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We are a new and growing community of about 15 adults and 8 children. We have personal guests and volunteers regularly, we also host a group of 30 students once a month who are organizing their own academic education and we sometimes rent out our rooms to other smaller groups for seminars and workshops.
We live on a south facing hill in a nature reserve with only very few neighbours. Our campus is basically a village on its own. We have eleven buildings – seminar houses, apartment buildings and private houses, workshops, two gyms, a private organic supermarket, a bakehouse which needs reconstruction and huge premises with gardens, a tiny forest and meadows.
Since we only bought the entire campus in March 2020, we are still settling in. Most of us just recently moved there and others are on their way – so there is constant construction. One of our first projects is to turn some of the many bathrooms into kitchens so that each family/party has a functional flat (almost done!). Despite of that, we share lunch with the entire group every day (except Sundays) in our sun-drenched dining hall.
Here there is a lot of work and a lot of fun! We work together in construction/maintenance and our co-working space, we share a freshly cooked organic lunch every day and we also spend time together making campfires, playing volleyball, singing, hiking, having barbecues and spending time with the kids. Also, we live in our families and partnerships and sometimes we all need time to be by ourselves. Most of us also have regular working hours in their jobs, so that some day we only see each other at lunch time...
On the next pages, we hope to give you a clear idea of our community and the details of your stay with us!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are a multigenerational project; we are a newly founded community that bought a huge campus and buildings and we are trying to figure out how we would like to live, work and learn together.
Building a collaborative community, we discuss and learn by living aspects of community formation, which are not always easy (e.g. how much community fits me, how much do I want to decide on my own; how do my actions have an impact on other people's lives...), a shared economy (what do we share and how do we organize it; e.g. our carpool, washing machines...), of family life as a group and each family on their own (what are my personal/my family's needs), supporting each other in freelancer projects and also giving emotional support, of living close to nature in a biosphere reserve and questions of how to settle into and to foster the region ... again, there is an endless list of aspect of our project's topics.
It is very interesting to be part of this process of building a (social) community along with maintaining and building a tiny village at the same time. We constantly talk about our vision and how it influences even little decisions.
Well, it really depends... Currently, we almost solely need help with our construction project. This will be your field of work with set hours from 8am - 1pm (including a nice coffee/tea/breakfast break). So, it's important that you realize that construction (and help related to it) will be your main area of work at the moment.
Since there are several construction projects, we realized that this is were we need help the most at the moment... There are other projects going on, where you are very welcome to join in if you want to. We share and invite everyone living on the campus to join in art projects, gardening, spending time with the kids, reading sessions or sport events....
However, to make it easier for our construction-side-planner, it is important that the morning hours are set for construction. The rest is up to you - taking part in as many other projects and happenings as you wish - after lunch. Or to just spend some time alone, or hiking or doing whatever you need ;)
Of course, depending on the season, there is work that needs to be done beside construction and we appreciate your help there, too!
Washing dishes and sometimes helping prepare lunch will always be part of your job and we have a rotating system. Each Workawayer gets a day or two per month and helps in the kitchen.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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Volunteers have their own building with bedrooms they will have to share with another person. There is a huge living room/kitchen combo with a fantastic view. We will provide all the furniture and bedclothes etc. you will need and we will help you make yourself home.
All rooms are pretty quiet at night =) So you will get a good night's sleep!
Since most of us don't drink alcohol, we would appreciate you to drink reasonable if you do!
You are warmly invited to eat with us during lunchtime. As said before, we always share lunch and each day someone else is responsible for cooking an organic (mostly) vegetarian/vegan meal. We always have a vegetarian and/or vegan meal to choose.
Breakfast and dinner is usually up to each person/family and is organized individually - Since you have your own kitchen, you will organize breakfast and dinner with the other volunteers. To buy groceries, volunteers get money and can borrow one of our cars or we go together!!!
Each volunteers gets a partner from within our community who will be there for your needs/questions/ideas. This way, we try to make sure that you have at least one person from within our community that you will get to know more closely. Since some of us work a lot or have their families to take care of, it appears to be hard sometimes to spend time together. This idea is on a trial basis and we will find out if it works!!
It's a rural area, so there are lots of near-nature activities such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming in the lakes or tobogganing in the winter. If you are into flying of any kind, the "Wasserkuppe" has a variety of offers such as paragliding or soaring. Most of us just moved there, so we are also very interested in getting to know the surroundings. It will be fun to do it together!!!
The next biggest city is Fulda, which is about 20 minutes by car. There is regular public transportation (bus) in our nearest village (Poppenhausen) and a busstation just next to our campus (but it does not run daily - weekends are off) as well as a train in the next city (Gersfeld) that leaves once an hour. Frankfurt is only about 2 hours by public transportation, so it's pretty easy to get to us if you fly in from another country.
We carpool, so you could also borrow a car from us if you want to go somewhere public transportation does not...
Within our community, we also spend time together playing games, singing (we have our own choir), we sometimes offer seminars and workshops, crafting, sculpturing, we started a reading group and we also have a sauna which is great especially in autumn and winter =)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a co-working space with private rooms and shared rooms, depending on the work you do. Almost all of us work as freelancers, so we have a steady wifi and work online a lot... There are some areas on the campus, where wifi/internet is not installed yet. But there is plenty of spaces where you can settle in to work online and space for those who do digital-detox.
We have plenty of space to provide any kind of vehicle. We have three/four private parking areas and access to bathrooms/lavatories and electricity.
If you want to bring your pet, we would like to talk about the details in advance since we have small children and the people living here have to feel comfortable with the pet you bring. But we are open to pets in general =)
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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