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Hi. We are a lesbian couple with bees and chooks in Auckland's city fringe Sandringham.
Various major public transport options within 5-10 minutes walk.
We have planted over 45 fruit trees, have a good size vegetable garden.
We garden organic and localist and casually participate in food rescue and distribution. We have a strong commitment to sustainable living which includes short showers and Ellen produces and builds many things.
Our accommodation is for one physically fit guest (so far all workaway guests were really happy up in the loft of our Workaway shed). It's a small simple space for 1 person ONLY! But the shed is generally only used for sleeping and time-out times.
Ellen is engaged in various community projects, mainly community gardens and food rescue.
Our house volcano is Maunga Owairaka/Mt Albert, fitness depending it is a 20-40 minutes run/walk to its top. It gives you a good view of the city and you can count many the other nearby volcanoes.
We cook and eat together; if we go out and you come along we pay for your meal on fair use terms.
We do not provide free alcohol apart from when we feel we would like to offer some for a taste.
We like to play board games in the evenings as we have no TV; free internet on fair use terms is available.
You are most welcome to participate in all of our community projects but that will be in your OWN time.
GUYS, in this paragraph we introduce you to our non-negotiable rule, pls read up here: theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/aug/21/unthinkable-having-a-sit-down.
Please DO NOT apply if you can't promise that you will respect our rule :-).
We are free-getarians and have access to lots of food waste resources that we turn into yummy meals. I do find it difficult to cook without cheese/dairy, eggs (own chicken) and bees (own honey) so a strictly vegan diet is not what we can/want to cater for, sorry.
So if we sound like you want to share your skills and commitment with us then go on and send us a message.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We share heaps of garden skills, diy recipes and ways of doing things, foraging for weeds and other edible free/low cost food, community immersion, community projects, ....
Help cooking, cleaning & household work, do some art work on the new shed, little repairs, whatever. We expect about 25 hours a week but are totally relaxed and open as to how you arrange your volunteering time.
More Jobs and skills we are looking for
- ongoing garden maintenance
- household, cleaning & cooking
- Carpenter/builders work around house
- house touch-up painting
- create a piece of functional artwork
Single mattress in the loft in the shed with good LED lighting, power and (fair-use) Wifi available. Very basic but of course you use the house for everything else. Some mobility/fitness required to access accommodation in the shed via a ladder.
We have excellent knowledge of the city, good in-depth knowledge about its multicultural diversity, people and of course food. We live very central, many of Auckland's tourist attractions are well within an hour walk or bus/bike ride. we have a bicycle and a helmet for you.
We do a diverse range of DIY and are more than happy to share our knowledge as well as learn from you.
Guys, please have a read of our compulsory rule here and don't apply if you are uncomfortable - this is non-negotiable! Check link: theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/aug/21/unthinkable-having-a-sit-down
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
25 hours distributed across the week on mutual agreement, happy for free days so you can go off to explore
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