Welcome to our animal sanctuary in semi-rural/suburbia - between Brisbane and Surfers Paradise



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  • Descripción


    We can only host non-smokers! One-two weeks is ideal to stay at our place unless you have a car. The train station is about a 15 minute walk from home. The translink site will show you how to
    get to Helensvale to connect to the Gold Coast tram.

    Generally we can only host one person at a time as we only have a single day-bed available for you. If you are part of a pair, one of you will have to sleep on the couch in the lounge with the cats! We need shelves, bookcases, shade covers, awnings...and all sorts of things best left to an experienced builder so if you can handle a drill you are especially welcome!

    I'm Jo and live with my daughter, Chantelle, on one acre about half way between Brisbane and Surfers Paradise in the beautiful Canowindra Estate. We foster unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens. I worked at the University but am now retired and Chantelle is an editor. Chantelle also trains puppies who will grow up to be service dogs and there is a chocolate a labrador in residence to make your visit with us even more fun.

    Please note that it takes 30 minutes by car and just over an hour by public transport to reach the beautiful Gold Coast beaches from our home.

    As of January 2017 all our kittens have grown up but we still have them - all six. If you have allergies I would not recommend that you stay with us.

    We can only host non-smokers.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Práctica de idiomas
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    We can help you with your English and share our knowledge of Australia and New Zealand. If you are planning a trip to New Zealand we can tell you about amazing places to visit that you won't find in the tourist brochures.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    If you know how to use a drill we'd especially like to hear from you! We need shelving erected and other maintenance jobs done around the house.

    We would be delighted if you can spend a week with us helping with gardening - pruning, digging, planting, fertilising and clearing fallen branches.

    We would expect just 3 hours of fast and efficient work a day so that you have plenty of time to explore the area and have fun. We would not expect you to work the day of your arrival or the day of your departure.

    In return for just three hours of hard labour :) we will provide you with a daybed in your own room, breakfast and dinner. It would be great if you can also help with cooking and cleaning up after yourself. We would expect that you would be out and about exploring during the day and would take care of your own lunch but if you are home you can help yourself, or make lunch for us all, or we'll make lunch for us! We are meat eaters and are happy to try and cater for vegetarians and vegans, as long as you don't judge us - we've been judged for our choices before and it is a bit uncomfortable! :). If meat eaters offend you please try to find a vegetarian / vegan family with whom to stay.

    Non-smokers only, please. This is a deal-breaker...even if you are a builder!

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    Italiano: Intermedio

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  • Alojamiento


    We can offer a comfortable daybed in your own room. We are happy to share our humble home with you - including the bathroom! We have a small house on 4000m2 of land. We have a nice pool and a hammock that you are welcome to use. We have a good range of movies, books and music to help make your stay enjoyable...although all in English.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    We are a 10-15 minute walk from the train station so you can still get around if you don't have a car. Actually, I just walked it, and at age 50+ it takes a little longer. :) You can easily reach theme parks, and Brisbane city is a 50 minute train ride away. Our local pub offers a free courtesy bus and there are some nice eateries in the area. Mall and movie theatre are a 5 minute train ride away.

    If you can spend three hours a day helping out, and working on your own with minimal instruction at times, and do a good job that you are proud of, we would love to hear from you!

    Hours are negotiable...I am sure we can work something out so that we all get something positive out of this experience.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    Well traines pets welcome. We have 6 cats and two dogs.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 6 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 765878381198