We will soon be on holiday for a few weeks and are looking for a couple or single traveler who would like to housesit and learn more about an extensive container vegetable garden. You would first be here for a week to learn.
We have potatoes, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, vegetables, berries, seeds, citrus fruits, olives, corn, cats, chickens and rabbits.
We harvest the produce and make pickles, dehydrate, can, etc. If you want to take care of the garden during this period, you will receive guidance and you can learn a lot quickly.
It all comes close, so it's also important not to experiment or even be proactive. (In the past, this led, for example, to fertilizing plants that had already been fertilized and then lost, overwatering which causes plants to die, damage to garden equipment, etc. So always first take a photo and communicate via whatsapp with initiatives. Who you like to do this and to learn?
You would arrive and get a big intro to tending to the garden. Focus is also on helping to clean the house.
If you are naturally organised and like to clean, organise and declutter this position might suit you!
It is very important that you are not afraid of chickens and rabbits and are able to catch them and hold them.
If you have no experiece with chickens and are generally good with animals and are not afraid to learn how to handle chickens that could work too.
We're family with Mom, Dad, two sweet girls age 12 and 8, two cats, chickens and rabbits.
Mom is an author. Dad is a teacher at aviation engineering. Girls play bassoon, harp, love horses and have many playdates.
Please note that we would only socialise during working hours and maybe share one or two mealtimes per week. You would not be integrated in the rest of family life.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
If you are interested to learn what its like to run a small family, become self sufficient with food and learn more about cleaning and decluttering, this would be a great opportunity! In fact we have had several young couples coming over who like to experience what it's like to have a young family.
Delft is in the "green heart". Meaning miles and miles of green Dutch landscape to explore.
We will do our best to help fulfill your wishes and needs.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Very important: you must not be afraid to catch and handle chickens and rabbits.
We need you to do some housesitting when we are away in which case you need to be able to handle the chickens and rabbits.
You would not typically be a part of the family.
We're looking for a Dutch person or native English speaker. Help to take care of our rabbits and chickens and our No-Dig container garden. You would also help to keep the house clean and tidy.
If you stay longer, Help with meal planning food prep. Decluttering projects.
The rest is a bit of everything needed to run the household: Tidying up, laundry,
Driving children to school on occasion.
We would like to mostly reset the house in your first week (tidying and cleaning) then focus on gardening and decluttering after that.
Occasional babysitting. Possible housesitting during our vacation but only if you have been here for at least a week.
Volunteering hours an average of 5 hour per day so 25 hours per week. Maybe less during housesitting.
Other tasks depend on your skills and wants and our needs.
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.
You’ll stay in a dome tent at the end of the garden, next to the water. Food will be provided. Outside your helping hours we’re not socialising except for maybe joining one or two meals per week.
We have top notch raw food equipment available: Vitamix blender, Angel juicer, Sedona dehydrator, Easy green sprouter.
About the house: There's a south facing 82 m2 waterfront garden next to the groundfloor kitchen.
The 45 m2 living room is on the second floor and the bedrooms, bathroom and study are on the second.
There's a ton of things to do. Delft is a very pretty historical and student town. Lots of museums, festivals in the summer. Train station is 11 mins walk away and takes you to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and the rest of Europe and the world.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Suitable for digital nomads
A campervan could be parked on the driveway
25 hours per week, spread over 5 weekdays