Help out in our historical house with our cats and dogs in Interlaken, Switzerland



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a husband and wife who live near Interlaken in a large house with two dogs and two cats. The house is a historical monument, so much so that it is promoted on the tourist welcome sign. Constructed in 1735, we purchased it in January 2022 with the goal to restore the house and surrounding garden. The house has been partially renovated; the kitchen, living and dining room are complete. The upstairs is a work in progress.

    With four pets and an untamed garden, in exchange for room and board, we are looking for someone to help with pet care, housesitting, gardening, and other renovation projects that arise.

    Our secondary goal is to improve our German. Having someone live in the house, who will correct our numerous mistakes is preferred.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are familiar with the region and can offer excellent advice on skiing, hiking and biking trails. The house is in a quintessential Swiss village that will give any resident a proper feel of small-town Switzerland. In addition, we are a 5-minute walk to Lake Brienz, and 3 bus stops away from Interlaken Ost, which is a wonderful launch pad to this amazing valley.

  • Help


    Our primary needs are animal care and improving our German. All volunteers must be good with dogs and cats and willing to walk and feed them when we are unavailable. Yard work is also needed when the weather allows.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are interested in improving our German-speaking skills.

  • Accommodation


    A minimum of 2 week stay is required. Each Workaway volunteer will have their own room, shared bathroom, and full use of the kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although bus and train passes are not included, we can advise you on discount rates and package deals available.

    A little about ourselves: We are US citizens but have lived in Singapore for the past 16 years. Thirteen of those summers were spent in nearby Wengen and Lauterbrunnen, making us quite familiar with the region.

    We are native English speakers with slowly improving German Skills.

  • 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

    All volunteers will have a private room with a shared bathroom. Wifi access is available throughout the house.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is no parking available adjacent to the house. Paid parking is available at the train station near by.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 322288934173

Feedback (2)



These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (5.0)

Look after our house, cats and garden while living in a friendly neigborhood close to nature in Winterthur, Switzerland
Animal care in very idyllic hamlet close to nature in Central Switzerland