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Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 10224
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: June 25, 2020

the listing is for a beachside property in Somers on The Mornington Peninsula.(70mins drive or 2 hr journey by train from Melbourne).

Helpers have a comfortable, large QS bedroom with free wifi all mod cons.

1. Somers, The Mornington Peninsula. (photos below. Interiors to follow).

This is a 3 bedroom (2 bathroom) beach house, 5 minutes walk to a lovely safe, clean, sandy swimming beach in the small coastal town of Somers on The Mornington Peninsula.

This is a residential area, however The Mornington Peninsula is an all seasons destination for holiday makers in search of both calm Bay beaches and wild, surf. Plus there's great hiking, fabulous local food and award winning wine (mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).

There is a train from Melbourne to Frankston, change for Bittern or Hastings and there is also a bus from Frankston to Somers. I am happy to pick people up from stations nearby and I can drive helpers from Melbourne depending on my work schedule and movements.

Jobs to do in Somers :

A: The house needs some general maintenance, cleaning, household chores, mowing the lawn and the management of a small garden. If your skills include, DIY, putting fixing basic things that need repair, your skills would be very useful.

I am looking for a carpenter/builder, craftsperson, wood worker, as I have a project that needs these skills. This would probably require someone who wants an extended stay in a beautiful corner of Victoria. This project would happen in Somers and some time off could occasionally be taken in Melbourne.

Accommodation for Helpers is comfortable The house has two bathrooms, is spacious, has internet, heating and a big open fireplace for winter fires. The Peninsula has fabulous walks, beaches, dolphins, wineries, horse riding, sculpture parks and is a short drive (75mins) or train ride (90) to Melbourne. The nearest cafe is 500m from the house and the shops at Balnarring are 2kms away. Bikes are available.

There are jobs to do that require a variety of skills and I will make the project fit the skill set.
a) MYOB accounts software and Excel. Please apply if you know these well and if you can work quickly, have a good attention to detail and have done this for a living or done your own accounts/book keeping.

b) website additions and some tweaking on an exisiting design. Help is required with Mac related issues and I want help on CRM (Salesforce).

d) General household chores- cleaning, ironing and a bit of maintenance around the house.

I enjoy cooking & I am also happy if you do too. There is good food on offer and I love a good exchange over a meal.

Favourite Helpxers are mature, self starters, between 25-50s, understand and speak English so that communication is easy & clear. I speak some french and german, but not well enough to explain all the tasks that need doing.

Helpers are preferred with references from previous hosts so we know that you know the drill, get on with the jobs in hand and understand the joint expectation. Photos & Helpx or other references please. I like to FaceTime/zoom or skype before taking on helpers.

The requirement is 4 hours a day, with a day off a week.

Approaches are considered from singles or couples with the required skills, those willing to work 4 hours as if it were a paid job and at times that suit my availability to help with these projects (generally in the mornings).

Are you independent, have already lived away from home, have a strong work ethic & can slot in very quickly, are socially confident and can speak good english and are tidy and organised? We enjoy living a harmonious communal spaces with shared responsibility for making that a daily reality and we want to avoid asking anyone to clean up after themselves.

If you have done Helpxchange work before on any of these schemes and if you have good references on this site or elsewhere, please apply.

Why come to Somers?...Because it is a beautiful area made up of 70% residents, 30% holiday houses, which means it's a close-knit community and prides itself on being a bit of a hidden gem. Somers people are friendly, the water and air are clean and the area boasts many attractions for those who love the outdoors - great walks, horse riding, fabulous beaches and the area has good local produce and it is an award winning wine region. Plus there's a vibrant music and art scene.

Helpers who wish to help out in Somers might want to have the occasional day off in St Kilda West, so they can enjoy the City and vice versa depending on the jobs that need doing at the time and the skills on offer.

I looking forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Catherine

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