We are just cautiously re-opening our doors for the first time since COVID.
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), two daughters Jana 7, and Frieda 4, plus our small sweet dog (Yasmine).
EXPERIENCE: We have enjoyed hosting volunteers and lodgers for the last 7 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, 3-4 hours train).
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, and adult conversation in past present and future tense, pronunciation and that tricky thing called grammar :).
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking to host independent, efficient, energetic and practical people who could assist in day to day house hold chores and gardening.
LONGER STAYS: If you enjoy small children and have experience at being both a friend and a mature adult then some child care opportunities may be included. (up to 6 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, cleaning, laundry,
+ general gardening maintenance, weeding, pruning, mowing, edging
+ simple handyman repairs
+ 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 4 + weeks).
+ German language practice with the girls
+ Painting, indoor
+ repairing things, working with wood and restoring furniture,
Up to 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.
11 hours for room and bills only, you provide your own food.
MIN STAY: 3 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), on arrival and departure and plenty of parking space avail for anyone road tripping about Oz :).
This host offers a language exchange
We are working towards being a bilingual English-German family. We would like the children to use their German with native speakers where possible. We can also be very patient with people learning English and give them plenty of chances to practice conversation and reading with the children. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, we are all learning!
Your room is very simply furnished and has 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, follow your own creative pursuits 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, Frieda and little Yassie
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Cami runs a massage business from home 3 days a week and Felix works 1 day from home. Our WIFI connection is reasonable for general internet use however streaming, heavy graphics applications etc would need to be used at times when we are not working as this causes drop outs to other users. The hours a volunteer works is flexible and be discussed in the first week of your stay. Whether you chose to do 3 long days or just 3 hours a day works fine by us. In the summer the yard work should be done either early or late to avoid peak heat times. This leaves most of the day free for work, rest or play.
There is a flat parking space in the garden for a moderately sized camper van Other vehicles have space to park either on street or garden.
10 or 22 per week
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