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We need help with our farm situated in the north east of Namibia in close proximity of the Waterberg Plateau National Park

  • Namibia
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  • Last activity: 20/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young, energetic couple, transitioning onto the family farm. Help us get settled! We have two boys, Liam born in April 2016 and Emil, born in December 2019. Our farm is a 22,000 acre (11,000 hectare) cattle ranch, situated in the north east of Namibia in close proximity of the Waterberg Plateau National Park. Apart from our cattle, it is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Our homestead has a citrus orchard and a veggie garden to supplement our dietary needs. It is our goal to live environmentally-friendly by applying regenerative farming methods.

    1. We need help with our garden and orchard, since we try to be self-sufficient throughout the year. Duties will include cultivating the garden, harvesting, canning and related duties. We also produce a few meat products, where any help would be appreciated.

    2. Help with animal care would include tending to sick animals, vaccinating cattle or handling horses, feeding chickens and pigeons as well as our 5 little dogs and cat.

    3. Since we do most of our repair work ourselves, we could occupy somebody full-time with technical tasks like fixing machinery, welding structures, or helping with harvesting hay, fencing or similar farm duties.
    We would also need help with our guest house , Keeping all the rooms , bathrooms and living room clean and available for guest.

    Voluneteers will have the option between a guest room or a rustic room with the most beautiful view of the farm, available Electricity, slow internet, and hot water for showers are just some of the commodities we ourselves appreciate. We try to live off the land, eat from what we have. Volunteers will be able to work shoulder to shoulder with our friendly staff, being exposed to some cultural interaction.

    We also prefer that volunteers contribute to grocery shopping. If you have any special dietary requirements or preferences then it is your responsibility to provide it.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    We speak German, English, and Afrikaans but we also have staff who speak a variety of indigenous languages including Herero, Damara, and Oshivambo. They enjoy sharing their culture and customs and are very knowledgeable about local plants and animals. They also enjoy learning new things from visitors.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    It is a big farm with lots of possibilities. Apart from the help we need described above, we are also into new ideas and input from volunteers. We appreciate people who take initiative with a project or run with an idea. We only ask that it fits with our sustainable approach to farming.

    We also would appreciate help with cooking and enjoy trying new foods.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Afrikaans: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We can speak German, English and Afrikaans.. eager to learn anything els!

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a rustic room available, toilet and shower included, with an outdoor kitchen below, along with a pool table and dart board. It has a double bed and closet with a lock. The swimming pool is just outside. WE also have a guest room with a bath and shower , closet and coffee/tea available and a view to the swimming pool and mountians.
    Volunteers can choose which they prefer. A washing machine is available for clothes with a line to hang dry. We have electricity but being that we run mostly on solar, it is limited, and we ask volunteers to be mindful of using lights and electronics.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 45 minutes from the nearest town, so volunteers should be prepared to entertain themselves in the bush. It is possible to visit the nearby Waterberg Plateau National Park or Cheetah Conservation Fund. Other activities could be hiking, horse riding, or teaching our staff's pre-school kids.

    We ask visitors to our home to be respectful. By this we mean, we are happy to share what we have, but we ask that tools, equipment, books, etc. be used properly and returned to where they came from. We enjoy meeting new people and learning about their lives, but also need time to ourselves and cannot be responsible to entertain volunteers all the time. We ask that our private areas remain for us and that volunteers respect quiet hours. We are fine with drinking alcohol or smoking, but also ask that it be done respectfully.

    It is best if volunteers have their own transportation. We are off the beaten track and are not easy to get to with public transportation. In certain cases, we can arrange pick-ups/drop-offs, but we are far from town and even farther from Windhoek.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 645881184365

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