Enjoy beautiful Bavaria, Germany! Family looking for nice helpers: permaculture, bees and kids.

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    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ november
    *️️️️️ next year :-)


    ABOUT US We are a family of 5: Heri & me, Sabine (both end 30s) and 3 kids (9, 12 and 19). My eldest son has already left home, so he only occasionally visits.

    Heri and me are both Social Workers by trade; Heri heads a family-welfare organisation where he mainly works in public relations and offers consulting in IT and data protection. This means attending lots of meetings and charity events; besides he spends plenty of time at PCs; he loves playing games, geocaching and reading.
    As I realized I really prefer practical work I jobbed for a landscape-gardener after studying and during the last years stayed home taking care of our kids, renovating the house and transforming the garden. I love relaxing with a cup of coffee/ tea & a book, gardening, sports, cooking/ baking and anything creative.
    In our spare-time we mostly just relax reading or watching TV, try to do more sports and meet friends for pen&paper roleplaying (D&D).

    OUR KIDS attend the local Montessori school and are really outgoing and curious ones; Elijah is very proactive and loves soccer, meeting friends and playing board games, PC & playstation.
    Lillian is a huge fan of animals and art, she loves to learn about nature and every kind of drawing, crafting or decorating.

    Our home is surrounded by a typical small suburban GARDEN (150 sqm) which I convert step after step into an edible permaculture garden; I grow lots of veggies, berries & herbs and started beekeeping in summer 2018.
    I am pretty new to the principles of permaculture, actual reading lots of stuff, and have set up a nice garden map, I want to realize during the next year(s).
    We generally like the ideas of self-sufficiency & sustainability, so we recycle and renew old stuff & furniture, exchange with neighbours & friends, produce homemade things when possible and try to reduce plastic/ waste.
    Still we won`t reach a 100% self-sufficiency on our limited space, budget & willingness to be too dogmatic. We believe that every small contribution matters and as a family who sometimes has really busy phases just try to stay realistic about our possibilities.

    We are a christian family, but we do not tend to baptize people who are just careless enough to take a bath ;-)

    We can host either a single, a couple/ 2 friends, maybe with 1 kid.
    Would love to host families with more kids, but due to the size of our guestroom this is only an option if you have your own sleeping facility, eg a camper.
    We never invite 2 workawayers not travelling together to share the room.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are always interested to learn about the culture and daily routine in your home country and to share ours.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️GERMAN; there is nearly always someone home to practice
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ORGANIC GARDENING & BASICS PERMACULTURE, depends on season; I try to go the complete cycle from seeding my veggies till harvesting and collecting seeds for next season. Having over 10 years of experience in organic gardening, but quite new to permaculture.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️BASICS NATURAL BEEKEEPING, please note that I am a beginner! I took part in a beginner seminar 2017, read some books and start 2018, being far from an expert.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️SOCCER, get your ultimate soccer challenge by Elijah

    DEPENDING ON ACTUAL PROJECTS WE CAN ALSO TEACH:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️making organic body-care & vegetable soaps
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️renovation techniques
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️basics sewing - everything that is rectangular and non-elastic works fine ;-)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️use of some medicinal herbs in teas & cosmetics
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️upcycling/ renewing of wooden furniture

  • Help

    Help

    In short we are looking for help with:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ garden, renovation & building projects
    OR
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ household tasks, cooking & kids to give me time for the projects
    OR
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ a nice mix of both

    We mostly have a main project we work on until its done. For 2019 these are:
    *️️️️️️️ JULY: SEATING AREA, build from reused pallets; sanding, painting, installing and make a nice barbecue afterwards :-)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ 2019/ 2020: TRANSFORMING THE GARDEN IN PERMACULTURE STYLE; set up mulched beds, plant some bushes, build an insect hotel, create a tiny pond, composting, make fertilizers, sow a flower lawn, construct plant supports, new fences, etc.

    Besides there are plenty of daily tasks we could need help with:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️GARDEN, watering, picking
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Weekly house CLEANING
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️COOKING, preparing/ processing harvest
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️KIDS, spending time with them (basic German and skills in sports or arts are a plus); kidssitting every now and then to give Heri and me some time off
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Elijah wants to PRACTICE his ENGLISH, mostly just by having a good time together and conversating. His level is still beginner. If you are good at SOCCER he would love to get some extra training!
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️PHOTOS, I really need some to update our workaway and homeexchange listings... Besides we would like to have some nice family pics.

    Also many small projects:
    fixing bikes, sewing, repairing clothes, processing beeswax to candles & cosmetics, making mead, cooking jams & chutneys, soapmaking, rearranging rooms, upcycling projects etc.

    If you have any creative skills, please just let me know! I would love to learn more about building, permaculture, fertilizing soil, braiding hair, recipes, upcycling, repairing etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German (native), English (parents fluent, kids basics), French (Heri good basics)

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The guestroom has just moved to another bigger room (new pics soon).
    There are 2 connectable single beds + a fold-out single bed, storage and all beddings & towels you may need.
    You have your private bathroom with WC, shower & sink next door.
    Usually we can also provide 2 bikes and kids bike, actual they would need to be repaired first...

    Everyone has his/ her private room, rest of the house is shared: big living-/ dining-area, kitchen, laundry (washer, dryer), balcony with hammock :-) , terrace, garden, WiFi highspeed.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️We provide all food, drinks & basic care products
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️I (or maybe you) usually cook once a day. A veggie diet can be done easily as we eat very reduced meat; as a vegan you will probably need to prepare something for yourself often as we use dairy.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️You are always welcome to join our family-meals - help yourself at all other times or pack a lunch when leaving for a trip. We take good care our helpers are always fed well ;-)

    INFOS FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️we have bees
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️safe peanut-free home (1 of us is extremely allergic so we have to ask you to respect this and avoid any use of such products in our home)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️smoke-free home (for smokers: none minds outdoor smoking)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️cats, we plan to adopt 2 kitten in fall

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    WUERZBURG is a Bavarian city with about 130.000 residents, actual more than 20% of them students in cause of the popular universities.
    It is located at the river Main in a valley between picturesque vineyards, in the heart of the region Mainfranken, an important vine-growing area in Germany. A very sunny and warm spot of Germany - summers can be quite hot and in winter we rarely get some snow (but plenty of mud and fog...).

    The city as well as the district Bavaria are rich in old castles, medieval cities and ancient ruins - very attractive for people who like history and arts.

    Wuerzburg offers you a fascinating mix of Bavarian tradition, cultural sights/ events and modern students live.
    Many cultural events around the year, nightlife, all kinds of shopping, museums, theatres, a wonderful fortress, the Residenz of Wuerzburg, bars, cafes, open-air festivals, sports, parks with meadows and sport-areas, ship-tours on Main and many more attractions wait to be explored.

    As we exchange our home for holidays several times a year we usually have a box with actual infos about festivals, sights etc. for you!

    We live in the very quiet suburb "OBERDUERRBACH", surrounded by woods where you can bike or jog, but still close to the city centre of Wuerzburg (about 6 km, public bus available).
    Forest starts just over the street and in summer (May-Sept) you reach an open-air bath within 5 minutes by bike.
    5 min by feet there is a little supermarket with postal service and a Bavarian Biergarten (pub).

    We love living in this suburb as we are able to enjoy both - the tranquillity surrounded by nature as well as all the amenities a big city has to offer.

    You reach Frankfurt or Nuernberg within a bit more than 1 hour by train and we also have an excellent Flixbus-connection from/ to Wuerzburg, also Eurobus etc. - check out for your arrival, it is mostly cheaper than trains.

  • 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?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25h/week (can be organized flexible)

Heri & Sabine
Spring 2018
Living room
Dining room
GUESTROOM, ACTUAL MOVING TO A BIGGER ROOM
The attic building area; insulations, sealings & ceilings done :-)
Homemade veggie soaps: cacao, clary sage - cream, calendula, roibush-tea
Outside, late summer
The area that actual needs finish of drainage and will become a compost mulch bed. EDIT: DONE :-)
Sorroundings, the suburb Oberduerrbach lies in a little valley between forests.
View over part of city centre
Old Main Bridge & Fortress Marienberg at night











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