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A couple

Age group:

26 to 35


Teacher and Civil Engineer

Preferred locations:

South West England All regions except Gloucestershire, Cornwall (full regions list)

Reply rating:

5 stars

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We are Richard and Philippa, an English couple who have been spending the last 18 months seeing a little more of the world.

After travelling through South America and New Zealand we are excited to be returning to the UK and creating a new life in Bristol.

We have stayed in many different places on our travels however our favourite accommodations are in people's homes. Be this through a home stay or an Airbnb we love to see a different side of a place and get to know the people. We are always mindful that we are guests in someones house and treat everything with the respect and care we would in our home. Being tidy and considerate people we hope we can do an excellent job looking after your place whilst you are away.

As avid animal lovers, we also hope to care for your animals carefully too, having both grown up with pets. We spent 5 happy weeks celebrating Christmas and seeing in the New Year with two adorable cats while housesitting for a family in New Zealand.

Since leaving home we have also volunteered at a cat and dog sanctuary on the island of Caye Caulker in Belize. The work involved cleaning the catteries daily, feeding the cats and dogs twice a day, walking the dogs and nurturing the animals through love and attention. We also supported the vet in cleaning wounds and administering medication. We volunteered for a total of 3 weeks. This was a great experience because we felt like we were supporting a worthy cause and making a difference to the lives of these animals. In addition we learnt about the difficulties and realities of maintaining a sanctuary for animals with minimal funding.

In June 2017 we spent a month in the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru at Pilpintuwasi animal rescue centre. The centre was a refuge for poorly treated animals such as Red Uakari Monkeys, Macaw Parrots, Sloths, Ocelots as well as larger animals such as a Tapir called Chibolo and an adult Jaguar called Pedro!We had a fascinating time contributing to the running of the centre by providing tours for visitors, feeding the animals as well helping with lots of other tasks as and when they came up.

During our time in New Zealand I, Philippa, volunteered at Willowbank Wildlife Sanctuary where I helped support Operation nest egg - a national program designed to save wild kiwi eggs and chicks and restore wild numbers of these endangered birds. This was an amazing opportunity to work closely with these unique birds and learn more about animal conservation from leading experts.

As you can see our passion for animals is very strong and we hope you can trust us to look after any pets you have as if they were our own.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us!

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