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Help our friendly family with various projects in Henley Beach, South Australia

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  • Last activity: 17 May 2024



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    We are a friendly family living on Kaurna country in a wonderful old seaside home in urban Henley Beach, known as "The Seaview Zoo" about 7 km from the centre of Tarndanya- Adelaide.
    We are lucky to live here and love to share our home and life with others.
    There is public transport (bus) close by and good cycling paths. We have bikes available for you to use.

    We are continuously creating this urban permaculture art project (we live in it) whilst running a family business (we are both Physiotherapists) and helping our 3 kids Olivia 23, Noah 21, and Xavier 13 to live and learn without school.
    So there is always something going on here!
    We are all trying to learn Greek so would LOVE anyone that can help us with that.
    Olivia loves to practise her Japanese so that is especially welcome.

    Olivia and Noah are moving into adulthood, working and travelling themselves.

    Xavier loves any attention he can get! He loves to talk, and has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, loves meeting new people, playing games, riding his bike, blacksmithing and welding and is very playful.

    Nick loves bushwalking and cycle touring when he is not working, and would love help completing the many small construction projects he would love to be doing himself but has little time for at the moment.
    (building retaining walls, chopping wood, painting, etc).

    Nicole loves gardening and travelling and creating an interesting life and loves help with cooking, gardening, seasonal food preservation, feeding the chooks, playing games with the kids, and often company on road trips and foraging expeditions! She also loves getting time to herself which doesn't happen very often - so gratitude if you can help with this.

    We all love to welcome guests as part of the family and are happy to show you interesting places or invite you with us to family events and such.
    We love to match the work with your passions and skills so let us know what they are.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Nicole knows a lot about local culture, ecology, and is interested and learning more and more about indigenous Kaurna culture and its local bush foods.
    She loves to cook tasty healthy local food and share recipes and will make sure to make a great "Australian" pavlova sometime during your stay.
    You might earn a lot about creative education movement sometimes known as *️unschooling*️.
    And obviously English.
    Also you could learn what we know about: permaculture design, earthbag construction, organic low tox living, our approach to healing injuries and movement therapies (McKenzie physiotherapy, nutrition, pilates rehab etc), business management, passive solar living.
    We are also fascinated to learn what you are passionate about and share many travelling tales.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are completing minor construction projects around the house it would be great to have help with depending on your skills available.
    Aside from that general household activities like cooking food preserving (tomatoes and grapes at present!) and gardening, wood collecting, chopping and storing, doing stuff with our 10 yo is always possible if you get along....

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Options are, the mezzanine bedroom in our handmade earthbag dome (involves a ladder), in the back of our campervan if it's available, in a traditional aussie swag on the back lawn. This is solely for sleeping. If one of the kids is away then there will be a bedroom available for you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have been hosting home stay guests for more than 15 years. Prior to workaway mainly through word of mouth recommendations, and some couch surfers.
    We love the inspiration and connection that hosting travellers and other homestayers have brought to our lives.

    Henley Beach has a great village like atmosphere, with lots to enjoy and everything you need within walking distance.

    Henley Square is a great place to soak up Australian culture on a sunny Sunday morning, with restaurants and cafes. There are 2 great cycling access routes - the 70km Coast Park Adelaide walking/ cycle path, and the linear park - a 30 km cycle/walking trail connection the city centre (40 min ride) to the hills and sea via a trail along Karra Wirra Parri (River Torrens)
    We are happy to share our bikes, stand up paddle board and surf ski etc with visitors so you too can enjoy our great seaside lifestyle. If you are over 25 with an appropriate international license and highly responsible we can sometimes loan you a car.

    Aside from this the city centre is easily accessed by the H30 bus which stops about 50m away.

    Nick and Noah are working full time at present, Nicole works only part time so she is often going to camps and events for home education gatherings, or taking Xavier and friends to home education meetups and classes etc

    We live with the goal of mutual respect for kids and adults alike and something that is very important to us is that we equally respect all household members needs for feeling safe without intrusion on other peoples private space.

    We expect workawayers to treat our young people with the kind of respect you would like to be treated with.
    We value clear communication so if something is bothering you please talk to us!

    We eat mostly organic, fresh home cooked local food, sourced from farmers we know and trust.
    Morning coffee is an important ritual and your first lesson might be how to use the Italian espresso coffee machine.

    We include workawayers in our regular evening meal plans but a lot of the time you may need to prepare your own breakfast daytime meals/snacks from what we have available.

    We eat an omnivorous diet, and can generally accomodate vegetarian diet and other variations - gluten / lactose free etc, as we can work around it and eat greek style with many small plates.

    We enjoy good food and wine but excessive alcohol or any drug use won't be tolerated here.

  • 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

    Flexible! around 20 hours/week

Host ref number: 626258886192

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