- August 24th onward
We are a family with a 6 year old boy, a 3 year old girl and a Labrador dog. We live in a small house in the countryside in the south of the Netherlands. We enjoy listening to music, playing board games, watching films and documentaries and many more things.
Although we love to have long-term guests, we only want to commit in advance to stays of 2 weeks, since privacy for both our guests and ourselves is limited. If there turns out to be a really good match, we can always discuss a longer stay within a few days after your arrival.
Sometimes (mainly during the warmer months), we can also host a couple, but that will depend, among others, on how much work there is to be done. But you can always give it a try and send us a message.
Práctica de idiomas
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
We are very willing to share our daily life with you and we love to talk about our cultures. One of us has been a guest at many homes around the world and, now settled down, enjoys being a host for a change :-).
You can ask us as many questions as you want about our country and culture and we find it interesting if you compare things to other countries, but criticizing The Netherlands (a lot) is not appreciated. And we find it important that you respect (unwritten) rules, even if you think they don't make sense, like: no picknicking in other people's yards, no walking in the farmers' fields, only feeding other people's animals after asking for permission, etc.
When you are around, we speak English as much as possible, but sometimes, when the subjects are about practical stuff or when we have family members around who are uncomfortable with speaking English, we will switch to Dutch for a while. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to translate everything the children talk about, because they talk a lot :-). But we do our best to at least give a small summary, so you will not feel excluded :-).
If you wish, we can also teach you some Dutch.
At least once during your stay, we will try to take you to an interesting place, like a museum, a historical village, a national park, etc. A few years ago, we had some more time to take our Workawayers to nice places. Currently, the main thing we can offer, is a warm welcome to our daily life.
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
Currently, we are mainly looking for 2 types of help (preferably combined):
It would be very helpful if you could spend some time with the children.
The children love to play outside, chat, read books, do (technical) DIY-stuff, play with lego, clay dough etc. You can speak to them in your own language. They are currently very eager to learn/practice English. Our ideal babysitter would: look after their safety, encourage their independence, make sure they (and not you) clean up their toys, demand politeness and some patience, allow them to help with some household chores, every now an then initiate some nice activities with them. While you are spending time with them, one of us will always be around to answer your questions etc. We will never leave you alone with the children (even if you kindly offer to do so).
2. Helping in/around the house:
You could be very helpful with filling and emptying the dishwasher, washing pans, cleaning the kitchen, some extra cleaning and (if you wish) vacuum cleaning, mobbing, cooking, walking the dog, doing some groceries (3 km one way with our bike), gardening and other tasks in and around the house.
And ideal week for us would be something like this:
Mo/Tue/Thu/Fr/Sat: filling and emptying dishwasher/washing pans/cleaning bench top (5 hours in total)
Mo/Fr/Sat: 3 hours of babysitting a day (9 hours in total)
Addtionally: some of the chores mentioned above (6 up to 11 hours)
But we are very flexible and of course, you shouldn't forget to take two days off every week if you wish.
The rest of your time:
The rest of the time is your 'time off' and we really hope you will enjoy that time, either with us or on your own. Should you nevertheless wish to do some more voluntary work (or do something different, for a change), there will always be things to do, for example: helping with some technical/maintenance stuff (like restoring an oldtimer van) or teaching us skills, like playing ukulele, didgeridoo or percussion, Photoshop, languages... Or teaching some English at nearby elementary schools.
The children have a 17 year old brother (who lives somewhere else and visits us regularly) who also loves to practice his English with you.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
Este anfitrión ha indicado que está interesado en compartir su idioma o aprender otro.
Ponte en contacto con él para obtener más información.
We will all share the bathroom in the house (with a toilet and a shower).
You can choose from 2 basic accommodations:
1. Military shelter/container. See pictures.
A few meters from the house, we can accommodate you in a simple military soviet shelter, placed on a farmer's cart. It has a bed, a small table and some chairs. For most people, the months of October to April will be too cold. Wifi is probably not working in the shelter. There is an agricultural company behind our house, so you might hear our neighbour working on his tractors late at night/early in the morning. And when the soil next to our house is being fertilized, the place will smell pretty 'agricultural' :-).
2. Attic of the barn:
You can also sleep on a couch in the attic of the isolated barn/shed (with some music instruments), where you can put on the diesel heater for a while, before you go to sleep. For most people, even with the diesel heater and lots of blankets, the months of November to March will be too cold. During daytime, the large door of the barn is often open and there are often DIY-projects going on. So privacy is limited.
During the day:
During your time off, you can hang out at our home or have some more privacy in the military shed or the attic.
Of course you are welcome to have breakfast/lunch/dinner with us.
Breakfast and lunch will be typical Dutch: coffee/tea/milk, cereal bread with butter and peanut butter (or sometimes some cheese/jam) and if you wish porridge. And often some fruit. So our lunch is very basic compared to the warm lunches in many countries. Should you wish to eat something you are more used to, you are free to prepare this in our kitchen.
Dinner will mostly be potatoes, meat and vegetables, but we regularly try something more exciting and will be happy to learn about the culinary art of your home country. Thanks to some Workawayers, we also love to eat vegan or vegetarian food. And once a week we eat fried potatoes with a snack (like many Dutch families do, so we don't have to cook). Unless you offer to cook something more healthy :-).
We are happy to buy you ingredients for your favorite food, but desserts, sweets, snacks and alcohol are not 'included'. We do enjoy those things occasionally and are more than happy to share them with you, but they are not part of our daily life.
The nearest airports (from closest to farthest) are Eindhoven (with many low budget European flights), Rotterdam The Hague, Amsterdam and Brussels. From there, you can travel to the train/bus stations of Breda or Tilburg. When travelling with international touring cars like Flixbus, you could check connections to Breda, Tilburg or Kaatsheuvel (Efteling). When travelling from Utrecht, it is cheapest and fastest to take a bus to Oosterhout Bus Station. We can pick you up from (and at the end of your stay bring you to) either Breda, Tilburg, Oosterhout or Kaatsheuvel.
During your time off, you can make nice walks around the house (45 min - 1h45 min) or use our bike to explore the surroundings (for example the National Parks of Drunense Duinen or Biesbosch or the famous amusement park De Efteling).
Unfortunately, you cannot borrow our car, even if you have the best insurance in the world :-).
To go somewhere by public transport, you will have to take our bike or walk 3,5 km to the nearest bus stop with frequent connections to Breda or Tilburg. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedules and sometimes limited energy, we cannot often give you a ride to the bus stop. From Breda or Tilburg, you could make day trips to, for example, the cities of Den Bosch, Antwerp (Belgium), Utrecht or Amsterdam.
You can also join one of us on long (preferably partly silent) walks, kayaking tours or ecstatic dance events.
We are non-smokers and find it very important (!!!) that you will not smoke in the house/shelter/barn and that our children (including the teenager) will never see you smoke! Unfortunately, this turns out to be more difficult than you would expect, because privacy and space are limited and most of the time there will be children around.
We also find it very important that a smart phone is not used while you are watching the children or during breakfast, dinner etc. And that your smartphone only makes sounds when you are receiving phone calls or important messages. So no beeps with each Whatsapp message arriving...
Since a vibrant urban life isn't around the corner, you will probably most feel at home if you enjoy nature more than cities and if you are mainly interested in sharing our simple daily life :-).
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Generally our Wifi in the house is working fine, but sometimes it is a little bit slow. We don't really have an office desk or something, so you will have to hang out eather in our living room, or in the attic of the barn. In the military shed, there is currently no wifi.
If the van is not huge, you can park it in our garden or in front of the house.
A dog that gets along well with other dogs and that doesn't bark.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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