Help needed for a campervan conversion in Hégenheim, France



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  • Description


    Hi, we're Rita, Victor and Peach!

    Over the course of the past year we converted a Renault Master van (L2H2) into a campervan, with the intention of living in it and travelling as far as India, with many stops in between. However, Covid 19 quickly put an end to those travel dreams. So instead we decided to finish the van and take him on a spin around France for a few weeks as a test drive of life in the van. The result: it's too small. Peach, our 2 year old 55kg Kangal dog takes up more space than we were willing to admit. So, we decided to sell this campervan and start again from scratch!

    We are in the search for a van, this time a little bigger (L3/L4/L5 H2/H3). We hope to have the van by September, when we will take 2 months for the conversion. As with our previous van, we will install a dry toilet, a shower, a water heating system, a heating system, a gas system (for fridge, cookers, and water heater) as well as a bed, storage, and other van essentials. We will also add a solar panel system for electricity in the van.

    We are looking for someone who has experience in this area - campervan conversion, furniture construction *from scratch* - we do not mean Ikea furniture building - woodwork, metalwork, electrical/plumbing. Ideally, people who know their way around jigsaws, circular saws, drills, is who we're seeking. Unfortunately, due to our tight time schedule we can't accept workawayers without relevant experience for this project.

    We will be based in Victor's home village, a beautiful Alsatian commune 200m from the Swiss border. Living arrangements will be simple, in the converted barn of a previous workaway project of Victor's. All the necessities will be provided: hot water, toilet, shower, meals. As part of a food recuperation association ( we are what you could define as 'freegans', with a preference for vegetarian options. For this 'freegan' reason we cannot ensure a vegan option for workawayers. There is a lot to offer in the region, not only the delicious food and wine. With a bike there is an endless amount of activities and sights to see.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The region is very special, with French, Swiss and German influences. We can help you discover this region, most notably the cuisine, as well as cuisine from around the world.

  • Help


    As we've explained above, we seek people with experience in construction, be it woodwork, metalwork, furniture creation ans construction. Having a creative flair is greatly welcomed also!

    Please read the bio that I've created for this project carefully. The chores and skills listed are very much true to form. Unfortunately this isn't the workaway experience where we can teach you many more skills, we would very much appreciate for you to arrive with some knowledge of construction already.

    I understand it is difficult to give a concrete amount of time for staying before you even arrive but please be realistic when defining how long you will stay - it helps us greatly in planning the project.

    One more thing, if you recognise yourself in the following list please reconsider contacting me as it may not be the workaway for you :)
    - sleep through alarm clock every morning and need 12 hours of sleep each night
    - broken heart
    - extreme mood swings or other psychological imbalances

    We've had a couple of bad experiences with workawayers who had some of the aspects listed above. As we live beside a community of 7 other housemates we're trying to make the best environment possible for everyone.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have an area in the converted barn next to the house. The area is as good as a bedroom, with bed and privacy.
    The house is a previous project of Victor's which he completed with the help of many workawayers over the course of 3 years. Now, the house is full with 7 housemates, who are all very chill and friendly. We will share cooking and chill space with these housemates, as well as bathrooms.

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    If you contact us, do not send a novel, please be concise and effective in your message :)

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Flexible, max 25 hours

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