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If you prefer to keep chickens in your garden, rather than having them on your plate, if you are an energetic, nature-loving person, lead an active, healthy lifestyle and necessarily like kids, we might be a good fit for you.
Our kids (10 and 12 yrs) used to be Home-Schoolers (or rather Un-Schoolers) - now, from August onwards, they'll attend the local Waldorf school, which involves more than an hour of travelling for them each day. I'm a teacher and a teacher-trainer. I think differently. I intend to make education more innovative and am super interested in agile approaches to education, teaching and schooling. Also blogging.
I run a seminar on Educational Design Thinking. If you have any experience in this field or with creating Blended Learning content, that might be helpful. Further I teach a year 7 and a year 8 class in P.E. and EFL and I'm always eager to find new, creative approaches to teaching, approaches that help to enable the development of future skills - if that catches your interest, you'd be welcome to join in some of my classes or even take over one yourself. Further I volunteer with an organisation that aims at changing schooling for the better. My husband Adrian is a self-employed sociologist. We are both quite busy with our work (as most people in Switzerland are) - which is why we we love to have a helping hand every now and then - we love to share stories, recipes, getting to know other cultures and mindsets and practise languages (English and French mainly) - we also love to have some peace and rest after a long day though and appreciate if our working guests do things by themselves in between. We'll surely help you with ideas.
Once a week (Thursday evening) we rent a gym-hall and do some sports together (parcour, acrobatics, aerial acrobatics), which you'd be welcome to join in.
The kids love to play chess, create sth. on the sewing machine and/or do some woodwork, use a graphic tablet, learn some coding, do acrobatics, inline-skating, Vietnamese martial arts, drawing/painting, do Aerial Silk, play the drums, the cajon and the piano or the guitar, climbing (out- and indoors, I'm a climbing instructor), jumping on the trampoline (we have a good one in the garden) and kyudo ... - if that's sth. you could share with them: great! Especially the coding - in connection with Minecraft - that's sth. they love, but it's a no go at Waldorf Schools - no computers there (which is fine) - we encourage them to go digital at home.
We are living on the edge of a forest (Könizerbergwald) in a big house with a big garden, 5 hens and a cat - yet it is just a 15' ride on the bus or train to the capital of Switzerland (it's Bern, not Zurich). I'd love to do more things by myself (though mostly lacking time) - from sewing to knitting to repairing stuff to planting veggies - if you could help here, that'd be great as well!
We're leading an active and environmental conscious life and would like to have somebody in our house that does the same. We eat mostly vegetarian. Healthy, organic food is important to us. We don't smoke and don't want any smoking (or other drugs - except coffee, chocolate and a drink every now and then) in or around the house. We are agnostic people, but are OK with religious minded folks, as long as they are not trying to impose their religion onto us. Equal gender rights are important to us.
Your room is approx. 30 square meters, furbished in a modern way, in the souterrain (which will allow you more privacy) - you can see a picture of it in our photo gallery. You are of course welcome to use all the shared rooms (living room, office in the attic, kitchen, fitness room) as well. The bathroom is shared with the kids. We don't offer hotel-service. You'd be expected to do and undo your bed yourself and to clean up after yourself, in the bathroom, in the toilet, in the kitchen and in your room before your departure.
We travel a lot ourselves, have done WWOOFing and workaway and would love to give others the opportunity to travel the world without feeling like a tourist and to have such great experiences we ourselves were able to have.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You can learn a lot about alternative schooling and education and learning in general, possibly about Design Thinking and/or Blended Learning. You can get an insight on how to manage a family, how to maintain a house and a garden, how to keep chickens, how to encourage free thinking. You can learn German, improve your English by using it (I'm an English teacher), Aerial Acrobatics, climbing, skiing, inline-sakting and/or cross country skating if you want to and how to be an activist (if you not already are one yourself).
In general we ask you to help out where possible (cooking, shopping, taking care of the chickens, the cat, the garden,...) and share your passion, language and culture with us and foremost you're encouraged to work towards a relationship with our kids. Do things with them in either French or English, so that they can keep practising those languages. They are aged 10 and 12 years.
Anything you are good at - show it to them!
I won't write an exact plan with tasks for you, neither am I planing to track the hours you're working with us - I do expect self reliance.
We take turns in preparing dinner and lunch.
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You will have your own room in our house or (see picture) - if preferred - you can camp in the garden or sleep in the tree house. The bathroom is shared with the kids.
public transport nearby - city (Bern), mountains, rivers, lakes and: THE ALPS
we can lend you a bicycle, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, Aerial-Hoop, Aerial Silk and/or skiing equipmnet
absolutely NO SMOKING and no drugs in our house!
We are Flexitarians but mostly eat vegetarian.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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