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Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 22199
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: September 18, 2018

Volunteer in the eastern part of Germany and join our life. Please read our profile in detail before you send us a message.

We are a family of 3: Kerstin (51), Carsten (51) and Christopher (24). We live in a village on an estate that was a farm in the past. The village is situated 60 km from Dresden, 100 km from Leipzig and 170 km from Berlin in a national park. We have one cat that lives with us, too. If you come to us, you must like cats.

We invite you into our home and accept you as part of our family. We do our best to make you feel at home and appreciate any additional assistance. If you join us it will be fun, promise. Our place is for genuine travellers who want to learn more about Germany and experience staying with an East German family. It is not for those looking just for food and accommodation.

Much help is needed in and around the house and volunteers are welcome. Your tasks would include cleaning, assisting in the garden, watering the plants, etc. We also want to reconstruct the buildings and the old barn. We are flexible with chores and there is always a bit of give and take. We always try to be fair and reasonable and expect the same in return.

It is essential that you like cats as we have one and there will be times when you will need to feed and take care of Bonnie.

We offer our hospitality and invite you to join our life. You can learn German and live like a German, travel around in the area and enjoy the beautiful countryside and lovely places. We integrate you into our life and are happy to show the history and culture of the surrounding castles, towns and villages.

Minimum stay 2 weeks, long term possible after the *trial period* to make sure both sides are happy to spend more weeks together.

Volunteering hours are flexible, 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. We expect active, responsible, motivated, respectful and reliable guests, who also "see" the jobs that have to be done and work on their own initiative. If you do not like talking and socializing, if you cannot accept rules, schedules and punctuality, our house is the wrong place. When in China, do as the Chinese do, when in Portugal, do as the Portuguese do, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. We are very organized and like a clean and nice home.

Being a member of different platforms we had many helpers, all different personalities. But I get many requests that are very simple and impersonal. And helpers demand more than we can offer (like visa, pay, paying travel etc). Before applying please make sure you have read our profile in detail. We don`t answer general requests, that are sent to many hosts. We appreciate personal e-mails, so tell us, why you have chosen our family to be your future host and mention "Explore the east" in your message.

You live in our office and guest room. If there are two volunteers, you have to share the room. Non-smokers only. No drugs. We cannot host vegans (except you buy/care for your own food). You have internet access.

If you
- are sociable, active, communicative
- like cats
- are organised and willing to accept our way of life, our schedule and rules
- don`t smoke
- are not just looking for a bed and food
- can also enjoy the silent village life
- have read and understood our profile in detail
then our family could be the right place for you.

We do our best to make your stay with us a memory. But keep in mind that we are also working and run our business and we are not responsible for a 24/7 entertainment. You should be able to be on your own at times and organize your freetime too.

Feel free to contact us for further information. We are booked 2018. Vacancies starting in January 2019.
Hope to see you soon in Germany.

Kerstin, Carsten and Christopher

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