We have two projects on the go.
The Creative Caravan - A Mobile Recording Studio for a Creative Youth Trust
-The caravan is a 1960's caravan that is being gutted from the inside out and rebuilt to become a youthworkers tool extraordinaire. It will become a mobile podcasting studio. A podcast run by youth for youth that interviews artists who are making the their communities a better place through their art. So we need someone with building skills to help us finish off this beauty.
The Trust Gardens -
Our trust is run out of our property in Upper Hutt. Currently the gardens are a hot mess and we need to do some landscaping to get them back up to scratch. If you know how to build raised beds and love working outdoors this is a job for you.
We have a lovely room in our home but we are looking for someone specific. We are looking for an ambivert/introvert who is happy with their own company but can also communicate and socialize a bit (we are an ambivert and an introvert so highly extroverted people overwhelm us).
You need to have a good sense of humour, and be compassionate. A strong work ethic and a desire to leave the world better than when you found it.
We run a photography and wellness program for youth.
We have lots of books mostly of a Buddhist /Taoist, or non-fiction photography and film making and self-development variety.
Part of your chores will be to keep the house clean and tidy too.
Please note our internet is limited and not suitable for any freelance heavy internetwork you may be doing. But if you have a Spark Internet on your phone you get about 2-3 bars here - Vodaphone needs to walk up the driveway.
There are miles and miles of walking trails around us and we have a beautiful home and section on a river with an organic garden.
What we do:
We run a charitable Trust.
Our focus is on youth mental health through developing self-compassion and creative resilience.
We run a program which is an award winning wellness program wrapped inside a photography course.
We also run an internationally award-winning photography studio that underwrites the work of the trust.
You have your own private bedroom with heater and several very cute animals to keep you company (an Irishdoodle puppy named Gritty, two cats - siamese and Maine coon, a ridiculously cute angora rabbit, and 5 chooks.)
The bus line is at the top of the drive and you are allowed to double up on workdays to take full days off to explore the region.
Mandi is a Master Photographer, Film Director and the Founder Director of the Trust. Wicked sense of humour and life experiences that range from serving as a Nurse in the U.S. Navy, to organic blueberry farming, and 10 years following her creative heart. American by birth, Lived in Japan for 3 years, and New Zealand for 19.
Craig is a Business analyst and does all of the behind the scenes work for the trust. Even more wicked sense of humour. He is from Rhodesia, via South Africa and has lived in NZ for 20 years.
Please note that we are friendly introverts. If you are super over the top bubbly soul and constantly need companionship, we might not be the best choice. But if you are an ambivert, an introvert, or an extrovert who is skilled finding ways to keep your extroverted awesomeness entertained then we would be a great fit.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will have an opportunity to learn what it looks like to be involved with a social enterprise startup. If interested you can pick the brain of Mandi Lynn New Zealands Creative Photographer of the Year 2017 and get involved with her many creative projects.
If you enjoy kids you could get an opportunity to assist project.
We need help keeping the house in order while we run the Charitable Trust + Photography Studio.
Daily chores involve:
- Feeding the Animals
- Tidying the studio and house (vacuum, dust, put props away)
- Helping with Meal Preparation
We also need project specific help which just depends on what is happening creatively at the time and what your unique skill sets are.
Comfy double bed with a cat to keep you company. Warm blankets and heater and your own room in a beautiful home by a river in a quiet semi rural neighbourhood with public transport at the top of the driveway.
You will help with meal preparation and we can cater for vegans but we are omnivores. You will get three meals a day for your support plus a lovely private space to sleep.
There are several LOTR film sites near by and beautiful hiking.
Wellington is a 40 minute train ride away and Upper Hutt has all of the essentials that you need, a great library, and arts centre.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week (but you can double up for days off and the work is easy)
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