We are a family of 5 and we live 25km south of Bremen outside of a small village called 'Süstedt'. Our old farmhouse is surrounded by fields, an orchard, a vegetable garden, a little forest and a grazing area for our two sheep. We have two sheep, some chickens and two cats. Three of our 5 children live at home. They are 19 (Elia) ,15, (Matteo) and 13 years (Malaika). Hans-Werner (58) it a carpenter working in a social institution, Heidi (50) works as a midwife in Bremen. Last year we built a swimming pool (9x4m) in the garden and we also have a nice little sauna outside. There is a beautiful free apartment with a winter garden, your own kitchen and a bathroom in our house, which is available for our guests. We prefer to have more than one person (friends or couples or families) here, because the place is good for more than one person! (and we are afraid one person alone could feel lonesome, when everybody of our family is at school or at work. But of course, if you don't mind that, although a single person would be welcome;-) Actually we planning to built a place where the chicken can stay, because they love to put their eggs everywhere on our big compound:-)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
First of all you can learn the German language by being into a very normal (yet slightly crazy) German family :-) You can learn about German culture in the landscape of northern Germany. If you plan to have children (or maybe you are already pregnant) you can learn from a midwife with 20 years practicing experience and five own children. (two of them are already grownup). You also would be welcome with baby or small children. Our daughter will love to be with them and has experience with babysitting. You will be also welcome in our friends home if you want to get to know more people in Germany. The charming city of Bremen can be reached by bus or by train in less than one our. Also nearby are Verden and Nienburg, two small old cites of lower saxony. Bruchhausen-Vilsen (8km) can be reached by bus or bicycle. these you can lend from us. The main city of Hannover can be reached by car in about one hour.
Actually we need most of all help in the garden. In the house we need some help with renovating. Several rooms need to be painted after we lived in them for 18 years with four children and grandfather. There are other smaller jobs - e.g. a shelf under the stairway which needs doors to hide it...around the swimming pool there is always work... The fruit trees need to be pruned and the big garden needs work all year round. We heat with wood and there is always work around carrying or sawing wood. The grazing area needs new fencing. We prefer couples or families.
German, English, Italien, (little) french
You will have your own apartment which contains one sleeping room with two beds, a small kitchen, and the winter garden can be used as living room or alternately as a sleeping room for up to three people. If you sleep in the winter garden you will be able to gaze at the stars at night and hear the sound of the surrounding animals. You have a little kitchen and your own bathroom. So you can choose if you want to be on your own, or if you want to share your free time and the meals with our family.
Because our family is spread all over the world and we ourself have spent some time abroad (Africa and America, Austria and Italy) we love to be with international guests. When our grandfather was still alive we had help from Au Pair - a young women from Kenya and from Madagascar, which was a great experience. My sister also recommended workaway to us on the basis of her experiences and we look forward to meeting you. In your free time you can relax in the nature, e.g. go for a stroke in the near little forest. You can use the sauna, when ever you want. Even in wintertime you can use the swimming pool after being in the sauna. Bremen can be reached by public transport and has a thriving cultural scene.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week