Helping hand with DIY, chores, sporting and hiking with teenagers and daily routines in Leiden, Netherlands



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    We're living in the ancient city of Leiden, 20 min away from Amsterdam, with its canals in which we kayak and romantic bridges, nearby the sea. We are '4' of us: me, my two boys of 14 and 15, and a tiny dog.
    Family life can be busy even though I work part time as teacher, meaning a lot of chores just stayed on the waiting list the last 13 years. Help me with down scaling the chores list is most welcome, in time, this can also involve that you help me taking the teenagers out sporting/ hiking or help them being part of doing chores. This can vary from cooking, helping the kids to learn how to cook and do the groceries, till giving an extra hand while installing a sink or paint the walls and decorate towards a true home feeling. A walk with the dog and chat with the kids so they become less shy. Because there are kids involved and it takes time for them to get social comfortable around new people, we prefer a minimum stay of 2 months.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you will learn in a cultural and practical way. The practical part will be about minor construction work at the house, the cultural way will be at us as a typical Dutch one-parent family in Leiden.
    Leiden is known of its rich history as a important position international in Science and trading. A lot of ancient architecture is kept here.
    The city is known by its innovating social projects, University, Science and has besides the typical Dutch roots a high expat presence since ages due to his international position in which it's easy to mingle and exchange.
    At the moment Leiden has a lot of gardening projects and our future goal is to be able to participate in exploring all possibilities in food providing gardening and bringing nature in to the city. A lot of progress is already made by the council and we love to show you the parcs, let you experience the fresh air and birds.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    There's plenty of work, varying from constructing work until teenage-sitting, let's see what match there is and what would suit best. With other workexchange programs we hosted people for a flexibele stay, the minimum time help stayed was 3 months, maximum 3 years.
    The first chore would be to prepare a satisfactory space for you in the house. At the moment as a result of the reconstructions in the house, a corner in the livingroom is the guest stay over. Since inflation kicked in big time here, we'll be able to offer you the basics in food, but for extra's you'll need to provide for yourself.
    In exchange we ask help in the house for about 4 days a week, +/- 4 hours a day in maintenance chores and some daily routine (sporting, music lessons or organising a meal for social networking) or with chores of the waiting list, or gardening in the community garden. For me this gives the opportunity to give once and a while one of the children individual attention.
    A typical week could be either spending time building chores, or helping me out with the kids and daily routine in the house:
    - walking the dog in the morning, for 5 minutes in the garden in front of the house.
    - cooking together with the 14 year old, cleaning the filters of the fresh air ventilation, getting the robot to vacuum and mop the floor (yes, we've got a robot for that), some chores.
    - either join us for diner or go your own way. During the day: there's another floor for the robot, though the stairs needs your personal attention, due to otherwise catastrophic failure by the robot.
    - cooking with the other kid, or join us in summer at a beach diner. Chores: what ever suits.
    - washingday of the bedlaundry (with a flexibel note depending of the kids spend time at their dad's.
    The other 3 days a week: what ever you want, you can join us going to the beach or go off by yourself.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    A guest stay over in a corner of the livingroom. We'll work together to make it suitable.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    No Smoking!
    This is very important because of the Asthma of my son, but also as setting as an example.
    Don't reply if you like to smoke (also not if it's yards away from the house)

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days/ week. But if working efficient this is less

Host ref number: 5444236464b3



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