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The Manor Oosterhouw

In het kort:

Soort werk
Natuur, Sociaal
15 t/m 29 juli
Sustainable Development Goals
15. Leven op het land
Aantal deelnemers
14 (7 mannen en 7 vrouwen)

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The work will take place at Oosterhouw in Leens (province Groningen). It is a beautiful monumental manor house surrounded by a garden divided into four different styles. Many parts of these gardens have been neglected over the past decades. Volunteers will be cleaning up and helping restore the gardens to their former glory. Activities range from groundwork like digging and levelling to gardening such as weeding and pruning to wood shredding and splitting. The volunteers will work in the gardens five days a week. This excludes the weekends.

During the two weeks, the volunteers will be staying at Wongema. It’s a working café located in the small village of Hornhuizen. The whole group will be staying in the residential barn besides the main building. There’s a dorm where everybody will be staying. Clean towels will be provided. Sheets for the beds won’t be provided. (Make sure you bring a sleeping bag or your own sheets!) Downstairs is a kitchen which we can use. Bicycles will be provided for transportation between the accommodation and the gardens of Oosterhouw. The bike ride from and to the accommodation is approximately 15 minutes. You will cook together in teams, taking turns and having the opportunity to cook meals from your home countries. You have a kitchen at your disposal. Self-organisation is also a vital point during your daily camp routines. Cooking and cleaning are planned and done independently within the group. Each participant is expected to take part in the CCC (cooking-cleaning-crew).

You will have leisure time after work (work ends at 4 p.m.). The Oosterhouw area mainly consists of small villages with Leens as the main village. You will have bikes at your disposal to explore the surrounding area. During the weekend you can enjoy your free time. There are plenty of nice places to visit, for example the beautiful and vibrant city of Groningen or take a ferry boat and visit the island of Schiermonnikoog.

The mansion Oosterhouw in Leens is located in the north of the Netherlands in the province of Groningen. The estate is surrounded by a flat agricultural landscape approximately 10 km from the Wadden Sea UNESCO heritage. Oosterhouw was built in 1868. The last time the building was renovated was in 1912-1913. After that, there weren’t any significant developments. The former owners of the mansion were C.o Jellema and Klaas Noordhuis. Co. Jellema is a semi-known poet in the Netherlands, and his current library is still in the house. Klaas Noordhuis was a garden architect and has added essential aspects to the garden. The current owners bought the house a few years ago and want to open the house more to the public. The house, the garden and the surrounding landscape are unique in this area and must be protected and taken care of.

Note: There is no student discount for this project. The participation fee* for this project is €50 for foreign volunteers and €225 for participants living in the Netherlands. The participation fee should be paid in cash upon arrival. No preparation training is required for the participants.

What to bring:
Must bring (obligated)
1)sleeping bag or your own sheets
2)Old working clothes, strong safety shoes and good fitting working gloves
3)Rain is spread out over the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suit
4)Soap, toiletries
We will be working primarily outside in the gardens, where it’s essential to have a safe and secure work environment. Safety glasses and hearing protection will be provided.

Wise to bring
1)Recipes from your own country
2)Driver’s license that is valid in Holland, in case you have one 3)Sunglasses and something on your head against the sun!

Nice to bring
1)Musical instruments, ideas for games/activities
2)Energy, enthusiasm and an open mind!
3)A sense of humor

*This fee is spend on food, utilities or transportation during the project (renting bikes, buying bus- of train tickets or getting groceries for the group of volunteers) and has to be paid on arrival at the work camp.

Note: There is no student discount for this project. The participation fee for this project is €50 for foreign volunteers and €225 for participants living in the Netherlands. No preparation training is required for the participants.

Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 225, exclusief € 50 korting voor studenten en jongeren onder de 18.

The Manor Oosterhouw




Soort werk






Aantal vrijwilligers

14 (7 mannen en 7 vrouwen)


18 t/m 99 jaar


Sustainable Development Goal