Hello, We have a house in a beautiful green part of FRANCE. It is old and there is much to do. We're learning about and creating a garden using permaculture methods.
Also we are slowly renovating the house. It is an old stone house, perhaps 200 years old and has loads of potential. In other words, lots of work that can be done although the house is already comfortable to live in.
One project close to my heart is to create an art studio from a sheep barn.
We are a retired couple and speak English, Dutch, and some French and Hebrew. Improving our French through practice would be great. We laugh a lot, work without pressure as much as possible and love being in nature.
Because we ourselves have spent years as volunteers in other countries we know the huge benefits and challenges involved..
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are in an area with loads of remnants from the first World War to learn about. The nature is beautiful, walking, biking. We are a Canadian, Dutch mixture. Languages of course. Art, Painting etc. Building with stone. Gardening in harmony with nature.
Knowledge of building and gardening in as natural and authentic way as possible would be great. We're learning to use recycled materials and to be as organic as possible. We definately want to work with nature. For example - how can we save and use the abundant winter rain to counteract the increasingly dry summers?
This host offers a language exchange
I would love to practice my very rusty French. We can help with English and Dutch.
We will provide food and accomodation. It could be a private room with double bed or shared room depending on timing. We are vegetarians but do eat eggs and some dairy.
Public transportation is non existant but we can bring you to the train station. We will drive you to see sights and shop etc where possible. There are bikes you can use.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week