Join our family and help out with gardening and eco projects in Exloo, Netherlands



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  • Description


    We (Wilco and Marieke 37 years old) recently moved to Exloo, a beautiful authentic village in Drenthe. It has a lot of old 'Hunnebedden' nearby and the energy of this place feels magical. It's quiet although there is a lot to experience with or without others. Our house is build on half an acre of ground with some fruits, herbs and veggies. We would like to create a garden with more foods, more or less like a food forest for private use. We have three daughters (8,7 and almost 1 years old) (we only accept non smokers.) it's important that you can get along with kids because they will be there a fair amount of the time and will also be in contact with you. Also we have a cat Mika 😺

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    we live on the 'Hondsrug' which is one of the higher places of the Netherlands. In the far old days this ridge (stowage) is formed during an ice period. There's are a lot woods in the area and beautiful swimming lakes in the woods as well. There's a sheepfold with shepherds to contain the part of the landscape which is the moorland and other grass area in the village. You could also volunteer there in your spare hours. And of course you can visite the plenty of magical Hunnebeds and other authentic villages nearby. Also there are a lot of retreat places such as the maanhoeve or elhohim gardens. The city Emmen is a 15 min busdrive or 45 min by bike. You could mountainbike in the forests, there are a lot of trails. Marieke could learn you how to cook tasty plant based meals, Wilco how to do a lot of handyman stuff. The kids can teach you laughter and patience ;) You can join Marieke voor meditations in the garden and also learn with us how to grow a food forest. there are lots of bike and hike trails really close by, we have a public sports area behind our own garden with fitness, free run, mountainbike and volleyball.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    There would be plenty of tasks in the garden as well as helping with the rebuilding of the house and guest place. Also we would like help with the kids (language practice German of English) cooking and cleaning. And also if you are a creative person, there would be some timen to maken the garden the magical place that it is but than for everybody's eyes to see :-) we only want projects with natural materials. So tell us your talents and we can find suitable tasks.

  • Languages spoken

    Dutch: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A cabin with a twinbed and a bunkbed. It's possible you share it with an other workawayer but if you are with two we won't invite anyone else to share it with. You have your own shower and toilet and also a little kitchen to cook.
    We would like help 4 hours a day 5 days a week. (we can see the week before which days are your off days.) We will provide for you in breakfast (oatmeal, sometimes eggs, bread, fruits) and (if you like a shared) lunch (with soup or salad) you can share/provide an evening meal twice a week. We are vegetarian and mostly eat plant based accept for the eggs of or own chickens and some of us sometimes eat cheese. Ones a week we can warm up the hottub if you like :) and off course we hope we can bring some laughter and good conversations!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    you can borrow a bike and the busstation is a 3 min walk away. there's is a lot to do in the area, nature, city, swimming, animals, art etc.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    any size of van/tent could be placed.

  • 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

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