Hello! We live in a beautiful, peaceful, pure setting with our family of 5 persons - French dad, American mom, three children ages 11, 3 and 1, and our furry family members. We homeschool, grow fruits and veggies, love to play games, read and make creative art projects!
We are in the start-up of a very large eco project... one day our hangar will be used for growing fruit trees year around, our empty land will be an edible forest and playground, and we will host an edible schoolyard... for now, mother is working on financing aspect of the project and introducing it locally, and father is working fulltime to learn roofing.
We are also a yoga teacher (mother) and photographer (father) and have a big atelier full of woodworking tools, a one year old garden, and lots of small projects here and there in our home and land, as well as some bigger projects (turn the hangar into a greenhouse by replacing one wall and the roof, build a new stone roof eventually over our grange and home, transform grange into an event space, add some four-legged friends to our family like a pony and horse, and some goats or sheep for milk).
We are looking for one or two people to join us in February and March to help set up the garden and glamping, and to assist a little with children and house while mom is busy doing some administration for the project. We would also like volunteers at other times, although the accommodation will be different. For this period, February and March are essential!
We are offering the independent gite-studio (kitchen, shower, toilet, double bed, wifi or ethernet connection) for accommodation for this period, and a well-stocked pantry of organic ingredients plus many shared meals.
It's a peaceful old farm with a nicely finished large family home, rolling hills, lots of wildlife, beautiful flowers will come in spring, abundant water flowing all around, house furnished by nephriatic (underground lake), on the plateau of Aubrac in the north Aveyron department. Use of a car might be possible, and shared rides are definitely a possibility. You can also bring animals, if you like (we have a female dog and three young cats). We welcome families, children, and caravans / people traveling with campers.
Some work is physical - gardening, setting up glamping tents, use of a karcher, mowing the land sometimes (just a path between house and camping), moving wood with wheel barrow, and some work is more 'soft' - cleaning indoors, cooking, helping with the children doing art, language, math, etc.
Please contact us with your details! We can welcome you soon and would love to have you join us until early April!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are happy to share what we know about sustainability, gardening, householding, languages, culture, politics, health, cooking & art!
Our children are fun, intelligent, creative people who most people with an open heart get a lot of joy from sharing time and space with!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
please see the description above.
This host offers a language exchange
We speak English, French, Dutch & Spanish. Our household language is English, so a basic understanding is necessary.
Independent studio (gite) or outdoors we have a caravan available if you prefer, and parking for your camper.
We can provide transportation to the nearest train station or bus (Espalion, Rodez, Laguiole, Saint Come d'olt, Saint Geniez d'olt)!
There is a lot to discover in the area where we live - outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking, parasailing, swimming, markets, chateaus, wine tastings, abbeys, the pilgrim route Santiago de compostela, churches, art events, horse riding, live music, etc. It is a really nice vibe in the local villages!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have unlimited wi-if access in the house and Ethernet if you prefer to plug-in. We turn off wi-fi for sleeping hours.
Lots of space here for campers! We also have a caravan you can use, as well as a tent, and access to communal indoor spaces like lounge, kitchen, shower & toilet. It is not rustic!
Dogs are welcome provided they are friendly & well socialized. We have a young Australian Shepherd and three cats under one year old.
More than two
Maximum 15 hours per person per week.