We wholeheartedly host travelers with a short term working visa, especially those who are members of Wwoof or HelpX. In exchange for 4-5 hours of work – generally during the morning hours – you’ll get free board and lodging. We have met some wonderful people through these organisations. And honestly, without this help Joya’s gardens wouldn’t look the way they do!
Wwoof (stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms) is mainly for those wanting to learn more about organics. There is a third option, an initiative from the United Nations, called Servas. Ideal if you are interested in other cultures and don’t mind offering a helping hand.
Occasionally we also allow guests who come here for workshops or courses to work for their accommodation. For more information on what’s on offer in that respect, check out http://www.joyacentre.co.nz
And another special invitation to aspiring immigrants:
Being immigrants ourselves we can relate to the motives and challenges that come with such an adventure. We learnt quite a few things ‘the hard way’ and would happily give advice to those pondering the move. Not in the sense of a professional consultation but as a simple gesture towards newcomers since starting all over can be an appealing yet daunting affair.
So feel free to let me know in case you’d be interested in discussing your plans while you are here.