Come and learn more about French lifestyle, culture and old buildings in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France




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  • Description


    French-Swedish family moved to south of France to build up an art school in 2011. We are both both artists and art teachers. Alain is a video artist and writer, Helena is a sculptor. We have 3 children, 2 of them still at home. We also got a cat and 3 hens.
    The art school depends on Åredalens folkhögskola and welcomes about 15 swedish students each year from september to may.
    The school is composed by two buildings : an old hotel and a 18th century mansion, both in the center of a little town (18.000 inhabitants) called Bagnols-sur-Cèze. It′s closed to Avignon and Nîmes.
    We try to respect the architecture and the spirit of these places and, in the same time, to make it suitable for artistic creation. That means we′ve got analogic photolab, small engraving press, and space for painting, sculpture, etc.

    During summer, the two buildings are empty and the weather is great. We only accept volonteers for june, july and august. The main works to do are about restauration of the buildings. But during the schoolyear, we could accept help for maintenance, depending on students' needs and wishes.

    Considering this actual situation with the Covid-19 epidemy we must be very careful. It's why we impose to stricly follow the official rules to avoid any contamination. But there's still some place for good relationships and nice time !

    Apart from Covid issues, we prefer firm responses rather than later cancellations. We try to create a good team atmosphere and to follow a coherent schedule. This is why any defection is embarrassing both for us and for the other volunteers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about France way of life, culture and old buildings. We are both openminded and welcome new initiatives. We are used and pleased to exchange with people from other cultures.

  • Help


    We follow workaway rules and expect 5 hours, 5 days a week. You can have your week-end off.
    General maintenance

    The ideal volunteer will be at least 20 years old, efficient, opened minded, motivated, independent and respectful with the neighbours.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have you own room with bathroom, kitchen and hopefully you can be here two or three at the same time. You will be independent. We provide vegetarian food (not vegan) and meat sometimes. We expect from you to cook and to manage your own menus mainly.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To visit Avignon, for example, the bus is very cheap (1,50€) and brings you directly to town or to the TGV station. In july, Avignon welcome the biggest theater festival in the world.
    You can also simply go swimming in the river Cèze, nearby. The nature all around is beautiful and very close.

  • 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

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

The building we are restoring : a classroom
The building we are restoring : The staircase
The building we are restoring : the garden
The living room (collective)
The kitchen (collective)
The bathroom of your bedroom
A bedroom
Host ref number: 378567776792