Join our family in our magical and remote countryside home in Dorset, UK


United Kingdom

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  • Description


    Hello! We are looking for a conscientious and kindhearted Workaway to join us for up to 3 months this Autumn, helping with householding, cooking, gardening and childcare.

    A bit about us and our place - we are a British Colombian family living in the UK with two young children (7 and 3). For the last few years we have been living in 40 acres of magical and remote countryside in Dorset, on the edge of a wild and ancient common, 20 minutes from the sea.

    We live in a four-bedroom wooden bungalow, keep chickens and grow our own vegetables. We home educate our two young children Serena and Emilio. Ryan has a background in theatre, is a Qigong teacher, and training in Chinese metaphysics. Elisa is a doula and is training as a transformational coach. We eat well, good organic food, seasonal and local and enjoy music, walking, learning and nature. We also have a wonderful and slightly nuts sheepdog called Simone!

    The house is set amongst 40 acres of gardens private woodland and farmland which we share with two other families. There is a communal vegetable garden in which we share and we have two greenhouses.

    In recent months and on account of the global pandemic life here has become more contained, simple and practical - and we are extremely lucky to live where we do on the edge of ancient beech and oak woodland. We are keen to share it and are looking for someone to join our micro community and help run things.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in country life - and learn about vegetable growing, self-sufficiency, and home education. We are happy to help you with your language learning - we also speak Spanish. Ryan is a qualified Qigong instructor and is happy to share the practice. We are also based near the wild Jurassic coast and the beautiful artsy market town of Bridport. The fresh air and open space here is amazing and a real privelege during these times.

  • Help


    We are looking for an extra pair of hands and a kind heart to help with cooking, housekeeping, childcare and home ed, animal care and gardening. We home educate mostly through self-directed learning and supported play, but we also like to offer project-based learning. We run a little forest school group for local home ed children twice a week. If you have skills to share please do - be it languages, stories, music, yoga, science/art we would like to include this in our curriculum. The house runs on a certain rhythm with meal times and sessions of activity clearly set. The spirit of our little community is collaboration and we work towards everyone’s needs being fulfilled to the best we can all manage.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will be provided with a private room. You are of course welcome to share the whole house gardens and grounds with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is no public transport from our house, but we travel regularly into town and are happy to drop you in on days off etc. West Dorset and East devon are stunning areas of forgotten countryside, beautiful manor houses, and wild coast. Bridport is a lovely market town with an arty london diaspora, cool cafes and antique markets.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 287761744166