We, mother and daughter, run a 2-acre smallholding in the southern part of the Netherlands.
We have 5 Icelandic Horses (including a foal!) and often there are a couple of extra horses other people bring here to have trained.
We also have some chickens (for the eggs), 2 sheep (our weed controllers), dogs and cats.
Our farm borders on the woods; the environment is beautiful and quiet. A nice starting point for long walks and cycling trips, while at the same time we are less than a mile away from the nearest village.
I (daughter) work as a part-time psychologist; the major part of my time, however, is spent taking care of the horses and training them.
We need some help now since I am at the moment suffering from a –hopefully temporary – inflammation of the shoulder muscles.
My mother (a former linguist) takes care of the fruit trees, vegetable garden, the fences and sawing/splitting wood for the wood stove, and most of the other chores.
There are always a lot of things to be done around here; it will be obvious we are looking for a Workawayer who likes animals and who is used to and likes outdoor work.
Help in the house
Staying here you will have plenty opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Dutch nature and countryside, while at the same time the bigger cities with their cultural input are within easy reach.
The farm itself borders on the woods, where you find walking trails, ponds, and if you are lucky you may spot deer, buzzards and other wildlife.
There are several nice little villages within walking/cycling distance. And if you like some more ‘cultural’ or big-city input, you can there catch a bus to one of the larger towns close by, like Helmond and Eindhoven, where also there are railway stations and trains to other cities like ‘s-Hertogenbosch (20 minutes)- the beautiful old capital of this region- or to any other city in our country. Also my boyfriend drives to Rotterdam or Amsterdam almost every day for work, so you can very easily get a ride there on your days off.
You will have a good bicycle at your disposal, and you can come with either of us when we go somewhere by car. Of course you can also join us to the movies or to other places we visit (for work or otherwise).
Also my mother does a lot of singing, in several choirs; if you like to, you’re welcome to sometimes join her. And we have a piano, so if you like to play…
We need some 4 to 5 hours help each day- 5 days a week- with the daily chores around the animals (watering them, mucking out, etc.), plus with whatever presents itself each day (e.g. stacking wood for the fire, maybe painting the stable, etc.). Sometimes we’ll be working together, sometimes we’ll be busy at separate jobs. If you're interested in learning about training of young horses you're welcome to help me with this from time to time.
We start work everyday at 9, with a coffee break at about 11, stopping for lunch at about 13.30-14.00 o'clock.
The rest of the day you are free to do whatever you like.
At the end of the day we like to have dinner together, but that is, of course, not obligatory. After dinner we usually take some time for ourselves.
Staying here you will have your own room. The kitchen is used as a common area and there also is a den/small living room to be used by the Workawayers.
Meals will be taken together with both of us 3 times a week and the rest of the week you have dinner with my mum. Lunch is with either or both of us depending on the workdays.
My mother has been a Workawayer herself on several occasions, and with those experiences in mind we hope to be able to help you with whatever you , as a foreigner, would like here in Holland. There will always be things we do not think of; please feel welcome to ask questions and discuss whatever you would want to talk about.
Please do not forget: you need to have your own insurance, working here! Also, we're looking for a non-smoking workawayer. Please read the Workaway 'rules' to see what's generally expected of Workawayers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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