Help with eco-renovation of an off-grid farmhouse or with some childcare in Limousin, France

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    PLEASE NOTE:
    * During the current period, we are looking for people who are willing to stay for one month or longer to avoid a rapid turnover and thereby reduce the risk not only to ourselves but to other Workawayers.

    We have a small farmhouse in central-southern France, which is a work-in-progress, as are the farm buildings. Our eldest daughter Everleigh is nearly two-and-a-half and Iris is nearly 4 months old, so we are looking for a few extra pairs of hands to help with the renovation work, farm work, babysitting and helping around the house. We are located about 20 minutes from Tulle, the nearest town, and the nearest bakery is about 4km away. We are in the department of Correze, which is known as the "Green Country"; there are lots of trees and the countryside is undulating - very scenic for cycling and walking/running, which suits us as we are keen trail runners and triathletes. There are also lakes nearby which we often visit to swim.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We eat a predominantly plant-based diet and don't support factory or industrial farming, and we try to eat locally-produced food whenever possible. We expect workawayers to respect this stance during their stay. We speak English (native), Japanese (native and near-native), French (near-native and intermediate) and Spanish (beginner), so guests could practise any of these languages. Workawayers would also have the opportunity to learn about renovation and/or permaculture, and spend time in a lovely part of France. On our farm we grow raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries (plants are only in their early stages) and most fruit and vegetables that are compatible with our climate. This year we are also starting to raise chickens and bees. We have a dog; Bruce (German Shepherd), who is very friendly.

  • Help

    Help

    We are not looking for people who are necessarily experts (we are certainly not experts ourselves), but people who are interested in our project, able to think on their feet, and willing to get in and give a hand, whatever the task may be. Possible tasks may include: eco-renovation of an old stone building, mulching, weeding, brushcutting, collecting firewood, and general help around the house. We expect Workawayers to work 4-5 hours per day.
    We also try to have one person who can take care of Everleigh and/or Iris for a couple of hours a day, and help with housework. This person should have some experience in looking after babies, and be happy with not using their electronic devices whilst babysitting.
    We have chickens, ducks and bees, so Workawayers will be able to help and learn about keeping these animals during their stay.
    We try to be flexible with working hours and trust our Workawayers to keep an eye on their own working hours, and expect our Workawayers to also be flexible and punctual.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The old stone farmhouse we live in is quite basic. Depending on the number of workawayers we have at the time, workawayers will stay in one of the bedrooms in the house or in a tent in a barn loft (we provide proper mattresses). We only accommodate workawayers in the tents from April to October. As there are only two bedrooms in the house, you may have to share the room depending on the number of workawayers who are staying here. Please let us know if this is a problem and we will try to find a solution for you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have mountain bikes that Workawayers can borrow to discover the surrounding countryside. There are also pleasant walks in the area. We are both part-time translators so Workawayers will have time off while we are working. We are an easy-going couple but we do work quite hard.

    In terms of meals, we have found that it works best both for us and workawayers if we have a balance between eating together and separately. This way, we have the opportunity to get to know each other, and the workwayers also get some time to themselves to get to know the other workawayers or just to chill out. We eat together around three evenings a week (on weekdays), and for the rest of the time, we provide workawayers with food they are free to use.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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