Volunteering on a small idyllic farm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Welcome on our little farm in Schmalfelden, a village in the south of Germany. I live together with my parents Klaus (55) and Martina (50) and grandparents Elsa (83) and Richard (83) on the ranch. My grandparents are still running the ranch, but they could need now and then a hand to help. Because of this it would be usefull to speak conversational german.

    About me:
    - I am studying mechanical engineering
    - I play guitar and piano
    - I love horses (often I go to a friend to work with her horses. You are warmly welcome to join me.)
    - I made my own workaway experience in USA and Canada

    About Elsa:
    - she grows the best tomatoes and cucumbers
    - has excellent baking skills
    - sometimes a little bit hard of hearing
    - likes to sew
    - she loves to care about her flowers in the garden and house
    - ....
    About Richard:
    - always comes up with new ideas of handicraft work
    - is good at repairing all sorts of things (even when everyone else thinks it's not repairable;))
    - likes to make his own liqueur with fruits from the garden
    - has always a joke to tell
    - ....

    About Martina:
    - is a bit shy of speaking english ;)
    - she loves singing and also plays guitar
    - she would also like to cook some regional food or bake together with you ( If you like cooking or baking you can show her some recipes from your home :)

    About Klaus:
    - he loves to bike ( you are welcome to join him, with pleasure he shows you the best places in the area)
    - makes the best steaks on earth :D

    The farm:
    Our farm has a big garden where you can relax in summer.
    We have rabbits, chicken, cats, pigeons.... and fields where potatoes and carrots, strawberry ...are grown.
    Of course you can also eat all the fruits and vegetables (depending on the season) and eggs from our chickens.

    The village:
    Schmalfelden has about 200 inhabitants. The next shops to buy groceries are 5 min away by car. There is no opportunity nearby to go partying like a disco. But in summer there are a lot of activities in the villages and cities reachable with the bicycle. If I meet some friends you also can join me. So there should be enough opportunities for your leasure time.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can learn German, and also our dialect (hohenlohisch) if you want to:)

    - learn about gardening
    - learn baking and cooking (e.g. spätzle a typical south german dish)
    - learn about forestry
    - learn to drive a tractor
    - wood crafts
    - animal care

    For the length of your stay we would recommend about 3 -6 weeks. Of course other arrangements can be made depending on your and our situation:)

  • Help


    Usually you will always work with me, Richard or Elsa together.
    - garden work
    - helping Richard repairing things on the farm
    - small household tasks
    - bring the wook from the forest to the ranch
    - painting walls
    - feeding animals (cats, rabbits, chickens ...)
    - help cooking
    - help Elsa and Richard with their Tablets
    - help Martina learn english
    - restoring work

    Those are just a few examples on where you can help, but we are flexible whatever you are interested in or what skills you have:)
    Also the working hours are flexible, it could be that some days you have to help more than 4 hours and other days you get a day off because there is nothing to do.
    If you want to do a longer trip , of course we can make an arrangement that you will get a few more days off:) In summer I am also going to visit some friends in Munich, Heidelberg and Regensburg on the weekends. So if you want to do some sightseeing in this cities you can accompany me.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, English

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own appartment together with the other workawayers. Sometimes you will cook your own meals in the appartment kitchen, sometimes together with the whole family. Everybody gets his own privat room with a comfortable bed. The appartment also has a balcony to eat outside or relax.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I could bring you to the next train or busstation by car so you can visit on your days off bigger cities nearby like Würzburg, Nürnberg, Heidelberg, Stuttgart ....

    Not far from our village are also nice places to see like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Langenburg and Weikersheim.
    Definitely you could also borrow one of our bikes to explore and enjoy the surrounding and landscape in your freetime.

    In summer I also plan a big barn party with friends. So if you are interested in organisation I would be very happy to get some good ideas and help :)

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

the village entrance
Richard and Elsas house
Richard and the bird house he made
our lovely rabbit Lotta and the chickens
the garden
Richard getting the christmas tree in the forest
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