Puppycare and gardening in village near beaches and The Hague, The Netherlands




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    PLEASE READ before sending a message, thank you!

    N.B. People with an allergy to dogs or who do not want to help in the household should not apply! ;-)

    1. Location:

    Village on the west coast of The Netherlands - not suitable for those who wish to stay in a city.

    10 minutes drive/20 minutes cycle from the beach, 20 minutes drive/40 minutes cycle to The Hague centre, 15 minutes drive/35 minutes cycle to Delft.

    2. Tasks Requested:

    Due to illness, help with looking after

    a) the garden, in preparation for winter
    b) Ralph - a Great Pyrenees (see photo).

    3. Accommodation Offered:

    Accommodation only (meals not included) in exchange for 15 hours per week.

    4. Ability & Experience:

    Please specify that you are happy with the tasks listed and that you can perform the tasks (i.e. do not have an illness or injury that prevents you from doing these tasks). Please also specify whether you have experience with dogs, household maintenance and/or gardening. Knowledge of one will suffice ;-)

    5. Share one sentence as to why you would like to stay here and which task suits you best.

    Description of Tasks

    Garden: Preparation for the winter, some experience required. Ability to chop wood for the open fire is an advantage!

    Great Pyrenees Ralph: Walking 4 times per day locally, brushing his fur, experience with dogs required for this task.

    House: Cleaning, including emptying/loading dishwasher, other household duties. Any fun DIY projects that might interest you.


    When applying, please specify that you understand points 1- 4 above and point 5 should explain what appeals to you about this workaway project. Thank you!

    Other information:

    Over the last 16 years, I have restored a period villa in a little village near The Hague. Previously, I have worked in many different countries and for more than a decade for NGO's. Now I volunteer but, unfortunately, I have hurt my spine. This means that I am currently struggling to look after my beautiful garden and do little maintenance jobs. As this is such a wonderful location, near beautiful cities of culture and glorious beaches, I thought someone might like a holiday in exchange for some help. You can also enjoy wonderful, wholesome, local produce in this magical place. Al freso if the weather permits! I am a native English speaker but also speak Dutch. Location is 40 minutes cycling to The Hague or Delft, it is also possible to cycle to numerous trams and buses in the area. Collection from tram/bus possible.

    With my injury, I still volunteer for an NGO, so I often need to do a few hours' work online every day. Sometimes I might have visitors and guests related to this NGO work but this will not impact your stay in any way. My background is as a tax consultant for a bank but I also have a degree in Psychology and Finance, which I use for my current volunteer work.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am a native English speaker, so I can help you improve your language skills - also if you wish to learn Dutch. The period villa is located near beautiful beaches and parks, and bikes are available to borrow. So, for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors, there is plenty to do. For those who love culture, musea and shopping; Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam are all relatively nearby. There is something for everyone, this is a beautiful, tranquil place. I have lived in several countries and love meeting travellers to share stories of adventures and experiences, looking forward to hearing yours and creating some new ones?

  • Help


    The priority is help looking after Ralph.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Private bedrooms, all with garden view, private bathroom for workawayers with rain shower and view of the garden. Use of living room and kitchen in the villa; and the terraces in the garden, of course! No smoking in the house or garden, no parties, no drugs, no bringing other people to stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is so much to do and see here. Apart from the villages and beaches nearby, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam are also easily accessible by bike and public transport. You can cycle to numerous trams if you wish to visit other cities and villages.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Good WiFi in the bedrooms and living room.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of space to park a campervan or motorhome.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Only on prior agreement.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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