We are a couple in our thirties, researchers in solar energy working at the solar furnace in Odeillo, in the French Eastern Pyrenees (North Catalonia).
We bought a nice house with sunny terraces a few years ago, but between work and travels we don't have a lot of time to maintain it, and would like some help doing so. The house is set in a beautiful mountain landscape with many hiking, biking and horse rides to do.
I'm a vegan but my companion isn't, so food options are debatable :-) We love cooking and will make you discover french and catalan dishes, and we'll be happy to exchange recipes with you. We like to have friends over for dinner or go for a bite in typical places, and you'll be welcome to join us.
We would love to practice our English, especially with a native speaker, and maybe help you do the same with your French if you wish. We are of course open to other offers as well.
We would rather accommodate only one person at a time, for short stays (one or two weeks). No smoking inside the house. Dogs allowed, if not too big (no fence outside).
Help in the house
Immersion into French, Spanish and Catalan cultures and cuisine.
Opportunity to meet new people, during BBQs and dinner parties at home, local concerts, etc.
Our house needs some refreshing.
- wood shutters and fences need repainting;
- the garden and terraces need cleaning and watering;
- some steps of the external concrete stairs have to be repaired, etc.
The work to be done can be discussed depending on the volunteer's skills.
French, English, notions of Spanish and German
You will stay in the guest room with double bed and adjoining private bathroom, on the same floor as the living room and kitchen. We sleep upstairs so you will have some privacy. Wifi, family computer and TV (with international channels) are accessible for your convenience.
Cerdagne is a large and sunny altiplano (1500 m) in the very South of France, surrounded by mountains and only a few kilometers from the Spanish (catalan) border. A very nice place to live and stay, famous for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, lake fishing, hot springs, and skiing in winter. In the summer, there are a lot of local concerts and outdoor activities.
If you are interested in solar (thermal) energy, we also advise you to visit or have a look at Themis solar tower in Targasonne and the impressive solar furnace in Odeillo, and we can explain you how it works.
From our house in Angoustrine, you can easily walk to Dorres open air hot baths, go on a stroll or hike on the hills and forests behind the village, walk to the catalan town of Llivia... We can also lend you a mountain bike to do all that.
There is a small grocery store in the village for your everyday needs. A bus comes and goes 3 or 4 times a day, which can bring you to Font-Romeu or Bourg-Madame, the nearest towns with supermarkets, restaurants and other shops. We can arrange to take you by car if needed, when we go to work or come back from it. Hitchhiking also works rather well here and is perfectly safe.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week