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All Year: As needed; more in Summer
Area (ha): Not applicable
Persons: Female 1;
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 7945
Region: Christchurch

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Last Updated: February 27, 2020

My usual blurb is below, but here's an extra for the dates Sunday March 15th until Tuesday April 7th.
My daughter Hannah, husband Shayle, and 4 boys living at home will have a spare bedroom for a helper during those dates, between a Japanese language School girl leaving and the next one coming. She has a lot of gardening/weeding to be done, and would appreciate help with housework too. A female, unless it is a guy who has been a professional gardener.
If you are a gardener by profession, I would be interested in you too on any dates, even if you are a guy who would have to live in our old house very nearby.
Otherwise, I am

Looking for a FEMALE HELPER, for about 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday, someone hopefully who enjoys COOKING and can help by cooking tea quite often; Asian cooking is very acceptable - but please note that none of us like curries. Great if you can make suggestions of what you would like to cook for us; that is, great if you can offer ideas for a menu yourself. There's HOUSEWORK for rainy days, but GARDENING is also on the list in summer. As well as laying out more garden here, the large garden in our old house needs constant attention. So please comment on your weeding experience.
If you can sew, I would give you some items for simple sewing like taking hems up, etc
And we like people who regard themselves as good company!

Longer than a week preferably, or several weeks to help me "catch up" on things, or longer term, or come and go. I don't have an outside job, so the person would usually be working with me. But some days I would lend you out to help our children for housework or gardening if you stayed a while.

Our own 4 children all live nearby, and are married with 17 grandchildren between them, but all come together here for an informal tea once a week; currently on a Thursday. We're not asking for help to cook then particularly, more for help with the setting up and cleaning up afterwards on that day. And as I said, I may lend you out to help them with their house work or gardening, if you stay a while.

Our large family home of 5-6 bedrooms was damaged in the earthquake, and we bought a smaller, but not small, 4-5 bedroom home due to the insurance company not wanting to repair our larger home. We still own it, and have a garden there to maintain too, and the 2 houses are quite close-by to each other

We have a piano and some other instruments - musicians are very welcome. I have a library of nice DVDs.
We are a Protestant Christian family.
We have pet rabbits, guinea-pigs and a cat - no dogs.

Burwood is a suburb on the beach side of town,and parts of it were badly hit by the earthquakes.
The city is opening up, with a bright central section of shops, and the bare patches where so many buildings have had to be taken down are getting fewer. Rebuilding has been going on in earnest and there are parking buildings open now, and the new bus exchange has been open for a while. The suburbs have their shops and malls, and we are near The Palms Mall, on the beach side of the city.

We have been a homestay family for many years, for High School and Language school students, and for AFS exchange students.
We usually take only one international student now, and sometimes a helper. For this year we have one Japanese High School female student.
For this reason we can only take females here, and not another Japanese student, the school says.
BUT, if you can cook well, I feel I can ask the girl here at the time if she minds if an adult Japanese helper came for a while.
We have broadband and free wifi, and a nice selection of DVDs, including "When a City Falls" with footage of our earthquakes. A bike is available.

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