Volunteer with us in Wadhurst, South East England and enjoy the beautiful Sussex countryside

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a non smoking family based in a small town in the South east of England, close to Brighton, Lewes, Hastings and Eastbourne and 1 hour train ride from London. If you visit in the summer, the days are longer and warmer, so you can get more out of your stay;
    We work from home and so are around most of the time. We are vegetarian but eat fish, so most meals are vegetarian; you will get three meals a day if required. We grow alot of salad and leafy vegetables in the summer, so its quite healthy staying with us. We also make our own jam using fruit from our garden; plus home made bread!! So plenty of home cooking.
    In summer you may be asked to help with gardening, painting and decorating.
    In winter you are more likely to be inside.
    We treat you as part of the family so would appreciate it if you join in with the washing up/cooking as required.

    NB 2020 Update- Coronavirus alert.😢🤢👍
    Unfortunately due to Covid 19 Coronavirus and our UK governmment's lack of adequate response, almost total lack of testing and other health care controls, we have no alternative but to cease hosting any students for the forseeable future (2020).

    We wish you luck in your workaway, (somewhere other than the UK which at present (March 2020). The UK government and helath care system is not responding to control the spread quickly enough to safeguard vulnerable (elderly and low immunity ) people. ) You would not be safe coming here to UK at the moment. (You can also look at the very good advice of Dr John Campbell on U tube.👍👌😊) Good luck and stay safe.

    NB 2021 Update- Coronavirus update
    On the whole, we have greatly missed doing Workaway during 2020. However, we are now waiting for our vaccinations, which should happen by the end of March. We think it is safer to get vaccinated before coming into close contact with others, therefore we will require evidence that you have been vaccinated against Covid 19 so that you can come.

    Additionally we are investigating any new rules we/ you have to comply with due to Brexit.

    Be safe and happy new year (let's hope it's a better one)! 😷

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We love having people to stay so will be happy to talk with you and practise your English...Also to speak French and a little Spanish if this will help you with your English...We give advice on where to go,(some places on how to get in free),local walks etc, what the local pubs & restaurants offer in terms of food, at what prices, to suit all budgets , maps & leaflets to lots of places of interest , walks and attractions. Our house is also large enough to offer solitude if wanted.

  • Help

    Help

    Painting + Decorating, Plumbing, Carpentry, Plastering. If you have anything interesting to offer do not hesitate to contact us.
    Most of the tasks we want help with are inside. There are some tasks on the exterior of the house or in the garden too.
    Stays are for 1 week or for 2 weeks. If you'd like to stay for one week or for two weeks (which is the maximum stay here) you will work 4 hours a day, for 5 days of the week.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have alot of experience hosting students as we had international students often staying when our children were young. We now live in a detached house with gardens, nearby roads are quiet. 1 Double room and 2 single subject to availablity.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many attractions to see in this beautiful part of Sussex, on the border with Kent, with the coast, including the gorgeous historic Rye & the many attractions of Hastings a 30 minute drive away, Seven Sisters, Birling Gap and the beautiful coastal scenery of the National Park of the South Downs is approx I hour away.

    Local attractions such as Scotney Castle, Bewl Water & Bedgebury, a short drive away, as well as walks on the outskirts of the village. The area is popular for sailing, cycling, bird watching, fishing.

    We are near to many historic places. Many nice walks in the local area; we live in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!) There are a fair number of picturesque stately homes/castles near us, including the world famous garden at Sissinghurst House and Garden, the iron merchant's house at Scotney Castle, Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the Jungle Book, lived in a nearby village and his house, Bateman's in Burwash is open to the public... Plus the iconic Bodiam Castle at Bodiam, Sussex. Its true to say that Sussex is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. (Hence why Harry and Meghan chose it to be their special place.)

    London is approximately 1 hour by train from Wadhurst station in the village.
    Direct trains to London; the train station is within about 20 minutes walking distance (2 trains an hour).
    You can borrow our bicycles.
    You can also get buses to Brighton.


    Sissinghurst garden & 30 minutes away is Winnie the Pooh's home Hartfield, aprox 40 minutes is Churchill's home Chartwell.

    There are lots of classic homely British pubs, some within walking distance!


    You can see glimpses of us in Bodiam castle and nearby village of Goudhurst on Soline's Teatime on U tube

    Hope to see you in beautiful East Sussex when things improve, (2021, summer) see notice below.

    NB 2020 Update- Coronavirus alert.😢🤢👍
    Unfortunately due to Covid 19 Coronavirus and our UK governmment's lack of adequate response, almost total lack of testing and other health care controls, we have no alternative but to cease hosting any students for the forseeable future (2020).

    We wish you luck in your workaway, (somewhere other than the UK which at present (March 2020). The UK government and health care system is not responding to control the spread quickly enough to safeguard vulnerable (elderly and low immunity ) people. ) You would not be safe coming here to UK at the moment. (You can also look at the very good advice of Dr John Campbell on U tube regarding washing hands and staying healthy.👍👌😊) A vaccine may be ready in March 2021 at the earliest until then good luck and stay safe!

    NB 2021 Update- Coronavirus update
    On the whole, we have greatly missed doing Workaway during 2020. However, we are now waiting for our vaccinations, which should happen by the end of March. We think it is safer to get vaccinated before coming into close contact with others, therefore we will require evidence that you have been vaccinated against Covid 19 so that you can come.

    Additionally we are investigating any new rules we/ you have to comply with due to Brexit.

    Be safe and happy new year (let's hope it's a better one)! 😷

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4

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