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Help with daily life and animal care near Kaiserslautern, Germany

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  • Letzte Aktivität: 03.02.2023

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  2023 

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  • Beschreibung

    Beschreibung

    Hey everyone!

    We have just moved to a new house in Aschbacherhof, close to Kaiserslautern. We have availability again starting in February and onwards. Although we are just a 4-minute drive to the university area of Kaiserslautern, and there is a bus stop in walking distance to town, the "village" we live in is very rural and is really just a collection of a few houses, with sheep and horses for neighbors.

    My name is Pia, but I prefer to go by Juniper, or June (30 yrs old - she/her), and I am a German and American citizen living in a small village in Rheinland Pfalz, Germany, with my 5 pets and with my mother (and eventually my father, once he comes back over from the US).

    We mostly need help with unpacking and organizing from the move, housekeeping/cleaning, cooking/meal prep, animal care, errands, and gardening/garden maintenance - but we also have a few specialty DIY projects we'd like to work on, and I love arts and crafts.

    Next, let me introduce you to your would-be housemates / my mini "zoo":

    Milo is a two-year-old Australian Shepherd and my Service dog - he's a high-energy, crazy, smart, stubborn, loving doggo - in a bit of a rebellious "teenage" phase at the moment but very sweet all in all. Benny is a 12-year-old pug, he was rescued at age 5 from a bad breeding mill and is disabled but he is still living his best life - he just needs a bit of help doing so. Then there are the spice cats - Cinnamon, Pumpkin, and Nutmeg, rescued together about two years ago, these orange Persians came from a hoarding situation. They are still quite shy having been through such a terrible situation so it takes a while for them to warm up to people - well, at least it takes the girls Nutmeg and Pumpkin a while - Mr. Cinnamon can be a bit more adventurous/feisty. I need some help grooming them as they can be a bit tough to catch/hold on to.

    One of the main reasons for the move into the new house with my parents is my health. I am disabled and have been struggling a bit to live on my own as my illness gets worse. I have limited energy on a daily basis and I'd like to be able to spend that energy on things that bring me joy rather than burning out trying to keep the house clean, so that is a big reason why we'd love some help. I do not need any help with personal care or anything like that, just around the house and with the animals.

    I want to say straight away that my house is LGBTQ+ friendly and I believe in BLM. I am fully vaccinated, as is my mother. I am also immune-compromised so we expect you to be fully vaccinated and safe (regardless of what regulations are in place). We do expect you to take a self-test before coming (they are cheap / sometimes free here in Germany) and we often still wear masks when at the store/mall or anywhere super crowded and indoors (not at home though or in fresh air without crowds). I care about equality and want this to be a safe space. Open and honest communication is important to me - I'd rather try and over-communicate something than under-communicate and I don't believe in "beating around the bush" it's better to be direct than be misunderstood (though we always strive to be kind in this house and also believe in the rule of treating others how you wish to be treated). There are a few house rules, always be kind and respectful to all, including the animals - we do not do negative reinforcement in this house, and the cats are not allowed outside so be mindful of closing doors behind you (occasionally Cinnamon gets the in the yard which is ok with supervision). My animals are my world, if you mistreat them in any way you will be asked to leave though I'm sure this won't be an issue :D Parties are also not allowed in the house (small gatherings are fine if discussed beforehand), and neither is excessive drinking. In general, we do expect you to be mostly sober, on most days (I mean you can go out and party on your days off just be respectful of the house / your housemates / the animals, and please take precautions against covid). Smoking is only allowed outside, away from the animals, and with any cigarette butts properly disposed of. Littering is not ok :)

    I am home a lot and prefer to have a quiet/peaceful home.

    There is no set daily schedule here and that includes no set work schedule - we don't usually rush in this house (unless we are late to appointments - which does happen a bit because ADHD), and I think in general we are pretty laid back about things - there is a chores list and we just discuss what needs to be done and work things out - basically family life :)

    For entertainment in the house we currently only have one TV but we do have Netflix, Prime, and Disney, along with a PS3 and a PS4 - I enjoy watching TV/movies, reading, writing, and sometimes playing games (card games, board games, tabletop, PC, and PS4). I enjoy theater, LARP, and fantasy/fiction in general. I like hiking when my body lets me. I love to swim and we have some great pools and lakes nearby, and scuba dive (though I'll admit I've never been diving in Germany). Hmm, what else, I have a BA in Anthropology and a minor in creative writing. I have a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and I am a self-published author of two children's books and a book of poetry and illustration. I have worked as a barista, and in the hospitality industry for a big hotel chain. I currently work as a freelancer for a digital nomad site. I've lived in 3 different countries (US, UK, and DE) and I've traveled to over 18 (my favorite was Thailand). I'm happy to share life stories.

    My mother is awesome / very welcoming and kind, my friends all think she's the "cool mom" but for real. She grew up in Germany and married an American (hence my dual citizenship). She enjoys hiking, swimming, and ballooning. She's a pretty good cook (can teach you some German recipes) and can teach you a lot about growing up in Germany / life in Germany and what it's like to be an immigrant in the US. She works as a secretary but has also worked in the automotive, hospitality, and construction business. She speaks German and English like me. She works full time M-F.

    My dad is currently in the US but may join us later on.

    We'd love to learn more about gardening, foraging (the house is right next to the woods), and cooking (especially about veggie / anti-inflammatory diets). We both like to bake occasionally. Mostly a veggie household but we do sometimes eat poultry and fish. My pups occasionally get meat treats.

    For now, we have one car and two bikes. We are in a very, very, small village but there are busses and trains nearby. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes to get to the city (Kaiserslautern) by bus. 10 minutes by car. This area is great for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and swimming (lakes and pools, and saunas), and there are a few castle ruins and historical landmarks. There is a mall about a 15-minute car ride away in downtown Kaiserslautern (along with a bunch of other shops, some bars, restaurants, clubs, etc) and we have a movie theater with English and German movies.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kunstprojekte
    Gartenarbeiten
    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Hausarbeiten
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    I speak English, and German and have dabbled in a few other languages. I am a TEFL teacher, author, and researcher. I'll be happy to explore/introduce some of the local areas with you or exchange travel stories - I've traveled through a lot of Europe, and a few other places. I've lived in Scotland, Germany, and the US before. We'll be moving in right next to the woods so great for hiking/walking/foraging. There are pools, castles, and lakes nearby. There is a big American community here too because of the Air Base nearby. You can learn more about (mostly) German family life/language practice. We can also visit my German family near Heidelberg for a more traditional German family experience (rather than mixed German / American lol) and can check out Heidelberg castle/downtown if you wish. In general, we don't mind showing you around the area (though gas prices are very high right now so depending on budget).

  • Arbeit

    Arbeit

    Its mainly house keeping/animal care... here are some examples of the chores:

    Dishes (load /unload the dishwasher)
    Tidy the kitchen / living room
    Clean kitchen surfaces as needed
    Replace / Wash blankets on couch
    Laundry (washing / folding)
    Preparing dinner
    Make Benny's bed & fresh water
    Rinse out / Refresh pet water bowls
    Clean cat litter boxes
    Check cat food bowls are full / clean
    Check plants / Water as needed
    Firewood & Ash (seasonal)
    Vaccum and mop floors
    Dusting / Spot cleaning
    Take out trash
    Spot clean bathrooms
    Wash / Refresh bedding
    Wash pet food bowls
    Check Feliway diffusers (monthly)
    Deep clean litter boxes (3 x a year)
    Deep clean bathrooms (6 x a year)
    Dusting / Spot cleaning windows
    Deep clean oven / Microwave
    Gardening / Lawncare (seasonal)

    - Occasionally / maybe helping unpack and organize as we've just moved into the house two months ago.

    - Dog walkies with Milo and playing with Milo

    - cooking / baking occasionally

    - help here and there feeding the pets (though I can usually manage this on my own)

    - help with groceries and other errands

    - help with Benny from time to time which usually involves carrying him somewhere or giving him a bath or something

    Other things may pop up now and again tbd but that is the basics.

    Special Projects:

    - Looking to build a catio - so carpenter/woodworking skills are welcome!

    We don't really measure the "time" it takes to do these things but it probably averages around 20 hours a week

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Deutsch: Fließend
    Englisch: Fließend
    Französisch: Grundkenntnisse

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
    I speak English and German - I have a TEFL certification and have experience teaching English and tutoring spoken German (not German grammar). I am interested in learning French, Chinese, and Japanese.

  • Unterkunft

    Unterkunft

    Your own room with a single / twin bed or a room with a floor mattress, which is thinner, plus a mattress topper for comfort, this can be a twin or king. There is a desk you can use. There are two bathrooms in the house (two showers, two toilets, and one tub) and they are shared. Food is included (what we eat / have in the house is shared, for special meals or eating out that is tbd).

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Things to do:
    - hiking/walking in the woods/fields
    - biking
    - swimming (pools and lakes - if you like to swim, bring your suit as we like to go to the indoor / outdoor pools)
    - a downtown area nearby (6 min by car to the city, maybe 10 to the city center, and about 20 min by bus) with shops, a mall, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, markets, etc.
    - movie theater (English and German movies)
    - historical sites (castles, ruins, etc.)
    - horseback riding
    - sheep near by

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    We have satellite wifi (Starlink) - it is very fast in the kitchen and relatively fast throughout the rest of the house too.

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    We've got space for a van outside the house, no special hook ups.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    zwei

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    Arbeitszeiten

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

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 437648238469

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