Help with mainly DIY and Renovation - Enjoy the French Riviera, South of France

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    Here we are easy going, sociable female and male Accommodation, food in exchange for help/ work for 4 afternoons/ days a week for 5h30 if you are in your own room or for 4 days a week for 5h if you want to share a room - couple/ friends- it is an easy going type of flatshare arrangement.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Possibility of new skills
    Learn French language we speak English, French and Italian . As I have organised an easy schedule you will have plenty of time to immerse your self in the French culture. Italy is just a 9o minute train ride away.

  • Help

    Help

    Hello,
    Here's an opportuty to explore the French Riviera , South of France. My apartment where you will be staying is situated in Cannes and you can walk to most places from my apartment such as : Beaches, Palais des Festivals ( where the International Cannes Film Festival is held), town center, supermarkets , shops, restaurants, bars - including the reasonably priced live music bars , clubs, cinemas etc TRAIN STATION, BUS STATION. Cannes is situated on the coast and is an excellent destination for exploring various other towns and areas as day trips including
    NICE, MONTECARLO, VILLEFRANCHE, ST TROPEZ, EZE , CAGNES SUR MER, ANTIBES, GRASSE, VALBONNE,
    SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, LE CANNET, MANDELIEU LA NAPOULE, THEOULE, CANNES LA BOCCA , GOLFE JUAN , JUANS LES PINS, ST PAUL DE VENCE, and it is a 90 minute train ride away from ITALY. most of the places mentioned can be visited by bus €1.50 ROUND TRIP €3 or quicker there is the train where you can buy a train pass which gives you and up to 3 people travelling with you half price regional fare. There is lots to see and do in this region. As a day trip you can also take a bus and go skiing. Cannes has 2 islands (Lerins) which can be reached by a15 minute ferry. Cannes also has a historical part called "Le Suquet".

    YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN BEDROOM OR SHARE
    FOOD and Drinks such as tea coffee , cordials is included.
    INTERNET
    NET FLIX
    WORKING HOURS CAN BE WITHIN REASON FLEXIBLE
    WALKING DISTANCE TO BEACHES, PROMENADE and TOWN CENTER, TRAIN STATION, BUS STATION.
    WALKING DISTANCE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND AMENITIES
    WALKING DISTANCE TO SHOPS.
    I CAN PRINT your travel documents .

    HOURS AND TIMES EXPECTED TO WORK
    I have tried doing a schedule giving you the most freedom and not forcing you to wake up early and which gives you liberty to attend local events etc.
    POSSIBILITY OF MORE FLEXIBILITY . Your hours may be possible to be done at the beginning of your stay leaving you totally free to enjoy the rest of your time . I prefer longer stays at least 2 weeks but I will consider shorter.

    For 1 person with their own bedroom.
    Total 22h of help /work FOR EACH WEEK STAYED.
    The times are just a proposal as they give you the maximum amount of freedom and if necessary you can have help/ assistance or guidance. If you do not need guidance and assistance then it may be possible that the times can be more flexible.
    Here are some examples :
    E.g. 4 days of 5h30 total 22h
    2 days of 7h hours and 1 day of 8 hours total 22h etc.

    2 people sharing a bedroom Couple / friends I may also be able to provide you with a key/keys for your bedroom. YOU MAY HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF 1 DOUBLE OR 2 SINGLE BEDS.
    Total 20H EACH PERSON of help /work FOR EACH WEEK STAYED. THE HOURS CAN BE DIVIDED AS YOU LIKE. (e.g Maybe one of you gets work or needs more study time).
    The times are just a proposal as they give you the maximum amount of freedom and if necessary you can have help/ assistance or guidance. If you do not need guidance and assistance then the times can be flexible.
    E.g 4 days a week for 5h or 2 Days of 6h30 and 1 day of 7h. Likely Monday Tuesday and Wednesday and depending on how you want to do your hours Thursday (unlikely ever to be a weekend ) SO 20 hours EACH PERSON. OR 40H SPLIT BETWEEN 2 of YOU AS YOU WANT FOR EACH WEEK STAYED.

    WORK DESCRIPTION - All equipment will be provided.
    The tasks expected may sound daunting but this may help : Most of the work I have in the past been able to do myself and I am unskilled and female .My friends that are here are unskilled and male and also did this work.
    1Help around the apartment, cleaning , organising and another place close by.
    2 Some cooking -everyone should join in and you can allocate us tasks . However only for a few days (you too should have maximum time off ) .
    2A Shopping, Preparing and cooking. If possible it would be nice if someone in the group for just a few days would agree to do this. However you can also allocate tasks to the rest of us - preparation , carrying shopping bags etc.
    3 NON SKILLED - preparation for painting , sanding , cleaning , preparing terrace. General .
    4 PAINTING
    5 NON SKILLED /SEMI SKILLED some assembly work ,
    6 SEMI SKILLED/ SKILLED -YOU WILL NEED TO USE A DRILL AND AN ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER -SOME HANDY WORK PUTTING UP SHELVES AND CURTAIN RAILS .
    7. SKILLED - Tiling
    8 NON SKILLED / SEMI SKILLED / SKILLED Building a small mezzanine in a bedroom. We already did one in my bedroom.
    11 SKILLED Plastering
    11 SOME HELP WITH THE COMPUTER and a web site.

    PHOTOS
    The photo of the roof top terrace is an old photo as we are presently doing the terrace and have already just finished doing the shelter . The bedrooms no longer have tvs .

    Food is included but you will be expected to contribute to its preparation and cooking and although it will be paid for on occassions you will be requested to do some shopping at a nearby supermarket or market . You will also have to contribute to keeping the apartment clean ( approx 1h once every week) as this is a flatshare situation . Otherwise if possible you could exchange some hours with another workaway person and they do your share of the cooking and preparation etc just an idea.

    AN ADDITIONAL BIT OF INFORMATION THAT MAY HELP FINANCE FUTURE ADVENTURES

    Having travelled myself to various countries and continents I know that to allow that to continue you will need funds. There are a variety of facebook pages in the community were you can offer your skills and better still here in the South of France , French Riviera there is a HUGE private yachting industry which is largely anglophone (most involved speak English) .Most of the work is unskilled. Previously Nationality was never an issue I am a little out of touch so I suggest you enquire further independantly . There are no guarantees but in Winter sometimes dayworkers are needed on the yachts for maintenance , sanding , painting , anti fouling etc. Otherwise before the season starts they look for employees . The money can be excellent however it is 7 star service and you are if needed expected to work long hours . However the rewards can be great and you are lodged and fed and it is a great opportunity to save lots of money. A work hard play hard situation . Choose a charter yacht were it is possible to get tips in addition to salary . The downside now a SAFETY qualification a SW SOMETHING IS REQUIRED. IT TAKES APPROX 1 WEEK. This you can obtain before leaving your country or do it here on the coast . It is not cheap over OVER 1000 euros here so it may be cheaper in your own country , however the companies that do the courses also have staffing agencies which help place the staff on the private yachts . Find out more by enquiring independently. So feasibly you could do most of your agreed upon work at the beginning of your stay and then have the liberty to do a course or go off looking for work by approaching agencies and walking the quays . They are all accessible from my apartment, 2 ports in Cannes and most of the others are just literally a bus ride away . I hope you find this additional information helpful.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A sort of temporary flatshare situation. You have the choice of having your own bedroom or you can share - a sort of temporary flatshare situation.
    Note this is a penthouse apartment (the top apartment) and there are 44 steps to reach the apartment. The apartment is on the entire 2nd floor and the roof top terrace is on the floor above. Please note that there are presently no tvs in the bedrooms just in the living room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My apartment where you will be staying is situated in Cannes and you can walk to most places from my apartmentn such as : Beaches, Palais des Festivals ( where the International Cannes Film Festival is held), town center, supermarkets , shops, restaurants, bars - including the reasonably priced live music bars , clubs, cinemas etc TRAIN STATION, BUS STATION. Cannes is situated on the coast and is an excellent destination for exploring various other towns and areas as day trips including NICE, MONTECARLO, VILLEFRANCHE, ST TROPEZ, EZE , CAGNES SUR MER, ANTIBES, GRASSE, VALBONNE, SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, BIOT, VALBONNE, MOUGINS, VALLAURIS, JUAN LES PINS, THEOULE etc etc etc and it is a 90 minute train ride away from ITALY. Most of the places mentioned can be visited by bus €1.50 ROUND TRIP €3 or quicker there is the train where you can buy a train pass which gives you and up to 3 people travelling with you half price regional fare. There is lots to see and do in this region. As a day trip you can also take a bus and go skiing.
    The boat to go to Cannes Islands , Les Isles de Lerins .

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 days a week for 5h30 SINGLE PERSON WITH OWN ROOM. COUPLE/FRIENDS SHARING A ROOM 4 days a week for 5H. Hours can be reasonably flexible .



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