Come and help us at our Animal and Farm Sanctuary and permaculture Project in Picton, New Zealand



 Séjour min. souhaité : Au moins trois semaines



  • Description


    Kia Ora and Welcome!

    We are an Animal Sanctuary & Permaculture Project, established in 2016 as an intentional small community with residents, living-in volunteers and external helpers.

    We are currently home to: Alpacas, Donkeys, Ponies, Sheep, Pigs, Cats, Cattle, Rabbits, Birds, Fish, Chickens, Goats, Turkey's and retired ex-racing Greyhounds which we foster to re-home.

    The property has been established under permaculture principles with compost toilet, low waste scheme, food forest and organic veggie garden by experienced specialists with permaculture education (we no longer teach permaculture as we are now focused on the animal sanctuary, but we have a lovely veggie garden and fruit orchard that we regularly work on to provide food for the volunteers). We compost pretty much everything and are using it as fertile organic soil for our organic veggie and fruit gardens - we are also aiming towards being zero waste.

    We are compassionate about all beings and therefore suitable for vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers.

    EARTHBOUND KITCHEN, We provide 3 meals a day (made by Alex, Harrison or one of the volunteers on site). We provide the basics for example, Rice, Pasta, legumes, Grains, Flours, Nuts and Seeds, Dried Fruits, Spices, Oils, Vinegars, Canned and bottled goods.

    We don’t have any meat or animal food products on the property and there is also no smoking, drugs or alcohol allowed.

    With this intention in mind and set within the breathtaking landscape and wildlife of the Para Wetlands, you'll probably find it's the most tranquil and peaceful place on Earth.

    Our goal is to be an Animal Sanctuary set within permaculture gardens and grounds to care for and re-home animals in need and produce organic food for our own consumption under permaculture principles and share our passion for animals with the community.

    We have a sanctuary van on-site that can be used by volunteers as we are not in walking distance to any shops.

    Who is involved?

    Maia (Comes on-site when available), founder and director, was born in Germany and immigrated in 2011 to NZ. She works on the greyhound re-homing program and fish keeping and focusses on other projects which include essential oil healing, family constellation, yoga classes and workshops on plant-based nutrition.

    Alex (lives on-site), certified in animal science, welfare and health, born and raised locally, lives with her pet cows Theodore, Matao, Olive and dogs since 2019 at Te and is the manager-on-site, looking after the animals. She's working alongside the volunteers in the gardens, grounds and paddocks and shares the lunch meals in the Kitchen.

    Harrison (lives on-site), certified in animal care and husbandry, lives with his pet Steer Rocky since 2021 at Te and is our permanent volunteer-on-site, helping the sanctuary with animal care and ongoing projects.

    Please apply by sending us an email with the following information:

    * Date and time of arrival

    * Duration of intended stay

    * Contact details (email address and cellphone)

    * Information about yourself, what your focus is and why you would like to volunteer here

    We're looking forward to having you at our Animal Sanctuary & Permaculture Project!

    Alex and the team

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We love to share our knowledge about animal care.

  • Aide


    Animal care and welfare, looking after foster Greyhounds, helping in organic garden, grounds maintenance, cooking plant-based meals, planting, harvesting and preserving produce and much more:)

  • Langues parlées

    Allemand: Courant
    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement


    Volunteers have a cabin facing sunny North with 2 bunk beds.

    You'll have shared use of the kitchen, bathroom and washing machine.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We are situated in a beautiful area with easy access to the Marlborough Sounds for outdoor activities (if you have a vehicle) and 10 mins away from the ferry that crosses from Picton to Wellington.

  • 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

    We have unlimited fast internet suitable for working online.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Parking space for a small camper van is available in the backyard (one at a time)

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5hours for 5 days per week. Long term volunteers have extended periods of free time.

N° de référence hôte : 811534652862

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Join us in our slice of paradise near Tauranga, New Zealand
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