Join this multilingual duo and help us with home DIY projects in Warffum, Netherlands



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    We are a Dutch couple, who recently bought a house in a small village in the north of the Netherlands. We welcome anyone with positive attitude who likes to stay with us, to enjoy the surroundings and give us a hand around the house that we are renovating bit by bit. You are welcome to stay with us year round. During the summer of 2021, we are building a new extension with the help of a professional, which we believe will offer a good opportunity for a workawayer to help, share and learn.

    Our house is is easy to reach for any traveller: the train station is 2 minutes walk from our house.
    In our daily lives, we both work with refugees in the Netherlands (Paul works for the government, Maaike for a non-profit), and in our free time, we like to ride our bicycles, grow vegetables, and meet people.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are happy to meet and exchange and love to spend time with our guests. We have both travelled before and were active members on couchsurfing and warmshowers. We can share our knowledge of Dutch life, language and culture. If time allows, we also enjoy showing guests around. We can give you recommendations for things to do in the surroundings, as well as in other parts of the Netherlands.
    We speak Dutch and English, are learning Chinese, Italian and Persian, and we understand some French and basic German.
    (Please do note that we have jobs throughout the week, so our availability during week days is somewhat limited)

  • Help


    Throughout the year, we always have different things to do, such as simple maintenance of the garden (we have a small vegetable garden and some flowers, you can help us look after it/ grow new seeds, etc), sanding and painting (both interior and exterior), plastering (Maaike can teach you how to do it).

    During the summer of 2021, we will build a new extension with the help of a professional, so there will be even more opportunities to help, share your skills and learn new ones. A big part of the construction will be made of recycled building materials. During this period, we welcome any additional help, and tasks may include: deconstructing the current extension, carpenting, plastering, plumbing, tiling, etc.

    If by any chance you have experience in hemplime or hempcrete, we'd be very excited to hear from you, as we are considering it for the walls.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Persian (Farsi): Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    In our house, we can offer a private room with a double bed. Kitchen and bathroom will be shared. We'll provide three meals a day . We enjoy to eat together, and cooking will be done in turns.
    For larger groups, please do not hesitate to reach out either, as we could possibly accommodate you in another part of the house, or even in a tent in the garden or at a campsite nearby (10 minutes walk from our house).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our house is situated in a small and easy to reach village: the train station is 2 a minutes walk from our house. The bigger city is Groningen, which is a 25 minutes train ride. From Groningen, you can reach any destination in the Netherlands, as well as north of Germany.
    Our village has a small shop for daily groceries, and a little museum. During summer (COVID allowing), many activities are being organised in the surroundings. The area has several beautiful villages (including one that was awarded the price for 'most beautiful village of the Netherlands). The long distance hiking trail "Pieterpad" starts nearby, and there's plenty of opportunity for nice walks and bike rides (We usually have a spare bike that guests can use). We also live close to the most northern harbour in the Netherlands (famous for its cafe that once welcomed Bob Dylan). Finally, the "waddengebied" (UNESCO world heritage) is nearby, and we highly recommend that you go mud walking.

  • 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

    Due to COVID, we are both working online these days. We have a stable wifi connection and can find you a quiet place in the house.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a parking space next to our house. We don't have a car ourselves, so it is available.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 872636963142