Help with building a fish pond installing a shower and other interior projects around our home in rural South West France.

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  • Description

    Description

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    English couple with 1 very spoilt elderly Rough Collie and a young Black Dog.

    Peaceful location in rural France.

    We are looking for helpful couples or a single person. We are having a massive clear out so need general help with sorting moving tip runs generally getting rid of or reducing what we have. We also need help with building a fish pond (digging is done), tree felling, wood cutting, plus help with issues as they occur. Preferably all helpers will be flexible and happy to take on any of the above,depending on need and weather. Advice on how to use tools necessary for the work will be given.

    We are non smoking and are seeking helpers that do not smoke at all. Helpers should be happy to live as part of the team during their stay, we would expect this to involve helping prepare meals and the inevitable clearing away after.

    We accept both skilled or unskilled people.

    We need people able to work on their own initiative once shown.
    We have wireless internet available for emailing and normal surfing. We do not offer the use of our computer.

    Accommodation

    You will sleep in the house in a double or single bedded room. In exchange for 25 hours work per week.
    Note: we cannot accept helpers with children or pets.
    At breakfast and lunch we eat as a group with tea,coffee or anything non alcoholic. This is for safety reasons as you could be using power tools.
    After work we normally eat together the evening meal normally consists of 2 courses with wine, beer or soft drinks.
    We have a huge selection of movies on DVD if you enjoy them which we watch together. The house is not large but adequate.
    The countryside around here is mostly gentle slopes with a few hills. It is good for rides out on our bikes at the end of the day and weekends.
    If you feel like walking, Obi will always welcome the opportunity to join you, Kain is elderly and only goes for a gentle wander.
    Our nearest town is St Maixent L'Ecole, it is a historic garrison town worth an afternoon wandering around its old streets. It also houses a military museum within the national NCO college.
    Note there is no public transport, so cycling is the only form of individual travel. We visit the town at least once per week when you are welcome to tag along. We are about 1 hour on the train to La Rochelle or by car from Poitiers airport.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn how to use all types of machinery safely, and experience the DIY world. Have a different social life than in a big city. I also brew English home-brewed beer which is simple to do once you've done it. Then you get the pleasure of drinking it.

  • Help

    Help

    English couple with 2 dogs.

    Peaceful location in rural France.

    We are looking for help, male or female singles and couples, for general help with organising and maintenance.


    We are non smoking and are seeking volunteers that do not smoke. Volunteers should be happy to live as part of the team during their stay, we would expect this to involve helping prepare meals and the inevitable clearing away after.

    We accept both skilled or unskilled people.

    We need people able to help on their own initiative. We will show you how we would like you to do the work.

    Rural location. We live in a small hamlet, population 6, in a stone cottage split into 3 houses, 1 of which is renovated. We can offer a bedroom in the house in exchange for 25 hours help per week. Weekends are normally free.
    We prefer volunteers who are happy to live as part of the group during their stay, we would expect this to involve helping prepare meals if asked and the inevitable clearing away afterwards.
    Volunteers are asked to assist with household chores as part of their hours.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and a little French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Single or double room in the house. In exchange for 25 hours work per week.
    Note we do not accept helpers with pets or children.
    After work we normally come together for a glass of beer, home brewed, or wine.
    The evening meal normally consists of 2 courses with wine, beer or soft drinks.
    We welcome vegetarians, although they must be open minded, and willing to feed Kain and Obi their tinned meat if required. There will often also be meat on the table and, of course, although I avoid cross contamination meat will have been cooked in my kitchen.
    We do not accept vegans.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The countryside around here is mostly gentle slopes with a few hills it is good for rides out on our bikes at the end of the day and weekends or a gentle walk with our dog Kain.
    Our nearest town is St Maixent L'Ecole it is a historic garrison town worth an afternoon wandering around its old streets. It also houses a military museum within the national NCO college.
    Note there is no public transport so cycling is the only form of individual travel. We visit the town a least once per week when you are welcome to tag along. The nearest airport is Poitiers. The train station is St Maixent, Deuxsevres.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week maximum, 5 days a week.

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