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Daniel & Jacqueline live in the French part of Valais in Switzerland and we love to host and to meet new friends.
Daniel, the farmer takes care to chicken, rabbits, horses, some sheep and two cats. In fall we produce apple juice and grape juice. We have a vegetable garden. We do always some renovations in our old house from 1920 with three independents floors with a beautiful view to our town Sierre, the valley and to the mountains. Daniel & Jacqueline are a married couple with five now independent children (between 21 and 30 years).
Daniel is France, now Swiss and you will mostly help with him outdoor on the farm. He loves to share his multiples skills and knowledges about agriculture and nature. Daniel does few landscaping for clients. Monday he works as a socio-professional master for a institution as a gardener with mentally handicapped persons. (Only Daniel is a smoker and he does not smoke inside)
Jacqueline is not often at home, because she works 100 % (Monday until Friday) with refuges peoples. She is from the german part of Switzerland (Oberwallis).
We speak french, german and some englisch.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We speak french at home. Daniel mother languages is french and Jacqueline mother language is german.
You can practice and perfect your french with us or with Jacqueline german during the weekend .
You can learn from Daniel a lot about agriculture, nature, plants, animals and the simple way of life in the Swiss mountains. He doesn't know who to use a computer, but he is incredible, he love to share his big knowledge/many skills.
You will help us on the farm (the tasks are different all throughout the year and depends of the season) and in the house (housekeeping and cooking).
If you want to come for a stay, we are looking forward to host folks who love to help outdoor and who are motivated and interesting for agriculture (hard and sometime difficult) work. Would you love to learn more about Swiss farm life?
We ask you to have good shoes (like hiking or trekking shoes - not sneaker) for a good security at work.
IMPORTANT: You should have your own personal health insurance in case of accident and sickness.
We do not host people for less than 3 weeks.
Saturday and Sunday you are always off for exploring our nice area and during your free time during the week. It os difficult to us, to give you an exact schedule when you are off and when you help us. In agriculture, the weather influence a lot the seasonal work.
french, german, english
We can host a couple or one person (men or women) and offer you a nice bedroom (for a couple or for one person), new accommodation with a two year old baths-room with separate shower and bathtub and good healthy food. On this floor, is even a new small kitchen to use, if you want. :-) We made recently some renovation on this floor with a big balcony and a beautiful view.
We do not eat meat every days. Vegetarian are welcome too. ;-) During the week, we eat breakfast at 7 am and lunch at 12:30 pm. After lunch there is always enough time to reste for a big siesta.
Our big kitchen (see pics) is available to be used by our host. The weekend I (Jacqueline) loves to sleep longly (morning), so if you like to get up early, you can use the small kitchen on your floor (upstairs) for breakfast or simple meals.
We love volunteers with a open-mind, who are flexible and independent and who are willing to work and to share our simple way of life.
You will have many opportunities to walk, to hike and to visit others places by train or by bus, like Montreux, Sion, Crans-Montana, Zermatt, Lausanne, Bern, ... We love our beautiful area and we would enjoy to give you advice for visits and places to see.
Sierre is a nice town with a little lake and with many cultural activities (free concerts in summer, art-exhibitions, ...) We love to give you ideas for nice visits to do in our area. We do not organize your free time, but we will give you advices.
It is very easy to come by public transport. Ask us and we will give you all the informations you need to find our house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
30 - 40 hours