Help at our hobby farm and learn a lot about animals in Vermes, Switzerland

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  • Description

    Description

    You dig the company of animals and plants? This SPACE is for you.


    Dear Travelers and fellow Wild Spirits,

    Welcome to the juicy little valley! Our family land in the midst of the Jurassic hills is situated on the Röstigraben, so the family is fluently bilingual (French/German). Of course we also speak English.

    I am an artist/photographer/cook/event organizer in my 30's always looking for adventures. My mother is a sound-therapist and painter/sculptor. Father was working in the forests all his life and invested every bit of spare time in rebuilding/maintaining this 300+ years old farmhouse bought by his grandfather. He did so until his last day (02.02.21), and now it's our turn.

    In 2019 we rented the guestroom as b'n'b and made lots of fascinating encounters, but we realized there is a lot of time and effort going into preparing arrivals and cleaning after guest.
    With the start of the covid-19 pandemic we put this project on hold to lower the risk for my father and getting some tasks off my mum's neck. Now there are more rooms available, so b'n'b guests and workawayers could stay here simultaneously.

    There are also 3 cats (Mirca, Saphir and Ninja) and a White Swiss Shepard (DaOath) living with us in the house. Outside we have parks for poultry and a big garden. Pastures are in use by a neighbor for their cattle.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It's a place of opposites! Discover the multilingual aspect of Switzerland and the rural life in these ancient hills full of history (marine fossils, dinosaur traces, flow-stone caves, monoliths, roman ruins, castles, museums and Switzerland's best preserved biodiversity).

    Learn about the importance of animals -wild and domestic- when most of the land is too steep or too high above sea-level for cultivating only plant based food. Everything is important in an ecosystem! I am part of an organisation to promote small producers who sell directly to the consumer. I will visit many of them regularly, if you're interested - come along!
    We are also a member of a local association which highlights cultural and touristic sites around the canton's tallest mountain.

    Our home is very remote and still open and frequently visited by locals as well as people of all cultures and backgrounds. It's the most quiet place on earth, yet filled with the sounds of nature and animals, and from time to time with loud music or engines!

    We have many interests and different projects going on non-stop. The next one is converting an existing building into a whole new guest house with a greenhouse-garden and a rocket-stove hot-tub!
    You may also use the art-creation space, sound-healing-room, workshop tools for your personal activities.
    Occasionally we host seminars, music production weeks, concerts, art exhibitions etc.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for independent, fast learning, enthusiastic fellows to share our space with. There is always something to do and you will be able to choose your tasks according to your abilities and the seasons/weather.

    ALL YEAR:
    Feeding/grooming animals
    Taking DaOath on long hikes
    Chopping wood for the heating system + warm water + barbecue
    Cleaning the common areas of the house, laundry, dishes etc.
    Maintenance on the machines
    Cooking/Baking
    Fixing things
    Help with digital stuff (website updates, newsletter etc)

    WINTER/SPRING:
    Clearing snow
    Preparing the garden
    Building nests for the geese/ducks/chicken/...
    Looking after the eggs in the incubator (and witness the miracle of life)
    Trimming fruit trees
    Maintenance of the reed purification plant

    SUMMER/FALL
    Gardening
    Cutting grass
    Organizing non-profit events (concerts, workshops, art shows...)
    Harvest (fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, herbs etc)
    Butcher a few chickens and turkies only for the household

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    The more languages you understand -> -more information is available -more interesting people to communicate with -more ways to express yourself and you're brain learns different perspectives just from how one thinks differently in other languages. I find studies about multilingual brains most fascinating, it goes so much further than one might guess ;-)

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Guestroom with king-sized bed, couples (small families) welcome.
    Two shared bathrooms, one with shower the other with a big bathtub.
    One big kitchen next to a living/dining room.
    One room for therapy and meditation (with Tibetan singing bowls, Tam Tam Gongs and a Hang from PanArt)
    A 50m2 work/creative space with a heating floor.
    Vast outdoor area with grill corner, animal parks, garden, workshops, sculptures...
    There is also a spot for your camper should you be travelling with your home on wheels. Or a garage for your car.

    If you're depending on public transport, we can give you a lift to one of the nearer train stations for your excursions.
    You can also use our e-Bike.

    Of course you can share meals with us. For lunch we mostly eat homemade bread with cheese, dried meat, boiled eggs and so on, in the evening we cook all sorts of warm, healthy and regional meals. We are omnivores, we eat our own chickens and turkey, most of the other meat comes from breeders/hunters we know personally. (Funny little anecdote: there once was a raw-food-guest, he came back a few weeks later when the chickens were ready, to kill and eat his own. No joke. And he's no exception.)
    We think there are balanced ways to go about food (or any other topic) without general exclusions. It's more about HOW than WHAT.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Endless hiking/mtb trails. Paraglider take-offs. Climbing routes. Adventures Parks. Animal/wildlife parks. Caves. Castles, ruins, old trees, lots of forests, springs, creeks, rivers, waterfalls, native horse breed, local events of your choosing and much much more to nourish body and mind.

    The last summers were quite hot and dry, but expect anything really. At night and on rainy days the temperature can drop quickly. We are at about 700m above sea level and our tiny valley has its own micro climate, usually a few degrees less than anywhere else ;-) From the house you can hike directly to the top of the highest mountain around, at 1300m.

    In winter I'm often working in ski-resorts in the alps. If you're a snow enthusiast like me, I'll take you to the powder!

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size home-on-wheels welcome! The ground is green where you'll park, but very hard - you wont sink even if it's wet ;-)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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