Help us convert a barn and prepare the garden in the beautiful Poitou- Charentes region, France!



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    We are a Franco-German family and we have 3 children aged 12, 10 and 8 . We enjoy having people at home, and love to cook for them and with them ! We also love music a LOT, and try to keep fit (we just installed a room for yoga/fitness/meditation). We have hosted helpers via this site and also another site for almost 5 years now.

    Nous sommes une famille franco-allemande et nous avons 3 enfants âgés de 11, 8 et 6 ans. Nous apprécions avoir du monde à la maison, et adorons faire la cuisine, pour eux et avec eux! Nous aimons BEAUCOUP la musique. Nous sommes très partisans d'un mode de vie sain, et avons installé une salle de yoga/méditation dans la maison. Nous avons accueilli des personnes via ce site et aussi un autre, depuis maintenant bientôt 5 ans. Le bouche-à-oreille marche aussi très bien, et d'anciens volontaires nous envoient leurs amis.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have knowledge in alternative forms of construction and regularly go to stay in our self-built straw bale house. We are both language teachers (YOhann used to teach French, I teach Spanish). Our mother tongues are French and German, so we have had many opportunities to help our workers improve their written and spoken levels of French, German or Spanish.
    Yohann is a university professor in political sciences and sociology. He specialises in Scandinavia and recently made a documentary on Iceland. I (Vera) teach latin american literature. We are interested in a wealth of things. MUSIC is very important to us and there are musical instruments at home.
    We pay special attention to the cultural aspect of our workers' stay: showing them the surroundings, preparing them great food, etc.

  • Help


    Hello , we need help to restore the dependencies on our great land , as well as the garden. We have a cultural project home and need for it to make a website . We also appreciate our helpers spending a little time with our children.

    Bonjour, nous avons besoin d'aide pour la restauration de dépendances sur notre grand terrain, ainsi qu'avec le jardin. Nous avons un projet d'accueil culturel et devons pour cela faire un site web. Nos enfants aiment passer du temps avec nos helpers également!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    nous parlons le français, l'allemand, l'anglais, l'espagnol, le suédois et le portugais

  • Accommodation


    Room with private bathroom in the main house .

    Chambre avec salle de bain privative dans la maison principale.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in the beautiful Poitou- Charentes region , an hour and a half from La Rochelle and the sea. Poitiers is 30 minutes and the city of Vivonne 10 minutes . There are many beautiful things to do and see .

    Nous sommes dans la belle région du Poitou-Charentes, à une heure et demie de la Rochelle et de la mer. Poitiers est à 30 minutes et la ville de Vivonne à 10 minutes. Il y a beaucoup de belles choses à faire et à voir.

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    • 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

    4/5 hours a day, 5 days a week - 4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

Near our house in Saint Mélany, Ardèche. The region has amongst the clearest rivers and is great for swimming!
Our straw bale house in the Ardeche, where we go regularly for a week or two.
Milan, Felix and Yasmine, tired after a longish hike!
Yohann is trying to take a photo of the rainbow. For good luck!
Yohann and our helper Pascual on the roof of our straw bale house, october 2015
Yohann and Katharina working on the wood silo which feeds our new ultra efficient heating system!
Yohann with helpers Pascual (middle) and Katharina during a hike
Planting a maple tree with our canadian helper Valerie

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