On parle français.
हमी नेपाली बोलछौं.
हिन्दी बोल लेते हैं.
هم اردو بول لیتے ھیں۔
Wir sprechen Deutsch.
ما فارسی حرف می زنیم۔
We even happen to speak English!
We are two men in their early 30s/40s with a little farm in the Pays d'Auge, a picturesque area of Lower Normandy known for its cider and dairy products.
We stay in a quiet environment, though not far from a station which will take you to Caen, Lisieux, Rouen or Le Mans in no time and to Paris in two hours and a quarter.
The farm is not our main source of income and not intended to become one either so we keep it easy! But we're willing to expand it and the potential is enormous so we are looking forward to people with experience and ideas.
In exchange for your help, we offer you a nice and comfortable place to stay, simple but healthy and tasty meals, as well as (hopefully not too dull) conversation in a variety of languages.
Help in the house
You'll be in good hands if you want to learn or deepen your knowledge of French (one of us is a trained language instructor).
You can also learn a great deal about Indian and Nepali culture.
We prefer to host people with at least some experience of farming. Ideally, you should be comfortable with animals and machines such as a brushcutter or a tractor.
The main and most urgent task now is to take care of the orchard (several hundreds of apple trees). As we don't use weed-killers, brambles constantly threaten to take over and need to be controlled. We expect you to know how to use a brushcutter.
We may also need your help in maintaining fences.
French, Hindi, English, Nepali, German, Italian, Persian... and counting!
You'll most probably use a room on the ground floor with separate access, a washbasin and wi-fi Internet. There's a shared bathroom upstairs.
There's virtually no public transportation apart from the railway station (trains to Paris, Caen, Rouen and Le Mans). The town is a bit far to walk to but there'll be a bicycle/moped at your disposal.
Recreational activities will seem limited if you're not the quiet, nature-loving sort, but the area is really lovely. The nearest beach is some 30 km away.
We welcome language students. One of us is a trained and experienced French teacher so be prepared to hone your skills! We are eager to learn about your language too.
We welcome people from all walks of life, no matter how different from us. We do expect a similar openness on your side.
We particularly welcome people from Asia and the Middle East or people with an interest in / a taste for these regions and their culture.
We welcome non-smokers and vegetarian people. We don't smoke but our dietary habits are not 100% vegetarian.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours per week max