Hi there, I live on a farm in a little village in Upper Austria, close to the border of Germany/Bavaria and the Czech rep., located between Passau and Linz. The countryside is very beautiful for walking, biking, riding or just to relax. A swimming lake is a short hop from here and in the wintertime it is possible to go skiing in a ski resort close by.
I am an Icelandic horse breeder as well as a Centered Riding (level I) instructor and own 11 Icelandic horses (8 adults, 3 young ones) and 4 cats and I am constantly building my home here. Originally, I am from Munich but have traveled a long time around Austria (and a little through Iceland and Australia:) since I came here to settle down, in order to have all my animals nearby and lots of fresh air... I have several professions but my favourite one is to work with people (and) with horses. Besides that, I love to grow (and eat!!) my own food. One of my hobbies is to sing, so if you are a musician, it would be great if we could practice together. (e-piano available)
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Travellers can experience life in a little village, learn about Austrian and Bavarian culture as well as try to be part of a sustainable economic and ecological environment
There is always something to do in the house and in the stables (cleaning, mucking out, preparing food/feed, moving horses, checking water) and with the training of the young horses. Some adjustments or maintenance in the stables and with the fences are waiting to be made. Also, I am busy with brightening up the furniture, walls, yard, etc. where I would appreciate help from volunteers. I also want to sort out things and to get a better workflow and order. There is a greenhouse and lots of flower-boxes which need to be watered in spring and summer as well as weeding etc .. If you are experienced with gardening, it would be great... In the winter there could be lots of snow to clear. I love to exchange recipes from another country and share mine.
Sometimes, there are groups of kids around for riding lessons and it can be helpful to look after them at times. If you are good in English or a native speaker, there'd be a good opportunity to just talk to the kids in English for training purposes. If you have interest in children's education and entertainment, or even cooking, this might also be a field of activity. I am very open-minded in which abilities and favourite occupation a volunteer might have, there will surely be an opportunity to use.
If you are interested in horseriding, provided that there is time enough, my horses and I can teach you :-)
Attn. city people... farm work is not just giving light amounts of hay and petting horses, it can be exhausting too (especially in the winter time, when things can be frozen). You should be physically fit and willing to lift and empty a wheelbarrow full of poop on uneven surface... That might be different to going to the gym... but some call it medipootation :-)
German, English, Icelandic
I have guest rooms with shared facilities, internet access/WLAN/WiFi from your room. Extra bathroom for workawayer.
Please do not smoke inside the house and keep your rooms clean. Also, please contribute to keeping the house clean whenever possible and necessary.
Please do not expect me to cook meat meals, because I am (99%) vegetarian. I am providing adequate meals (including home made bread and lots of other homemade, organic and local products) without meat, with enough of proteins by other sources. If you are vegan or somehow allergic, no problem, but maybe then you have to cook for us :-)
If you want to go to one of the bigger cities, I can take you to public transport either for Passau or Linz which is about 1 hrs ride. Even Munich or Vienna is not too far for a short trip, where I can help you arrange for an accommodation.
I love to hear from living in other countries and it might be inspiring just to sit and talk in the evenings, socialising, talking about all the world, philosophizing and trying to find solutions to make the world a better place .... :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week