Hello lovely workawayers!
I am looking for general help around the place for my mother. She lives on a large block of land, over a hill and quite far from civilization! It's a beautiful property but needs a bit of work on the garden, some work on the house and little projects around the property. My mother is originally from Germany but came to NZ 34 years ago, married a kiwi and had 10 children! Since most of her children have moved out now, the workload around the place is a bit much for her and it gets quite lonely for her. She is one of the loveliest people, quite eccentric and all into the natural way of doing things.
We live up a 3km driveway which is only accessible with a 4WD and about 15 minutes drive from the nearest town, so don't expect to be able to easily go to the shops. Because of this we also try and be as self-sustainable as possible with our own chickens for eggs, garden for vegetables and a cow for milk products.Along with chickens and cows we also have some sheep (classic New Zealander's ;)), 2 cats, a dog and now also a possum!
Our house is fully solar powered, therefore we don't have a television and sometimes run out of power at the end of cloudy days.
We only accept one workawayer at a time or couples.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
You will be living in NZ nature and can learn a bit about living remote and self-sustainable. My mother has a spinning wheel and spins her own wool which you could learn how to do. Opportunities for day trips to local spots is also very likely!
Mainly some gardening and work in the yard. Some building and fixing up in the house as well as some light cleaning and occasionally cooking. We are very relaxed with the particular duties - if you enjoy gardening you can do mainly gardening and likewise for any other tasks.
You would have your own room and shared bathroom and toilet. The living area is one main house with 2 bedrooms attached, the kitchen and living room and then we have small rooms a short distance from the house, one of which will be yours :). We have gas heated water and also an outside bathtub which we can light a fire underneath.
The closest town is about 15 mins drive away, however, there is no bus or anything going there. You may be able to borrow the car if you have a licence or otherwise you can always catch a ride in to town with someone who is going that way or hitchhike (generally pretty easy in our area).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week