We are a family with a 1 year old boy, a 12 year old boy and a Labrador dog. We live in a small house in the countryside in the south of the Netherlands. We enjoy listening to music, playing board games, hiking, swimming, visiting adventure parks, watching films, video editing, try and play some guitar and many more things.
You are welcome to stay with us from Fridays 6 pm till Thursdays 11 am, for 2 up to 6 days. You can also stay some longer, if you don't mind spending the Fridays elsewhere (and leaving the house at 7 in the morning... - we can bring you to a train station to do a nice day trip for example).
Since privacy for both our guests and ourselves is limited, we prefer stays of max. a few weeks. If there turns out to be a really good match, we can always discuss a longer stay.
Babysitting / child care
The main reason we are looking for a volunteer, is because one of us works fulltime and the other one tries to study to become an elementary school teacher. So it would be very helpful if you could spend some time with the baby (born February 2016).
The baby loves to read books, chat and dance together, play with the ball, or with sand and water. You can speak to him in your own language. While you are spending time with him (for example every morning from 9 till 12), one of us will always be around to change the diapers, prepare his food, answer your questions etc.
And the 12 year old boy (who is part of the time living at his mums place) would love to practice his English with you. He loves playing board games or video games, listening to music, reading books, telling jokes, swimming, fighting with Nerf guns and many other things. You could spend for example one or two hours a day with him (if he is not too busy making his homework :-)).
The rest of the time is your "time off" and we really hope you will enjoy that time, either with us or on your own. Should you nevertheless wish to do some more voluntary work, there will always be things to do, for example: walking the dog, vacuum cleaning, cooking, gardening or some extra hours of babysitting. Or helping with some technical/maintenance stuff if you like. Or teaching us skills, like playing guitar, Photoshop, languages...
Dutch, English, German, Russian, a little French and Spanish
The house unfortunately has no guest room, but a few meters from the house, we can accommodate you in a lovely but very simple oldtimer van. It's just a little bit more comfortable than sleeping in a tent :-). For most people, the months of October to April will be too cold. If you have a young child that can sleep in the same van, he/she is welcome too! We share the bathroom (with a toilet and a shower).
During your time off, you can hang out at our home or have some more privacy in the small van.
Of course you are welcome to have breakfast/lunch/dinner with us. Breakfast and lunch will be typical Dutch: coffee/tea/milk, (brown) bread with butter and cheese/meat/peanut butter or chocolate paste and/or if you wish yogurt (with granola) or porridge. And often some fruit. Should you wish to eat something you are more used to, you are free to prepare this in our kitchen. Dinner will mostly be potatoes, meat and vegetables, but we regularly try something more exciting and will be happy to learn about the culinary art of your home country.
We are non-smokers and welcome other non-smokers.
During your time off, you can make nice walks around the house (45 min - 1h45 min) or use our bike to explore the surroundings (for example the National Parks of Drunense Duinen or Biesbosch or the famous amusement park De Efteling). The nearest train station (Rijen) is 10 km from here and the city of Breda is 18 km from here, but we can take you there by car. From there, you could make day trips to, for example, the cities of Den Bosch, Antwerp, Utrecht or Amsterdam.
If you like to make long walks (15-20 km) together, you will make one of us very happy, especially in the weekends.
Since a vibrant urban life isn't around the corner, you will probably most feel at home if you enjoy nature more than cities and if you are mainly interested in sharing our simple daily life.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
We are very willing to share our daily life with you and we love to talk about our cultures. One of us has been a guest at many homes around the world and, now settled down, is looking forward to be a host for a change :-).
If you wish, we can also teach you some Dutch.
Depending on your interests, we will visit some interesting/fun and budget-friendly places together or visit our family and friends, so you can have an impression of (this part of) the Netherlands.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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