Help out with DIY and learn about self-sufficiency in a rural eco farmhouse in countryside of Ruurlo, Netherlands



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  • Description


    We are Saskia and EJ (which is short for Erik Jan). We own a farmhouse in rural Netherlands on a 8000 m2 property as part of an old former Dutch estate. We own the farmhouse since a year and are converting it into a warm and open place where our friends, family, our (nearly grown-up) children and their friends can come to relax, rest and meet in a healthy environment. Part of the property are a shed, a vintage campervan and a tiny house for these guests (and workawayers, of course) to stay. We have a large outside fire place and lots of nature, grass, shrubs, (old) trees and a large natural pond and this all is in the midst of this former Dutch estate which is now woods with tall trees and open to the public for walking and biking.

    We are converting the farmhouse into a sustainable place; we produce our own electricity and are planning to become zero-gas-dependent. We have lots of experience with off-grid living.

    We are fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch and are happy to exchange languages and teach and learn. EJ is great in bushcraft and cooking and spends time on his own in the Sahara or the Australian Outback. Saskia lives in the farmhouse halftime (every other week) because she also has to take of her 16 old daughter.

    We are non-smokers. We have no animals yet but are planning to have a couple of chickens and a cat.

    We have unlimited internet access available for you.

    Interests: Nature, Camping, Yoga, Wellness, Outdoor Activities, Gardening, DIY, Sustainability, Art, Music, Drawing, Painting, Books, Movies, Cooking, Bushcraft, 4WD, Campervan, off-grid living.


  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Aide dans une ferme

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    EJ is a lifelong handyman and can teach many trades. He is a bushcrafter (e.g., in 2021 he lived in the woods for 7 months).
    Saskia speaks fluently Spanish, English and Dutch and is happy to teach! She is also creative and likes to paint and draw. That is when she's around of course :).

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    Depending on your abilities and interests we can easily define some projects for you. From our side, we would need help in various forms - handyman/woman work, art, decoration, garden work:

    - Finishing the tiny house (painting and decorating)
    - Decorating the inside of the shed (plastering, art painting if you can, decorating with fabrics) to make it a cozy place
    - Handyman work like installing gutters on the buildings or help building a wooden shed
    - Garden work, like planting trees and shrubs, flowers
    - The large pond needs maintenance so that frogs and salamanders will come back and stay (a couple of ducks are breeding right now during spring '22)

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Français: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Saskia is a fluent Spanish speaker and we both speak English fluently. Besides we do a bit of French and German, and of course our own Dutch.

  • Hébergement


    Workawayers can either stay in the house (large 30m2 bedroom) or in our Tiny House under the 80-year old poplar tree, whatever their preference is. The Tiny House also comes with a bathroom and kitchen (both in the shed).

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    In your time off, we can teach you skills and languages or you can explore the countryside (the woods, the rivers, canoeing, cycling, city sight-seeing, etc.).
    On a completely different note, you can explore the Dutch cities, the canals, the water works or even the Dutch DJ scene with dance parties every weekend.
    One of our cars is often available for you.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Digital nomads are very welcome, either with or without campervan.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have sufficient space for campervans and could provide power, if needed.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Pets are welcome.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 288463543523