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Our project is to enable sustainable yet comfortable living, working within our boundaries to optimise environmental and aesthetic impact, and our guests have all made a contribution to achieving this. My favourite experience is in developing a fully-motivated individual’s spoken English. Our household consists of myself, my husband a dog (dachapoo) as well as about 40 chickens and two horses (not ours) which graze the fields. So far we have had guests from Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Russia, and welcome all nationalities.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Spoken (and written) English. We can explore its grammar together. From time to time I will take you out and about to see local places and events. You may also learn about the life which both my husband and I have lived to the full, through a broad interest in the world around us, literature, travel and work. Added to which are eco and country living, animal welfare, horticulture, land and house maintenance, as well as biology and zoology for beginners!
Working in the fields on the land, from clearing nettles and brush to digging holes for planting, trimming back branches, preparing wood piles for the winter, helping with the chickens (including some handling), cutting and mowing, painting outbuildings - living a predominantly outdoor life. When we are able to, working companionably either with my husband or myself, but more often working independently. We are elderly in body (not spirit) so need help with the more vigorous work we can no longer do, therefore it is important that you are in good physical shape.
In the winter bring warm clothing and, whatever the season, have a full set of working clothes and shoes which keep you dry and which you don’t mind getting muddy in.
Some of the ideal profiles we have experienced through taking part in Workaway are individuals who are proactive, conscientious, eager to learn and impart new skills - whether physical or mental, independent and flexible, strong in mind and body, dedicated to improving their English, enjoy broadening their horizons through shared experience and knowledge, mature and self-reliant, well brought-up, tidy, and easy conversationalists. We have had guests who purported to be shy and we hope to have developed their self-confidence, since all have been a success. There is a plethora of work to be done here and often the opportunity to develop your own interests.
To a city dweller we may appear isolated, to a country person we are ideally situated, nonetheless Cambridge offers the opportunity to meet your peers. There are language schools galore to enable this.
English, French (fluent), Spanish, Italian (rusty) and a smattering of German and of Arabic
En suite bedroom overlooking a lake. A newly-built eco house, on the edge of a village, secluded yet within easy walking distance of the guided bus to Cambridge. 100% non-smoking. In the winter you will need to dress warmly and bring thick socks and slippers as the floors are unheated ceramic tiles.
Taking into account your personal tastes, we provide cereal for breakfast, a cooked lunch, and supper.
PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF THE COLOUREd CALENDAR BAR SHOWING AVAILABILITY IS RED (which in our case stands for “already booked”). THANKS
Fen Drayton is a small village, typical of the area and if you enjoy walking has a RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Nature Reserve which we overlook and which offers miles of pathways through the Fens, rivers and lakes. If you prefer to bicycle you may use mine. Additionally there is a very good local pub, the Three Tuns.
Cambridge is about 10 minutes walk and 20 minutes guided bus ride away - currently running along the longest route in the world, it passes through beautiful countryside to reach the centre of Cambridge with its numerous delights: visual, culinary and entertaining. There are also many interesting surrounding villages and towns to explore. By train from Cambridge, London is under an hour away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, weekends free
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