Enjoy sunny days and a slow small village pace of life while helping me with milking goats and general house and gardening in Kamieskron, South africa


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  • Description


    ****I have torn a hamstring muscle in October and urgently need some help in November, with milking goats, light housework, cooking and watering the garden. I will be able to walk again then, bit still need to keep my weight off my leg mostly.

    I am a 55 year old woman, living in a tiny village in the deep rural area of the semi-arid Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. I share my space with 3 cats and 4 dogs, and the property is home to three milking goats, chickens and a duck. I work for a conservation NGO, which keeps me busy during the week. I practice slow-living, reading a lot, sourcing a lot of food locally, the goats provide me with milk and the hens with eggs. I like cooking meals from scratch, mostly bake my own bread and sometimes I tackle a mosaic project from broken crockery I pick up from the local rubbish dump. Once a month I attend the local market, sometimes selling second hand books, goats milk and baked goods. I love my cottage, where the decor leans to Bohemian and to have a glass of wine on the porch which has a spectacular view of the Kamiesberg mountains.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    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

    There is no big cultural experience that I can offer, but you will be staying in a comfortable home, enjoying peace and quiet in a safe and beautiful environment. There is a small home library, an outdoor cooking area on the porch and access to natural areas within a five minute walk from the house.

    You can experience the unique atmosphere in a small rural village in Namaqualand.

  • Help


    Working full time, with a house, animals and a garden to take care off, I need someone to help me with general tasks.house sitter/ animal minder for the latter

    Dogs, cats, chickens and goats needs to be taken care off, and the goats milked every day. You would ideally know how to milk goats, but if you cannot, I can teach you.Other tasks are to water the garden and the trees, and help.with small plumbing or carpentry maintenance jobs.

    Your total time spent on duties will likely not be more than 4 hours a day.

    If you are a handy person, who can fix a pipe or a sagging cupboard door, you love animals and have some experience of taking care of both pets and farm animals, and are able to keep a house in a reasonably tidy fashion, you are exactly what I am looking for.

    There is very little in terms of entertainment, and you would need to be self-contained and able to function in a slow-paced environment.

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own bedroom in my cottage. The bathroom will be shared. We have water shortages here, so only get water every second day. I have a holding tank though, so always have water, but it gets low sometimes. Because of low water pressure, "bucket shower" are how we get clean..

    You have to be comfortable with animals in the house.

    I have no television, but I have entered the online second hand book business, so there is plenty to read.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The village, Kamieskroon, has an agricultural shop which also stocks basic foodstuffs, a small grocery shop, a cafe and two liquor stores, as well as a coffee shop.

    There is a clinic and in my absence, I will arrange with a friend for any trips to the closest bigger centre, Springbok, including for healthcare needs, and grocery shopping.

    While I am here, we can share cooking duties, and the grocery cupboards, fridge and freezer will be stocked to provide you with food, which you will have to cook yourself, in my absence.

    I don't smoke, but smokers are welcome, you can indulge on the porch or the deck.

    IMPORTANT: Volunteers need to get to Kamieskroon under their own steam. Several minibus taxi companies run taxis daily from Cape Town to Kamieskroon and will drop you right at our door. There is also a bus service which drops passengers 47 km away, and I am happy to pick you up there. I can supply contact details on request.

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    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

    Campervans and motor homes welcome, I have a large yard.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 821141888622