Enjoy beautiful nature, help with dry walling, cutting wood at a calm place in Charmoille, Switzerland



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    hello! I am Verena, 71 years old, but I feel much younger and I am very active. Half of my life, I spent with my family in Italy, the other half in Switzerland. My 2 sons are grown up now and live in the city nearby. 10 years ago I decided to live in the countryside in a very beautiful old house (from 1698) in a small and calm village, where I live with 5 cats. The village is situated in the western part of Switzerland, called Jura (french speaking), and is close to the border to France. The house is surrounded by a big garden and an orchard with a 300 year old wall. I rent out some rooms for bed&breakfast, so there are visitors and friends all year long. It is a very calm place in the middle of nature where you can enjoy hiking, biking and just being. I like to have friends around me, having good conversations (politics, history, society) in German, French, Italian or English,besides I like reading books or going to concerts, theater, cinema in the city - when I have the time....

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you like nature you will enjoy staying here. I try to apply the principles of permaculture and biological gardening in and try to live accordance with nature. I am also in contact with the farmers nearby , so you can learn from them. Repairing a dry wall with a group of people is a very special experience. There is also space for individual projects (art). I have a barn with a lot of machines. You can benefit from my social contacts, I am happy to introduce to my friends, family and neighbours. You can take part in my everyday life and you are very welcome to join.

  • Help


    As the whole estate is very big I need some help with general maintenance, meaning gardening, repairing things (also the dry wall), working in the orchard, cutting wood. There is internet access but I am not an computer freak so I would appreciate some support.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A room for you. You have your own bathroom ( to share with visitors). I would prefer to take meals together (mainly vegetarian, but sometimes I eat meat and I also enjoy a glass of wine) but there is a possibility to use a small kitchen corner on your own. As I have cats you should not be allergic to them. I cannot accomodate families or pets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    - Jura is a mountainous region, not so high and well known as the Alps (only up to 1200m altitude), but nevertheless very beautiful and not so crowded.
    - You can do hiking, biking, in the winter it is perfect for cross country skiing, snow shoeing
    - there is regular public transport (but not a night)
    - I have a car and can take you to some places
    - there ist no nightlife in the village, but in the small town nearby is a cinema and other events
    - Basel is 40km away, a very lively and cultural city with theater, concerts, museums etc.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 338919194975