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Come enjoy our slice of heaven, teach us a foreign language and help in the garden or house in North Otago, New Zealand

  • Nouvelle-Zélande
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  • Activité récente: 20 mai 2023



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  • Description


    We are a friendly middle aged couple living on a lifestyle block in beautiful North Otago. Patrick is a retired teacher and Sara is an architect, working from home. We are both relaxed, easy going, intelligent and well read.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Pratique d’une langue
    Compagnie pour pers. âgée
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Our place is really beautiful and we live a simple kiwi lifestyle. We have travelled overseas and love to meet new people because we are both pretty social.

    Our property is in a tiny village which used to be a gold mining town. There are no shops. There is lots of history in the area and lots to see and do. Sara is crafty and likes to sew and make things. We have a small vegetable garden and have started to grow lots of nut and fruit trees. Sara likes to preserve fruit and bake.

    Our property is 6 and a half acres or 2.2 hectares. In the winter we sometimes have snow which is exciting. We often enjoy sitting around an outside fire. We have an outside wood fired oven set up so that it can heat an outside bath which is fun when the weather is nice . There are no street lights here so the star gazing is amazing.

  • Aide


    Patrick is recovering from a recent stroke and is really keen to return to foreign language learning to help him rebuild his brain. Patrick speaks basic French, German and Russian. He is also interested in Spanish. Patrick suffers from some fatigue so it would be great to have a hand around the property with some gardening and mowing. We would be looking for someone who can provide some language practice and a couple of hours in the garden or house daily.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Allemand: Débutant
    Français: Débutant
    Russe: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Patrick can speak beginner French, German, Spanish and Russian. Patrick is also interested in Greek, Latin, Arabic and Hebrew. Sara can speak intermediate German. Sara would love to learn to speak Dutch. We both speak English but Patrick is from Scotland so he has great accent.

  • Hébergement


    We have a cosy sleep-out with a queen size bed and nice bedding. The sleep-out is solar powered and has a deck with a great view. It is private from the house and has it's own outside toilet. (No smoking or cooking in the room please but you can make a hot drink there). If you are travelling with someone who you don't sleep with, we can offer a second cute sleep-out which is usually Patrick's office , where the language lessons happen. Because our house is really small we also have a shared outdoor dining room and living area where we spend most of our time.

    We don't watch much TV, just the odd documentary. We like to cook but nothing really fancy - it is mostly home grown vegies and local meat. We sometimes make our own bread. Eating food informally with friends and neighbours is a big part of our weekly routine. We often have friends to stay for a night or two. We would enjoy it if you cooked in the evenings sometimes too.

    You would need to make your own breakfast and lunch, keep your room clean and change the sheets when you leave. :). We will provide all the food and you can help us with the shopping if you like.

    Because Sara works from a home office the internet is limited to social media and emails, as movie watching etc uses too much of our internet. (The sleepout is too far away for WiFi).

    We have no animals, but we do have a pet cat called Wendy. Most of our neighbours have animals.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The place we live in is called Livingstone. We live a half hour drive from Kurow and Oamaru and are close to Danseys Pass. We have a couple of bicycles to use and we are near the Alps to Ocean bike route. We go to Oamaru a couple of times a week for shopping and socialising. Our area is well known for its fossils and interesting geology. We are close to the Waitaki Valley and there is a river you can swim in nearby. There is no public transport but we can arrange pickups. Nearby us within about a half hour drive you can fish, kayak, sail, ski, swim, go to the pub and ride a bike.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Sara works from a home office with good internet connection via an aerial. We have an A3 printer scanner and an A4 black and white printer. We have had several friends work from here over the last few years.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have a large property and you can choose a fun place to park your own vehicle. We have a 'long drop' toilet in the garden. We may be able to provide power - we can discuss this with you.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

N° de référence hôte : 599993494379


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