We are a German family living in Brussels. Both parents are working and the three children (7, 5 and 2 years of age) attend to school, kindergarten and day care.
We try to live as ecologically as possible: daily cyclists with no car in the house, ecological food and recycling and upcycling of things. For the last year we have been renovating our house in an eco-friendly way and have moved in in May.
Help in the house
Brussels is a very interesting city to be; as the capital of Europe there is a lot to be discovered in terms of politics, different cultures, art and events. We have been living in this city for more than a decade and are well connected and knowledgeable and are very happy to show people around and to give them hints on what to do - be it in Brussels or Belgium.
As we are Germans the traveller might also get to experience a bit of our German traditions.
We can help with finding a language class, provide a bike and share in general our knowledge on ecological living, organic farming, literature and everything that is of common interest.
We are currently looking for someone to help us with some ongoing projects, especially wood-working: building bunk beds and shelves. Also sanding and painting of shelves needs to be done. And as spring kicks in some preparatory tasks in the garden.
We are looking for someone with experience in the above described areas, someone responsible with an eye for details. We have all the tools and most of the equipment at home and would join in the building process but need someone who has more time at his/her hands than we have to advance with the projects...
German, French, Dutch, English (children do not speak English...)
Depending on when you will arrive we will be able to offer you a room of your own or a bed in our office.
As to food: we will surely find out what is best for all of us. During the week breakfasts are fast and the traveller might want to take more time once the family has left the house. We will only be back in the late afternoon/evening and could share dinner then. For the weekend it will be different as there is more time. Probably it's the easiest if the traveller just helps her/himself for whatever s/he feels like. There will be plenty of food, for sure.
You'll find everything in Brussels: Language courses but also anything else from sports to cooking to handicraft work. There are many museums and exhibtions as well as an abundance of events. City life and nature are both possible.
You can get to all other parts of Belgium easily by train or even consider taking a train to the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, UK...
Public transport is very convenient from our place and you can also borrow one of our bikes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week, some help during the weekend