Athough we are new to Workaway, we are used to share our space and get to know (young) people from abroad: We have had live-in helpers in our 7 years in Asia and after that in Germany (Au pairs, students etc.), adding up to over 25 years of enjoyable help and companionship. Today, we live in Hofheim, right in the middle of Germany, close to Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Mainz. Since our kids are grown and only come occasionally for a visit, it is only my husband and me - plus our two lovely dogs in a beautiful big old villa. So we are happy to welcome an interested and curious workawayer and look forward to having a good time here together.
Although my husband is retired, our life is quite busy and filled with trips, events, and a variety of mostly local activities. Therefore we would very much appreciate some support in looking after our dogs and, to a limited degree, our home.
Hofheim is a really nice, medium-sized city with shops, bars, restaurants, a cinema, a language school etc. – everything you might want or need. The neighborhood is very friendly, especially those people also with dogs. Our location is very convenient: less than a 10 minute walk to town and to the train station. Frankfurt is a 20 minute train ride.
Drivers license required!
Help in the house
The language school in Hofheim offers a broad range of courses, and you have time to attend a German class (free of charge). Since we have an open house, you will have the opportunity to get to know German culture and lifestyle from different aspects.
I am very engaged at the Goethe University in Frankfurt with its 48.000 students. There are many interesting events and readings open to the public, so feel free to come with me and have a look. You may even consider to enroll at the university!
(Classical) Music is another big field of interest for us. In case you share that, we would love to take you to concerts or the Frankfurt opera. In our house, we have a grand piano which you could play.
We are looking for someone who walks the dogs in the afternoon in the nearby forest and meadows and looks after them whenever we travel (i.e. feeding, playing, walking). Speaking of travelling: Sometimes we would ask you to drive to the airport, the train station in Frankfurt or even places within Germany (for example, to horse tournaments, my husband’s hobby). And that includes keeping the cars functional and clean. Also, there is always some work to do in the garden, mainly cutting and weeding. We have cleaning help for the household but here and there I could use a hand, according to your skills. Ideally, the workawayer would stay with us for 6 months or longer.
You will have the privacy of a downstairs room plus connected bathroom, with direct entrance to the garden, where you can come and go as you wish. We share the kitchen and I provide food / meals.
There is lots to see and do here. Hiking and biking is great, and the Taunus hills as well as the vineyards along the Rhine river with its beautiful small towns are worth a visit. In Frankfurt you have lots of options for leisure activities and cultural life. With us being situated so centrally, you can easily travel to any place in Germany and explore the country. Any workawayer would have plenty of time to visit places in their spare time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week