Young family looking for help on a beautifully located organic farm in Muizen, Belgium

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  • Descrição

    Descrição

    Dear volunteer,

    A kind hello from the heart of Belgium!

    In 2014 my wife Roosje and I bought an old farmstead in Muizen, very close to the historical Belgian city of Mechelen. Now that the farm has been renovated almost fully, we moved in with our three young daughters (aged between 11 and 6) Febe, June and Lily.

    On our field we grow numerous vegetables organically. Our focus lies on producing and selling healthy food, which does not harm the environment or our consumers' health. We're a rather small farm but we grow a wide variety of vegetables and some fruits, and take care of chicken, sheep and two very friendly small horses.

    We strongly believe in community supported agriculture, and luckily we can count on volunteers, family, friends and clients to help us plant and harvest on busy moments. With our non-profit organization we focus on community building, health and well-being for everyone who comes to visit the farm and wants to learn about organic agriculture or just rewind from the busy city life.

    As a volunteer, you'll be mainly working the field: planting, weeding, harvesting, ploughing,... we welcome everyone who's enthusiastic to get more experience in organic farming and loves to spend time outside between plants :) during your stay we offer you a cosy house (for yourself or shared with another volunteer) with a kitchen so you can freely experiment with cooking all our produce in the best ways possible :)


    Other things that make us stand out from the pack:

    - Just across the farm floats a little brook, and on the other side of it lies the lovely green nature reserve of the Barebeekvallei (Barebrook Valley). This is a part of the larger "Mechels Rivierengebied" (Mechels River Area), together with the Mechels Broek (Mechels Marsh) and Mispeldonk (Medlar Marsh). The entire area is perfect for long walks, bike rides (there are special tracks for this) or canoe trips, and it's particularly a paradise for bird-watchers. The ponds with reed and the many ditches, shrubs and groves attract the Kingfisher, Bluethroat, Sedge Warbler, Shoveler and the Tufted Duck. And if these names mean nothing to you: they're cute birds, come see for yourself, okay?

    - Which beautifully brings us to the next trump card of our farm! Our resident Storks. These large birds actually live in the nearby animal park Planckendael, but prefer to feast on the many snails and frogs at our farm. Though perhaps it is more their farm than ours ... At least we've had many close encounters with them, during which you can read the thoughts behind their eyes: "what is this strange beakless bird doing on my territory? Hmm, go on, I'll quietly tolerate it, but I certainly won't share my frogs." In short, the Storks here have been granted the same status of Holy Cows, which is why we've incorporated them into the logo of the farm. All hail the Stork!

    - Work hard, play hard! When you're sick of farming and serene nature, you can visit the city of Mechelen. There's always something to do there, particularly in the summer, with some sort of cultural event nearly every single weekend. Looking for something more sporty? The "recreational domain" of Hofstade is just a couple of kilometers away. It's got a big swimming lake, an indoor sporting hall, running tracks, a mountainbike circuit and some sort of "rope track", apparently. :)

    - Finally, for those who want to spend a lot of time sightseeing Belgium: we are located perfectly for that :) 20 minutes on the train to Brussels, Antwerp and Louvain (or you could even go by bike), and good connections with Ghent (45 minutes), Bruges (80 minutes) and the rest of Belgium and Europe.

    So honestly, you have no reasons not to want to come to stay with us!

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Jardinagem
    Manutenção geral
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Cuidar de animais

  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    What you would get from us in return? A very warm and welcoming environment with a young and energetic family, right next to a nature reserve, the animal park Planckendael and the beautiful, vibrant city of Mechelen. And of course, we'd gladly teach you all we've learned in our years of organic farming!

    There are many good reasons to choose Belgium for your volunteering experience. We are right in the heart of Europe, meaning we combine the best of all of it: the northern European work ethic, the southern European joie de vivre, the western European liberal values, and the eastern European perseverence.

    An extra advantage is that we ourselves are right in the centre of Belgium, a nation packed with history and places of interest, and a 10 minute walk away from a train station. From here, you can easily get to Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, the Flemish coast and the beautiful green hills and rockier parts of Wallonia.

  • Projetos que envolvem crianças

    Projetos que envolvem crianças

    Este projeto pode envolver crianças. Para mais informações, veja aqui nossas diretrizes e dicas.

  • Ajuda

    Ajuda

    At the farm, we'd mainly need help with planting, weeding and harvesting. You could also assist us by taking care of the animals (chickens and sheeps). Something else we do is prepare vegetable and fruit packages for families, once per week. This is a very time-consuming activity, so it would be great if we had an extra pair of hands there :)

  • Idiomas

    Alemão: Fluente
    Inglês: Fluente
    Francês: Fluente
    Holandês: Fluente
    Espanhol: Intermediário
    Italiano: Intermediário

  • Acomodação

    Acomodação

    A private studio on the farm.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    We are a 10 minute walk away from a train station and a 20 minute bike ride from the city of Mechelen, meaning it takes no time at all to get out of here and start sightseeing the lovely land of Belgium! There are the famous medieval cities of Louvain, Ghent and Bruges, the capital of Europe Brussels, the self-proclaimed capital of the world Antwerp, and the impressive, rolling landscapes in southern Belgium.

  • Mais alguns detalhes

    Mais alguns detalhes

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    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

Essas classificações são opcionais e foram dadas junto com os comentários dos membros.A classificação média deixada por cada opção é exibida.

Precisão do perfil: (5.0)

Intercâmbio cultural: (4.3)

Comunicação: (5.0)















Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 295329784758