Help with restoration and a tint bit language exchange in the countryside outside Krakow, Poland

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Nina, Warren, Miles, and Felix; a polish British family living about an hour and a half from Krakow.

    We have our own, 4 bedroom home in a street of eleven houses at the edge of a forest on the outskirts of Myszkow, in the south of Poland. We also have a small neglected shack/cottage on 2.5 acres of land in the very picturesque and historic village of Mirow, which is not far from here.

    Life for us is about living. We spend a lot of time with friends and family, eating chatting learning, travelling and basically enjoying ourselves. When we aren't doing that we have a number of projects.

    1. The renovation (tidy up) of our cottage/shack. There is a small orchard of thirty plum trees and about twenty pine trees and a lot of grass. The house will need to be made secure, painted and fixed first, then the trees need sorting, the fence and the land. When all that is done it could be an Eco project of some sort of accommodation. Perhaps those wooden pods for guests. We don't really know. We are also keen on the idea of allowing artists/ writers to stay for free as a kind of retreat. But if you have a better idea then let us know.

    2. We teach a few English classes so may need assistance with that. Nothing heavy, just speaking English but if you have TEFL experience. that would be great.

    3. Nina is the founder of a local charity which looks after poor, disadvantaged or disabled children and adults. She often needs help organising different things for this.

    Lastly, we could do with a hand in our house to get things organised and tidy. Since we moved here and had a new baby, we haven't had the chance to get everything set up. General cleaning, sorting, organizing DIY stuff may be needed too.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Polish hospitality is about food, more food and then some more food washed down with vodka and beer. The people here are incredibly welcoming and generous and during the long hot summers, we spend most of our time outdoors, either having barbecues in the garden or walking in the forest. You will be part of our family and also get the chance to visit the local countryside. We are also a short journey to Krakow and a couple of other interesting cities.

    We will gladly take you to local visitor attractions and places of interest plus you can improve your Polish and/or English.

  • Help

    Help

    1. The renovation (tidy up) of our cottage/shack. There is a small orchard of thirty plum trees and about twenty pine trees and a lot of grass. The house will need to be made secure, painted and fixed first, then the trees need sorting, the fence and the land. When all that is done it could be an Eco project of some sort of accommodation. Perhaps those wooden pods for guests. We don't really know. We are also keen on the idea of allowing artists/ writers to stay for free as a kind of retreat. But if you have a better idea then let us know.

    2. We teach a few English classes so may need assistance with that. Nothing heavy, just speaking English but if you have TEFL experience. that would be great.

    3. No is the founder of a local charity which looks after poor, disadvantaged or disabled children and adults. She often needs help organising different things for this.

    Lastly, we could do with a hand in our house to get things organised and tidy. Since we moved here and had a new baby, we haven't had the chance to get everything set up. General cleaning, sorting, organizing DIY stuff may be needed too.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Polish, French, German, Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private bedroom in our large house. Two single beds.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off you can catch a train to either Krakow, Katowice or Czestochowa, all reachable from where we are. Of course, you're also welcome to come with us to visit friends and family as they will always be glad to see you. We live right next to a forest also and there are plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day 5 days a week

Miles working hard in the orchard.
Our first BBQ. Everyone enjoyed themselves. We ate too much food and drank too much. The children had a good time.
Nina's dad looking like Rambo while working in the plum orchard.
Alba and Julio, our first ever Workawayers. Busy painting the fence.
Miles helping me to dig a trench in our back garden. He loves to help his dad.
This is me pretending to work hard. The beard is optional.
This is our main home and where you ill be staying and eating. There's lot's of room and great WIFI.
Here's our son Miles helping his mum make a scarf in the garden last year.
This is Nina sitting outside our cottage before we started to renovate it.



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