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Hi, my name is Jack. Together with my girlfriend Thuy we just started running a farmstay in Da Lat. This is all very new and exciting for us, but also sometimes a bit busy. This is why we're looking for help.
We're a very friendly, open and easy going couple. Dutch and Vietnamese. Before this I was a mechanical engineer and Thuy was a social work case manager. So we come from a very different background, but both wanted something new.
We're both travelers and seeing all these amazing places while on the road made us want to create one of these places ourselves. We also had the desire to learn how to grow our own food and do it in a sustainable way. We got very lucky and found this place in our search in Da Lat.
In total the farmstay is 1900 square meters with ten rooms (inside the house and 4 little bungalows in the garden). 900 Square meters of that is greenhouse. We're farming without chemicals and are trying to make the switch to organic and permaculture. At the same time we try to get involved in the community to hopefully spread awareness about healthy chemical-free vegetables and an eco-friendly lifestyle.
We have a small coffeeshop in front of our farmstay where, at the moment, we mostly serve our guests. But we would like to expand that and make it more of a separate place by itself. We could use some help with the renovations needed for this.
Also the house and the rooms themselves still need a little work we think. They're nice already, but we're trying to transform them into something special, something we're proud to invite guests into.
This is all on a quite tight budget so we're going to have to be creative here. :)
Oh, we have a very needy cat. So be prepared!
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Live the easy Da Lat life in this perfect climate. City of eternal spring. Get a feel for vietnamese family life and farming. And of course learn to cook some vietnamese food!
We just got started so we really could use help with the following things:
Farm and garden work
Fixing up and building
There's always something to do and no two days will have to be the same. Your input will be much appreciated!
English, Dutch, Vietnamese, some German.
In exchange for your input we'll provide you with a small private room. The kitchen and bathroom is shared with our family. Breakfast and lunch are included. We encourage you to try all the nice food around town for dinner, but joining us for a family meal is also possible.
There's plenty to do around Da Lat. Nature lovers can hike till they drop. Langbiang mountain is only 8km away and it's a nice hike to the top.
In town there's plenty to see and do, like the night market, visiting the crazy house or crazy bar, try at least 20 of the one million coffeeshops (ok maybe a few less).
We have motorbikes for rent (at a reduced price for volunteers) and getting around with grab or taxi is very easy.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week