Help around an old farm house with gardening and bee keeping in 'Little Switzerland', Mullerthal Region, Luxembourg

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  • Description

    Description

    Mira (42), Dennis (42), little Julian (4) and Jonas (6 months) live in a 250 years old renovated house in a small but lovely village called, EPPELDORF.

    In 2012, we bought some land near DIEKIRCH with a marvelous view over the Sure Valley. Since then, we installed an ORCHARD with 50 trees (old traditional an typical regional fruit varieties) and a VEGEABLE GARDEN with a permaculture design. Many projects, like tree planting & pruning, fencing, hay making with scythe and an oldtimer tractor, building of an animal shelter and a handicraft place, composting, bee keeping, installing an irrigation system, building a compost toilet,,... have been accomplished so far.

    In 2014, we started an ambitious project related to the construction of a DRY STONE WALL. Passionate by old building techniques, we warmly welcome volunteers to share this old knowledge and learn how to build a wall without any mortar to bind stones together.

    2014-2015 we traveled 1 year around Europe to work as volunteers at different farms. This was a great experience, that´s why we decided to be hosts ourselves.

    2016 we hosted our first volunteers.

    In January 2017, Julian was born and completed our family.

    2018 we bought an OLD FARMHOUSE in EPPELDORF, a village at the edge of the Mullerthal Region, called Luxembourg´s little Switzerland. We renovated with the help of an architect and several handicraft firms in addition to many hours of personal work of us with family, friends and volunteers. The first renovation phase of the farmhouse is coming to an end, the next phase (expansion of the attic) is in preparation.

    In January 2021, after two and a half year of renovations, we moved into our "new" 250-year-old farm house. 200m2 of living space offer a comfortable life.

    2021 little baby Jonas enlarged our family.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During the renovation work, we'll share our knowledge about renovation skills, architecture, handy skills, ... At the orchard, general information about gardening, bee keeping, fruit tree pruning, preservation of food, sheep, dry stone wall techniques, ... can be transmitted.

    Dennis and Mira speak 5 languages (French, German, English, Luxemburgish and Dutch).

    MIRA is biologist and has worked as a nature reserve manager. She has a solid knowledge about local biodiversity, geology and landscape. Used to lead guided tours for tourists and groups, she loves to tell and explain & share knowledge. Currently, Mira is a full time mum and during her free time she is lobbying for children´s rights in an association.

    DENNIS is a part-time gardening teacher at a secondary school and part-time circus artist. He is very enthusiastic to initiate the basics of partner acrobatics and other techniques.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for :
    - motivated people (construction skills are welcome but not essential)
    - preferably a COUPLE or FAMILY (kids ABOVE! 5 years are very welcome)

    We have been volunteers during a year in several farms in Europe and appreciated it to work WITH the hosts and not FOR the hosts. We look for volunteers who are OK with helping 20h/week (mostly on weekends as we work during the week) and give a hand at the household chores. The rest of the week, you are free to travel and discover our surroundings. We appreciate if you are independent during your leisure time, we´re can recommend you several trips.

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    Next to the tasks in the ORCHARD/GARDEN, we are RENOVATING AN OLD FARMHOUSE!
    !!! Currently, our focus lies mainly on the renovation work of the house, work in the orchard/garden is unfortunately second-rank ;-) !!!

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    Help at the FARMHOUSE we just moved in (EPPELDORF):
    - taking part in daily chores (cooking, washing up, ...)
    - decorating
    - furnishing
    - painting
    - woodwork
    - tidiying up the construction site and getting rid of stuff: debris, ...
    - making preserves

    Activities at the ORCHARD (DIEKIRCH):
    - get ahead with the construction of the dry stone wall
    - small building and repair projects, ...
    - pruning fruit trees (Winter)
    - planting and harvesting (Spring & Summer)
    - beekeeping

    Childcare is also possible, but only if you like to do it! Julian goes to school 5 mornings a week.
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    IMPORTANT NOTE

    - We try to cook healthy mostly plant-based food and little animal products. Regrettably, we are unable to consider vegan diet, take into account special food allergies or fastings. Thank you for sharing the meals with us.

    - We live in an old farmhouse, but we´re not a farm s. str. There are no animals nor tractors, we don´t live from agriculture,....

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  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Luxembourgish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Luxembourg is a small multilingual nation in the heart of Europe. The total of Luxembourg’s population adds up to about 590,321 residents. Foreigners make up 47.7% of the whole population. This makes our country extremely multicultural and…multilingual! The linguistic situation in Luxembourg is rather complex and multi-faceted. In daily life, Luxembourgish, German and French are used for different purposes, depending on the situation. English plays also an important role and it is quite common to hear people speaking Portuguese due to the large Portuguese community.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We just moved in a old renovated house in a very small but lovely village called Eppeldorf.

    We offer a room with 2 single beds which can be put toghether and a private bath room. Meals will be prepared and eaten together.

    The orchard is located in Diekrich, 7 km away from our house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Eppeldorf, our place, is located in Luxembourg's Little Switzerland, the Mullerthal Region. This unique biotope is characterized by surprising sandstone rock formations.
    Our village is connected to public transport (1 min walk to get to the bus station, 1 bus per hour). The bus goes to the train station in Diekirch.
    - 25 minutes by train to Luxembourg City offering plenty of possibilities to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City Fortifications.
    - 35 minutes by train to Clervaux hosting the Family of Man Photo Exhibition from Edward Steichen (part of the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register)
    - in Luxembourg you can find lot of castles (Vianden, Beaufort, Bourscheid , ...) and other historical sites (World War II, museums, roman sites, ...) all not further than 1 hour traveling.
    - there is also a big hiking network starting next to our village the famous "Mullerthal Trail" (112km)
    - a very beautiful lake with a hoover dam is also near our place (20-30 min by car) or by bus, ideal for swimming or sunbathing
    - In the neighbouring countries: Paris is 2h00 by train; Brussels is 3h00 by train or 2h00 by car; Aachen, Maastricht are 2h00 by car; ...

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our guest room is equipped with a reliable WIFI internet connection and alternatively the WIFI can be switched off, since internet is also available by cable. The room is also equipped with an office table and 2 chairs.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Both the courtyard next to the house and the entrance area of the orchard offer perfect conditions for volunteers travelling by campervan.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours a week

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