Help convert an old family house into a shared flat and a van into a habitable truck in Hégenheim, France



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Latest news (November 2019):

    The Autumn here has been wonderful - beautiful autumnal scenes and an incredible amount of work with incredibly hard working workawayers :)

    The house is looking like a house again! There's doors, there's painted walls, there's rooms that look like rooms! The coming months will be spent concentrating on completing small tasks involving carpentry and metal work, so we're looking for people with these skills, but also not obligatory, if you have a good intuition, a strong work ethic and take initiative then we can find work for you! The main 'big' task to come is to convert the downstairs level of the house into 2 studio apartments - easy!

    As for the van, following 2 months of technical issues in the engine, we're back on course with the build - we're fitting the second window, panelling the inside walls and roof and then we will be looking to the interior build. We are figuring out electrics and technical aspects so if you have any experience in van building we would be very grateful for your help!

    All in all, if your are an enthusiastic, sociable person who sees the importance in working but also in sharing good vibes and being part of a community then please send us a message! Come with ideas and creative solutions to sticky problems :)


    I am Victor, I'm French, I'm 28 years old and I have travelled a lot in recent years.

    At our house we speak English, French and German.

    Following a few years of travel I have now returned to my home village, living in an old family house that has been converted for the occasion into a shared flat. The house and its garden need a lot of work, my aim is to create a beautiful shared house for 7 people.

    The project is very large, there are a lot of major works (creation of a vegetable garden, maintenance of trees, renovation of several rooms, conversion of an old barn, insulation of the house, creation/renovation of furniture, painting, and much more).

    My family also lives in the same village, so I often go to help them, especially with gardening at my grandparents' house.

    I have a lot of passions and cooking is one of them that you will get the chance to enjoy regularly. There is an old bread/pizza oven in the cellar also!

    I was essentially a vegetarian before discovering Freeganism - by adopting this new philosophy I now allow myself more freedom and there will always be meat and vegetarian products available for everyone :)

    Despite the rural aspect of life in Hegenheim, the city centre of Basel in Switzerland is less than fifteen minutes by bike (I have several of them that I make available to my guests), as well as the international airport and railway network.

    The region is magnificent, located at the three borders between France, Germany and Switzerland. The Vosges, Black Forest and Jura mountains meet here.

    I'll be happy to show you around!

    The accommodation will be in a private room for the guests. There is often a large team of volunteers, especially in summer, and it is possible for me to accommodate many people!
    There are always people at home, friends passing by, couchsurfers, former Workaway volunteers returning, etc.

    Since February 2019, Peach, a lovely Turkish kangal dog has joined the team also :)

    If you're not in a good headspace or need a lot of time on your own, this might not be the place for you :)

    See you soon!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The region is very special, with French, Swiss and German influences. I can help you discover this region, most notably the cuisine, as well as cuisine from around the world.
    There are many opportunities to learn new skills and enable new interests to blossom as long as you match it with enthusiasm and a willingness to work.

  • Help


    As I explained above, there are many things to do, it is very varied and I will adapt to the desires, passions and talents of each one!

    Please read the bio that I've created for this project carefully. The jobs and skills listed are very much true to form, and while we are happy to enable you to learn new skills and interests we expect you to arrive with the capabilities that you tell about.

    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 me greatly to prepare other workaway-ers visits.

    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. We're just trying to make the best environment possible for everyone.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Français, English, Deutsch

  • Accommodation


    There are several rooms available, all equipped with one or more double beds. I will try to organize the rooms as much as possible according to everyone's wishes and I will do my best to assign a private room to the couples staying at my place.

    The house is non-smoking inside for everyone's comfort.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It's up to everyone to help me as they please, as long as the feeling goes well. There is no imperative except the joy and good humor of living together!
    However, I would very much appreciate that the stay lasts at least a week.

    One last thing, if you contact me, do not send me a novel, please be concise and effective in your message :)

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Flexible, that depends on your will! max 25

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