We are a recently-retired couple looking to live quietly and sustainably in a peaceful part of France. We have a wide experience of travel and life. Predominantly vegetarian, our interests/skills include engineering, accountancy, teaching (including English as a Foreign Language), skiing, walking, canoeing/kayaking , cookery, crafts, gardening.
We are British, and speak English as our first language, but we speak some other languages more or less fluently.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We would welcome anyone who can bring music or other entertainment skills, and we welcome all, irrespective of race, colour, religion, etc. providing you do not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or otherwise, or take drugs.
There may be opportunities to learn many skills such as sustainable living, permaculture-based gardening, building and decorating, opportunity to use equipment such as sand blasters, welders, work in fully equipped woodworking workshop,and in the spare time aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, and fused glass art, etc.
We are bringing back to life a 500 year old French house in the foothills of the Pyrenees that has suffered more than 50 years of neglect. It has a fertile garden that is totally, naturally organic but needs clearing and planting with our choice of vegetation rather than what chooses to grow there itself (in great profusion).
The sort of jobs that we would like help with include food preservation, re-organising, repairing, rebuilding, decorating in the house, clearing, landscaping, planting, weeding, power and other tool maintenance and repair, etc.
We are looking for people who share our desire to have a simple sustainable lifestyle that is stress-free and very much aligned with the principles of nature. We like to meditate, practise yoga, we are vegetarian, we do not smoke or drink alcohol, and we prefer wherever possible to use herbs and natural healing methods over allopathic medicine.
We believe in enjoying what we do and doing it without any stress involved.
We need help 5 hrs per day, with breaks in between, Monday to Friday and have weekends free. We would normally expect to be able to take you with us on local trips on days off, Saturdays and Sundays, or, if this is not possible, you can borrow bicycles from us.
We are sorry but we cannot accommodate people with children or pets.
For those with nut allergies, also note, we eat tree nuts a lot.
It is important that everyone has a suitable visa and health/accident insurance in place.
For health and safety reasons we welcome people who can understand basic English, and we are able to help you improve your English if you wish as we are CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) certified teachers.
We would welcome a native French speaker who could help us improve our command of this beautiful language.
We would also like to learn Spanish and Portuguese, so native Spanish and Portuguese speakers would also be appreciated.
The nearest airport is Toulouse, or there is a wide choice of local, national and international buses and trains. We can meet you at any convenient pick up point by arrangement.
If this sounds like your kind of opportunity we would love to hear from you.
Accommodation (with WiFi) is in a shared room with shared bathroom. Workawayers will share a room in the house. The room will be equipped with single beds and bedding, bed linen and towels will be provided. We provide full board of delicious vegetarian cuisine. We will all take part in preparing our food, cooking, washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen after meals, and other domestic chores such as sweeping and mopping floors of the areas we all use, and topping drinking water for the kitchen etc, unless agreed otherwise. Basically, keeping tidy the environment we all spend time in. These tasks will be in addition to the 5 hrs of help required.
We aim to enjoy working with you in all these exciting projects. During times off there are plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling, and sometimes rafting and canoeing. The house is in the Pyrenees where there are many interesting hiking trails.
We like to do yoga, fused glass art, and to attend local events. You are welcome to join with us.
Please note, we do not have Television.
If you think this might suit you, please write to us explaining how you think your skills, personality and experience would be helpful to us, and what you hope to get from your stay with us. Please feel free to ask any specific questions if the information you need is not covered in the profile.
The expectation is that we all be washed, dressed and ready in good time to help prepare breakfast to be had at 8.30 am and start work at 9.30 am.
In order for this to be possible we expect that we finish any activities and are asleep by 11 pm.
When applying please confirm your agreement to the above and your understanding that the project is in the small village in the Pyrenees, and that it is not a farm.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week