Experience great Nature close to Berlin and help us get our charming ancient house and garden back into shape, Germany



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    Help needed from now onward until September .
    My great grandfathers hunting house built in 1900 expropriated in 1960ies and reclaimed After the collapse of GDR in 1989. I live in Berlin but spent all time i can spare out there in Chorin. During your stay I will be there working, will host you and you are welcome to join me for warm cooked dinner. I am female and speak both German and English. Duration of your stay 2 weeks maximum- sorry no smokers

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience the country life around Berlin with its interesting history as part of GDR and resort and hunting retreat for centuries, and important area for biological farming, fruit and crop growing and tourism today.

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    We have a beautiful old house anno 1900 and large garden with many old fruit trees in a quiet village in nature resort Biosphärenreservat Schorfheide Chorin near Berlin only 40km away, easily to be reached by commuter train in one hour. No shops in our village - the closest supermarket is 5km away - i strongly recommend to bring a bike .
    Recommended for people who like bike riding as almost everything around can be reached by bike.
    The house needs renovation work under respect of historical and nature friendly use of materials on walls ,woodwork , windows, floors, doors etc.

    The garden requires trimming of lawn, pruning very high old trees and cutting weeds.
    A place for nature lovers only a few steps from the forrest, birds and wildlife all around-
    however it does not provide city comfort: heating and hot water uses wood and cole, there is no real shower and no water toilet! We use a direct pit latrine and garden solar shower or a USB camp shower inside .

    During winter months we will only be there if temperature rises over 4c at night!
    Sorry no longterm stay, 7-14 days only.

    FYI the house is 40km outside of Berlin in the remote countryside- travel to Berlin takes one hour by train or train and bus 2hours directly to the village and costs 9€ one way- the train station CHORIN is 4km from the house you will need to have a bike or walk to get to the station and around there for shopping groceries going to lakes etc. or you are good at hiking. there is no shop, cafe or restaurant closer then 5,5km from the village, you can easily rent a bike in Berlin or at the train station in Chorin, where there is also an internet hotspot.

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    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

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  • Accommodation


    own room in two story country house with owen heating in winter

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Historical site Kloster Chorin, bicycle riding recommended(bike paths all around) forrest walk, hiking, swimming in summer (many lakes close by) nearest larger town Eberswalde, Angermünde, Joachimsthal, Britz all to be reached by commuter train (every hour until late) or bus. Also close to Oderbruch, Schiffshebewerk Finow.

    Volunteers should have basic skills in renovating historical buildings and gardening and must be caring and respectful to neighbors and wildlife.
    Use of biological soaps and shampoos only permitted on the premises, we have some for guests which you are welcome to use.
    4G mobile internet is available in the area - no wlan in the house

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs welcome if well trained

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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