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B&B with pool and TCM practice in hilly Gascony country side, SW France

Country: France

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We are looking for volunteers 2 weeks at the time; as from October 2014 til- beginning December 2014 some painting, general maintenance/ construction/carpentry, and generally prepping for our next season needs to be done
We, Charles (USA) and Caroline (NL) have moved to South West France in 2005 for a better quality of life. Our businesses are located in a beautifully restored old farm house in Gascogne style (wooden beams with chaux). Caroline runs the Bed & Breakfast and self catering apartment and Charles has an acupuncture practice. He gives workshops in Tai-Chi Chuan and Zen Shiatsu. Most of the guests are from England, Holland or Belgium and some from France.


Midi Pyrenees

Type of help

General Maintenance,
Help with Computers / internet


From November to end of April there are hardly any guests and this is the time we use to rebuild, rennovate.Opportunities are available for people with skills in carpentry, building, general maintenance, painting, and gardening. Ideally, we would like you to stay for 2 weeks and if things work out, we can then extend it.
From April to September is our high season at the B&B so no projects can be done and no volunteers can stay.
We would like some one who is cheerful, helpful and with interest in people (there could be some other guests).

Languages spoken

English, Dutch, French


You have your own room with private bath and kitchenette

What else ...

Meals: delicious, plentiful but we would like you to show and cook your favorite meals as well. Help with the daily cleaning is appreciated
Tai-chi classes: you can follow any course that would go on during your stay
WIFI Internet: yes (bring your own laptop)
Bicycle: yes
Hikes: yes
Free time: 2 days (usually Weekends but is flexible)
Work time: about 5-6 hours per day (variable).
French language course: french intensive course(20 hrs of conversation with different group levels for 170 euro p.p.) in nearby Mirande during French school vacations. You could stay 2 weeks before and help out and then finish with this course if dates coincide and help a little with daily tasks.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

5 hours per day


Domaine à Marmande in the Gers South West France

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