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UPDATE: WE ARE ON WINTERBREAK UNTIL ROUGHLY APRIL :)
We are a family of 5 with 3 active boys (in an adoption process for two girls) and 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 Permaculture one) and grazing Schottish Galloway cows.
We would love to get a personal message from you as we have 3 children (soon 5, we hope, as we are in a running adoption process!) and it is a privilege to open our house but we 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 we will welcome you on your first day of workawaying with that dish!
We are super super happy to start a new project as our wonderful farmer Simon has just given us a large plot of land that we can now use to our hearts content. Our dream of a self sufficiant Homestead life is becoming a step more real now and that is why we could do with some help. There is always normal life going on as well, especially with a big house like ours. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, regular garden work or whatever needs doing will also be part of our living experience together :)
Public transport is excellent in Switzerland (although a bit pricey) and we are more than happy to take you with us on outings if we go places. As we do not need you to work a lot, we are always happy for you to go and explore whenever you have free time.
You will have your own room and a private en suite Workawayers bathroom (old but private *️️lol*️️) borrowed bikes (if we don't use them) and free shared meals with us (Vegan) 😊 (and of course WIFI, however: we would truly appreciate if media consumption in our house is not your main priority!)
We can usually only have one or two workawayers at the time, but in summer we have more options to host more people simultaneously and also have more opportunities to work and learn and exchange... so do contact us and ask, we really truly love and live the Workaway experience 😊
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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 jodel in a folcloric choir), sewing, crafting, preserving, baking, Permaculture/no dig gardening, Biodiversity. We love to spend time on our land or walking /hiking, geocaching, biking and taking trips around Switzerland and enjoy the breathtaking nature here 😊 Since we started a family we are also actively downsizing/minimizing waste and doing things ourselves (clothes, food, household products etc.) for 10 years now, have less - live more!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
-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)
-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, occasional heavy tasks can also arise)
-Housework (washing, cleaning, maybe cooking, preserving, handcrafts, food production)
-Walk and/or groom and cuddle our doggy and kitty 🐶 🐱
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 :)
Private room and bathroom (for workawayers)
We are more than happy to assist you with any trips you would like to do, drive you to the closest station if we have time. We are really flexible and helpful if you need our help with something we can always assist! There is so much to do in the immediate natural surrounding as well as in Switzerland as a country. So we are sure you will not get bored :D
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
A small to medium sized Camper could park in front of our 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!
We already had workawayers with a dog. As long as it is not half a Zoo we can be flexibel so do ask!
More than two
Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week, weekends off
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