Help me to construct a workaway summer camp in my 1 hectare garden, close to the beautiful Gorge du Verdon, France



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    Hi to everyone !
    I'm a friendly and open minded mature man who has recently bought a cottage near to Gorge du Verdon National Park.
    The spectacular gorge is one hours drive away. For experienced cyclists it is a lovely day-trip.

    I have an ambitious (and fun !) project for the 2021 season...
    I'm creating a workawayers 'village' for you to have your own special place to hang out and have fun. The project involves the following :

    *Building small individual styled wooden cabins as workawayer accommodation. You can bring your own creative ideas onboard this project !

    *Constructing a large hexagonal wooden pavillion which will be used as a communal kitchen and eating area, (initial construction has begun).

    *Transforming an old stone basin (4 sq mtrs) into a colouful chill-out bathing pool.

    *Building a giant swing from one of the mature trees.

    *Creating a workout/gym area. I already have the weights/ bars etc.

    *Building a small wooden roller coaster, (rideable !!!). This is the craziest and most ambitious project and will take several years to complete.

    * Also, I'm looking for help with growing of fruit and vegatables and help with strimming and cutting bushes.

    *Bicycle Repairs and maintainence.

    * And Fitness coaching... I'm trying to lose weight !

    I ask for a maximum of 5 hours help per day/ 5 days per week in exchange for your own private accommodation, (in the caravan, little stone cube hut or wooden chalet...see photo's) plus meals and moderate amounts of wine/beer.

    You are responsible for preparing your meals and doing the washing up. The cooking is shared on a rota basis. I will cook for you chilli prawns/ indian or thai curry,(or something similar) twice a week.
    A typical daily routine is :
    Breakfast until 9:30
    9:30 - 14:30 work period, (5 hours)...before the sun gets too hot.
    14:30 - prepare and eat lunch. The rest of the day is yours to relax, go for a dip in the river or explore the surrounding area !

    If you have the following qualified skills and are a "PROFESSIONAL" > WELDER > SPECIALIST DRY STONE WALLS > ELECTRICIAN > SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY > PLUMBER > BRICKLAYER > TILER > ROOFING SPECIALIST > COMPUTER PROGRAMMER Then I may be able to offer you modest payment, (TO BE NEGOTIATED BEFORE YOU ARRIVE). I will want to see certificates and references.

    An english friend will be joining me some of the time and he can assist you to improve your spoken english.
    I speak fluent german, english and french.

    PLEASE NOTE : I provide you with clean towels, bed-linen and have a large variety of work and casual clothes for you to wear + shower gel/ shampoo and toothpaste so you can travel light !
    I do not provide mosquito repellent spray or sun protection so please bring it with you ! Also, it may be a good idea to bring protective footware for swimming in the nearby river, (the river bed is stony).

    Please note : Internet access is limited to one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening, (through my airbox). Please ensure you have plenty of mobile data.

    I do not tolerate heavy consumption of alcohol ! Only moderate amounts of beer and wine are provided and accepted.

    To join me you need to find your way to Les Arcs/Draguignan railway station or the town of Le Muy. I will collect you from there.
    Because accommodation is limited and I tend to be get overbooked in summer, it is essential that you contact me in advance so that I can reserve you a place !

    Here's a guide to whether or not you will fit in with staying here :

    * If you are totally dependant on using your mobile phone throughtout the day... * If you have a problem with the heat working during the day... * If you have a problem with mosquitos and bugs, or mice and rats, (all provence houses in the countryside have them)...I have 2 cats, but they cannot catch every single mouse... (if you clean your room daily and do not leave crumbs on the floor there will be less ; ) * If you are a fussy eater, (I'm a green person who does not like wasting food, so I tend to buy seasonal fruit and vegatables and special offer food that is close to its sell by date) - I have been hosting for years and have never had any cases of food poisoning or upset stomach. * If you are reliant on local shops and cafes, (the nearest supermarket 40 minutes drive and the nearest cafe/brasserie is a 7 km hike).
    * If you are reliant on alcohol
    * If you require accommodation with en suite toilet/bathroom and air conditioning...


    Please ensure you have full medical travel insurance, (it's your responsibility !)

    I hope to welcome you into my house and garden soon !


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can help you improve your german, english and french language skills.
    I provide bicycles for local sightseeing tours in your free time.

  • Help


    See the above main description...

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You are guaranteed your own private sphere for sleeping. This may be in the form of a small caravan situated in the garden or our little stone hut. I also provide small tents, (with comfortable mattresses) in case I am oversubscribed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's lots to see in the surrounding area, including typical provencal towns and wonderful natural landscapes - including the famous Gorge du Verdon National Park which is 30 km away.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have an airbox, but capacity is very limited, so to be on the safe side please have plenty of mobile data on your phone. There are no internet cafes or bars nearby.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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