Area: Touraine, Loire ValleyOur wonderful 15th century castle is off the beaten track in central France. We are very fortunate, and we are committed to ensuring this ancient building is in good repair so it lasts another 600 years. We mostly do the work ourselves, and we run a part-time 'bed & breakfast' business to help pay the bills. We are open minded and really enjoy meeting new people, swapping ideas and getting a new view of life. Indeed, we've had some wonderful people stay with us from all over the world. We've worked hard together, but we've had lots of fun too!
Area: Languedoc RoussillonWe are a Swiss French couple about fifty. We are owners of our house which has a garden and a summer kitchen which allow us to live outside a large part of the year. We also have a holiday house which we rent weekly in summer and the rest of the year for long-lets to foreigners avid to discover the French culture (Canadian, American or other) We have just bought the third house in the same small village, one of the smallest of the aera, in the idea to make a community space for people who would pass by at our home, a meeting place. We have a free room to accommodate a single person or a couple which in exchange would give a hand to us in the garden and in the cleaning We speak English, German, Dutch and Swiss German. We are also actively involved in a local association which receives for more than 20 years, artists of any countries during summer, the association saint Henri, who is situated in about ten km from our home and to whom we give a hand. Nous sommes un couple dans la cinquantaine franco suisse.Nous sommes propriétaires de notre maison qui dispose d'un jardin et d'une cuisine d'été qui nous permettent de vivre dehors une bonne partie de l'année. Nous disposons aussi d'un gîte que nous louons en été à la semaine et le reste de l'année pour des locations longues durée à des étrangers désireux de découvrir la culture française (canadiens, américains ou autres...) Nous venons d'acheter une troisième maison dans le même petit village, un des plus petits de l'Aude, dans l'idée d'en faire un espace communautaire pour les gens qui passeraient par chez nous, un lieu de rencontre. Nous disposons d'une chambre libre pour héberger une personne seule ou un couple qui en échange nous donnerait un coup de main au jardin et dans le nettoyage rénovation de cette dernière maison. Nous parlons anglais , allemand , néerlandais et suisse allemand. Nous sommes aussi partie prenante dans une association locale qui reçoit depuis plus de 20 ans , des artistes de tous pays durant l'été , l'association saint Henri, qui se situe à une dizaine de km de chez nous et à qui nous donnons un coup de main.
Area: New BrunswickWe run a small greenhouse operation. We have 7 greenhouses in which we grow annual hanging baskets, bedding plants and vegetables starters. We need help in all aspects of our operation. Most work is done inside a heated, dry greenhouse. We need help to fill containers, transplant seedlings, sort tags, and general cleanup of buildings and area. We mostly need help in March, April and May and June.
Area: Provence Alpes AzurWe're a family of 3: myself (French and English spoken, some Spanish as well), my partner David (French and Spanish spoken) and my daughter Lou Mia, aged 4. Oh, and we have a cat called Djembe. We live in and run an artistic B&B in Arles, in the South of France, a UNESCO world Heritage site at the gateway of Camargue natural reserve.
Area: Washington StateWe are a family of 5 living in Seattle on the west coast (Washington State). Hector is from Mexico and Krisanne grew up in Minnesota, USA. We have three boys ages 7, 5 and 2. Seattle is a beautiful city on the Puget Sound (Pacific Ocean is not far away). We have mountains, water (many beaches) and natural beauty all around. Our home is in North Seattle (about 7 miles from downtown) and it is easy to get around on the bus. We have a yard and garden. Both Hector and Krisanne are self-employed. Krisanne works from home and is a Real Estate agent and Hector has a small concrete finishing business, for which Krisanne does the scheduling and bookkeeping. We are a busy family and the boys enjoy playing soccer, climbing trees and being active. Seattle has many different neighborhoods to explore. It has arts, culture and nature. The ferries run to the San Juan islands for weekend trips or just hang out in one of many local coffee shops. We are a laid back family and love to share experiences with travelers. We love to travel ourselves, but with three small children we are staying put for the time being. We are currently looking for a single person to have an exchange with. We hope the person will feel comfortable exploring the city independently. We will be happy to show some areas of Seattle, but we have had a few work-awayers and it is difficult with the three kids going to the tourist sites. I will help you plan good places to see/visit, depending on your interests. There are also websites with many activities for different interests, for which you can inquire and it is a good way to meet new people. Our preference is for someone who is 21+ years old (not required, but gives the person more freedom to go out, etc.), feels comfortable taking the bus to see attractions, speaks English well and is a self-motivated person. We just had our August/September work-awayer cancel, so we need immediate help. August is the nicest month in Seattle.