Depending on what time of the year is, you can help by making a difference in any of the following areas:
Construction: we are planning to renovate a studio that now is used as storage, build our terrace and modernized our swimming pool, do you have ideas and experience designing or building? would you like to help?
Teaching languages: do you have experience with children? would you like to teach your language to my children by playing with them? English and French speakers are welcome
Playing/teaching music: my kids love music. My daughter plays Flute and Piano. We have a piano and a ukulele at home may you like to play any of those. She also likes drawing and painting.
Sports: My children have a lot of energy and love swimming, playing football, riding bicycles, doing gymnastics and dancing.
Garden: Do you have any idea how to make it nicer? maybe by organizing the garden itself of painting the little garden house. You can also help in the garden collecting the leaves in plastic bags and cutting the trees/plants for a nicer look.
Greenhouse and composting: We care about the environment and we try to eat healthily, why not by creating our own organic garden? Would you like and be able to be in charge of this project?
Cooking, household and general maintenance (cleaning, painting, organizing, etc)
Computer skills: if you have experience with Wordpress, we need at the moment help with it.
Photography: taking great photos and updating the profile.
OTHER PROJECTS: If you have specific skills, your help in any other project different to the ones mentioned above is also highly appreciated. We are pretty open to new ideas based on your experience so your proactivity is appreciated.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Living in Hannover is to be immersed in a traditional German cultural and be exposed to a pure German language (no dialect). You will get plenty of opportunities to interact with the community while doing the tasks. Also, the experience will help you to get a grasp on the German culture and system.
We welcome open, curious, respectful, proactive, kind-hearted, hard-working, solutions-oriented and responsible guests that love a warm family environment. We value family, friendships, education, multiculturalism, protecting the environment and nature. We hope to share that with you!
Beautiful cities such as Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Berlin are just two hours away. Hannover is well known for the international fairs. Public transportation is pretty good, we have a bus and a train station close by. By train, you are in 12 Minutes in Hannover central station and city center, from there you can go to any city within Germany and Europe.
After reading our profile, if you feel you would be a good fit then we will be happy to receive a message from you indicating when would you like to come and for how long. Also, we would like to know your motivation for wanting to come over to Germany and to our place.
We are a family of four, my daughter is seven an a half years old and my son five years old. They are bilingual German-Spanish and love languages. The Family language is German. Your communication language with the children will be English (or French still to learn).
The father Andreas (German) is an Engineer, he speaks German and English and Mom Vanessa (originally from Peru) is an MBA and speaks German, English, Spanish and a bit of Portuguese and Italian. Vanessa was almost all over the world on business trips and/or vacation. By welcoming Workawayers we bring the world to us and to our children. We also love traveling. My children love Workawayers that play with them and teach them about their country's language and culture. We have received over 25 Workawayers by now and we are happy to be in contact still with them. They are missed by my kids. They left a mark, for example, my kids now speak English, we incorporated a new meal at home, we have now beautiful plants to look at or a wonderful organized place.
As we get to know to each other, we learn what the motivation and abilities of the volunteers are. Accordingly, we assign tasks and happily share information and experiences regarding the German culture, system, and language. As we have always ideas and new projects apart from the daily tasks, we most of the time accommodate more than one workawayer. Being that the case, each one is assigned their own project or tasks to be responsible for. Couples or friends are welcome!
If you are self-motivated, open and willing to exchange, proactive, responsible and respectful guests who are genuinely eager to learn, you are very welcome to our family! We will be happy to hear from you if you would like to expand your life skill set and make a contribution to our family and place. Also, workawayers who will proactively help around our house. Apart from being in charge of any project or projects mentioned above, your help in preparing the meals and cleaning of the common areas is also expected as a family member (I do have to say it: an ADULT family member). Being immersed in the German culture is being disciplined and efficient at whatever you do. That's German culture and we would like guests inspired by that as our lives, home and schedules run accordingly. We keep the extended fun and play time for the late afternoons evenings and dinner time.
We don't want our children to be unrespectful by using the mobile phone during the meals, so do not teach them that by doing it yourself.
We expect the bathroom you use is fully cleaned at least once a week and that you leave everything clean and tidy after you use it. Also, I thought it goes without saying, however; it was not for all cases. You should plan to leave the bathroom and the room you used clean and do not pretend to count it as part of the helping time as this is your responsibility, sorry this is not a hotel. Regardless, what time of the day you are leaving you should plan your cleaning activities the day before or waking up earlier enough. Do not wait for me to tell you.
German, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
We can offer you either an independent studio/garden house with a little kitchen and a bathroom or a private room in the main house with a shared bathroom (there are three bathrooms in the house). Of course with warm water and heating. We will be happy you join us for the meals. We offer three meals a day. Upon coordination, it is up to you whether you would like to share with us the weekends or you would like to go on your own. May we get out for a nice trip, Museum visit, Theater, etc you are welcome to join us. We have fast speed internet/wireless at home. You can use a bicycle from us.
It is a quiet neighborhood, so be respectful. We love open friendly communication. Having fun at what we do and enjoying life as a gift it is important we think. Hanover has a lot of cultural activities to offer and nice bars and restaurants. There is a big forest in the middle of the city and other green areas. You can also visit cities around like Bremen or Hamburg on a day trip.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Max 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week