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Update: We are happy to host helpers from January 2020. Long-term possible, too. Couples and friends welcome.
Come to the eastern part of Germany and join our life. Please take the time and read our profile in detail before you send us a message.
We are a family of 3: Kerstin (52), Carsten (52) and Christopher (25). We live in a village on an estate that was a farm in the past. The village is situated 60 km from Dresden, 100 km from Leipzig and 170 km from Berlin in a national park. We have two cats that lives with us, too.
We invite you into our home and accept you as part of our family. We do our best to make you feel at home and appreciate any additional assistance. If you join us it will be fun, promise. Our place is for genuine travellers who want to learn more about Germany and experience staying with an East German family. It is not for those looking just for food and accommodation.
Much help is needed in and around the house and volunteers are welcome. Your tasks would include cleaning, assisting in the garden, watering the plants, etc. We also want to reconstruct the buildings and the old barn. We are flexible with chores and there is always a bit of give and take. We always try to be fair and reasonable and expect the same in return.
It is essential that you like cats as we have two and there will be times when you will need to feed and take care of Bonnie and Shadow.
We offer our hospitality and invite you to join our life. You can learn German and live like a German, travel around in the area and enjoy the beautiful countryside and lovely places. We integrate you into our life and are happy to show the history and culture of the surrounding castles, towns and villages.
Minimum stay 2 weeks, long term possible after a trial period.
Volunteering hours are flexible, 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. We expect active, responsible, motivated, respectful and reliable guests, who also "see" the jobs that have to be done and work on their own initiative and who can say thank you. If you do not like talking and socializing, if you cannot accept rules, schedules and punctuality, our house is the wrong place. When in China, do as the Chinese do, when in Portugal, do as the Portuguese do, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. We are very organized and like a clean and nice home.
Being a member of different platforms we had many helpers, all different personalities. But I get many requests that are very simple and impersonal. And helpers demand more than we can offer (like visa, pay, paying travel etc). Before applying please make sure you have read our profile in detail. We don't answer general requests, that are sent to many hosts. We appreciate personal messages, so tell us, why you have chosen our family to be your future host
You live in our office & guest room. If there are two volunteers, you have to share the room. Non-smokers only. No drugs. We cannot host vegans (except you buy/care for your own food). You have internet access.
- are sociable, active, communicative
- don't smoke
- are organised and willing to accept our way of life and our schedule and rules
- like cats
- are not just looking for a bed and food
- can also enjoy a calm village life
then our family could be the right place for you.
We do our best to make your stay with us a memory. But keep in mind that we are also working and run our businesses and we are not responsible for a 24/7 entertainment. You should be able to be on your own at times and organize your freetime too.
Feel free to contact us for further information.
Hope to see you soon in Germany.
Kerstin, Carsten and Christopher
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Join our German life and be part of our daily life. We love to talk, exchange ideas, cook, go on excursions, show you around.
Minimum stay 2 weeks, long term possible after a trial period, tasks: catsitting, housework, gardening, help on the estate, reconstruction work, processing fruits, help in the house. Flexible working hours and flexible days off.
German, English, French, Russian
You live in our house (in the office & guest room) or in a tent in the garden if you like. Maybe you share a room with another volunteer.
You have to like cats and have no cat allergy. Non-smokers only. No drugs.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours per day, flexible hours, 2 days off per week