Do you (also) want to live sustainably? Join the sustainable living project of the Spinnerei in northern Saxony, Germany

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Since 2011 we (a small community of 3 adults and 2 children) have been living as closely to our principles of a steadfast sustainable life as possible. We try to be as self-sufficient as we can by eating, preserving, canning and drying the vegetables our own garden provides. We have built a cooling cellar/earth cellar in order to do without a refrigerator. We try to get everything we need second hand, for free or by bartering, and we even reuse and upcycle building materials. We take what we find and experiment. In doing so, we are inspired by traditional crafts and come up with unconventional solutions, e.g. insulating with old wine bottles and making tea lights from leftover wax and suet.
    We want to share our vision and give others the opportunity to experiment with different life styles at the Spinnerei.
    We organize a small number of workshops every year, such as Cooking with Native Plants.
    Acting in an ecologically and socially responsible manner doesn‘t stop at our property line: That is why a good chunk of our everyday life is political activism. For instance, we are engaged against planned new open lignite mines in the region and we publish a paper on this topic. Additionally, we are founding a Free Democratic School.

    As our volunteer you are part of our community. We work and eat together and like to spend our freetime together.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The landscape of our region Lusatia is adapted to lignite mining. We like take our volunteers for day trips to the mining area. There you can see the entire effects for humans and environment and we explain the process behind it.

  • Help

    Help

    Gardening Tasks, depending on the season: preparing beds, sowing, planting, weeding and harvesting.
    House Building Tasks: building with recycled materials, e.g. preparing bricks, working with adobe, masonry and carpentry.

    For the most part we will work together on something and of course introduce you in every job. At any time you can ask for help.

    We'd like you to stay for at least two weeks until 3 weeks. If we get on well, you are then welcome to stay longer.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german, english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are two little trailers for sleeping (one for one person and the other one for two persons), but without heating/stove.

    Besides a new bathroom inside we also got a green shower outside, which is great in summer time!

    We prepare and have meals together three times a day. The meals are mostly vegetarian, frequently vegan, rarely with meat or fish.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Around the Spinnerei area there are beautyful bicycle routes reaching the nearby cities of Spremberg (12 km), Weißwasser (16 km) and Hoyerswerda (20 km). You can lend a bike for tours from us.

    In summer you can also get by bike to the nearby lakes.

    The landscape of our region Lusatia is adapted to lignite mining. We like take our volunteers for day trips to the mining area. There you can see the entire effects for humans and environment and we explain the process behind it.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week





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