Do you want to do many different things and enjoy nature at the same time? We'd love your help with woodwork, building with natural or recycled materials and gardening. We are a young family living on a beautiful piece of land with a large garden, chickens, forest and tiny sheep. Currently, we do not gain commercial profit from the estate, while we do try to live off it for the most we can.
We are Jeroen, Filiz and Idris, with three sweet cats, tiny sheep, bees and chickens. Jeroen works at the farm and Filiz teaches Biology in high school. We love music, nature (of course) and food!
Life at our place revolves mostly around the edible landscape. One of our priorities in taking care of our domain, is to affect the biological diversity positively. That's why we grow many different kinds of plants, some of which are very extraordinary. We are always searching for plants that make an interesting addition to the garden, or varieties that fit better in this biotope.
As important as all the plants are of course the other bare necessities of life in temperate climates: buildings and heating! We love to build and we always have things to do. We build with natural and/or recycled materials, most of them harvested locally.
Being a family, we value our private time. So you will usually spend the evenings alone or, if there are other volunteers around, with them. Or of course your own friend/partner, if you come together!
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Here you will be able to experience and participate in many aspects of ecological living: the building, the gardening, the living in general; baking bread, making yogurt, conserving the harvest...
We have so many possibilities that for a large part of the time you will be able to find something to suit your interests, while of course we always need to do the day-to-day activities.
Furthermore you will see a side of the Netherlands that is not often seen; a small town, (very very small) hills, no tulips, and one of the few places where wooden shoes are not a tourist prop: we wear them and we love them.
Examples of things involving the 'building and heating' -projects:
- making an earthen floor
- making a rocket-mass-heater
- harvesting, adapt and store buildingwood from our own forest
- chopping wood
- working in the forest
Examples of things to do in the garden:
- sowing and nursing annual vegetables and herbs
- sowing, growing and nursing perennial (forest) garden plants
- harvesting the abundance of crops and conserve them
- seedsaving and accompanying techniques
- making compostpiles
We'd like for you to bring valuable skills or at least a large amount of interest and enthousiasm! It is important to us that you are independent enough to work on your own and to enjoy yourself on the days off.
You would stay in a caravan or a tent. There is a livingroom + kitchen where you can hang out after work (called the 'finca'). In the kitchen you are equipped to make your own breakfast and dinner, we will provide you with the ingredients (vegetarian). The finca is used by the volunteers, sometimes airbnb-ers and if we host groups (which is rarely) they use it too.
During the summer months we often rent out the caravan via airbnb. In the colder months (March, April, September, October) you will stay in the caravan. We are closed from November until February.
There is a dry toilet, a rainwater shower and a normal warm shower available. We have no wifi available, but there is an internet cable available and a laptop. Instead of a continuous internet connection, we invite you to enjoy the connection with nature while you're here :)
Lunch is mostly shared with us, in the house, and you are expected to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Food will be provided for during the two non-working days as well. Food is organic, but not always vegetarian, since on rare occasions we eat one of our roosters or acquire cow’s meat from biologically dynamic farmers nearby. Of course we can still easily accommodate a vegetarian diet.
We have been hosting volunteers for 8 years now (via other volunteer websites, this is our first Workaway-year) so we are big fans of the whole volunteering-thing. We've had so many great experiences and view these exchanges as a way to travel the world while still being able to sleep in our own beds at night :D
We love hosting families and are open to changing arrangements to make it work for everyone.
There is a bicycle available for use, and there’s much exploring possible in the many forests in the neighbourhood. The nearest city is Nijmegen, at 20km with good bus connection, and the nearest town is at 3km.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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