Hiya, I'm Ben.
I'm having a gap year from my job to restore my beautiful old house in West Hobart and refocus my career. I'm passionate about social justice, renewable energy and climate advocacy. When I work, I'm a design engineer and work in renewable energy but I promise I'm a good communicator too. I love talking about science, decarbonisation, art and design, philosophy and fruit trees, amongst many other things. I prefer being around people who are passionate about life and what they're doing, whatever it is.
It's a safe and inclusive house where people of all ages or LGBTQI are welcome.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We all love traveling and enjoy the cultural exchange it brings. My folks have been using workaway for ages and have met some lovely friends through the process so I thought I'd give it a go. Hobart is a delightful city with a beautiful natural environment. There's lots of art to see and mountains to climb, all of which I can help you with.
Some of the things you may learn from your stay:
The local arts scene.
Bushwalking and mountain trekking
Carpentry, renovation, gardening
Depending on what your skills are, the work will be cleaning, painting, woodwork gardening and many other renovation projects as the house needs.
Guests will have their own secure private room with double bed and share a bathroom. There's access to cooking and washing gear too. There's also spare single beds and other rooms if there's two of you and you'd prefer some space.
I like people to be fairly independent but eating together is nice sometimes. The house is being renovated so some things are not perfect but it's warm and welcoming.
What else ...
My home is about 20 mins walk to the city, down quite a steep hill. There are also some busses to get around, and sometimes I can drive you. Behind my house is a large bush reserve to walk with beautiful views out over the water.
There's so much to do in Hobart, look it up! Markets, Mona, festivals, bushwalking.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
There's good net access to and wifi. A desk can be organised if required.
Space for parking camper vans
Campervans can be parked on the street out the front next to mine.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
25 hours/ week, preferably over three days.