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Get inspired by our new project in the German countryside, close to Bonn/Köln: surrounded by 300 year-old trees, this place is full of spirituality! We want to inspire people to become self-sufficient and live in a sustainable way. We recently ecologically renovated our old German "Fachwerkhaus" (consisting of cob and wood), that was previously owned by an artist, and we now want to welcome people from all over the world to work with us and create a better world!
We - my husband Sven (German) and myself Ellen (Belgian) and our two lovely daughters (4 and 12 years old) - have been living abroad for a long time (from 1998 until 2017, with long-term stays (more than 3 years) in Bolivia, Peru, Kenya and Senegal). We finally settled in Germany and found our "dream house" in the countryside, close to Bonn and Köln. Myself, I am a social worker & cultural anthropologist and my husband is a political scientist - we both have a PhD. We both care about our environment and love animals. At the moment, we have one dog, 3 cats, 1 rooster and 4 chickens, and 2 goats but are planning on alpacas, and our oldest daughter is dreaming of having her own horses one day.
Our place is surrounded by forest. The landscape of Oberberg is very beautiful. Our own terrain has 4 hectares (which is big for this neighbourhood) and consists mainly of forest with very old oak and beech trees (many are 200-300 years old), a fenced field for the animals and plenty of garden space. Our vegetable garden is organized by permaculture design (starting phase) and we want to expand a part of our natural forest to a FOOD FOREST. There are also four small ponds which after some work could again become homes for trout and great places for us to have a swim.
We have plenty of work in the forest and (vegetable) garden (chopping wood, weeding, planting, etc.). People who have already experience in permaculture/food forest are more than welcome to share their ideas with us! Along with the work in the garden/forest, we organise during Easter/Summer/Autumn (not during Winter) FOREST LANGUAGE CAMPS for local children. As there are a general lack of opportunities for local children to practice foreign languages and share different cultural customs, we created a place where they can learn and practice speaking these other languages, while playing in the forest and taking care of the animals. During German holidays, we invite about ten children to come and stay with us for a midweek or one Week. We also open our doors for them on certain weekends and organize Day or Afternoon Sessions during the school year. The spoken language at the camp is decided, based on the availability of native speakers at that time. We are especially looking for NATIVE speakers in French, English and Spanish for our Forest Language Camps with local children.
Currently (February - March 2021), we need one/two workawayers to help us with the forest work (collecting wood, chopping and storing wood), planting trees and getting the vegetable garden ready for spring (making more raise beds). We also need to clear the many brambles in the fenced field for the animals. We still need to build a new shelter and extend an older shelter for the alpacas that might be arriving in February/March. When it is too cold to work outside, the have plenty of indoor jobs as well (on the rooftop, we are preparing three more bedrooms and I can use some help there in finalising the rooms!).
From Mid March until Mid April 2021 (FULLY BOOKED) and from 21st of June until the end of July 2021 (STILL OPEN), we invite ENGLISCH speakers who have an interest in wilderness pedagogic and permaculture to come and join us for the English Forest Camp! We will be a team from 3 to 4 Workawayers and myself as coordinator. During a period of one month, we will intensively work together. The first week, we get to know each other while doing garden work. The second week, next to garden work, we will work in small teams to prepare the content of the language camps and the material needed for the camp. The last two weeks, we will organise fun activities in order to practice English with the ten local children.
From Mid April until 21st of June 2021, we need people to help us with all kind of tasks, mainly to expand our vegetable garden, feed the animals, etc. IN GENERAL, we love to be surrounded by people who love nature and have a big interest in permaculture and food forests; enthusiastic people who want to be part of our little community and who see themselves as open minded, colourful, spiritual, creative, easy going, rainbow people. We are looking for those who see the beauty of life and mostly, in the smile of young children. Skilled people in handicrafts/wilderness/ outdoor activities; yoga/shinrin yoku (forest bathing) practitioners and craftsmen are also more than welcome! Are you getting curious? Come and visit us soon!!!
Main topics: organic, permaculture, food forest, language camps, children, mindfulness, wilderness pedagogy, animal care.
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
At our place, you are invited to try new things, explore your own personal interests and learn about living in a more sustainable and self-sufficient way. Since we have been living in different cultural settings for more than 15 years, we might share with you our different experiences. You might learn from us what is culturally appropriated and expected from you when you go and live in different settings, which might help you in the future when you plan to go and travel around the globe. At our small farm, we might teach you all sorts of things: from what it takes to make your own food to preserving the harvest. It is just important that you take yourself initiatives to learn things!
About the work, we like to find out your special skills and preferences in order to make them as useful as possible in our project. At the end, what matters, is that you are motivated to work! We are certain that one or more activities of our project makes you curious enough to explore! However, we are looking for people who are able to work on their own, who are not scared to make themselves dirty and who are used to work with their hands.
A big part of the general day to day work consists of gardening/maintaining the land and managing the firewood. Our garden is maintained by the principles of permaculture. We love the wild growth of all sorts of plants and herbs, but the growing of nettles, wild brambles and the wild grow of maple seedlings at certain areas are controlled tough. As we do not use herbicides, these are picked by hand (gloves) . During autumn/winter time, the work mainly consists in forest work (collecting wood, chopping wood, etc.), planting trees and getting the garden ready for spring. During spring, we start preparing the vegetable garden (principles of permaculture): planting, sawing, weeding, etc. and organise the Food Forest. During summer, we continue to take care of the plants/trees (irrigation, weeding, planting) and can start to harvest and organise food conservation (making jams and chutneys, fermenting, drying, etc.). We could also need a hand with making the ponds suitable for fish again and/or fixing some leakages.
Besides general maintenance, we need your help in the preparation and organisation of FOREST LANGUAGE CAMPS for local children. This project is still in its exploration phase so new ideas and inputs are welcome. Our first English Language Camp took place in July 2020, and two more took place during autumn 2020 .
Depending on your personal interest, there may also be the possibility to get involved with/learn about:
- animal care
- baking our daily (sourdough) bread and own yoghurt
- engaging our children in activities on their level/age
- construction projects
- construction of a compost toilet
If you are a carpenter or a skilled handwork, you definitely can help with:
- the construction of ecological huts in the forest for the children
- building a shelter for the alpacas
If you enjoy working with wood carvings and be creative, you are also invited to continue the 70 year old tradition of turning wood into pieces of art and displaying them on the terrain. Or if you ever fancied building a tree house for the kids, be our guest!
At the moment, we are renting out our Tiny House to weekend tourists. Visitors of this region are invited to stay with us to enjoy the beauty of this place. Whenever we have tourists staying with us, workawayers are invited to be tolerant and respect visitors' need of silence.
If you are eager to get to know us and our project, share with us your personal stories and background and convince us why you want to stay with us. Workawayers who write us standardised E-mails (i.e. the same mail that is sent to different hosts) are usually rejected.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
As a family, we speak five different languages - also our children. In order to keep the practice going, we prefer to organise our workawayers according to the language they are able to speak/ or native speakers from a certain language. The past taught us that having to speak different languages at the dime during breakfast/lunch/dinner makes it really confusing for all of us, and especially for our youngest child. Those who want to practice German can do so, but mostly with our children.
FOOD: home-made, organic and mostly vegetarian (read: we only cook meat once in a month) and often also vegan. We eat together and take turns in cooking/cleaning the dishes/table. You are also asked to cook a dish once in a week (not included in the 5 hours).
HEATING AND ELECTRICITY: there is a central heating system (provided from our own forest wood) - and several stoves that are used during winter time. You won't be cold in the house but we expect visitors to respect some basic rules (during night, heating is on low...). We also expect visitors no to overuse the electricity/water capacity.
ONE OR MORE WORKAWAYERS: when there are more than one workawayer, the apartment might be shared with others. Please be flexible during summer times!
A. The Apartment with central heating
- one big room with three bunk beds
- one smaller room with one bunk bed
- shared bathroom
or B. Bring your own tent/caravan if the weather allows it (only during summer)
or C: The Tiny House (own bathroom and kitchen, one double bed downstairs and one double bed upstairs)
INTERNET ACCESS: We do not use W-lan in the house (to avoid EMF) but internet access is provided in the Tiny House and in the main house.
HABITS: We only invite non-smokers to our place. Smokers are sadly enough send back home. People who are addicted to mobile phones, computer games and television are NOT invited. Only moderate drinking habits are tolerated as we do not like the energy of drunken people among us on a daily basis. Also no use of drugs.
We live about 55km away from Bonn and Köln. From Bonn/Köln to Siegburg or Hennef, then take local Bus to Waldbröl.
Places to visit:
our place is surrounded by beautiful nature, nice walking trails and a number of historical buildings (Homburg Castle) and caves (Stalactite cave in Wiehl) to visit. There is a wonderful Open-air museum in Lindlar, open air swimming pools or lakes and a nearby wonderful Nature Reserve 'Panarbora'.
It is definitely not the place to be for party people and people who love going to cities every day, but nature lovers will be inspired by our place!
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
We do not use W-lan (or Wi-Fi) in the house (to avoid EMF) but internet access is provided through cable broadband in the Tiny House and in the main house.
Este anfitrión puede proporcionar un sitio para autocaravanas.
We only accept middle-aged, older female (sterilised) dogs so that our young border collie can learn from the older one. If the relationship with the dogs does not work out well and it means that I have to lock up ours for most of the time, then it will be difficult to stay at ours.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.
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