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**We're looking for workaways with a good level of English to come for the summer. Work will involve working in the vegetable garden (weeding, watering), cutting and moving wood (it would be great if you are experienced with a chainsaw), helping finish our yoga studio and helping around the house**
Our home, a beautiful farmhouse in the southwest of France with amazing views of the Pyrénées, is on the ancient pilgrim path, the Chemin de St Jacques (or Camino de Santiago). Our pilgrims are 'donativo' so they either stay for free or give a donation that we use to buy food for the communal kitchen.
We are a family of four who moved to France from Norfolk, England in July 2012. Kate teaches yoga classes in French and English and Chris is a pool-cleaning guy. Our two children are now teenagers.
We currently have two dogs, three cats, seven chickens and two rabbits. We also have a potager (vegetable garden) and are trying to grow as much food as we can.
We speak English at home but there are lots of opportunities to improve your French with our friends and the pilgrims who stay with us. There are also opportunities around here for people with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications. We often have French children staying who love to learn English, so experience of teaching English is always appreciated.
There is always yoga going on if you would like to have a go. No previous experience necessary.
We are happily very busy but still make time to enjoy this amazing part of France, where there is so much going on. We work hard but we also play hard so a sense of humour is essential ;) We all love playing and listening to music so musicians and performers are always welcome. Couples or single travellers are welcome.
Workaways love joining our family for a while (check out our reviews) :)
We look forward to hearing from you.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We love meeting people from all over the world and trading customs and traditions with them. You will be treated like part of the family here - we have been welcoming workaways since 2013 and our little community now stretches right across the world. Working together is an important part of our life here - come and be part of it 🙂
Help is varied and depends on the time of year. We might need help in the garden or on building projects (there is always work to do on the house and we are turning our barn into a yoga studio). Or we might need help in the house or looking after all the people who pass through!
Previous experience is always appreciated but not essential. It is more important to be willing to get stuck into anything! As we often have guests, being able to clean up after yourself is an essential requirement. And we may also need help cleaning the accommodation. You don't need to be an expert but we do ask for things to be cleaned properly. We will help you learn how and your future partners will love us forever ;)
Our children, Tana and India, are 14 and 13. They are a very important part of our household so we love workaways who like to be around children.
Workaways must be flexible as that is the nature of life here. If we have a really busy time, we might all be working flat out for eight hours but you will ALWAYS get the time back. Our most successful workaways are not clock-watchers. They are people who want to help us do what we are doing. And this kind of attitude is ALWAYS rewarded.
We prefer workaways to stay for a minimum of two weeks and ideally a month, as that is how long it takes for you to settle in (with a two-week settling in period, after which either party can decide that it is not working out). When we are all sure that we can live and work happily together we encourage workaways to stay as long as they can as that is when the real magic happens. Lifelong friendships are formed and you get the chance to really be part of the place, to see what it's like to live in rural France and really get to know the local people and area.
We have a room inside the farmhouse or a bell tent with double mattress (weather permitting).
This is a wonderful area to visit, especially for people who enjoy a beautiful, simple, outdoor life. There are amazing walks right from our door and we have bicycles you can borrow. We ourselves are still exploring the area so you will get to explore alongside us.
We eat meat but enjoy vegetarian and vegan food, especially when other people prepare it ;)
We don't mind people smoking outside.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Max 5 hours a day but essentially whenever we need it! Never over 25 hours a week.
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