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Auckland
All Year: Usually around 1 week
Area (ha): 600 sqm
Persons: 1 preferred
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 55787
Region: Auckland

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Last Updated: September 29, 2017

This is ideal for someone who would enjoy the social and cultural buzz of the city within easy walking distance, while also being close to two charming harbour beaches and some great walks.It’s a good arrangement for you if you value your own private space whenever you want it, but also enjoy a stimulating environment.
Our comfortable inner city 107 year old Victorian villa is a two minute walk to Ponsonby Road. Accommodation is self-contained (see guest room photos), with your own separate entrance, private veranda, generous double bed, kitchenette with microwave and small fridge, dining table/desk, laundry machine and en suite bathroom/toilet. Free wifi (within reason!)

Because we’re on an unusually wide section for a city house, we have dedicated space for a traditional herb garden that our neighbours can also enjoy,a tree viewing platform and raised beds for an organic kitchen garden.Kind of like the country comes to town!
We're open to Help-Xers with some/any of these skills:
OUTDOORS, there's always a bit of weeding,leaf raking and sometimes gutter clearing to do.There's water blasting and a little painting coming up as well.
We'd also like to find a Help-X carpenter to construct an outdoor garden tool cabinet.
INDOORS, we're keen to find someone familiar with Windows to sort out a few complexities.
(As baby boomers -no kids, one cat-, our IT skills are far from all that they could be.)

Recording and transcribing/editing the spoken word is an unusual but appreciated skill for a professional writer, reluctant to write his own story!

If you have any of the above listed outdoor or indoor skills and would like a stay in central Auckland, we’d love to hear from you .A happy and stimulating time is guaranteed!

4 hours work a day seems fair to us, with free weekend. (We’re flexible when you carry it out.) In the end, it’s about give and take. We're shocked when we hear of incidents where helpers have been treated as staff.That's definitely not our style! If you're easy-going,lively -minded ,with high ideals and a sense of humour, you'll probably find this to be a very positive experience. For us, it will be a privilege having you stay here.

A cooked dinner, which is mostly undogmatic vegetarian/organic and includes dessert, is provided Monday-Thursday. We’d love you to join us, but we understand that you might also like to have the prepared meal in your own space.Remembering our own backpacker days, we try to create the sort of flexible situation that we would have appreciated.

We’ve lived in Europe and, for a shorter time, East Asia, for most of our lives and have a cosmopolitan outlook, a big library of books and a lively lot of friends. We also run a café philosophy group. As well as English, we speak Danish and some Italian.

If you’re interested in films -and we certainly are -here’s an extra: We’ve constructed a replica of a 20th century art deco cinema, with 16 seats, and have regular screenings of interesting vintage films for movie-loving friends. You’d be very welcome to join us at these fun events.

WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT GRUMPY PEOPLE, BUT WE DON'T APPRECIATE GENERAL REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATION THAT ARE SENT OUT TO HEAPS OF POTENTIAL HOSTS AND DON'T ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC SKILLS THAT WE'RE SEEKING IN EXCHANGE.

PLEASE INITIATE CONTACT VIA HELPX, RATHER THAN TEXT OR PHONE. THANKS.


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