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All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1, maybe couple
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 7164
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: November 3, 2014

Hello out there wonderful HelpXers of the world.

I am looking for a Helpxer or couple who are focused and capable from Thursday 13th of Nov 2014. Please reply by email first and tell us about yourself and your experience with the jobs we need help with as below :)

We have a big house and garden and we need help with the basics - housework, cleaning and gardening. Now that the university year has finished it is time to do some work on some neglected projects and clean out some cupboards and boxes!

I need help sorting out some files and memorabilia as well as finishing up some artistic projects like mosaicing and scrap booking. I also need help with bookkeeping and (Apple) computer stuff.

We have a good room with a double bed and a nice view over the back garden and we are right in the middle of the city so there is very easy access to all Melbourne inner city offers on the door step and many trams too.

We have two adjoining lounges, and a kitchen area and two bathrooms to share so there is a lot of space for everyone. I occasionally watch TV & DVDs and we listen to ABC and community radio, and music a lot. We don't listen to commercial TV and commercial radio much because we don't like how the advertisers seem to shout at the listeners. We are an organic/low chemical home, we compost, recycle and conserve water and power. If you need to listen to commercial radio and you are not familiar with recycling we may not be the right hosts for you.

We definitely don't dig smoking!

I am a busy person who doesn't have a lot of time at home so this opportunity would suit HelpXers who are comfortable working independently, who can take initiatives about the work and exercise good judgement without a lot of supervision. I can give you plenty of direction but I'm not able to be with you most of the time and we need to be confident about you being responsible and independent.

We have had a few HelpXers in the past - some brilliant some not so. You don't have to be brilliant but because of past experiences we have to say that we expect 4hrs concerted work per person per day including for the first night you stay. We have had HelpXers who have used the internet and cost us $200 in extra download fees, who have put tampons down the toilet and cost us $150 in plumbing fees. Another HelpXer said she didn't have the clothes to do gardening or cleaning and others ate much more than they worked. Because of these experiences the internet is not available, we need an assurance that we trust that you wont put stuff down the toilet, and we need a confident assertion from you that you will do 4hrs work per day. We budget $10-20 per person per day for food and there is access to a good stock of food extras like oils, herbs etc.

We probably only have about two weeks work in total. If it works out OK we are happy for you to stay on and pay cheap rent of $40 per night for 1 and $60 for two. You will need to pay for all your own food and to conscientiously clean up after yourself all the time.

If it doesn't work out in the first few days we reserve the right to cancel the arrangement.

We are allergic to cigarette smoke so if you smoke we wont be suitable HelpX hosts for you.

We offer a big comfortable typically inner Melbourne terrace house home with a great location, walking distance to all the major attractions or trams to same and our curiosity and interest in you and your well-being in the little time we have at this very busy time of our lives. We are industrious people ourselves and good communicators so we have lots of time for people who are also honest communicators and industrious workers.

If you plan to reply please focus your response on telling us your skills and experience with the work we need help with. Please put "From industrious, honest HelpXers" in the subject heading of your reply. Responses that don't have this subject heading will not be replied to. If you overlook what we are asking about we will also probably not reply to you.

We look forward to hearing from you and offering you a good home while you visit Melbourne.


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