Hi my name is Andy and I live with my wife and two kids aged 7 and 9 in Devon. Our house was built in 1600 and is situated on the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park. We have 4 guinea pigs, 4 chickens and a dog, plus a 3 acre garden with lawns, an orchard and fruit and vegetable plots. My wife and I both work from home. We home-school our children and run home-school social groups from home too.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
With two crazy kids things are never dull. A core part of our approach is we try to practise non-violence in our parenting. Volunteers will learn about this and be introduced to some of Devon's alternative side. Volunteers will also learn about gardening as guided by our gardener who comes every month for a few days.
We'd love someone to:
1) look after the garden, mowing, weeding, planting and picking
2) help tidy the house, cook and clean a bit
Your own room with a separate, shared, shower and toilet in our thatched house. We don't have a tv but we watch netflix etc on tablets. We tend to eat a vegetarian diet with some seafood. Kids eat separately in the evening. The volunteer will be free to do their own thing for food or eat with us. We're very flexible.
The local village is a mile away, from there you can get a bus to Newton Abbot and its mainline railway to Exeter, Plymouth and London. Devon's beaches and Dartmoor are fantastic if you enjoy walking/being outdoors. Totnes is a transition town with a strong alternative scene. Exeter is a substantial regional City with a stunning cathedral and old University.
We practise non-violence as much as possible. This means that the kids are used to being met with compassion and understanding, especially when they are upset and, for example, don't want to do something. We treat them like little grown ups (although they don't always act like that!) SO compassion first, rather than 'do as your told' is our approach. It's important that this is ok for travellers too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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