Permaculture heaven needs helping angels! In MacDonald Valley, Australia



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    About Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI)
    Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) is a non-profit organisation that promotes permaculture and sustainable living. We are currently developing a permaculture demonstration farm that we need help with. The PSI farm is 22 acres, nestled in the beautiful Macdonald Valley, two hours northwest of Sydney in the Hawkesbury region. It is rural and remote.

    The farm is in its early stages of development and so there are many projects that need to be done and to choose from. Currently we are constructing vegetable gardens, animal enclosures, food forests, swales, forests, tree systems and earthworks and water systems. Apart from developing the PSI Farm, PSI also provides a number of other services, including educational courses and workshops, a local food box system, community consultation and design services, on-line shopping for permaculture books and local farm products, and ongoing permaculture design and maintenance

    About Us
    As hosts, you will find us to be friendly, flexible and fun. We are an older couple and restricted with some activities hence really needing your help. We very much look forward to welcoming you soon. Give us a call if you wish to know more.
    Your hosts, Penny and Geoffrey.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Mantenimiento general
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda en una granja
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Ayuda doméstica
    Cuidado de animales
    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    What you will get
    PSI has been hosting work exchangers for many years now and has always had excellent reviews. Apart from an enjoyable experience with us you will remember the rest of your life, you will learn new skills and knowledge about a range of things especially permaculture. You will also have time for rest and recreation in the a beautiful Australian bush and you will be able to improve your English if you are not a native speaker.

    Volunteers will be able to gain several cultural experiences, mainly:
    - Farming lore and permaculture principles
    - Interaction with leading international permaculture experts
    - An extensive library of local history and farming
    - Interactions with local community
    - History of first settlers
    - Indigenous history in the valley

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    What we need.
    We are a busy organisation, really needing help from committed helpers with practical skills such as: building; carpentry; landscaping; stone masonry; gardening; animal care and general handyman and maintenance. Filming, promotion, social media and marketing skills would also assist the cause. It would be a bonus if you also have permaculture knowledge or experience but it is not strictly necessary.

    What we expect
    We are looking for easy going, flexible and committed people with skills and a good work ethic who are not frightened to work or get their hands dirty.

    We expect workers to help out for 20 to 25 hours per week, excluding tea breaks and meals, the exact hours determined by the choice of heavy work (building and construction work, fencing, stone-work, cementing, landscaping and so on) and light work (gardening, domestic work, animal care, garden and grounds maintenance, carpentry and so on). We realise that some prefer heavy, some light, and some a mix. The hours can be distributed against the days of the week and times of day in any suitable pattern.

    You need to self-start and complete your projects and be able to work alone on some occasions. You need to be able to handle the peace, quiet and sometimes isolation of the country and to be fairly fit and drug free.

    Apart from your committed projects here we expect you to share some common everyday tasks such as setting the table for dinner, loading and unloading the dishwasher, clearing the table after dinner, cleaning up after yourself. We also expect you to thoroughly clean your room before you leave us.

    Length of stay
    We prefer a two-week minimum stay here but are open to longer term stays. We can also pick you up and return you to Sydney if and when required.

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    English: Fluido

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    What we give
    We welcome work exchange guests and want to provide you with an enjoyable stay. We enjoy the cultural exchange and sharing of skills, knowledge and experiences. You will be treated as part of the family here and we will look after you well. We provide you with your own comfortable private room with ensuite and healthy, fulfilling food for all your meals. PSI is currently based at Country Retreat (an adjoining property) where we all stay. The facilities are excellent (4 star hotel grade standard) and include a swimming pool, pool table, movie room, extensive grounds and more. Free on-site zumba classes are also offered twice a week. There is WIFI and phone and an extensive library.

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    Finally, we highly recommend having access to a car if you wish to take day trips exploring the surrounds.
    A 30min drive takes you to Wiseman's Ferry (Hawkesbury River) where water skiing, fishing, boating, camping facilities and more are available. Rivers surround the area and are good for swimming in, and spotting local wildlife. There are two famous pubs in St. Albans (Settlers Arms, Fickle Wombat) a 15 minute drive from us, which have live music and where locals jam with home made instruments. There are many walking, horse/mountainbike/motorbike tracks to explore, through 2 national parks and a world heritage site (Part of the Blue Mountains Heritage Area). For food/shopping needs there are carpooling options with locals.
    The closest beach 1.5-2 hours away (Central Coast).
    Please note there is no mobile reception, but we do have wireless internet and a landline. Please keep in mind this is a remote retreat that offers opportunity for peace and quiet.

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    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 549681927338