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We are a active little family with several great projects on the go most of the time. We think couples and energetic singles would enjoy getting involved here.
THE FAMILY: German scientist (Felix) works away for most of the week, Aussie massage therapist (Camille), two daughters (5 and 8), plus our small sweet dog (Yasmine).
EXPERIENCE: We have enjoyed hosting volunteers and lodgers for the last 7 years across Melbourne, Perth, and Germany. We now live in country NSW (near Maitland 2 hrs north of Sydney and 35 mins east of Newcastle by car, 3-4 hours train).
We try to live a sustainable lifestyle in a comfortable home with a colorful yard and organic vegetable garden.
LOCATION: Our backyard looks out over rolling pastoral land. In the distance are thickly forested hills, cows and on dusk and dawn walks you are sure to spot kangaroos grazing in the neighbourhood.
Pratique d’une langue
Bricolage et projets de construction
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
We are an almost 'normal' family, busy, happy, intense, loving, sharing. There is a real mix of practical skills that could be learned and we attempt to match your interests to the tasks at hand. If you are here to improve your English then we are patient and like to give you opportunities like reading to the children, and adult conversation in past present and future tense, pronunciation and that tricky thing called grammar :).
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SHORT STAYS: We are looking to host independent, efficient, energetic and practical people who could assist in day to day house help, gardening, home DIY projects with paint, tiling or wood.. (old clothes and shoes recommended)
LONGER STAYS: If you enjoy small children and have experience at being both a friend and a mature adult then some child care opportunities may be included. (up to 6 hours per week).
TASKS: We discuss which areas you have experience in or are interested in learning and helping with.
This could be:
+ day to day general housekeeping, cleaning, laundry,
+ general gardening maintenance, weeding, pruning, mowing, edging
+ simple handyman repairs
+ watering, planting and harvesting tasty organic vegetable garden,
+ making and baking your own sour dough bread
+ cooking simple and wholesome vegetarian meals
+ School drop off/pick ups by foot
+ quality child care with our daughters (for longer stays 3 + weeks).
+ German language practice with the girls
+ Homework help
+ Painting, indoor
+ repairing things, working with wood and restoring furniture,
Up to 20 hours of volunteer work exchange includes accommodation, vegetarian food and WiFi. Cooking a couple of meals and/or helping clean up after evening meals are in addition to your weekly work exchange hours.
10 hours for room and bills only, you provide your own food.
MIN STAY: 3 weeks
MAX STAY: A few months or more :)
MEETING FACE TO FACE B4 VOLUNTEERING: A simple resume/bio and/or a short video call to get to know each other a little before hand is the usual process we take before onboarding terrific volunteers. Its a great way to ask questions and get a feel for if we will all work well together. We also have a 'volunteer agreement form' that goes over what we have discussed and helps make us feel more safe with inviting people into our home and family life. It can also help you to feel confident that you are coming for a fair volunteer/work exchange and positive experience.
We are happy to pick up and drop off from local train station (Maitland), on arrival and departure and plenty of parking space avail for anyone road tripping about Oz :).
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
We would love a bilingual English-German family. Practicing as much as possible with native speakers is terrific for inspiring our kids to learn further. We can also be very patient with people learning English and give them plenty of chances to practice conversation and reading with the children. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, we are all learning!
Your room is simply furnished and has clothes storage, fan/heater and most importantly a comfy Queen size bed. A little view out to the paddocks and wavy tree tops in the distance. There's a communal kitchen, bathroom, deck and living space. All are welcome to share this space or enjoy their own company.
The garden is cute and colourful with natives, flowers and a growing number of veggies, play equipment and a lawn to spread out on.
It is a lacto ovo VEGETARIAN house hold/kitchen. This means dairy, eggs and of course chocolate is enjoyed! In addition to your volunteer week, it is hoped that you can cook a meal to share your countries traditional flavour and taste secrets :).. if not we'll support you to try and follow a new vegetarian recipe for the first time. Helping with the dish washing up is also a extra for the evening/lunch meal if you are not cooking.
We are a short bus or bike ride into the nearby townships of Maitland, Lorn and Morpeth. There are fields with horses, cows, turf or vegetables to pass and a river to visit. All townships have interesting heritage from early settlers, boutique stores, good coffee and cakes. There are also vinyards, beaches and great big forests a bit further abroad if you have your own transport.
You are always welcome to borrow a bike for some local adventures.
This area is also just a typical quiet Aussie countryside setting... i.e it runs at a fairly different pace to Sydney. Interesting to foreigners, and a nice place to take stock, follow your own creative pursuits and re-energise before jumping back into your travels..
We think Workaway volunteers could benefit staying with us as they can explore the country culture, practice English or speak German, enjoy a bit of homely family life, apply and/or learn practical skills and balance their study/ work/travel with their exchange hours.
We look forward to hearing from you
Cheers and happy travels, Cami, Felix, Jana, Frieda and little Yassie
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Cami runs a massage business from home 3 days a week and Felix works 1 day from home. Our WIFI connection is reasonable for general internet use however streaming, heavy graphics applications etc would need to be used at times when we are not working as this causes drop outs to other users. The hours a volunteer works is flexible and be discussed in the first week of your stay. Whether you chose to do 3 long days or just 3 hours a day works fine by us. In the summer the yard work should be done either early or late to avoid peak heat times. This leaves most of the day free for work, rest or beach visits and play.
There is a flat parking space in the garden for a moderately sized camper van. Other vehicles have space to park either on street or near garage.
10 or 20 per week
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