In November, Graeme and I had the chance to visit a school out in the middle of nowhere, aka Ommen, Netherlands to tour the campus and interview for a position of house parents. Since we were committed to staying in Amsterdam through February, we agreed to follow up again in the new year. Last week, we traveled the 2hr bike-train-train-bus ride out there to meet more of the staff and discuss possible opportunities. I thought you’d like to see this little piece of Dutch countryside.
The main castle (center) dates back to 1715! They are in the process of returning the first floor to a historic museum of sorts. The school offices will all be moved upstairs where many of the school rooms are. It’s a shame we couldn’t take many photos of the inside, but imagine tapestry-covered walls, aged wood furniture, large scale paintings, soaring ceilings, a grand staircase and a less than modern water closet (toilet room).
This is the house that they propose Graeme & I live while we’re on our ‘off’ weeks of staying in the boarding house’s East Wing–they have a week-on, week-off schedule. We don’t really know what our schedule would be like (they are still figuring out where and how they could use us, but they seem really eager to use us.) So this big ol house in the middle of the woods right by the school could be our new home. Crazy!
Everything is still up in the air. We should hear back from this this week. I (Graeme) may start working there this week as a tutor (one or two days a week) and then Amanda and I may move there in March if the job is really good and we don’t have work in the city to keep us here. And there are a bunch of unknowns. But the experience seems like an amazing one. And chances are we’ll never get an opportunity to live in a castle ever again 🙂
Let us know what you think!