most of the time. We think couples and energetic singles would enjoy getting involved here.
THE FAMILY: German scientist (Felix), Aussie massage therapist (Camille), kindy kid (Jana 6 ), feisty toddler (Frieda 3), and a small and playful dog (Yasmine).
EXPERIENCE: We have enjoyed hosting volunteers and lodgers for the last 6 years across Melbourne, Perth, and Germany. We now live in country NSW (near Maitland 2 hrs north of Sydney and 35 mins east of Newcastle by car)
We try to live a sustainable lifestyle in a spacious home with a colorful yard and organic vegetable garden.
LOCATION: Our backyard looks out over rolling pastoral land. In the distance are thickly forested hills, cows and on dusk and dawn walks you are sure to spot kangaroos grazing in the neighbourhood.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We are an almost 'normal' family, busy, happy, loving and sharing. There is a real mix of practical skills that could be learned and we attempt to match your interests to the tasks at hand. If you are here to improve your English then we are patient and like to give you opportunities like reading to the children, or adult conversation in past present and future tense, pronunciation and that tricky thing called grammar :).
We are looking to host efficient, energetic and practical people who could assist in day to day house hold chores and gardening. Our major project at the moment is building a big outdoor wooden deck. If you have the willingness to work with wood that support is a big plus.
LONGER STAYS: If you enjoy small children and have experience at being both a friend and a mature adult then some child care assistance may be asked of you. (up to 4 hours per week)
TASKS: We discuss which areas you have experience in or are interested in learning and helping with.
This could be:
+ day to day general housekeeping, laundry, ironing
+ general gardening maintenance, weeding, pruning, mowing, edging
+ watering, planting and harvesting tasty organic vegetable garden,
+ making and baking your own sour dough bread
+ cooking simple and wholesome vegetarian meals
+ School drop off/pick ups by foot
+ quality child care with our daughters (for longer stays 2 + weeks).
+ German language practice with the girls
+ Painting, windows, doors frames and walls
+ repairing things, working with wood and restoring furniture,
BUILDING PROJECT for 2020 :
+ Completing a large wooden deck
+ Repairing and renewing vegetable garden beds
22 hours of volunteer work exchange includes accommodation, vegetarian food and WiFi. Cooking a couple of meals and/or helping clean up after evening meals are in addition to your weekly work exchange hours.
MIN STAY: 2 weeks
MAX STAY: A few months or more :)
MEETING FACE TO FACE B4 VOLUNTEERING: A simple resume and/or a short skype or what's app call to get to know each other a little before hand is the usual process we take before onboarding terrific volunteers. Its a great way to ask questions and get a feel for if we will all work well together.
We are happy to pick up and drop off from local train station (Maitland), or airport (Newcastle) on arrival and departure and plenty of parking space avail for anyone road tripping about Oz :).
Your room has desk, clothes storage, fan/heater and most importantly a comfy Queen size bed. A little view out to the paddocks and wavy tree tops in the distance. There's a communal kitchen, bathroom and living space. All are welcome to share this space or enjoy their own company.
The garden is cute and colourful with natives, flowers and a growing number of veggies, play equipment and a lawn to spread out on.
It is a lacto ovo VEGETARIAN house hold/kitchen. This means dairy, eggs and of course chocolate is enjoyed! In addition to your volunteer week, it is hoped that you can cook a couple of meals to share your countries traditional flavour and taste secrets :).. if not we will support you to try and follow a new vegetarian recipe for the first time. Helping with the dish washing up is also a extra for the evening/lunch meal if you are not cooking.
We are a short bus or bike ride into the nearby townships of Maitland, Lorn and Morpeth. All townships have interesting heritage from early settlers, boutique stores, good coffee and cakes. There are also vinyards, beaches and great big forests a bit further abroad if you have your own transport.
You are always welcome to borrow a bike for some local adventures. We like to go out and exploring the nature reserves, beaches, lakes, rivers and wine regions some weekends. If volunteers are staying for longer then a couple of weeks then they will always be welcome to join us, generally good times and memorable adventures to be had. :v)
This area is also just a typical quiet Aussie countryside setting... i.e it runs at a fairly different pace to Sydney. Interesting to foreigners, and a nice place to take stock and re-energise before jumping back into your travels..
We think Workaway volunteers could benefit staying with us as they can explore the country culture, practice English or speak German, enjoy a bit of homely family life, apply and/or learn practical skills and balance their study/ work/travel with their exchange hours.
We look forward to hearing from you
Cheers and happy travels, Cami, Felix, Jana and Frieda
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
22 per week
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