Join us and help at our community in French Polynesia


French Polynesia

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    we are looking for help at our pearl farm in ahe in the tuamotus, We are trying to create a community of like-minded individuals who want to work to create a beautiful place to live a sustainable lifestyle. We are looking for people with a strong back and a good work ethic. We also hope that the people who want to spend time with us share some of our core values, such as a desire to gain independence from the system. If you are interested in an off grid, rugged lifestyle you'll probably love it here. If you're a banker, or think that 9/11 wasn't an inside job, don't bother.

    we are farming oysters and crafting black pearls.
    on land we keep chickens and are working on a garden to gain independence from imported food.
    It's a rough off grid life, a fantastic blend of self reliance and independence and shared community goals.

    right now we are rightly 5 from person from 20 till 79 years living here.
    we speak mainly english and french to communicate, also german and spanish speakers are around.
    Please feel free to ask us any questions!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    fresh, good food is important! with fresh salads and fish we have a community meal every day.. (some times with some red meat) dont be a picky eater.
    you will live with a international European and American community. the diving is mind blowing. we have scuba diving equipment and we enjoy the free time with fishing, diving and sailing with our dinghy or visiting sailboats.

    you can also learn how black pearls are harvested. and how we make jewelry out of it.
    You will nearly be fully immersed in the modern culture of Ahe, a blend of traditional knowledge, community and an everyman for himself vibe. Think of Ahe as the last frontier of France.

  • Help


    Expect HARD work and a lot of it Although the work can be very dirty and physical, its rewarding and you will see the the direct impact of your efforts. We work hard, eat well and sleep well.

    We need help with house maintenance on shore; painting, rebuilding and general upkeep.
    We have multiple specialized crafting opportunities as well; boats, dwellings and wood construction.

    for the oyster we are looking for some strong experienced freedivers (water lovers)
    usually the oysters are not deep (about 5-7 meters). The work can be difficult and dirty, but if you love the ocean you shouldn't have a problem.

    In the garden we need people who know about planting vegetables and beekeeping. We have started a garden expansion project, and with a new mulcher we plan on producing compost on a large scale. We are constantly building new beds as well as the removal and replanting of coconut trees.

    the work time is from sunrise till afternoon. we have a 5 day week, the weekend we take it easy. With that being said, sometimes weather conditions or other unforeseen variables may mean weekend work.
    we are not looking for any more half finished projects, we love it when people come planning on staying a long time and take a large task under their belt, but we also hope people will finish what they start before leaving.

    Having a good physical workforce is fantastic, but having people who enjoy cooking or working in the kitchen are greatly appreciated.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, french, spanish,

  • Accommodation


    we have many different bungalows on our islands, some have electricity and working light. some have beautiful views over the island and the reef at the other side. you can share a bungalow or get a private room. The bungalows all need love and care, some having not been occupied in a long time, but everything needed for maintenance is available.
    (no internet on shore) Room, board and food is provided, although special dietary needs and creature comforts should be taken care of personally before arriving. Sleeping bags are a bit much for this climate, but we would recommend your own pillow and/or sheets if these things are super important for you. A camping style sleeping pad also helps if your back is sensitive to older mattresses.

    Our toilet is basically an India style Mandi. Toilet paper can be Purchased at some of the markets around the atoll, but a constant supply of toilet paper should not be expected.

    Staying relatively clean is the best way to avoid tropical infections such as staff or MRCA. We have a decent first aid kit at the farm, although bringing super strong antibiotics or other prescriptions which are hard to require, is encouraged.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In our free time, we enjoy fishing, taking walks along the reef, sometimes we will take our boat to the village or to the airport to see friends and socialize. our favorite passtime although will always be enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of this place. The pass of our Atoll is fantastic for fishing, free diving, scuba or snorkeling. the only real source of transportation. in this environment is our boats.

    please don't reply if you have two left thumbs or don't know how to repair something or live off-grid. we are living close to the nature and a basic life. there are no city nearby and only 300 residents on the atoll. There a couple small stores close by, but do not come here counting on being able to frequent markets. Most everything we need will come from Tahiti on the weekly supply ship or we do it by our self. If you do want to have the option of buying snacks, sundries, beer, etc. bring French Pacific Francs from Tahiti, there are no banks or ATMs here.

    Getting to and from the island can be a challenge for some. The easiest way is to take a plane from Tahiti. There are three flights a week, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. We much prefer that you come on Sunday which is an afternoon flight. If you want to save some money, or just see more of Polenysia on the journey, The Saint-Xavier Maris-Stella, a cargo ship passes through many atolls on its way from tahiti up to Ahe, as well as the Mareva Nui. Keep in mind these are cargo ships, not cruise ships. Please contact us before making any travel plans.

    Our internet is quite undependable here and sometimes we can go weeks before we can reply to a message. Also, we do not schedule guests longer than three months out. We just can't know what things will be like that far ahead. In any case, if you're really interested and haven't heard back from us in a couple of weeks, feel free to email the owner, Patrick at


  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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, always varies

view from the farmhouse over the motu and the coralhat
the farmhouse from above
one of our bungalow on shore
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