Enjoy fruit trees and help in our food forest and share our cultures, Netherlands



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    We are Barry, Natasja, Anouschka and Fiona. We start living in the middle of the Netherlands in Wijk bij Duurstede after our one and a half year of traveling in our van and enjoying workaway. We are living in an area full of fruittrees and have our own food forest. We like to start to live selfsupporting as much as it can and need help to achieve this. We live and work with permaculture principles. We are nonsmokers, we sometimes eat meat. we have our own vegetable garden of 200 m2, we have two scheep Bregtje en Bibi, giving us love, huggs and a lot of wool. Sometimes an animal is living here with us as a traveller, enough of we...

    Barry is father of our children and food technologist as background, demonstrate cuttingmachines and educate employees and technical service people how to maintane and operate machines. He is an active man who likes to work with his hands and is good in training people. He likes cooking and gardening, He also is volunteering in a nature experience project for schools. Educate children, families and teachers about nature with an experience program, based on sharing nature.
    Also founder of a community that organize nature experience workshops and walkings, building a food forest for the local community.
    He likes to build and make things, like; woodburning rocketmassheater, experience garden, natural schoolplayground, inhouse repairs, maintain and convert our firevan into a little motorhome.

    Natasja is allrounder; mother of our children and is also foodtechnologist. She has fun in recycling and saving water and energy, sawing clothes out of used clothes. Natasja loves to help in the caring of the animals, caring in the family life and help in small work around the house and in the garden. She likes cooking, is very keen on keeping people together, listening to others wishes and connect people together. She relax, friendly and has some patience.
    She is always trying to find solutions, is experienced in mediated learning for kids with special needs.
    She is always open to learn more...now she is learning to be a busdriver, so there is a chance you will meet her first in the public transport bus.

    Our Kids... you will meet them......If you are a family and/or like to play......they like to play a lot!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn about how people can live together and share knowledge and experiences with the security of having your own place and privacy. By sharing our experiences it's like traveling trough the world without making miles. We can speak English and Dutch and so you can practice language. We are curious to learn a birthdaysong in your language. Please, do mention this in your request, so we know you have read our profile and are interested.

  • Help


    We invite people that want to learn both ways about sustainable living. We like to share our experiences and like to learn from you. We experienced workaway as a wonderfull way of sharing. We like to share; help in the field to pick our own food, prepare it and share it. Main focus is do the work together and have fun. We started our food forest where we need help with. If you have skills in gardening and food foresting it would we great but if you like to learn as much as we do every day you are welcome. You can experience the food forest and help in and outside the house and the garden. We live in a farmers area so there is always something to do, smell, hear or see flying around (like owls, bats, insects, swallows). We like most the people that have positive energy and are hands-on.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

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

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own space, will it be a yurt, caravan, camper or a tent in summer. Or a private room in wintertime. The bathroom and toilets and living will be shared. Food will be shared by eating the meals together. That's the most interactive part of the day. Ofcourse there is place and time to say no and do your own thing but as workawayer you are part of our family. If you are a family we need to organize bedding as you prefer. We just moved in the new place so we are starting the place to live in that means we have to organise and get used to the place and possibilities.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We hope you will enjoy the area as much as we do, you can make a bike ride to the forest of the Amerongse Berg or take the canoo or kajak for a big adventure towards the city Utrecht or a smaller challenge of 2 h in the area of Wijk bij Duurstede. And ofcourse bikes are everywhere here in The Netherlands...
    Our house is located a 15 min walk from the nearest busstation. you can reach it easy by taking the bus from Utrecht central Station whithin 40 minutes. We live at the edge of the city Wijk by Duurstede and it is on walking or cycling distance.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campervan or motothome can stay here for maximum a week

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    max 5 hours a day, 3 days a week

Host ref number: 278533884551