Live in a 250 years old farm house and help us with building a cultural center in our village, 1,5 hours north of Frankfurt, Germany

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  • Description

    Description

    ---PLEASE NOTE: We are currently (especially) looking for help with building the walls of the atelier (using a hemp-lime mixture) and with carpentry work: For helping with building the walls you don´t need any previous knowledge, for the carpentry work it would be great if you already have some experience in working with wood.--------------------

    We, that is Justus who is a sculptor and Katrin who studies international social work, are building a cultural center in our village. Justus is 35 and Katrin is 28. We love travelling and enjoy nature a lot. Katrin has already worked away in Sweden and Belgium, now it´s our first time to become hosts ourselves. We are curious to meet new people, share and exchange knowledge and stories with each other and to get to know you!

    We live in a 250 years old farm house, that has accommodated the family of Justus ‘grandmother during the time of the second world war. It is a house that is filled with stories and memories which we are happy to share with you. Besides it is a fascinating building that preserved the knowledge and work of the people who built it. We live very close ( 15 minutes walk) to a natural reserve and we are surrounded by beautiful landscape with lots of hiking trails.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    We live very close ( 15 minutes walk) to a natural reserve and we are surrounded by beautiful landscape with lots of hiking trails.

    Maybe you know the stories that have been collected by the brothers Grimm: They lived in this area, inter alia in Marburg, a university city about 40 km from our house. We can show you the tower that served as inspiration for the illustration of the tower of “Rapunzel”. We can also help you with learning German if you want and we are happy to try to speak other languages as well. Both of us speak English and Katrin speaks some basic Spanish and some extremely basic French.

    You will have the possibility to learn about working with materials such as lime, clay and wood. Depending on when you come, you will have the possibility to work together with a carpenter and a conservator and whenever there is a workshop happening you are welcome to attend.

    Besides we are curious to get to know you and happy to learn from you!

  • Help

    Help

    We are in the process of building a cultural center in our village.
    The center will consist of two buildings: One large atelier with a small kitchen, a bathroom, a sleeping place for artists in residence and a large (120m²) room that will be used for work/ concerts/ theatre/ workshops….This building we are currently constructing.The other building used to be a barn and is part of our 250 years old farmhouse. We will turn it into a library with an open fireplace; a place for people to gather, read, discuss, develop new ideas, learn, exchange knowledge and maybe also for small concerts. This building will receive a new floor made from hemp and lime and we already plastered the walls with clay.

    The atelier will be built from wood, with walls made from a hemp- lime mixture. We will use lime plaster on the outside and clay plaster in the inside of the house. Besides we will renovate some old doors and windows that will be used in the atelier and some of the doors and the shelfs for the library are going to be (newly) constructed.

    One of Justus brothers currently stays with us: He is a carpenter and will take care of everything made from wood. Later in the year a friend of us will come and help us with building a tiled oven, this process you could also join if you want.

    If you would like to learn how to turn materials such as wood and clay and lime into buildings, there are many possibilities here for you to do so. You do not need any previous experiences with clay plastering, or with working with the lime-hemp mixture to build the walls. learning will happen along the way.

    If you would like to help with the construction work, it would be great if you already have some experience in working with wood. If not, we will figure out something together that fits your interests.
    Besides the work on the cultural center there are also some walls and windows in the main house that would need some sanding and new paint.

    Apart from that, if you like to cook you would also help us a lot if you could take over the kitchen from time to time. Or if you are into photographing, graphic design, film etc. you might want to help us to document the process of the construction work or with the design of the cultural programme or with some advertising? Or maybe you even like to work on homepages?

    We also have a garden in which you could help, if you want.

    There are many different things that can be done here, so what you are going to do will depend on what we are currently working on and of course on your interests.
    Just let us know with what you would like to help, what you already know and what you would like to learn.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will stay with us in a 250 years old former farm house (which is right next to where the cultural center will be). You will have your own room. We have two bathrooms in the house, you might need to share your bathroom with one or two other people and there is a second living room which you are also welcome to use ( as well as “our” living room of course). We usually eat together, trying to take turns with cooking. Besides, food is in the kitchen and when you´re hungry you just take what you want.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a very small village in the north of Hesse at the border to North Rine Westphalia, right next to an area called “Sauerland”. The next train stations and Flix bus stops are in Frankenberg/Eder (15 km) and Winterberg (20 km). We have a car which you are also welcome to use if you have a driver’s license.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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