A collaborative project, help a non-profit organization located in an old school in Bastia, Corsica, France



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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

  • Description


    Hello dear Workawayers !

    We are a non-profit organization located in an old school in Bastia, Corsica.

    Our initial goal is to create a crowdfunding platform which would support local projects in link with environment and arts.
    For now, we have to focus on the building itself that was abandoned for about 6 years before our arrival.
    We have been working for almost 3 years to renovate and to transform it into a youth hostel and a co-working space.
    Recently, willing to gather people from the neighborhood, we also started a shared garden.

    Since Bastia is a small town ( 40.000 people ) there are not many projects like ours and this is a great honor to be able to host travelers and artists, to provide affordable transitional renting for young workers whom wish to settle in the area and to create a community of people united by this old school.

    As a non-profit, every penny spent by our fellow travelers and co-workers is reinvested into the project development to make it welcoming and comfortable, to bring new services and amenities.
    So far it's been a really amazing and gratifying experience.

    We are currently two funding members managing all the aspects of the project.
    Having someone helping us during the time of the year where the activity is at its highest point would allow us to fulfill our seasonal objectives ( renovation of the house-front including lime paint and replacement of 28 windows, creation of a workshop, implementation of a rainwater recuperator and a solar boiler).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you look up "Corsica" on the internet, you will see from the pictures that it is a beautiful and diverse island, from the beaches, to the mountains, the deserts and the preserved nature.
    However it is also, to us, a special culture, between Italian, French, Moroccan and many more.
    It owns a really interesting history and people, and the main benefit from our project is to be able to share this history and to learn from others, to broaden our horizons, to experience new things, new ways of life and new challenges.
    It's a place where you learn to live with others and with yourself.
    It's not easy every day but rewarding nonetheless.

  • Help


    The task range is wide and goes from construction, renovation, decoration, painting, gardening ( we have a small garden where we'll soon have tomatoes hopefully) to cleaning sheets, floor, bathroom and kitchen but also welcoming travelers, handling bookings and requests.
    The project would also benefit from someone with knowledge such as web design, community management, coding... ( almost 3 years and still no website! shame! )
    Organization skills are welcome too.

    Workawayers will be asked to be available 5 days a week ( approx 2 hours of help in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon ) with two days off in a row, however we are flexible and open to other schedule format.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The accommodation is not luxurious but functional with Wifi access and power outlet for each bed in a 4 persons dormitory, hosting long term residents ( people staying with us more than a month).
    There is only one mixed bathroom with two showers and two toilets that we clean every day ( we plan to build another one).
    We have a fully equipped kitchen where anyone can cook and a bar with local beer taps ( access limited to staff ).
    Food and Drinks are on the house for workawayers ( only cool ones )
    The building itself is about 450 square meters and protected with a dialing-code door and an entrance camera.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 10mn away from the train and bus stations that operate pretty much everywhere in Corsica ( Our beloved island isn't really the best in terms of public transportation but not the worst either )
    The closest beach is about 30mn away walking at a regular pace ( great for a short swim during the heated summer days )
    Since we are located in city center, there are many decent bars, restaurants and point of interest just around the corner.
    Having a driving license is a great advantage in here and the organization is willing to lend either a scooter or a car to workawayers willing to hit the road.

    In short, we wish to find someone open-minded and motivated, eager to bring value to our project, to experience our way of life and to discover our little piece of heaven.

  • 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?

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    Hours expected

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

The Wonderfull dorm/suite !
Host ref number: 417998369263