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Adelaide Hills
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 200
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 15960
Region: South Australia

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Last Updated: June 15, 2019

Hi, we are looking for help now.
We have two major projects we are tackling: converting a shed into music studio and painting the inside of our house. Does this interest you?
Located at Mount Barker Springs in the beautiful Adelaide Hills we offer Private accommodation in your own caravan with double bed, wifi, 3 healthy meals a day and access to our facilities in exchange for 5 hours work a day 6 days a week.
We hosted almost back to back for 5 years but this year we haven’t been hosting since last summer because we are both working a lot, the children are busy at school and sport etc and we don’t feel it fair to host if we don’t have the physical and mental energy or time to invest into whoever is staying with us. Over summer though we have more time and can really value the exchange.
Jon is a very busy and hard worker on the farm and when he's not at work he's either relaxing, having family time or doing odd jobs around the place.
Felicity is a singer, musician and teaches music part time.
Our children are at school during the weekdays.
We have had dozens of helpers stay with us over the last 6 years and have loved meeting new people from different countries and working together to enjoy a better life together.
We enjoy having the opportunity to help you have a nice and safe home to stay in while so far away from your own own home and family. We have been able to help our helpers with many of their own problems like car problems, cutting and colouring hair, taking them the dentist! :/ planning their trips, teaching some cooking and more!
We offer a comfortable and safe home to stay in. We have three children and live on a Brussel sprout farm in the beautiful Adelaide hills 30mins from Adelaide by car and 10 mins drive from the town of Mount Barker. There are also buses walking distance from our place.

Most of the jobs we want done are housekeeping, gardening, odd jobs and usually babysitting when we feel comfortable. We are excited to find people who are competent and have basic skills to help mostly inside and around our home with house and yard duties. These include; dishes, washing, floors, cooking (if you can :), bathrooms, gardening, weeding, planting, wood, repairs, lawns and help with the children which is mostly helping them get organized and preparing basic things like fruit and toast etc, and playing. Just the normal daily stuff that has to get done! :)

Especially welcome is someone with experience with children or handyman/building experience. This summer we hope to build a music studio space in one of our sheds for Felicity to work in so if this interests you we’d love to here from you. We hve never taken on a project like this before so help us certainly needed!

The caravan is suitable for a couple, two friends or a family with a child/children.
Our basic family routine is work hard and fast in the morning and then do what you like after that! ;)

Most days the work begins in the morning around 8am and finishes around lunch so you can hve the afternoon free. We are flexible though.
We just prefer that the hours are done in a block so you can have more time to get out and about or whatever you wish to do without more work in your mind.
The Adelaide Hills are full of spectacular natural beauty such as The gorge wildlife park where you can walk among and feed the native animals, hold koalas etc. http://www.gorgewildlifepark.com.au/

Mount lofty botanic gardens
Morialta falls
Glenelg
Mount Barker summit
Cherry picking in December
Strawberry picking spring/summer
Victor harbour, port Elliott, Goolwa and more

We encourage you to be independent and get out and about and explore the local sights. There is a bus stop within walking distance and I often drop helpers at the bus station so they can spend the day looking around.
We have a vegetable garden, fruit trees and chickens to care for.
If you have a child/children we will consider hosting you.
We look forward to hearing from you.

reviews (28)
Helper: Hannah and Todd Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 24, 2018
We had a fantastic experience as helpers with the Eckert family, and we would... view complete review

Helper: Audrey and Agathe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 6, 2018
We should stay one week but we leave after 3 days because after all our helpx... view complete review

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Helper: Johanna Krauß Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 2, 2017
I only spent 2 weeks with this amazing family but nevertheless I had a wonder... view complete review

Helper: Caroline and Jacqueline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 18, 2017
Actually we only wanted to stay for 2 weeks, but Felicity and her family were... view complete review

Helper: Danielle Mathieu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 13, 2017
I stayed with Felicity and her family for five weeks in February/March, and s... view complete review

Helper: Marlene Bruennig Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 20, 2017
Even though I was staying with the Eckerts only one week, I felt part of thei... view complete review

Helper: Ciara Simpson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 2, 2016
I stayed with Felicity, Jon and their 3 children in Freo last July for 3 week... view complete review

Helper: Gina Grimberg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 13, 2015
I stayed with Felicity and Jon for 6 weeks and it was just great! Felicity is... view complete review

Helper: Stéphanie BALLEREAU Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 20, 2015
After my trip to New-Zealand, I was looking for some stability. I stayed 6 we... view complete review

Helper: Wasmer pauline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 5, 2015
I spend two weeks with Felicity and Jon, it was my first Helpx Experience an... view complete review

Helper: Lotta Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: January 19, 2015
I spent six unforgettable weeks in November and December 2014 with this amazi... view complete review

Helper: Juliette and Quentin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 9, 2015
Jon, Felicity, Jaia, Amelia and Jack are the sweetest family (let's not forge... view complete review

Helper: John and Jenna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 3, 2014
We spent a wonderful month in the Adelaide Hills with the Eckert family. They... view complete review

Helper: Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: June 20, 2014
I spent 4 weeks in this awesome family. It was my first and only helpx experi... view complete review

Helper: Sarah and Florian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 27, 2014
We stayed with the lovly Eckert Family for 2 great weeks!! Felicity and Jon ... view complete review

Helper: Michael and Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: April 7, 2014
Hi family Eckert :-) We leave a quick review before we leave your house. J... view complete review

Helper: Anne lina Voss Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 21, 2014
Hi Felicity and Jon, My stay with you is a few weeks ago but I haven't forgo... view complete review

Helper: Cyril and Charlotte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 18, 2014
Staying with the Eckert's family was our first helpx experience in Australia.... view complete review

Helper: Eloise Lolo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 1, 2014
Very welcoming family and food is very good, but very hard with kids and some... view complete review

Helper: Alica and Tom Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 24, 2013
We had amazing 6 weeks with the eckerts. We feeled like home and part of the ... view complete review

Helper: Doug and Alia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 15, 2013
Thanks so much for hosting us Felicity and Jon! We had such a great time wit... view complete review

Helper: Sophia and Christina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 28, 2013
Dear Flic and Jon, sorry for this very late review. We just want to thank... view complete review

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Helper: Noemi Milani Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: August 3, 2013
I spent three weeks with the Eckerts and it was awesome! I stayed in Perth wi... view complete review

Helper: Peiwen Liao Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: July 6, 2013
i've spent 3 weeks in the Eckert's family. The duties are house chores and ch... view complete review

Helper: alexandra hubald Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 23, 2013
I spent two weeks in Eckerts in their wonderful family. They immediately made... view complete review

Helper: Tommy and Christy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: May 21, 2013
We have stayed there for 3 weeks as planned before. In the very beginning, ou... view complete review

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Helper: Anne-Gaël and Victor-Emmanuel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 3, 2013
We spent 20 days with the Eckert's Familie, at the beginning we were supposed... view complete review

Helper: Therese and Emma Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: March 10, 2013
We stayed with Felicity and her family for about a month, having originally p... view complete review

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