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We are a French couple of retired university professors specialized in English/Welsh/Irish civilization and computing. We have hosted volunteers from all over the world for the past eight years in our beautiful gardens in Lower Normandy. Just read the feedback below to have an idea of the life here with us. Most volunteers have become friends.
We can teach very healthy and anti-cancer cuisine and also gardening and permaculture techniques. We also grow and plant herbs to make herbal teas.
We need help for making new flower beds, plant vegetables for the season, watering a bit , weeding a lot. Painting garden furniture et gates is needed this year. A bit a creations in the gardens as well.
Around you can go walking, canoeing, climbing, and horse riding. We are a bit isolated .We leave in a very small hamlet with nothing but kind people around. Next village 4kms. Cities around 12kms , or more. We can drop you places if needed sometimes. Extremely quiet place, wonderful gardens for meditation, art ,yoga, taichi . If you are a city lover with bars and disco, stay away you won't like it.
Please come and help !
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
As university professors ,we have spent our lives with young people, so we are used to exchange on many topics, dealing with research , science and civilization. Dominique is also a specialist at teaching languages and has extremely efficient simple techniques to teach languages. She knows a lot about gardening, permaculture and is a wonderful cook . French cuisine has no secret for her. Now she is studying all sorts of new approaches to food and their benefits for a healthy diet. Studies about medicinal herbs. We know our wine well and provide good quality organic food. Beware we refuse to provide industrial food , coke and the like! !!!
We love playing games cards, dice and so on. We also can have music evenings or pool competitions.
Life is too short to be dull.
We also love photography, painting, sculpture.
There is a lot to do in the gardens if you are interested, painting maintenance anything... We want people who are well organized and know about gardening although we were very good at it ourselves. People who are hard working and like what they do, autonomous once they have been explained what has to be done in general terms.
You can continue continue our vegetable gardens with permaculture. Watering in the evening mulching, etc. We expect some participation with cleaning cooking shopping and washing up
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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Own bedroom, and shared bathroom with other volunteers. Pool table in the main lounge .Table tennis in the garden. TV in the tv room upstairs . Netflix Loads of books. Internet connection. Guitars, cajun and a piano. Beautiful gardens to relax and meditate
What else ...
Plenty to visit around. Caen, Bayeux , Domfront, Falaise are all in easy reach . Canoeing, climbing, elastic jumping, horse riding are all locally available. theatre, singing, yoga etc ;available in the area..
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
Space for parking camper vans
Any type big field.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Very flexible as to the time table. We never start before 10 in the morning.
Despite Dominique having
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Despite Dominique having
We learned a lot, not just about gardening, but about
About the work. Most
Absolutely wonderful young lady. So much knowledge in such a young lady is simply amazing. Extremely lovely to live with, polite intelligent curious a real sun shine in the house . Wonderful at doing anything in the garden with a lot of energy.very open mind ready for very interesting and enriching discussions. A very good painter with
The house is gorgeous, full of history , and the garden is wonderfull, full of weed... I'm kidding, the garden is fantastic, it make you belive that you
They're lovely people!And you can learn a lot from them! I will always remember having lunch under the tree,pool,ping pong ! I've learned how to eat
Dominique outstanding cooking skills
might bring you into trouble,so watch out your weight or simply bring some big size clothes with you :) She is also quite talkative person so for sure you won't be bored there.
Indeed Jakub is simply exceptional, extremely competent and hard working. Once he is explained your needs he sets to it with energy unequaled, beautiful organization and natural permaculture spirit which is what
The garden is beautiful, the house is large and very comfortable room. We love pick some apples for jelly preparation. We love also take care of the garden. Our stay was magnificent,