Learn new skills, practice a foreign language and help at our Domaine in Languedoc Roussillon, France



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  • Description


    We (Joep & Miranda) offer a wonderful place for Workawayers in the sunny South of France.

    We are looking for a couple of enthusiastic Workawayers to help us get our domaine ready for summer. We run a small scale holiday house rental business (B&B and Gites) and in the past years we renovated 3 gites (cottages), the swimming pool area and our own house with help of workawayers and lots of friends. Now it is that time of the year again to get the entire Domaine looking great again before our guests will be arriving to spend their vacation with us.

    We are looking for enthusiastic Workawayers who love garden work, have some painting skills (as the shutters need a new coat of paint), who can help with oiling all garden furniture, are not afraid of some dust as the table d'hotes area (the small on-site outdoor restaurant) needs some serious cleaning, who are interested in preparing and plating the vegetable garden, who want to attack tidying up the terraces of the gites and who just love to work outdoors enjoying the spring sun. We are scheduling 2 to 3 weeks in May for this work, but can be quite flexible with regards to dates.

    A bit more about us:

    We are originally from the Netherlands, but we moved to France in 2011. Joep is a wine specialist and a great cook. He will introduce you to the many culinary delights that the Languedoc-Rousillion region has to offer. Joep takes care of all the cooking, maintenance and building tasks at the domaine.

    Miranda works full time from home as an experience designer for meetings and events and in addition Miranda co-runs our holiday houses business. Miranda will welcome you with the highest hospitality standards to ensure you have a very comfortable stay. We live at the domaine with our 3 cats and super sweet Golden Retriever Oscar. We also are bee keepers, so if you are interested to learn more about bees, then this is your chance.

    We look forward to welcoming you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Your stay at our domaine is a discovery, a learning opportunity and a way to voluntarily and freely participate in our daily activities. We cannot wait to share our world with you and give you the opportunity to experience what it is like to live abroad and live your dream.

    We started our French adventure in the beginning of 2011 and can share what we learned from this experience with those who might want to start a similar activity abroad.

    We also offer the opportunity to learn new skills, practice foreign languages (we speak Dutch, German, English and French) and meet lots of new people.

    We'll introduce you to the local cuisine, the cultural gems of the region as well as the stunning country side.

  • Help


    You would assist in getting the Domaine fully ready for the summer season. This means garden work (lots of weeding and some pruning), some painting jobs (as the shutters need a new coat of paint), oiling and cleaning garden furniture, cleaning the table d'hotes area (the small on-site outdoor restaurant), tidying up the terraces of the gites, help with cooking, bee keeping and other fun activities around the domaine.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You would stay in one of our five gites (a gite is a a fully equipped holiday house with your own bedroom, bathroom, living room with TV, terrace and private entrance). It is possible that you have this gite entirely for yourself or that you share it with other workawayers. You would ALWAYS have your own bedroom.

    As we rent out our accommodation year round to holiday guests, we might ask you to switch accommodation once in a while or stay in our spare bedroom for a weekend or a week in case all gites get rented. This would be very exceptional though.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in a typical French village near Carcassonne, in the area of Languedoc-Roussillon in the sunny South of France.

    This area, also called the Cathar country, is a warm and inviting place, with a unique heritage - castles, wonderful and friendly locals who love to celebrate and share their culture.

    Hills, mountains, rivers, lakes and typical French villages - You can do many outdoor sporting activities, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, white water canoeing, rafting, swimming, fishing, boating, caving, skiing, wind surfing , catamaran sailing, horse riding, tennis, golf and much more.

    Easily accessible by car, air and train. A car is recommended to make the most of your stay within the region but we do have a bicycle available for your use. The train station is nearby and can be reached by bike.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 352297577999