Help with an organic vegetable garden, around the house and with rescue dogs near Osnabrück, Germany

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  • Last activity: 11/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a friendly German/English family living in the north-west of Germany. Living at home are my husband and myself plus one or more other people. There may also be exchange students, visiting travellers, etc.
    We are in the process of starting a (biggish) organic vegetable garden and would also like some help around the house and with our rescue dogs and chickens. There are no young children, so no baby-sitting :-)
    We are vegan and although we are happy to accept anybody we don't want meat in the house. (Dairy is okay.)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We often have people from different countries staying with us and love to hear about different cultures.
    We are all fluent in English and German. Gabi is learning Dutch and would love some help with that.
    You will hopefully learn how to create a thriving, awesome organic vegetable garden .... or alternatively how to cope when the hares and deer destroy all our efforts...
    You can also learn a lot about dog behaviour and non-violent dog training.
    And then of course there's the vegan cooking. We're no Master Chefs but if you're new to the idea of cooking and baking without animal products we can definitely help.

  • Help


    At the moment we mainly need help with maintaining the vegetable garden we started in spring 2017, working on our pond and little jobs around the house.
    The dogs want to be walked and we're always happy to get help with housework, especially vegan cooking. We don't need people to be ridiculously skilled at things, just being willing to help will be cool.

    Update January 2022: Spring will soon be on its way and we'll need help in the veg garden, digging, sowing, planting and weeding.
    Also, we have five rescue dogs, one of which is fairly traumatized. This means he is very frightened of strangers and barks at them a lot!!! We want to make him realize that all humans are wonderful (at least the ones who come here), so you have to be prepared to work with us and try and make friends with him. And of course you must always be calm and non-aggressive towards him. Saying that, he is getting a lot better and responds very well to calm and friendly people who sneak him the odd treat.

    And I'm afraid there are always the boring things going on like cooking, washing up, cleaning floors,...
    If you can bake vegan cakes we will love you :-)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Single or shared rooms in the house, depending on how many other people are around. (Usually there will be a single room for you.)
    You will eat with us, we will provide 3 vegan meals a day.
    No smoking in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on the outskirts of a small village with little public transport, but you can borrow our bikes to visit nearby nature reserves or cycle to the station where you can catch the train to Osnabrück (15 min), Bremen (1 h), Hamburg ( 2 ,5 hrs), or Amsterdam (3 hrs). Depending on our working hours we are also happy to give you lifts, although we would like you not to go out too often during Corona times. We obviously have to follow the rules, but they can change quickly, so if you'd like to know exactly what you can and cannot do at any given time just ask.
    Other things we think we should mention:
    Our dogs are mainly friendly but big and hairy. They live with us in the house. Expect to wade through dog hair during molting times :-)
    We have a sense of humor and don't take ourselves too seriously.
    You won't be expected to work outside in shitty weather.
    Times are likely to be flexible, but no more than five hours per day, five days per week max.
    We enjoy games, discussions, trips to the cinema, watching movies, etc. We also have various instruments (pianos, guitars, flute, accordeon, broken violin,...) which nobody can play particularly well, but we'd love to hear you play them.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We got glass fibre cable about a year ago so our internet connection is pretty decent.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Smallish vans can be parked in front of the house.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 476926571925

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