We are a family of 6 with four children under 9. We live on Great Barrier Island which we believe is a very special part of New Zealand. We are homeschooling / unschooling our beautiful children and wish for them to meet people from all over the world. You will be warmly welcomed into our bustling, creative and caring home.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Here we live in harmony with the seasons, the land, sea and sky. We are part of a small, isolated, but friendly community. Our property is off grid, with independent systems for electricity and water. We are an unschooling family, which is a lifestyle in itself, a radical way to approach education and life. While staying with us, we will make sure you have opportunities to explore this amazing island, tramping, biking, hiking, swimming, surfing, diving, fishing, adventures aplenty!
We are seeking an au pair for assistance with household chores, child care and gardening. Board, meals and $150NZ in exchange for 6 hours work per day / 5 days a week. We would really like those that could stay with us for two or three months or more. Our last au pair came for 3 months and stayed for nine :) We have found that it takes a while for the children to feel relaxed around helpers and for helpers to understand how our household works and be truely helpful. You need time to explore this large island with it's many magical places!
You will have your own private sleep out accomodation with a comfy queen sized bed, and simple cooking facilities. We will share the evening meal, but you will be able to have your own breakfast and lunch in your own space, simple ingredients provided. You will have your own toilet, but will need to share our bathroom. Our home is at the top of a 3 minute walking track, surrounded by ancient pohutukawa trees with stunning views over the ocean. We are situated in the heart of Tryphena, within walking distance to beaches, shops, cafes and pubs.
Here is the local Great Barrier Island website: greatbarrier.co.nz
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 25 hours / week