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Animal loving teacher

ID: 4ek



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Age group:

55 plus



Years active:

5 years

Preferred locations:

WA Perth South, South West

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter

Hi, well with all my future Housesit owners being badly affected by the recent travel restrictions, my Housesit plans have had to be cancelled/put on hold. Hence the glaring gaps in my up dated calendar! I am hoping to teach a class on-line from home if TAFE should have to close. If the scare goes on. I will, in fact, be home a lot, much to the delight of pets I’m sure! Silver lining :)

I am a very well travelled, English language university lecturer (now only doing casual/relief teaching as and when), who owns two properties in Perth. Although I had done some housesitting previously from time to time mainly in Perth, I really fully utilised housesitting in 2015 while studying to finish a Master degree at the Australian National University in Canberra and I've continued off and on from there.

After completing my 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.

Until the end of October 2018, I was teaching on a casual basis in Canberra at ANU College and teaching refugees and new migrants with Navitas and housesitting so I could go on writing a very drawn out book!

Now I am back in my home base of Perth and finally am quite addicted to housesitting one way or the other, loving experiencing living in different suburbs and most importantly, being able to have the company of lots of incredible pets, plus my book is a never-ending project and I still have a relatively high mortgage). So I am continuing to housesit and am seeking to develop a network of house/pet owners so I can go on housesitting long into the future. Even if I move into my apartment in Mosman Park, for example, it's in a great location, but it's small, so I might still rent out one room, store my belongings in another and then keep housesitting now and again at my favourite sits! I can also keep on with my beloved "travelling" that way, without needing to go far! :)

I am so appreciative of being able to look after people's homes and pets in return for accommodation. It helped make fast-tracking completing my degree a possibility in a year, which was fantastic, and in general, it's been just 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 :)

I've also been thinking I would like experience managing Airbnb accommodation on site. I have noticed that some housesits involve maintaining Airbnbs while the owners are away in return for some financial remuneration...so if you have an Airbnb and are hoping to go away for a spell, think of me!

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 - speedy intervention saved her!) I previously looked after two sickly cats who both take pill medication twice a day and one had to have weekly visits to the vet for cancer treatment.

I enjoy weeding when it comes to gardens if I have the time, as I find it very relaxing. I can mow lawns and 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 for international housesitting, and Mind a home Australia in my photograph section on this site or on the Web sites themselves- I can provide links.

For teaching at ANU College and Canberra Institute of Technology (Navitas) while studying in 2015 in Canberra, I had to have police checks done, plus I have a valid Australian Working With Vulnerable People clearance For ACT & NSW. I also have police clearances for Australia, UK, Japan, and Oman up to 2010 which were necessary for gaining permanent residency for the USA. I received a police and working with vulnerable people clearance for teaching at Cambridge University. Most recently I had to have a medical and police check for teaching on Nauru, and then with a Carer organisation in Canberra. I now have a police clearance and Working with Children clearance for WA.

I have had an ongoing connection with Zanzibar, Tanzania, volunteering and organising other volunteers, as well as being the co-organiser of a project to bring 40 donated computers to a village from Oman in 2010. Also see 'Volunteering Zanzibar' Facebook page which I oversee. You can find my resume of work and life experience on Linked in.

Phew, enough about me - I just keep adding to this but it needs a "good trim"! I look forward to hearing from you if you think we can help each other out :)


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