Help with DIY, wood construction, painting and more and explore Utrechtse, Heuvelrug, Netherlands



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    Hi there, herewith you make a connection with Bien who lived in the USA for several years, is used to travelling, camping and international cultural exchange. I speak several languages and I'm used to interact and connect with all kinds of peoples with an open respectful honest mind. I'm a sportive active person, used to be a gymteacher and hosted children and young people from over the world for CISV. I have 3 wonderfull adult children who you probably will meet. They have been travelling for cultural exchange several times already. My daughter is traveling in Oceanië / New Zealand right now.

    I live in a modest connected house in a small city with a nextdoor bus-connection (1 min. walk) to the trainstation; every half-hour schedule. We have a secluded garden with lots of flowers, a vegetablegarden and several seats to relaxe outdoors. Amsterdam is within 45 min. with this busconnection aswell as other interesting historic towns/places.
    We have bikes available for you to enjoy our typicall dutch landscape, bikingtrails and walkingtrails nextdoor /really nearby. Don't worry; biking is easy to learn if you haven't done it before...we can help you.

    Our household consists of; humans, 3 BIG GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS and a nest coming this spring + an older Maincoon CAT who respectfully live together under one roof. We love our animals and we expect you to treat them with dignity. They're honest animals who will respect people with a good sincere hart and love for animals and nature.
    I would really appreciate help with the daily animalcare. EXPERIENCE with HANDLING MORE BIG DOGS / A PACK + REALLY CONNECTING with animals/dogs IS A MUST and will help you to feel at ease here.

    You can enjoy the lakes close to us with rental kayaks, sailingboats or subs and go there on bike from our house.
    The lakes are only 20-30 minutes away on bike from here.
    There is an interesting typical dutch grainmill that you can visit on walking disctance from us and close to the mill you can enjoy the cosmopolitan old towncentre with beautiful terraces for seeing interesting peoples, enjoy a good beer, coffee or eat the wellknown typical dutch poffertjes.
    The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is an old historic forest-area with rolling hills that started in the glaciertime; It offers many beautiful trails to explore. Also the sanddunes and blooming purple heather nearby in August are a treat to stroll through.
    Lots to discover here. In our simple modest home I can offer you a bed in a private bedroom and a shared bathroom.
    We cook healthy tastefull meals to share if you like and take the time to exchange with you. I love cooking with good food, reduce my meatconsumption, I am aware of plastic-use and low koolhydrate/sugar-use, but I'm not a vegetarian/vegan eater. You're welcome to prepare typical meals from your background if you like to cook and share it.
    There is a BBQ ready to be used and we love to put on the fireplace and talk together or stare in it with our own thoughts. We live in a typicall dutch neighbourhood on walking distance from the stores and terraces or nature to relax or be on yourself. If you want to hire a car to explore the Netherlands, there is more then enough free parking available next to the house.

    I'd rather not have to mention the 2 following issues, but it's important for you to know and hopefully a now-brainer;
    We do not use drugs and we do not smoke; If you're used to that and wish to, it would be better to look for another host. The dogs will sense it and it will be a reason to stop hosting you. Smoking can be accepted outside the house keeping distance to us.
    COVID; this host requests Workawayers to take the Dutch rules for Corona serious for our healthsystem and out of respect to peoples who are vulnerable when they get infected.
    For our hostingoffer is based on a mutual exchange in contacts, we are gladly hosting people who limmit their use of social media to when they are on there own and after workinghours and social meals. We are aware of the necessary use of mobile phones, I-pads etc... as we use them ourselves too. We are looking for WW-ers who are seriously looking for exchanging cultural backgrounds, foods, etc... by being in contact and having meaninful conversations. If you're just looking for a cheap place to stay, I suggest you look for another host.

    If you have any questions for a possible stay; feel free to ask :)

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Your possible benefit from our cultural exchange can be, that you have a typical dutch experience in a typical dutch neighbourhood with very good connections to explore the wellknown dutch thing to visit, like f.i. the City of Amsterdam /Rijksmuseum and other museums in Amsterdam, the mills, the typical landscapes to bike through on yourself or together with us, and a place to stay with people who can speak several languages and can tell you about and help you with exploring The Netherlands.
    Being in touch with house-animals (3 big dogs and a cat) and having some time in your travel to meet, exchange cultures and practise/learn languages. We can teach you about dogbehaviour, but it will suit you if you have dogexperience.

    In exchange for your help with DIY/construction and dogs-care, we can offer you free lodging and provide meals on the workingdays plus help in exploring / tell you more about NL and discover/taste our foodspecialties.
    I can teach you about gardening, soils, planting, herbs, plants, pruning, wild eatable plants and mushrooms, etc...
    I can help you learn dutch language and dog-bodylanguage
    Further If you like it, we can show you around, let you meet friends and family, visit cultural heritage, visit University-area's to meet students, help you plan or find information on what you look for or want to visit, aswell as learn you what eatable plants you can find in nature and how you can use them.
    We can make a trip to the beaches of the westcoast or make a canal-tour in the Amsterdam Canals.
    These are suggestions to concider when you are looking for a host in the Netherlands. It will be very inspiring to learn from your background and travel experiences and I will be thankful and thrilled for your honest help in accomplishing some cores that will remind me daily on our positive exchange in our contacts!

  • Aide


    Love to be a host for sportive people who like to share working physically in the outside together and enjoying the good fibes of getting things done while sharing good meals and story-exchanges.

    1) DIY/construction outside;
    - putting a roof on a small greenhouse
    - preparing a wooden cottage for workawayers to stay in
    - connecting electricity-points in the gardencottage
    - placing glass in 4 windows/doors
    2) sanding+painting a fence
    I also would love to have some help with:
    3) DAILEY WALK A PACK OF DOGS + helping me taking care of a nest of shepherdpups
    4) excercising together (help me getting back in shape) outside
    5) I like to cook myself and treat you well and I also like it if you sometimes prepare a meal/dish typical from your country
    6) little sewing- and cleaningjobs

    I'm an experienced "handywoman" myself; can teach you if necessary, but look for WW-ers who already have DIY/construction/woodworking experience and have serious experience with electric tools.

    I used to do heavy work/constructing myself. Now I'm a heartpatient and need help for these arrangements. I would very much appreciate it to share the joy of creating and finishing the jobs together; it's not big buildingwork, but things that can be done in a short period of time. However it needs the understanding of how to construct with hands that are used to do it.

  • Langues

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

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    You will have a bed to sleep in with fresh bedware in your own room.
    There will be a healthy breakfast with typical dutch and fresh ingredients starting the morning.
    We always have Greek Youghurt, fresh cheese, very tasty dutch bio-farmer cheese, fruits, nuts, peanutbutter, chocolate hail, homemade bio- jams, bio-honey. Everyday there will be a coffee-break / lunch.
    After the workinghours/cores, you will ofcourse have your own free time to explore The Netherlands and the area. Bikes are available aswell as a busconnection 1 minute walk from our house (every half hour)
    You can use our shared bathroom considering, that you allign your time of use with the schedule of the peoples living in the house, and leave it as clean as it was when you started using it.
    Washing-machine+soap, kitchen are available and we assume that you consult the owners for the time of use so that is fits in the daily routines. Naturally you leave them clean and in the same shape after use and you are careful with the things in the house.

    For other wishes....we will try to make things right for you so you will have a positive memorable stay with us:)!
    We are looking forward to meeting peoples who are used to work / create with their hands, have a feeling with wood and/or paintbrush, who have a creative spirit to add in solutions.

    It's important you can really connect with the animals in the house.

    In return for your serious help, I'm gladly willing to show you around and take you to special places so you will have a good idea of the Netherlands and our culture.
    In our W-away-hosting-contact we are looking for considerate, honest people who like to connect and contribute to eachother.
    You will find a warm welcome here with interest in who you are and for your travellingplans.
    We're used to work hard and joyfully share the thrill of the accomplishment with shared meals of good food/drinks/ candles and a burning fireplace or a picknick near the waterfront or in the woods telling eachother stories of our lifes with the animals near to us, play ball, swim in the lake, etc...
    If you'd like to help us out for some hours and stay with us, feel welcome to just get in touch by telling who you are, what you can do to help us, what experience you have to offer and what you're looking for.
    We will respond shortly ;).

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Covid-19 ; as our government requests it's citizens and travelers, I expect visitings WW'ers to respect the requested precautions to contribute to the solution of reducing the virus in our country in respect of our healthcareworkers and economic health in the Netherlands so that healthcareworkers are capable to keep doing there jobs and other people can keep up with the trouble caused by the virus for there jobs and income.

    Distances are small here and the local busses/trains are good and frequent. Our country is very safe to travel on your own and most people speak excellent English to help you on the way when you need some help. Travelschedules are pretty accurate and on time. You can hire bikes, canoes, waterbikes easily on many locations.
    Our house has very good connections for bus-, train-, cycling and hikingroutes. We live within 30 min. car-distance from the airport Schiphol and with the train you can travel straight to Schiphol (main airport near Amsterdam).
    Our small town is situated in the middle of varied different kind of landscapes; forests, heather, meadows, lakes are all close by (biking-distance within an hour). The shops (grossery, medical, bakery, market, etc...are close-by within 15 min. walkingdistance. There are lots of interesting things to explore nearby and when you want to vitit the bigger cities we have good connections to do that on daytrips. If we're on the road and can take you somewhere on the way, you're welcome to come with us so we can drop you at some point or pick you up later. If you're interested, you're welcome to make trips/walks together with the dogs.
    Did you know the Netherlands has an very intreaging system of ancient waterworks, fortifications and tunnels to protect our country? It just is declared as a historical cultural Unesc heritage. And you probably would love the cultural heritage nature-area of de Waddenzee, where you can walk over from the main land to some islands when the tide is low....very special experience :) Or join a sailingtrip on a botter?
    See you!

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    I have a parkingplace near my house where a small campervan can be parked.

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    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    20-25 hours per week; we can plan a schedule: 4-5 hours a day or some full day's and some day's of.

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