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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.5 (1.25 acres)
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 1313
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: March 15, 2018

Ken, Robyn & Barbara (Robyn's sister) would like to welcome you to "Campania" in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, about 50 minutes east of Melbourne CBD.

Please read our profile carefully - see what we provide in exchange for 3 hours work per day, weekends off!!

March: Our days are warm but the nights are getting cooler! Our local swimming pool is still open, the parks are cool & green, lots of shade for walks & picnics.

Autumn means working in the garden, getting rid of leaf litter & bark to lessen our bushfire risk so this is a good place to be if you like being outdoors.

We really appreciate accommodating helpers with some skills &/or experience, so please let us know what you have been doing, whether personal or professional, so that we can meet our expectations as well as your own of improving your English, seeing Australia and experiencing life with an Australian family.

In exchange for 3 hours work each day, with weekends off, we offer private accommodation in our little cabin (with double bed) on the property (known as the 'cubby'); 2 evening meals per week with us, plus morning/afternoon tea while we are working together; and some basic food supplies to get you started. OTHER MEALS WILL BE AT YOUR COST & prepared by you in the cubby - there are plenty of shops nearby, within walking distance; Aldi & Safeway 10 minutes by car or bus; and we can often drive you to the shops.

Work hours can usually be negotiated to fit in with your schedule & our needs, eg. working more hours one day & fewer or none the next. Just ask! Weekends off after 5 days.

We normally offer one or two weeks to start with & may extend if we have enough work & we all get on well together. Please note that we don't offer accomodation for fewer than 6 days. Although we may not eat together every day, we will be sharing plenty of cups of tea/coffee & working side-by-side, so lots of opportunities to exchange ideas & learn about each other.

The work at "Campania" generally includes maintenance, renovation, painting, gardening & domestic cleaning.

There is much to do locally - we are close to the beautiful National Rhododendron Gardens (free entry); also bush walking, bike riding, sight-seeing, art & craft galleries, wineries, public (free) gardens & eating out (2 pubs nearby) - plus we are not too far from the city if you want a night out on the town. See:

At "Campania" we entertain our two dogs, a 13 year old Golden Retriever 'Bailey' and 'Chance', an 9 year old Corgi. Both are gentle & friendly, mostly well-behaved! They love being taken for walks & Chance loves chasing a ball. If you are afraid of dogs, this is not the place for you! We also have a friendly 5 year old cat "Typsy".

The cubby is cosy but self-contained, with cooking facilities, comfortable clic-clac couch/double bed, heating/cooling, linen & towels etc, and bathroom with shower & basin. A toilet & laundry are a few metres away. It has a veranda overlooking our lovely 1.3 acre of gardens. Wifi in the cubby & in the main house & verandas.

Public transport is good. There are regular trains from the city to nearby Croydon station plus local bus routes.

Since we joined Help Exchange 12 years ago we have enjoyed visits from many overseas travellers - & they have thoroughly enjoyed their stays too. We have even visited several of them when we were overseas! We travel overseas regularly ourselves & live in SW France for 4 months each year. If you speak French, perhaps you can help us with our French while we help you with your English! Ken speaks Cantonese & Mandarin too.

Robyn, Ken & Barbara.

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