Help in and around my house in Auvergne.
Workaway Host rating
Since 2005 I live in France. I have a Bed and Breakfast and a holiday home I rent out all year, in a very nice mountain area.
I like to do a lot of things on my own, but sometimes I need a little bit of help.
I like to do a lot of things on my own, but sometimes I need a little bit of help.
Type of helpHelp in the house,
For October 2014 I'm looking for a man or a couple to help me. It is about DIY and gardening. Most urgent is filling gaps in the outside walls of my traditionally built house and painting, inside and outside.
Dutch, French, English, German
Bed and breakfast, holiday home.
What else ...
I expect volunteers to help about 4 hours a day. I offer hosting and meals.
A car is available.
A car is available.
Some more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Volunteering hours expected
4 max per day
Host ref number: 468541267225
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