Slice of Kiwi life and work
A different travel experience
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.
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.