We are a couple living in a small town in East Germany, 80 km southwest of Berlin.
We have just moved to an old house which we just bought, together with a huge piece of land. This place is the fulfilment of our dreams, with lots of space and silence. The house and all the barns need quite some fixing, and at different seasons, we have lots of fruit: blackberries, peaches, apples, walnuts etc.
But we take it easy (I hope) and want to enjoy the place as much as possible - next to all the work.
We are both freelancers and regularly working in Berlin (one at the TV and the other doing improvisation theatre), so there will be days when only one of us is at home or you will even be on your own. So spending time on your own should not be a problem to you.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
To be honest, we are total newbies here and don´t know exactly what to say.
Having bought this house and piece of land, I am going to fulfil a very old and huge dream and I am really happy that I have not let go of that dream. So I can offer motivating you to not let go of your deapest dreams..
You can learn what life in the east-german countryside can look like. Older people who have lived in different political systems can surely tell lots of interesting stories. Then there is a growing alternative scene of younger people moving to the countryside and looking for a simpler way of life.
We generally need help with renovating our house. Could be fixing doors that are stuck, building shelves, hanging curtains etc.
If you have any other skills such as working with wood, renovating old windows and doors, that´s wonderful.
Step by step, we want to empty and clean spaces in the side buildings such as the big batn.
Also, there is lots of stuff to do in the garden, during different seasons, we have tons of fruit to process: apples, blackberries, peaches, plums, walnuts. So if you like to pick up walnuts or make jam or other jummie things, thats wonderful. We simply dont have time for the fruit this year.
If you feel like going shopping and preparing food, that´s lovely.
German, English, Dutch, French
This is still kind of improvised: you will probably sleep in one of the rooms upstairs which still might be prepared since it is full of cardboard boxes, and where you would share the corridor with our tenant who is also living upstairs. He is a man in his seventies, who has lived here all the time and who is kind of special - he might be a bit cautious with guests, actually, he doesn't like to have too much social contact.
Another option might be preparing an old caravan for you, which needs quite some preparations since there isnt a bed yet.
So accomodation will be a bit adventurous, but we will be working on making the place cosy for you!
Food - we are a couple of a vegetarian who insists on organic food, and a meat eater who eats almost everything.
Mostly we cook vegetarian, and sometimes my boyfriend will make some meat. We have a simple kitchen in the new house so cooking is possible.
What´s a bit of a problem is the availability of Wifi, it's there but might be not very stable.
Our place is quite big, 3 hectares of nature, and it offers a wonderful view into the landscape. You can go for nice hikes through the forests or just hang in a hammock and enjoy the silence.
Bad Belzig is a small town with about 10000 inhabitants. Not much happening, but there is an old castle and for wellness, there is a thermal bath with hot pools and sauna´s.
Further, there are some interesting alternative projects around. Also, one of our friends is a regular workaway host, so we might meet with them sometimes, doing some bigger works altogether or barbequing.
Our house is situated 5 minutes walk from the railway station - the hourly trains will take you to Berlin main station in exactly 60 minutes. Also Potsdam and Dessau are interesting towns reachable within less than an hour.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week