Live with us, help us out and travel the countryside in Alchenstorf, Switzerland

  • Switzerland
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  • Last activity: 21 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description



    We are a family of 5 with 3 active boys, a small dog and two cats that keep us busy 😊 We live in the stunning country side of Switzerland close to the cities of Solothurn and Bern... in the Emmental...yes! Where the famous cheese comes from 🧀!!! We are always striving to live a more natural, offline, consumption free, earth loving live with less stress, less waste and less stuff.

    As a family we finally realized our dream and in April 2019 we moved into a Farm house on an active Organic Biodiversity farm. The owner is a great guy who lives by the rules of creating a more variety rich environment and we are so happy to settle here now. The house is a wonderfully old iconic Swiss "Riegelhaus" next to an all wood main farm building. This picturesque scene is surrounded by lush and vast woodland, acres of wild flower meadows, free roaming chickens, a lot of birds and bats and insects, two wonderful farm gardens (ours is a no dig Permaculture one) and grazing Schottish Galloway cows.

    I would love to get a personal message from you as a mother of 3 children as it is a privilege to open our house but I want to be safe and for people who want to stay with us to show a little extra effort. So if you really do read our Profile, please mention in your message what your favourite vegetarian/vegan dish is, and I will welcome you on your first day of workawaying with that dish!

    I am super super happy to start a new project as our wonderful farmer Simon has just given me a large plot of land that I can now use to my hearts content. My dream of a self sufficiant Homestead life is becoming a step more real now and that is why I could really do with some help. I am also planning to maybe extend the garden again this year 🍀
    Of course: There is also always normal life going on as well, especially with a big house like ours. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, regular garden work, preserving, baking bread, farm harvest season or whatever needs doing will also be part of our living experience together :)

    Public transport is excellent in Switzerland (although a bit pricey) and I am more than happy to take you with us on outings if we go places. As I do not need you to work a lot or very strict hours, I am always happy for you to go and explore whenever you have free time. We will stay in continuous communication on what our needs are and work it out on the go 😊

    Workawayers will have their own room and a private en suite Workawayers bathroom (old but private 😂 ) borrowed bikes (if we don't use them) and free shared meals with us (95% Vegan) 😊 If you prefer not to join the family meals, I kindly ask you to organize your own food. I can take you with me to the grocery store or the local farmers market where you can buy whatever you wish. We are mostly vegan but do not mind other lifestyle choices ❤️
    (and of course we also provide WIFI, however: I would honestly appreciate if media consumption in our house is not your main priority! Especially around the children…)

    We can usually only have two workawayers at the time, but in summer we have more options to host more people simultaneously and I also have more opportunities to work, share and exchange... so do contact me and ask, I really truly love and live the Workaway experience 😊

    Lots of love 💗

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can give you a very loving and open environment and you can learn about natural child raising, homeschooling or freeschooling, vegan cooking, music (my husband is in a band and I used to jodel in a folcloric choir and sing opera), sewing, crafting, preserving, baking, Permaculture/no dig gardening, Biodiversity.
    I love to spend time on our land and around our home or walking /hiking, geocaching, biking and taking trips around Switzerland and enjoy the breathtaking nature here 😊 Since we started a family I am also actively downsizing/minimizing waste and doing things ourselves (clothes, food, household products etc.) for 10 years now, have less - live more!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    -Spend time with the kids and speak english or spanish or french to them (if you can 😜)
    -Teaching and playing in a very free kind of way (freeschooling) and marking schoolwork
    -Babysitting (occasionally when I need to work or you are very good with the children, however this is very dependable on the connection we make/the children make with you)
    -Permaculture/no dig garden and acre and surrounding projects (like wood chopping, pond work, woodwork, weeding, planting, lawn mowing, watering or occasional heavy tasks can also arise)
    -Housework (washing, cleaning, maybe cooking although that is usually my domain 😉 , preserving, handcrafts, food production)
    -Walk and/or groom and cuddle our doggy and kitties 🐶 🐱

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are a trilingual (quadrolingual) family and especially the kids always benefit from english, spanish or french speaking Workawayers :)

  • Accommodation


    Private room and bathroom for all workawayers

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I am more than happy to assist you with any trips you would like to do, drive you to the closest station if I have time. I am really flexible and helpful if you need my help with something we can always talk about it! There is so much to do in the immediate natural surrounding as well as in Switzerland as a country. So I am sure you will not get bored :D

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    A small to medium sized Camper could park in front of the house for about 2 weeks at a time. However we live on an active farm, with tractors, cows and pigs and everything so it is not a very quiet spot!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I already had workawayers with a dog. As long as it is not half a Zoo I can be flexibel so do ask!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 366775218631

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