Help needed organizing and general tidy etc - Upper Hutt - Wellington, New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We run a charitable trust that helps to create the Visual Poets Society. We work with youth to develop their visual story telling skills so that they can use them to change their world. We teach a program. It is half photography and half creative wellbeing. Half of the year we teach locally in the Wellington region and online and the other half we are on the road finding our visual poets and supporting youth in other regions.

    These are the project we currently have on the go.

    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.

    Organizer Extraordinaire-
    Someone to help organize and put order to things. So if you love the Konmarie method and the idea of getting rid of clutter and creating order out of chaos gets your blood warming and your hands rubbing together then we could use your brilliance.

    Social Media Guru -
    Someone to help us with our social media strategy

    Grant Writer-
    Someone to help us to write grants

    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 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 bars here in your window in your room- 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.

    The People:
    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    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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