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

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Last Updated: October 16, 2019

From 21st October.

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.
And regard themselves as good company is ideal. I am not having many people applying, so if the cooking part doesn't sound like you, but the rest does, still send me a letter, especially if you can stay a while.

A MALE HELPER could be suitable if he has "talents" in gardening or cooking. He would have to live a couple of blocks away, upstairs in a room in our old house, where an ex-helpx family now live downstairs. It's close enough to walk here for all your meals, and you can socialise here as though you are sleeping here.

Short but longer than a week preferably, or medium term 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 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 a pet rabbit, guinea-pigs and cats - 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.
We have been a homestay family for many years, for High School and Language school students, and for AFS exchange students.
We can still take international students, but not as many as before. For this year we have one Japanese High School 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. Or a female Japanese could sleep at our other house, but spend all their time except for sleeping, here.
We have broadband and free wifi, and a nice selection of DVDs. A bike is available.

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