Help us on our eco building projects for our home in Southwest France



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  • Description


    Hello workawayers,
    We are a little family in the south west of France (60km South of Toulouse). My name is Bertrand. With my wife Elena we have two adorable little girls Taïssia (5 y/o) and Ksenia (1 y/o). We are presently building a Nebraska style strawbale house completely self-sufficient in water, hot water, electricity and central heating plus we want to be sure we are using a maximum of eco-friendly materials. But our project goes further than just the house since we are planning the creation of an organic permacultural forest garden which means that we want to make our 1500m2 little piece of land, a luxurious edible forest. We already have tens of fruit trees and we plan to develop it more and more. Presently the garden is also under construction and any help is warmly welcome to think it and build it. The works consist in various tasks in the house and in the garden.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our cuisine is vegetarian. We still eat eggs and cow milk products but we are trying our best to evolve towards veganism. This question is quite important for us and we are ready to learn veganism from scratch if you feel that you can bring this changes to our way of life.
    The main purpose of your stay with us is Exchange in culture, experiences, teachings, languages (in our home we are fluent in not less than 5 foreign languages : French, English, Spanish, Russian, German).
    Lena speaks four of them!

  • Help


    The variety of tasks will make you work on :
    - a big wood structure with the planned construction of a huge pergola.
    - covering the strawbale walls with a mixed sand / clay / lime /straw coating.
    - designing the permacultural garden then build it.
    - woodworking since I am an amateur woodworker
    - installing electricity and plumbing
    - installing partition walls and ceiling finish
    - plus many others that will loom up as the construction goes.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French, English, Spanish, Russian, German

  • Accommodation


    We already have several experiences in international work exchange. For example Pedro, from Spain, shared our everyday life during 3 months in the end of last year.
    During the construction phase of the house we live in a mobile home in our land. Our workawayers have their own private little trailer with electricity and free illimited high speed internet. We share the meals in the mobile home. Shower is also in the mobile home. The trailer has its own separered dry toilet.
    The trailer is for two people maximum.
    Sheets and blankets are provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    A lot of work indeed but let's talk about leisure. Our land is located in a little village called Saint Michel. Search Google map with "Augeron 31220 Saint Michel" to get an idea of our site in the middle of the forest. We are sarrounded by forests and fields. In the landscape you can see horses from the horse farm near by and sheeps with their little nice bells ringing in the sunny morning. 100% fresh air guaranteed! The area offers many hiking paths. Bike riders will be served with low traffic roads. The closest ski resort is less than one hour ride so it is possible to get to the ski resort then get back home in the same day. The Pyrenees also offer wonderful hiking paths.
    Our region is the place of many historical and touristic sites including the city of Toulouse with its meseums, the historic center, the Cité de l'Espace, the airplane museum, then outside Toulouse you can find the Gallic village, Saint Lizier, Saint Bertrand de Comminges and a little bit farther you can visit Albi and Cordes sur Ciel, the medevial city of Carcassonne and so many more interesting places.

  • 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

    4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

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