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near Demmin
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1-2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 8203
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: September 16, 2017

Last minute and short-term opportunities! Currently we are renovating a wagon.

I own a small old house in a very quiet place on the countryside in the North East of Germany where I live with my partner. In my free time I take care of the property and try to develop the piece of land around it, which includes a small vegetable garden and meadows. Lisa the cat lives in- and outdoors. The living conditions are rustic and close to nature with a compost toilet and wood burning stoves, no tv, no disturbing noise. We are helping each other in our little village and we are living in nature, simply. Generally in summer there are a lot of things to do like sawing and splitting wood, making hay, weeding, maintaining the house and the garden etc. Currently we are renovating a wagon : sanding the old paint (manual and with a grinder) outside + accurately measuring, cutting and fitting polystyrene plates on the curved ceiling inside... The tasks are mostly physical but we work together and it's rewarding. I could need hard-working and enthusiastic helpers, who enjoy working outside as well as relaxing in the countryside in their free-time. Here you can enjoy nature while reading a book, go for a bicycle tour, walk through the nearest forest etc.

As I value cultural exchanges I would prefer communicative people who are really interested into learning something about the German/ West European ways of life and into sharing their own viewpoints. Helpers are integrated into our daily life.
I generally expect about 5-6 hours work per day, 5 days a week in return for food and accommodation in own room at home. It's an old house with simple comfort, compost toilet and shared bathroom. Limited internet volume. There is also a nice little place to pitch a tent, which I can provide, in the garden. We try to deal carefully with natural resources. From our experience it's the best if helpers are not just willing to adapt, but also actively interested in this kind of lifestyle.
Generally short stay of 1 week. Longer stay may be considered on a self-supply basis.
I also have good contacts and I often work with my next neighbour, who has ewes with lambs, chicken, hives and a big vegetable and flower garden. So you can learn something about the countrylife and organic farming. Opportunity to play jugger in the village. Our region is beautiful and very remote. French, German and English are spoken. You are welcome!

Location: rural village between Neubrandenburg and Stralsund (UNESCO World Heritage), 35 km from Greifswald (nice university town), about 2.5 hours by train or bus from Berlin. From here it's easy to go to Sweden by ferryboat if you want to continue your journey in this direction.

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