Join our family and learn DIY skills in our garden in the Land of Maas en Waal, Netherlands

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  • Description

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    We are a Dutch couple in our late 40’s, who love to meet new people. We have 2 little guard dogs, 2 cats, rabbits and chickens. David works away from home, so you will spend most of your working time here with Annemiek. She has lived abroad and would really welcome international visitors! In his free time David is a sound technician and guitar player and -builder. Annemiek likes to sew, and garden. We have completely renovated our previous home and are builders at heart, but getting too old! This is why we would love to share our knowledge and experience in building and diy in exchange for some help around our “new” home. We have lived here for 6 yrs and it is time to fix up the garden. Please apply if you are strong and would like to work hard. Experience is less important, but it would help if you are a practical person.

    We have a little caravan with an electric heater and a good bed (for a couple or single person) that you would be welcome to stay in, but if you prefer your tent or van we will find a place for it. You will share the toilet and shower in the house with us. We have 20 chickens, so we eat a lot of eggs, and hardly any meat. We will provide 3 meals a day, breakfast and lunch will usually consist of sandwiches, in true Dutch style. We are quite laidback, but there are a few things we really don’t like: smoking (not allowed indoors), abuse of alcohol, any use of drugs, radio / music that we can hear. Also, if you don’t like animals, you shouldn’t apply.

    The area is rural, we will provide a bike for a single person or a tandem bike for a couple so you can explore the area. Nijmegen is the closest city, it is a 60 minute bike ride from here. Druten is much closer (10 minutes), it has shops and a few bars and restaurants. You can bike to the rivers Maas and Waal, swim in the Maas, go to the Gardens of Appeltern for gardening inspiration, explore the ancient towns of Hernen and Batenburg, or just hang out in a hammock in our garden and play with the dogs or read a book from our English library.

    Annemiek speaks and teaches English and Dutch, David speaks Dutch. We are trying to learn Italian, so we would really like it if you speak that language! We can also understand German and a little French, so don’t worry about the language, we will work it out!

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    You will gain some experience in diy, designing practical things, building them, using hand tools, some power tools. If you are interested in chickens, we can teach you a lot about them. You will probably pick up some Dutch and English. You will learn about Dutch culture and visit some historic towns in the area. Biking is a big part of Dutch culture, we have regular bikes, but also a tandem and recumbent bikes for you to try. David can teach you to ride them if you want.

  • Aide

    Aide

    Upcoming projects are: fencing the yard, building a composting toilet, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, and 2 garden sheds, laying pavement, maintaining the veggie patch, making new garden beds.

    Please apply if you are strong and would like to work hard. Experience is less important, but it would help if you are a practical person. We can work together, but if you prefer to work alone that will also be ok.

    We have completely renovated our previous home and are builders at heart, but getting too old! This is why we would love to share our knowledge and experience in building and diy in exchange for some help around our “new” home.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant
    Italien: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    We can help you learn English and Dutch. We want to learn Italian.

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    We have a little caravan with an electric heater and a good bed (for a couple or single person) that you would be welcome to stay in, but if you prefer your tent or van we will find a place for it. You will share the toilet and shower in the house with us.
    We will provide 3 meals a day, breakfast and lunch will usually consist of sandwiches, in true Dutch style. We are not vegetarians, but we don’t eat a lot of meat. Let us know your preferences and we will take them into account!
    We eat in the kitchen when we can’t eat outside. Everybody helps with the dishes.

  • 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

    I have WiFi in and near the house, and I can move it to the garden, it is usually pretty fast. There is a little desk in the caravan and many tables, hammocks and parasols outside so you can even set up a comfortable outdoor workplace.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    A small van might fit through the gate. Or you can park it in the driveway.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    No pets in the caravan, but if you have your own tent or van a small dog could be ok. He can play in de garden (once we finish the fence) with my dogs if he doesn’t hunt chickens or cats, and if you clean up after him. If he doesn’t get along with my animals I would ask you to keep him contained.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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


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