Come and enjoy the lovely Austrian countryside in Voralpengebiet, Austria




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    enjoy our beautiful countryside with all essential amenities, a small village with its mountain lake and many hiking
    trails, as well as rock climbing possibilities . good transportation links (rail and buses) and connections to our principal towns.

    As for tasks they would involve household duties window cleaning, making the outside and inside look beautiful - clearing and cleaning garden beds and planting flower bulbs etc. , and various tasks also in the house we live in permanently! Whatever comes up in and around a house..................
    possibility to learn or practice german or french in a friendly and homely atmosphere in exchange , lodging and
    free food in A VERY PITTORESQUE landscape with possibility to hike, run, go skiing during winter or later on even
    to work on the mountain slopes or restaurants .
    we are working on an established time schedule on 25hrs/week - subject to change, but obviously taking into account our priorities first without forgetting yours!!! . Also a minimum stay of 14 days is required. Pse remember this is on a voluntary basis and not a paid job. This could be reconsidered after one month#s stay - where some pocket money could be provided.

    Someone with at least some basic i.e.beginners German for the changeover of our holiday-guests and looking after garden, Also doing the laundry (WASHING - HANGING OUT - IRONING - FOLDING) Cleaning the house (S) in between guests departures and arrivals. should be independent, fast and responsible and accurate.

    For students - they could study or have an echange i.e. erasmus programm at the linz university about 1 -1 1/2 TRAIN HOUR AWAY and we could arrange for them to work mainly the weekend plus one other day . linz is the capital city of upper Austria in case this appeals to someone.. room and food for free, train travels at their own expense
    drop us a message - thanks ....

    So you see that there might be different possibilities. We provide food - can accept vegetarians but would not feel comfortable with vegans. one or two workawayers, would have to share same room and bathroom - if two.

    During the skiing season we might propose other deals - like less food, less work or working days - so one can enjoy the slopes and you can buy your season card or other available tickets to enjoy skiing or snowboarding in our two ski resorts , each one about 12 kms away with free bus rides.
    FRANCE: - in spring and summer 2021 , starting in MARCH
    , - shape up a property close to the atlantic coast .... Allrounders - GUYS- with a hands-on mentality, able to tackle physical work , someone who might know how to make dry stonewalls , cover a roof on a small outbuilding, or familiar with carpentry/construction/painting on a somewhat semi- or professional level (small compensation for craftsman only considered) . - GIRLS: get the house fit and cleaned up for the summer season

    Could be someone working with us in Austria first, travelling for free down to France or vice versa ........
    BEFORE 2021 - but a bit more explicit:

    We are a French/Austrian couple in our sixties- this way opening our house to world-travellers - offering a roof and decent food as well as some of our time, for those wishing to give us a hand in exchange.
    You should not come to us if looking for a paid part-time job, however if you on a job search once you've been here - maybe we could help you finding one...........

    In AUSTRIA we live in a lovely valley surrounded by mountains, offering a lot to mountain-bikers, climbers, walkers and nature lovers without being shut off the surrounding villages, as well enough transportation links are in place (bus, train, etc.) the next Ryanairport Linz is only about 85 km away.
    There is a mountain lake, public swimming bath, shops, restaurants , bank, post office , alpine coaster, walking paths
    etc. - all waiting to be explored by bike, hiking or with public transport

    Generally, we are looking for one or more independent, healthy and uncomplicated person(s) in regard to food, time schedule and tasks - clean and tidy, non-smokers and no drugs - and willing to do a good job in whatever asked for.
    We can also accept serious couples.
    You can get free tuiton in german or french if interested,- or conversational language practice - in addition to free board
    and lodging .
    we would mainly be interested in spanish speaking candidates to improve our spanish or those wishing to improve already existing notions of the german or french language - but are open to other candidates, of course
    If interested in a break during your stay , then this can be discussed so that for example you can work more hours during one week or two and as such have time to go and visit other places or shoot off into the mountains or visit
    Vienna, Salzburg, Munich etc. for 3-5days max./month - that is, if you are staying a longer period.

    It's up to you do decide the length of your stay , knowing that 10 working days i.e. a stay of 14 days would be a minimum-
    to be extended upon mutual agreement and on the same or different conditions.
    Once arranged, we'd rather count upon the agreed time.
    the willingness to blend in with our life style and accept priorities is very important to us !
    Vegetarians , of course - but will have to be happy with the side dishes provided or buy or/and prepare their own meals.
    Vegan seems too complicated to us - but luckily there are other families going that direction ..............
    IF, -beside the meals offered, you have an extra craving or special fancies for food, pse arrange for your own shopping and keep them in your own storage. Ourselves we only take coffee in the morning, but of course basic ingredients are supplied so you can prepare a good start into the day!.

    On non-working i.e. off-days, probably both sides wish to be free - or otherwise some mutual agreement can be come to onsite for small excursion to explore the regions etc.. Sandwiches or simple food can be supplied on non working days, but it will also be your cook's day off !! IWe we can be helpful in obtaining cheap travels to places you might like to visit. simple lunch packets can be provided.

    IMPORTANT: no free internet, we ask for a 30 € fee for Internet/month in Austria, 15 € fortnight, a tenner if stay is shorter for streaming etc. and against which you'll receive our code. tO BE PAID UPON ARRIVAL.
    This is a participation to cover the costs and will contribute to expensive heating during the winter when we lodge other workawayers too

    Otherwise halfboard (evening meal ) and a small lunch is provided for free against max. 5 hrs daily x 5 days a week on a flexible schedule i.e. plan, upon mutual agreement, which should give you plenty of free time to explore the region or fulfill your leisure programme.
    We'll also be happy to spend time with you and to exchange point of views at times, at other times we need our private sphere as will you.
    Pse get in touch if you feel that a stay with us might tempt you and/or you wish to experience the joys of late autumn and winter pleasures for various sports.. Looking forward to reading you soon and to give you more information, if required.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Opportunities to visit surrounding places, to learn how to cook local dishes, to learn or
    improve German or French if interested, get involved in conversations regarding local customs - behaviours - mentalities

  • Help


    Tasks around the house (window cleaning, storing away stuff, tidying up, cleaning rooms etc. thoroughly) gardening (trimming, taking out plants, tidying plant bed, cutting hedges etc) ,shoveling snow in the wintertime . packing up stuff and helping to clear houses from clothes and partly furniture. General maintenance. Maybe computer help
    for ourselves partly spanish tuition and conversation would be awesome ( we do have a slight preference for spanish and latin american -already based in Europe- workawayers) but also consider any other travellers.
    Nothing for partygoers etc, though, the local tourist office provides attractions, but more for hikers, bikers, nature loving people wishing to be received as a family member and immerse into a typical austrian or french environment .

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    If possible own, well sized room with shared bathroom or shower room/wash basin/ washing machine)- or else shared room, if we happen to have 2 workawayers at the same time or if stays overlap.
    Privacy guaranteed.
    Use of garden etc..
    in France use of swimming pool

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In Austria: the village is 6km away with all necessary amenities and can be reached by bus (winter) or bike (summer) - there is a bus stop only 2-3 walking minutes from us with a 10 minutes ride down. 1h walking distance
    to the village center.
    Buses service the neighbouring villages and trains will take you to our capital city, LINZ -
    for a shopping day out or else to VIENNA, if you want to profit of a free 3 -5 days break.
    There are plenty of things to explore though we must admit, that we won't be the right place for partygoers
    (even if our village provides one or two discotheques) and/ or people who always need things happening around
    them and /or are full of blissful intentions in changing the world. Take this into consideration before getting in touch.
    However, if you are keen on skiing, or do any other sports and ready to spend some money on (alpine) sports we can make some kind of arrangement i.e. less hours with dinner only during the winter month,where you will be up on the slopes.
    We like people to be independent and sometimes self-sufficient, other time - when available -s we can do things together

    In France - where we sometimes take workawayers ,things are quite differen as distances are bigger and work more intensive physically. We can take you to the bus stop in Melle when going on excursions for one or several days out.
    the next opportunities arise as from towards March/April then as from towards end of JUNE , July, August and September 2020 with half a holiday feel, as you can use our lovely gardens and pool after or in the afternoon break and we are willing to give you 1h of language tuition at least 3 times a week. Gardening, Watering plants, weeding, cleaning and clearing, household chores - would be convenient for a serious couple or 2 mates, with a hands-on mentality and ready to work and not idling during working hours, which are split up anyhow most of the time so as to ease ''work-load'' and give you breaks for coffee and a huge break for swimming, hiking, cycling or just resting in between.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hrs (25hours max/week)

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