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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 19, 2018

Last minute: Splitting wood and landscaping action!

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.
The living conditions are rustic and close to nature with a compost toilet, a shared bathroom and wood burning stoves, no tv, no disturbing noise. Our cat lives in- and outdoors.
Generally in summer there are a lot of things to do like sawing and splitting wood, weeding, landscaping etc. Currently we are renovating an old wagon.
The tasks are all outdoors and physical. I could need hard-working and self-motivated 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, going for a bicycle tour, walking through the nearest forest etc.

As I value cultural exchanges I would prefer communicative, chatty people who are really interested into learning and sharing something with us.
I generally expect about 5-6 hours work per day, 5 days a week in return for food and accommodation in own room. There is also a lot of space to pitch a tent, which I can provide, in the garden. Our internet has a very slow speed and a monthly limited volume: so it's not for big uploads and downloads, movies etc.
We try to deal carefully with resources, especially water, electricity and burning wood. 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.

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.
French, German and English are spoken. You are welcome!

Location: Greifswald (35km) is the next "big" town.
From our next train station you can reach Stralsund (UNESCO World Heritage) in 30 min. and Berlin in 2.5 hours.
You can also go to Rostock or Sassnitz by train to continue your journey by ferryboat towards Sweden.

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