Come and enjoy gardening, solar cooking, pet sitting in Mettmenstetten, Switzerland




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    We live in a village, between Zurich and Zug, with us in the apartement are 2 cats 🐾🐾 and 3 guniea pigs.

    You are ready to start help with gardening ? in October is possible also for only 1 week

    We have a garden for vegetables, 🌿🌿( gardening till October/Nov.)
    We travel every year for some weeks and some weekends - for this we as well look for you to take care for our animals and the house. We do shorter and longer cycle-tours and go for swimming several times a week.
    We like cooking, with fresh vegetables, from the garden, or farms in the region.
    you could experiment with our solar cookers. Most of our bread, we do by our own.
    We produce own yoghurt, with milk from a nearby farm.

    we have breakfast together at about 7:00 or 7:30 am, we do most of the work in the mornings,
    in the afternoons, some days we do activities together, like cycling, swimming ...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    we like to meet new people, form other countries, other cultures, to talk together.
    you can stay 2-4 weeks at our home in Switzerland, we can show you more in the region, we can do some rides on bicycles together, to the farms to buy vegetables, to the lake of Zug for swimming ( March till November ), with experienced bikers, we go for a longer ride ..... or by train to Zurich .....
    Lake of Zug and Lake of Zurich are nice for swimming

  • Help


    Do you like animals ? cats and guniea pigs ? and you like nature gardening, ....,
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    we could need you for different tasks, in the house and outside.

    you like cooking - we share cooking.
    You are welcome to cook a meal, what you like the most, or is important from your origine country.
    ( We and you do not like cooking with a lot of fat, no deep-fry, only little fry )
    we back mostly our own bread, if you never done this, we show you, you can experiment.

    As well you could care for our pets : 2 cats, 3 guinea pigs, to feed them, to play with them, to look for them, to bring the guinea pigs out to the garden in the morning, to collect them in the evening.
    There would be some chores in the house as well, some cleaning, cooking, .... , in the garden
    if we are away in this time period, you would look for the house and animals, and do your own cooking.

    ( evt. there are old fotographs, to be scanned and digitaly prepared for use on a website. )
    ( evt. you could help, to save and improve some language skills, spanish, arabic, indonesian )

    -> please note :
    we do recycle what is possible : all organic materials, glas, paper, metals, plastics, electronics, batteries ....

    and : we do not use palmoil. we do not buy products, containing palm oil. whole Sumatra and Borneo and other rainforests have been destroid and replanted with not climate friendly oil palm plantations.

    min. stay : 2 weeks

    we live in a cow country, so we use cheese, milk, butter, youghurt, meat ... for cooking, backing.
    no problem, if you are vegetarian, there is other food to eat, then meat.

    our Internet WLAN is limited in the evening till 22:30, to have low-radiation at night for a good rest
    and you please switch off your mobile at night

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Arabic: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    you will have your own sleeping room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we live in a village between Zurich and Zug ( by train 40 min. to Zurich, 15 min. to Zug ).
    take train S5 in Zurich mainstation, track 41/42, in direction 'Zug' ( every half an hour at X.09 / X.39 )
    ( do not get any other train in direction 'Zug', they will travel an other line )
    we have a bicycle for you to use.
    ( if arriving at the Airport Zurich, there are 10 or more direct trains /h, to Zurich mainstation - 12 min. )
    ( you buy a ticket directly to our village, is valid 3 hours )

  • 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 hours a day, 5 days a week or when house sitting less hours a day, but every day

on a cycle tour
our Solarcookers
Garden, July 2016
Ivy Donna Helvetia
Ivy and Frida
Maja in the garden, and Frida
on Oberalbis
cycling to, and at the lake of Zug
Garden, in May 2018
Salad and flowers, fresh from the garden
spring 2019, March 12

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