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We are a family living about 15 minutes from New Plymouth. We run a Retreat which is a time out space for families and individuals who are going through a challenging time, to stay for free. We are looking for help with welcoming our guests and keeping the lodge & grounds tidy, or helping with the animals. There are always projects that need completing if you are keen to leave your mark. If you have any gifts you would like to share with our guests (eg. art, music etc) then even better! You will have very flexible hours. We aim for there always to be someone on site so hours can vary and primarily we are looking for an extra pair of hands to be there.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Living in beautiful Taranaki, New Zealand, living on site with a family, meeting a wide variety of people and helping provide a vital Space to Breathe for those going through tough times. We are a 15 minute drive to the beach and city of New Plymouth and 45mins from the Mountain - so lots to do in your free time! There is no public transport from the Retreat however, we can arrange to pick you up and drop you off of course but if you don't have your own transport you may sometimes not be able to get very far. We do have bicycles you can use and naturally we would be happy take you when we are going somewhere.
We are looking for a very welcoming and friendly person or couple to help in the general running of the Retreat. This will include things like making up a room for guest to stay in, feeding the animals, being around to answer queries, letting the Retreat family know when supplies are low etc. Also there is always work to do on the grounds, sometimes simple building projects for those that are keen. We have some ducks and chickens and dogs on site so an animal lover would be ideal! You need to be easy going and able to get on well with a variety of different people, be open minded and non-judgemental. 4/5 hours a day with 2 days off a week is what you can expect with days arranged between you and the Retreat family to suit.
Newly built wooden cabin with a double mattress on the mezzanine floor. There are modern facilities in the lodge house which is nearby. It could suit a single person or a couple.
Food will be provided and usually there will be a joint evening meal together. We are happy to work out hours and days to suit between us. You will need to be able to work somewhat on your own initiative and after you are familiar with the runnings of the place be left on site sometimes on your own. We always love it if Workaways would like to cook and treat us to their own speciality dish :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Small, well behaved dogs
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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