So, I'm here, and I've been here nearly a week. How's life?
A lot of people have asked about what I'm doing here. Dave spent the summer after he graduated college living and working at Tararu Valley, on the other side of the peninsula. The man who ran the previous Tararu Valley project is working on starting a brand new project here in Tuateawa. The "project(s)" vary by season, but the end goal is to create the physical and non-physical infrastructure to support a small community in an environmentally sound manner (so, basically, we're building a commune). I ended up here because I figured it would be an interesting, less expensive way to stay in New Zealand for a while and maybe do a little good in the world while I was at it.
What do I actually do? I expected that I would be doing more to help organize and manage the residential part of the program, but the program director's partner has been living here and volunteering her amazing meal planning, kitchen organization, and cooking skills. She left today to travel for a few weeks, so I may be doing more in the kitchen soon.
A typical day (let's take today) goes like this: