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Help with house DIY projects, gardening and animals in Haute Garonne, France

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  • Last activity: 04/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    My partner and I, live in a house with some dogs and cats. We are both retired. We decided to move to rural France because we wanted to be closer to nature, after living in large cities this was well overdue.

    We like France, it is vast, there are so many different and fascinating landscapes in just a one country. It has great history, great language, great food, very friendly people, and relatively affordable houses as there are still houses to be found that need some love and care to preserve them for the future generations.

    We have an oold house with a large garden situated in a small town surrounded by mountains. There are ideal cols for racing bikes, Tour de France passes nearby, superb hiking trails, and canyoning, kayaking and similar activites are nearby. The town has some major shops and service centres, like the post office and pharmacy.

    The house needs some attention to make it really comfortable. Some help from an experienced DIY person , nothing too difficult but we just need another pair of hands or two, would be greatly appreciated. There are some jobs that an experienced person would be needed, like an electrician, plumber and a carpenter. For those individuals some compensation for travel expenses would be offered (agreed on individual basis according to experience and quality of tasks carried out). We are looking for very flexible and willing individuals who are prepared to be fair in this exchange of working 5 hrs per day for the accommodation and food provided by the host. We have breakfast at 8 am, then a little break before starting on various tasks at 9 am for 2.5 hrs that will be agreed before hand, then we have a tea break for half hour, after that another 2.5 hrs work so that we finish and start preparing lunch at 2.30 pm after which the whole afternoon and the remainder of the day is spent as you wish. Dinner will be at the time agreed by all and prepared by all or taken turn in doing it. We all go to bed here between 10 and 11 pm.

    Very important, we cannot host smokers or alcohol drinkers.

    We hope you are vegetarian and know some good vegetarian dishes. We offer three meals per day which we all would take turns to make.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can converse in English. ~We can help you improve your knowledge of this language. We are both well travelled, retired teachers. We can share our knowledge and experience with anyone who would be interested. We love the mountains around here for hiking, and we also like visiting new places.

  • Help


    Some house renovating, mainly decorating. General gardening, cleaning, cooking, and animal care

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We can help you learn or improve your English skills through conversation, and/or formal lessons.

  • Accommodation


    Shared room with one other helper. Shared toilet and shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We need help all year round so somebody who is travelling and wants to stop over in the south of France from one week to several would be ideal. There are regular buses and trains to larger cities if one wanted to do that. Otherwise, there is plenty to visit around here. Please note, we are vegetarians and prefer vegetarian guests. We have bicycles for you to use, there are regular buses from here to other places. We would be happy to collect you from the nearest train station.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have parking space for a small campervan.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 276772388416



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