Come help and experience life on a barge, mainly in France, Belgium and Holland



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    I'm traveling by inland river barge (boat) through Europe, especially France, Belgium and Holland. The barge is an original Dutch built péniche and made for the old French channels. I still transport cargo and I am the third generation of a shipper family from both sides of my parents. I live and work alone on the barge sometimes accompanied by my girlfriend and daughter.

    There is a simple separate -little- room for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitaire, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave. I live on the back of the barge in the skippers logement.

    The work to do depends on the person, maybe some cleaning, housekeeping work, shopping and cooking ? ? ? And serving the aperitif of the skipper of course at 18h00 exactly..LOL.

    My intention is to make contact with other people and have an exchange of cultures.

    Kind regards,


    Plans for 2019 :

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Actually-right no (6 September) big maintenance on the shipyard is finished. I will stay in Nord-East Netherlands for september to profit to discover this quiet and beautiful area.

    ** I have to find and buy several pleasure-boats, do maintenance, cleaning and make the ready to navigate to French. So this past in Holland / Netherlands !!

    *️️️️*️️️️ Also I have to make à trip by car to Loire-Bassin (Nantes, Anger etc) pour discover. Also I have to go to GB to discover possibilities for to sell boats...and of cours have a good time to discover this beautiful country.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ So I travel –offen by car- to keep this 7 boats in NL (barge and buy boats), near Paris and Bourgogne (maintenance, clean and sell boats). Sometimes I bring a pleasure boat from NL to FR in this case I need a Worker also.

    Notes :

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Plans can suddenly completely change !!!!!!!! In fact plans change every day....So don't ask my what go happen in future : I really don't know (however I always can explain how to come/travel to the boat and I will pay the local ticket). One thing is sure : There happen always something ! It can be everywhere city, village or the Netherlands, Belgium or French.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ After 30 years traveling on the barge I set up a new trade : I buy boats in Holland and sale the boats in French. It is interesting also, I see a lot of nice places and different people. The tasks for the "Workawayer" are a bit the same.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Sometimes Workers don't show up on last moment so....feel free to contact my if available on last moment.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I see a lot of places and different areas... It is a quiet special life...... Even in the middle of Paris it is or you live on the country site.. I meet a lot of different people.

  • Help


    It depend of the person, everybody is different.

    The tasks to do depends on the person, cleaning (boats), housekeeping work, shopping.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French and Dutch.

  • Accommodation


    There is a simple separate -little- room for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitaire, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Offen there is time to visit the area. Somethimes several days off/free for visit and local travel. There is a bike on the barge. For good cooks there is a quit large budget for food and wine, in fact I like good food and meals......

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    4 to 5 hours a days, it is like this on a barge

Loading beton elements..... Note: this kind of work is NOT part for Work-Awayers !
Loading construction on river Marne near Meaux en Brie.
Higest level of 30 years in Paris, 3 juin 2016...
High level of river Seine in Paris 1 juin 2016....
An example of my pleasure boats, my new business..... I buy in Holland and sell in French....
This is the room for the "Work Awayer" in the front of the barge. In the past it was for the sailor....
Loading coils of steel from 25 tonnes each in Rotterdam for the destination ¨Paris....
Entrance of the tunnel on the "St. Quentin" channel, 5,5 km long. The tunnel is constructed under the Imperior Napoleon administration. Even today we are tug by an electric tugboat on a go 1 century back in the time......
Somewhere on the old French canal system made by Napoleon...
On the maritime area in (old)Zeeland, a really beautiful region in the Netherlands....
Empty upstream in Paris to go load grain in Auxerre for destination Amsterdam.....

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