Hi there, herewith you make a connection with Bien who lived in the USA for several years, is used to travelling, camping and international cultural exchange. I speak several languages and I'm used to interact and connect with all kinds of peoples with an open respectful honest mind. I'm a sportive active person, used to be a gymteacher and hosted children and young people from over the world for CISV. I have 3 wonderfull adult children who you probably will meet. They have been travelling for cultural exchange several times already. My daughter is traveling in Oceanië / New Zealand right now. She left almost a year ago.
I live in a small city with a nextdoor bus-connection (1 min. walk) to the trainstation; every half-hour schedule. Amsterdam is within 45 min. with this busconnection aswell as other interesting historic towns/places.
We have bikes available for you to enjoy our typicall dutch landscape, bikingtrails and walkingtrails nextdoor /really nearby. Don't worry; biking is easy to learn if you haven't done it before...we can help you.
You can enjoy the lakes close to us with rental kayaks, sailingboats or subs and go there on bike from our house.
The beach is only 20 minutes away on bike from here.
There is an interesting typical dutch grainmill that you can visit on walking disctance from us and close to the mill you can enjoy the cosmopolitan old towncentre with beautiful terraces for seeing interesting peoples, enjoy a good beer, coffee or eat the wellknown typical dutch poffertjes.
The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is an old historic forest-area with rolling hills that started in the glaciertime; It offers many beautiful trails to explore. Also the sanddunes and blooming purple heather nearby are a treat to stroll through.
Lots to discover here. In our simple modest home I can offer you a good bed and private bedroom to sleep in.
We cook healthy tastefull meals to share and take the time to exchange with you. I cook with good food, reduce my meatconsumption, am aware of plastic-use and low koolhydrate/sugar-use, but I'm not a vegetarian/vegan eater. You're welcome to prepare typical meals from your background if you like to cook and share it in our lovely garden.
There is a BBQ ready to be used and we love to put on the fireplace and talk together or stare in it with our own thoughts. We live in a typicall dutch neighbourhood on walking distance from the stores and terraces or nature to relax or be on yourself. If you want to hire a car to explore the Netherlands, there is more then enough free parking available next to the house.
Our household consists of; humans, 2 big friendly dogs and a Maincoon cat who respectfully live together under one roof. We love our animals, they know there place and we expect you to treat them with dignity. They're honest animals who will respect people with a good sincere hart.
You're welcome to play, walk and or train with them they will love it and I can teach you if about there bodylanguage if you want.
I'd rather not have to mention the 2 following issues, but it's important for you to know and hopefully a now-brainer;
We do not smoke or use drugs; If you're used to that and wish to, it would be better to look for another host. The dogs will sense it and it will be a reason to stop hosting you.
For our hostingoffer is based on a mutual exchange in contacts, we are gladly hosting people who limmit their use of social media to when they are on there own after workinghours and social meals together. We are aware of the necessary use of mobile phones, I-pads etc... however; there will be plenty of time left for using them.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Your possible benefit from our cultural exchange can be, that you have a typical dutch experience in a typical dutch neighbourhood with very good connections to explore the wellknown dutch thing to visit, like f.i. the City of Amsterdam /Rijksmuseum and other museums in Amsterdam, the mills, the typical landscapes to bike through on yourself or together with us, and a place to stay with people who can speak several languages and can tell you about and help you with exploring The Netherlands.
Being in touch with house-animals (dogs and cat) and having some time in your travel to meet, exchange cultures and practise/learn languages.
In exchange for your help around the house, we can offer you free lodging and meals plus help in exploring / tell you more about NL and discover/taste our foodspecialties.
I can teach you about gardening, soils, planting, herbs, plants, pruning, etc...
I can help you learn some dutch language.
Further If you like it, we can show you around, let you meet friends and family, visit cultural heritage, visit University-area's to meet students, help you plan or find information on what you look for or want to visit, aswell as learn you what eatable plants you can find in nature and how you can use them.
We can make a trip to the beaches of the westcoast or make a canal-tour in the Amsterdam Canals.
These are suggestions to concider when you are looking for a host in the Netherlands. It will be very inspiring to learn from your background and travel experiences and I will be thankful and thrilled for your honest help in accomplishing some cores that will remind me daily on our positive exchange in our contacts!
We would love to have help with;
1) painting the fence (together)
2) helping to install a streaming-connection for musicplay / TV + neatly installing cealing speakers
3) splitting the woodlogs for the fireplace
4) help out with some small buildingtasks outside (together)
(roof on a firewoodstack-up) (help with finishing a small greenhouse)
5) If you enjoy it, you/we can also walk the dogs
6) I love to cook, but enjoy it very much to taste and discover new flavours/recepies. So you're welcome to cook and bake if you like and we also can cook together en enjoy eating it while sitting in the garden or having a picknick somewhere
7) Helping to sanding and painting the stares inside
8) If you feel like it; some cleening together while exchanging stories
9) If you like we can make jams, chutney, herbal oils/vinegar together
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
Please contact them directly for more information.
You will have a good bed to sleep in with fresh bedware in a private room. There will be a healthy breakfast with typical dutch and fresh ingredients starting the morning. We always have Greek Youghurt, fresh cheese, very tasty dutch bio-farmer cheese, fruits, nuts, peanutbutter, chocolate hail, homemade bio- jams, bio-honey. Everyday there will be a coffee-break / lunch. After the workinghours/cores, you have your own free time and bikes are available aswell as a busconnection 1 minute walk from our house (every half hour)
You can use our shared bathroom considering, that you use your own things and leave it as clean as it was when you started using it. Clean good towels, showergel and shampoo are available for you.
Washing-machine+soap, kitchen are available and we assume that you consult the owners for the time of use so that is fits in the daily routines. Naturally you leave them clean and in the same shape after use and you are careful with the things in the house.
For other wishes....we will try to make things right for you so you will have a positive memorable stay with us:)! We are looking forward to meeting peoples who are used to work with their hands, have a feeling with wood and/or paintbrush, who have a creative spirit to add in solutions. I'm an experienced "handywoman" myself, need some help and can teach you if necessary. In return for your serious help I'm gladly willing to show you around and take you to special places so you will have a good idea of the Netherlands and our culture.
In our W-away-hosting-contact we are looking for considerate, honest people who like to connect and contribute to eachother.
You will find a warm welcome here with interest in who you are and for your travellingplans.
We're used to work hard and joyfully share the thrill of the accomplishment with a full table of good food/drinks/ candles and a burning fireplace or a picknick near the waterfront or in the woods telling eachother stories of our lifes with the animals near to us, play ball, swim in the lake, etc...
If you'd like to help us out for some hours and stay with us, feel welcome to just get in touch by telling who you are, what you can do to help us, what experience you have to offer and what you're looking for.
We will respond shortly ;).
Covid-19 ; as our government requests it's citizens and travelers, I expect visitings WW'ers to respect the requested precautions to contribute to the solution of reducing the virus in our country in respect of our healthcareworkers and economic health in the Netherlands so that healthcareworkers are capable to keep doing there jobs and other people can keep up with the trouble caused by the virus for there jobs and income.
Distances are small here and the local busses/trains are good and frequent. Our country is very safe to travel on your own and most people speak excellent English to help you on the way when you need some help. Travelschedules are pretty accurate and on time. You can hire bikes, canoes, waterbikes easily on many locations.
Our house has very good connections for bus-, train-, cycling and hikingroutes. We live within 30 min. car-distance from the airport Schiphol and with the train you can travel straight to Schiphol (main airport near Amsterdam).
Our small town is situated in the middle of varied different kind of landscapes; forests, heather, meadows, lakes are all close by (biking-distance within an hour). The shops (grossery, medical, bakery, market, etc...are close-by within 15 min. walkingdistance. There are lots of interesting things to explore nearby and when you want to vitit the bigger cities we have good connections to do that on daytrips. If we're on the road and can take you somewhere on the way, you're welcome to come with us so we can drop you at some point or pick you up later. If you're interested, you're welcome to make a daytrip together with the dogs.
Did you know the Netherlands has an very intreaging system of ancient waterworks, fortifications and tunnels to protect our country? And you probably would love the cultural heritage nature-area of de Waddenzee, where you can walk over from the main land to some islands when the tide is low....very special experience :) Or join a sailingtrip on a botter?
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
20-25 hours per week; we can plan a schedule: 4-5 hours a day or some full day's and some day's of.