Help with eco-renovation of off-grid farmhouse and general help around the house in central-southern France!

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  • Description

    Description

    We have a small (new) permaculture farm in central-southern France, which is a work-in-progress, as are the farm buildings. As our little one (Everleigh) was born in October last year, 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a vegan family and while we do not expect our Workawayers to necessarily be vegan, we do expect them to respect that our home is vegan. 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. We have two dogs; Bruce (German Shepherd) and Milo (Havanese terrier - our elder statesman) – both of whom are 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 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 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 spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Japanese, French, Spanish, some Russian

  • 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). As there is only one spare bedroom with two single beds 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Pumpkin beds
Tomato shelter
Doing the wall joints
Home-made gluten-free bread and olive and rosemary spread.
Vegan burger
Garden with main farmhouse in the background
Food forest
Vegan pizza
Rows of raspberries
Bruce the German Shepherd
Fran on the old tractor
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