More InformationI am a very well travelled, English language university lecturer. Although I had done some housesitting previously from time to time mainly in Perth, Australia, I really fully utilised housesitting in 2015 while studying finish a Master degree at the Australian National University in Canberra and I've continued off and on from there.
After completing my Master degree, I went overseas and had a wonderful time housesitting in Spain and the UK, where I taught at Cambridge University over the summer. I returned to Australia and then went to Nauru Island in the South Pacific to teach refugees until Dec, 2016. I then returned to Canberra and lived there from 2017 to 2018, mostly housesitting during that time so I could work part-time and write.
I moved to Perth, my home town in Australia, at the end of October, 2018 and housesat for a couple with Tiger the cat for a year; reference soon to be published on this site. I own two properties here and I rent them out to help cover the mortgage/related expenses, so I can work much less and spend more time writing.
I am so appreciative of being able to look after people's homes and pets in return for welcoming places to stay. It helped make fast tracking completing my degree a possibility in a year, which was fantastic, and in general, it's been a wonderful way to stay in places for longer periods of time than would otherwise be possible. As I love all animals and seem to have a wonderful rapport with them, it really is a win/win.
In my time housesitting, I have looked after a wide variety of dogs, cats, horses, exotic birds, reptiles, a pig and chickens! I've helped in training a young lab, and had to give daily medication, including pills, to dogs, cats and horses. Some rescued animals in particular had personality issues reacting badly to other dogs and so on, which I coped with well. I've had to take animals occasionally to vets - one emergency, otherwise routine, fortunately all survived (most notable was a large cross breed dog suffering from paralysis in its back legs after a tick bite - my speedy intervention saved her!). I looked after two very sickly cats on medication twice a day, one who had cancer and was having weekly treatment for some weeks while the owners were away.
I enjoy weeding when it comes to gardens if I have the time, as I find it very relaxing. I am also accustomed to tending/watering veggie gardens and looking after pools.
Because I love housesitting so much and take it very seriously, I am extremely conscientious and give above average attention to the houses, animals and gardens in my care as my numerous 5 star housesitting references concur. You can see some more of my references from Trusted House Sitters which is more an international housesitting site, and Aussie House Sitters in my photograph section on this site or on the sites themselves - I can provide links.
I have police clearances for Australia, UK, Japan, and Oman up to 2010 for permanent residency for the USA. In 2015, I had police clearances for teaching work in Canberra; in 2016, a police and Working with Vulnerable People clearance for teaching at Cambridge University and a medical and security clearance for teaching refugees on Nauru Island; then police clearances and WWVP for teaching organisations and with a Carer organisation in Canberra in 2017, for Navitas and CIT. Now I’m in Perth, I have a WA police clearance and Working with Children clearance; please ask me for scans (I’ve run out of room for adding attachments!)
I have had an on-going connection with Zanzibar, Tanzania, volunteering and organizing other volunteers, as well as being the co-organizer of a project to bring 40 donated computers to a village from Oman in 2010. Also see Volunteering Zanzibar Facebook which I oversee. You can find my resume of work and life experience on Linkedin.
I look forward to hearing from you if you think we can help each other out :)