Slice of Kiwi life and work

A dif­fer­ent travel ex­pe­ri­ence

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

Have i-Pad will travel for Tim Mosley and Jana Beth of York Eng­land, in New Zealand for 12 months and en­joy­ing be­ing part of the HelpX scheme which op­er­ates across the world. ‘‘By vol­un­teer­ing our time we get to meet lo­cals and see be­hind the scenes in a way we never could if we did the back­packer, hos­tel sce­nario,’’ Mr Mosley said. ‘‘We had looked at WWOOF, but find HelpX has a wider skill base to tap into.’’ Mr Mosley is trained in restau­rant work, Ms Beth in phys­io­ther­apy and cock­tail bar work but they now find them­selves do­ing a wide va­ri­ety of tasks in re­turn for meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion. They had no plans when they landed in Auck­land, got their bear­ings and ended up in Hawke’s Bay with friends who were work­ing on a vine­yard, where as well as pick­ing were gar­den­ing and build­ing a chicken coop. ‘‘We bought a car, adapted it to have a bed and set off south, hav­ing reg­is­tered with HelpX,’’ Mr Mosley said. Ar­riv­ing in Queen­stown be­tween sea­sons for many of the pay­ing jobs they thought may be avail­able, they re­sponded to an email from Paddy-Ann and Rod Pem­ber­ton who needed help with tasks left un­com­pleted last year. ‘‘They have been gar­den­ing, cleaned out the freezer, pruned ap­ple trees and now we have them help­ing with the cater­ing for the open­ing of Holly’s new salon com­ing up,’’ Mrs Pem­ber­ton said. ‘‘We are absolutely loving it all,’’ Ms Beth said. ‘‘It is such an easy coun­try to travel in (al­though we knew to switch our com­mon sense on when we go trav­el­ling), the peo­ple are so open and friendly and we get to re­ally know what the coun­try is all about. We don’t have to make def­i­nite plans, we can find our next stop on the web­site when we are al­most fin­ished our cur­rent po­si­tion.’’ They were also im­pressed with the fact New Zealand petrol is only half the price it is for them in Eng­land and they are able to go fur­ther and see more for the same bud­get. ‘‘With mu­tual re­spect be­tween host and vol­un­teer, it is a won­der­ful way to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent coun­try,’’ Mrs Pem­ber­ton said.

Photo: BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

Learn­ing curve: Frankie the cat has a friend for life in Jana Beth and Tim Mosley of York, Eng­land, HelpX work­ers at Rod and Paddy-Ann Pem­ber­ton’s.

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