Help with animal care and English at a mini zoo in the countryside, run by a homeschooling family, Wroclaw, Poland.



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    My name is Sylvia. I live in a village 20 km away from Wroclaw, with my husband and two children, ages 11 and 16. The children have been homeschooled for 4 years now. For five years I have been running the 'Gaya' mini-zoo. I organise workshops and host preschool groups to show children the simple and beautiful world of nature. I keep domestic animals and pets (goats, a donkey, cats, dogs, a rabbit and little monkeys). I also take care of orphaned wild animals, like foxes, deer or squirrels. We raise them and help them return to their home, the woods.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The guests will benefit by acquiring experience with animal care, learning to milk goats and produce goat cheese.
    There will be plenty of opportunities to rest, relax and explore nature as we live in a beautiful place surrounded by trees, away from the big city, and close to the woods (500 m).
    We - and especially the children - will be happy to teach you about the Polish language and customs. There will also be a possibility to learn to ride a motorbike.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Talk to us in English and help us learn this language. I can communicate easily and my children (11 and 16 years old) are fast learners. Help us with small jobs with animals, like feeding very small and friendly monkeys, holding goat kids and accustoming them to human touch. No manure hauling :) Small domestic jobs, like starting the dishwasher or vacuuming. We will be very happy if you share your cooking skills with us.

  • Languages spoken

    Russian: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    English: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We offer a room with two beds (for up to two guests), on the ground floor, in a free-standing single family house. The kitchen and bathroom are shared. The bathroom includes a shower and a washing machine. The house has a deck and is surrounded by a large garden.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live 20 km away from Wroclaw. Wroclaw is a large tourist centre, full of museums, theaters, cinemas, and monuments, parks, cafes, churches, and various events organised for tourists. The nearest town is 5 km away. Both places can be reached by bus or train, or even bike, directly from our village.

  • 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

  • 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

Host ref number: 689121745992