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Join our family farm and explore French countryside, France

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family of 3 Guillaume, Aline, and Leïna (3 years old)

    Guillaume and I spent 18 months traveling through Asia, going from one workaway to another, and we loved experiencing the daily lives of our hosts and helping with their daily tasks. When we returned to France, we were excited to be able to host others in return.

    With our move to the countryside, into a large old house that needs renovation it has now become a reality! We are eager to welcome you.

    Guillaume works in IT Security, a bit of a geek, but also a nature enthusiast and a lover of plants. In between video conference meetings, he puts on his boots and take care of the plants (orchard/garden).

    And I, Aline, am currently unemployed. I am a co-founder of a gynecological, sexual, and menstrual health association, and I also have an activity where I help women manage their fertility naturally. I enjoy dividing my time between my training activities and taking on challenges, sometimes underestimating the scale of them, whether it's in the house or on the land.

    Guillaume works 100% remotely, and I am currently unemployed, so we will be very present to interact with you, and your help will be welcome, regardless of your skills.

    We have plenty of renovation tasks to do in the house, on the farm, and on our land. We also have a desire to create local connections and move towards resilience, such as creating a vegetable garden/orchard and processing our own products. There will always have something to do, but there will also be time for exchange and good humor, just like what we experienced during our workaways abroad.
    Currently, we have 2 littles sheep we just had a baby ! And we just adopt a dog, Vagabond.
    The next step : we are waiting to have chickens and ducks !! And we need to prepare their place.

    Our neighbor Adrien had a pig farm, the activitie is stopped, but sometimes he needs some help with the pigs and theirs houses :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Depending on the season, you can learn techniques for renovating old houses, such as lime plastering and straw-clay insulation. We also manage various green spaces, including an orchard with about a hundred trees, a vegetable garden, a pond, and a compost area, following permaculture principles. We engage in transforming our produce through drying, making syrups, baking pastries, and preserving in jars.

    I enjoy learning, experimenting, and exploring, so you will have a field of experimentation if you wish to join (Aline).


    And we will take the opportunity to introduce you to the local life, including the countryside, food, and markets.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    It’s important for us you can do tasks you like, as much as possible.
    You’ll manage the tasks based on your preferences, and the possibilities will vary depending on the time of year. Here are some examples:

    • Creating and maintaining a vegetable garden
    • Taking care of the green spaces and the pond
    • Processing products such as making jams, syrups, drying fruits, etc.
    • Babysitting
    • Engaging in creative activities with the children
    • Speaking English with the children to help them practice
    • House renovation tasks such as removing old walls, insulation, flooring installation, paneling, etc.
    • Taking care of the animals like feeding the pigs, sheep, chickens, etc.
    • Participating in the processing of charcuterie products ( depends on the time of the year...)
    • Building enclosures/fences


    We would also love to experience your culture through the preparation of typical dishes from your country and listening to your music.
    While skills in house renovation, permaculture, or self-construction would be welcome, they are by no means necessary to join us.
    Your assistance will be shared for about half of the time, and the hours of help during the day will be distributed between our two households based on our needs, the tasks at hand, and your preferences.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    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

    Accommodation

    You will have access to a fully equipped 2-room apartment (refrigerator, oven, stove, washing machine) that is independent. We kindly ask you to keep it clean and to clean it before your departure. The apartment has two separate beds, and high-speed internet is available.

    The apartment is part of the house where we live. Food will be provided and will be prepared on a rotating basis among us for lunch, which we will have together. Evenings will generally be independent, but we also regularly organize social gatherings in the evenings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Even though we are in the countryside, there are plenty of activities to do in the surrounding area: sightseeing, hiking, cycling, attending events, and exploring alternative places. We can provide bicycles for you, and there are also carpooling options available nearby.

    Additionally, we frequently travel to Bordeaux and the surrounding areas, so you can take advantage of our trips to visit the city and/or the nearby attractions.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 168586392374

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