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Category: Other
Host ID: 28468
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: May 4, 2017

This time we also need help with rebuilding & renovating of an old heritage building! This means we seek "strong" people with interest in historical buildings & construction work.
This special project is in the historic town of Annaberg Buchholz - short- and longterm opportunities available!
help is needed with the following:
the inside needs to be cleaned up, built a wooden floor, cover the walls inside and outside with traditional plastering, simple electricity, simple sanitary installations, renovate doors + windows, repair and cover the roof with traditional stonecovers and with tin, built a bar with oakplanks ... ---

Please make sure you read the profile before you apply.

And please do all hosts a favour: write to ONE place first, wait for their reply and then, if needed, ask another place. Otherwise you waste the time of many host. Thank you!

This is a opportunity for people who want to spent some time in the beautiful nature in the middle of Saxony (middle-east-Germany).

This is a project with varied activities and for people who want to be self dependent. After welcome and introduction in the place and the work you will have contact with your host only once a week or so. Thus we prefer to have a long term helper, who after some time knows the work well and can introduce short term helpers.

Minimum age for helpers is 18. And you should have at least a little experience in doing practical work (e.g. how to hold a brush :)

we seek:
--> 1 or 2 long time helper/s (2 month or longer / all year round)
--> occasional helpers (1 week or longer)

Near the old heritage village of Koessern nearby Colditz-Castle (Leipzig 40km, Dresden 70km, Berlin 180km, railwaystation 5km), right in a forest with a lot of birds, next to a lake and a small river with fishes a beaver a property of about 1200 square meters waits to be maintained (gardening, making firewood, create a vegetable garden).

Near the actual garden, where you will live and work are other places where you will help to start the eco farm: this is a long term project, we will start with cultivating the land etc.
Sometimes we organise some activities there, like canoetours, renting out tents or small houses - you will help with this also if needed.
You can take the bike to reach these places.

Helping here means being in your "own place" much of the time, but we also offer the opportunity to travel to other places nearby and help there for some days too. This means you have to be flexible concerning work and time.

We provide you with basic food, the preparation is up to you.

If you stay for a longer time, you can take care for the online promotion and communication concerning holiday home and guests.

You will live in your own little house, which is a typical GDR-style bungalow, nowadays rather unique!
Small kitchen, WC, solar shower (outdoor!), sleeping room (for long time helper or couple), common room that can be used as a bedroom for short time helpers.
Patio under roof with nice sunsets!
A scandinavian wood fired outdoor hot tub can be used sometimes and also a simple sauna!
If you want, you can also pitch your tent in the garden.

possible tasks are
-cultivate and preserve the garden, set up and maintain a vegetable garden
-house: redecorate, fix, paint, repair, renovate - the host will guide you
-take care for a small holidayhome and a holiday tent in the neighbourhood (welcome and farewell of the guests, repairings if needed, check the tent - you can have some holiday there too)
-help to start a eco farm near by
-help out in other building projects (get to know a bit of Saxony and meet other people)

Possibilities for your spare time
Visit the surrounding nature, take a canoe for paddling, go fishing, hiking, biking. Visit old castles and museums.
Citytrips to Leipzig, Chemnitz, Dresden, Berlin/Potsdam can be started from the near train station (10 min via bike). In Leipzig and Chemnitz are possibilities to stay for free for some nights at other projects of the host.

Dear helpers, unfortunately we have to write down the following terms and conditions.
To many people they will appear as common sense. But we have to make sure, that everyone understand the same.
Note: The term “helper” includes males, females and everything in between and beyond.

Please read and understand the following terms and conditions.
By applying to our place you accept these terms and conditions!

1 Responsibility
Each helper is fully responsible for what he is doing or not doing.
Concerning tools and other items this means, that if you break anything, damage it, loose it – no matter if this happens while you are helping or in your spare time - you have to repair it properly or replace it. If this is not possible, you have to pay for repair or purchase of a new item plus the extra expenses this causes.
The period, in which this has to happen, depends on how urgently the item is needed.

2 Insurance
Each helper has to take care for his own health-/accident-/3rd party liability-. and so on insurances.
You can find different insurance companies and one organisations who can help you with insurance, or example

3 Tax / social insurance
Each helper has to care for his tax and social insurance matters by himself.

4 Tidiness
a)You are responsible that the place where you stay and things that you use are clean and tidy, during your stay and esp. when you leave.

b)When using items, tools and so on never leave them lying around.
Always put them back in their own place. If you do not know the place, ask or put the item in a safe & appropriate place where it can be found easily by others and where there is no danger that animals, children, other people get hurt by the item.

5 Terms and Conditions
By applying to our place, each helper accepts these terms and conditions.

6 Children
If you take your children with you, you are the one who is in charge – also concerning the matters of this terms and conditions!

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