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Exchange ideas about sustainable living with our Belgian-German family in Ettenheim, Germany

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  • Last activity: 09/02/2022




  • Description


    We are a Belgian-German family of five. Our names are Martine, Alexander, Anna (11), Moira (9) and Leander (7). We moved a couple of years to Ettenheim because our kids were visiting a small school here combining nature and Montessori. Before that we were and are now again unschoolers. We bought the former village school build in 1844 which we are trying to renovate using only ecological materials. For that we need all the help there is. Currently we live rather basically but we hope to have a bigger part of the building in a livable state soon.
    We are very interested in concepts about sustainable living and engage in local projects around community supported agriculture and others.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We were workawayers ourselves in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, which was a great experience. We hope you can learn something about ecological building or our ideas of schooling...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We mainly need help getting the house in order. Your main job task will be to work together with Alexander on the heating system, building additional rooms and plastering walls. We are quite flexible and are happy if you bring in your own ideas and also spend some time with the kids enriching our house with maybe languages and music.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would love to improve our Italian and French. The kids are mainly interested in learning English and French.

  • Accommodation


    We can set you up in a small room in the house but you can also put up your tent in the garden or elsewhere on our grounds. There is also enough space for a campervan or mobilehome.

    We provide (vegan) food and we can share the meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We adhere to a vegan lifestyle so we would be glad if you could respect that. Also we expect you to be open minded towards our kids. You should always be willing to explain to them what you are doing right now if they show interest. No local transport but you can use a bike or our car. Nearby is Freiburg and France if you are interested.

  • 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 are happy to share our Internet access (250/40). We work online ourselves so the infrastructure is very good and above average. However, we do not offer WiFi and only provide access via cable (adapters exist).

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have enough space for just about everything. If necessary even below a roof.

  • 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

Host ref number: 489968678111



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