We are a small family of Vanessa (38), Klaus (52), Jannis (15, only part-time with us), 2 dogs and 2 horses.
The dogs are 5 and 3 1/2 years old and we adopted them 3 years ago. They are very friendly but still require some training. The horses are 18 and 3 years and are friendly as well. :)
All of us enjoy outdoor activities like mountain biking and hiking. We live in a small town, Bad Schönborn, close to Heidelberg, Mannheim and Karlsruhe with good public transportation and nice surroundings.
We take care to live environmentally friendly, so we build our house using natural materials like clay, and buy organic food.
We speak German, English and a bit of French.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There is lots of interesting cities like Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart within 30 - 60 minutes reach by public transportation. Also great opportunity to explore nature. For example we regularly go biking in the Palatine and Black Forest. Pfalz is also known for their hospitality, great wine and gettogethers. If you like MTB we'd be happy to take you and show our favourite trails. We have road racing bikes available as well, not using them much during winter time though.
There is some nice lakes for summer water activities near by as well as all kinds of sports clubs and such.
If you enjoy dancing Tango we can suggest or take you to some Milongas as well.
Klaus holds a black belt in Karate, in case you are interested you can join him in training. He plays soccer once per week. He is also the musician in our family playing piano, guitar and singing.
We are looking for someone to help us with our pets and household, e.g. by dog sitting, helping with the horses, training all four of them, gardening and cooking.
You should love animals, know how to be a good leader for them, and be interested in nature. Also it would be great if you like biological, vegetarian / vegan food and try out new recipes with us.
If you are interested it is also possible to help us with handcrafting activities. We completely renovated our ancient house, so if you have any questions on handcrafting with natural materials we can share our experience. Also we grow some fruits and vegetables in our garden and have around 50 fruit trees on the pastures where we keep our horses.
A regular activity is to take the dogs out by bike and check up on the horses daily. This takes around 2 hours per day and is flexible to be done during the morning or early afternoon.
It is possible to stay in our little house (40qm) with bathroom and small integrated kitchen. It is located in our garden, next to our main house and has been newly renovated 2016.
You would share this place with Jannis who lives with us 2 days / week. He has his own bedroom upstairs, the bathroom is shared on those days.
If you like playing music you can use our guitar and pianos. And of course you are welcome to use the terraces and garden.
If you want to bring along your own dog or horse (up to 1,50m) that's fine with us.
Ideally you are non-smoker, interested in longer term relation ship / collaboration and like animals and outdoor activities so we could share some of them. :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
10-20 h / Woche