Experience an old house renovation in the Alps, France



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    Hey ! We are a young family living in the French Alps. We already travelled a lot in many different countries and now we would like to share a part of our life at home.
    Indeed, we are looking for people to care our little boy of 18 months old and our little girl of 3,5 years (or and ? as you want..) to help us for the renovation of our house.
    We have a big and very old house to renovate, so that means that you may try many different buildings works and activities in the house like carpentry, electricity, plumbing and all others....
    Moreover we would like to create a permaculture and a private medicine garden. Everything has to be done as we are just installed in the house. So if you already have experience or if you are interested in it, please come to help us!
    We are both climbers and mountaineering addicts (guillaume is mountain guide and I passing the guide exam this year) so we can provide climbing lessons and mountaineering stage.

    Hola !
    Estamos una familia joven viviendo en los alpes franceses. Ya hemos viajado bastante y ahora querríamos compartir nuestro tiempo y una parte de nuestra vida aquí en nuestra casa. Estamos buscando una o varias personas para cuidar nuestros niños de 1,5 y 3,5 anos de edad ahora . son muy divertidos y con mucha energía :).
    También necesitamos alguna ayuda para la renovación de nuestra muy vieja casa que hemos comprado hace muy poco - así que hay todo que hacer. Esta casa es muy grande y necesita todas las especialidades de la construcción así que podrás intentar todas las partes isolation, albañilería, construcción de paredes de piedra, ....

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

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    Projects involving children

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    For the renovation we plan to use ecological materials and make it in an ecologic way to do. For example,, you may learn to rebuild old stone wall, and all other part of a renovation depending on the moment you're coming, and your wishes.

    We will share with you our experience in climbing and mountaineering.
    Then, the place is perfect for many outdoor activities : climbing, hikking, biking, looking for wildlife and nature. Depending on the situation we can let some materials to help you to enjoy the place or in the best case share with you good trips.

    We also have 7 beehives and we plan to have 10 this summer, so we can learn how to open them and what to do, and if you are at the good time of the year, how to recolt honey :-) maybe you can leave with a honey pot homemade ...
    I'm a homeopathic vet so I also can learn you how to care with alternatives medicines and plan to make an medicine garden.

    Para la renovación queremos usas materiales ecologicales y hacerlo de manera ecológica. Por ejemplo podrás aprender técnicas de recconstruction de paredes en piedra, aislamiento de paja, o otras partes de la renovación según el momento de tu llegada.

    Luego, compartiremos contigo nuestra experiencia en escalada y alpinismo. El sitio esta perfecto para muchas actividades deportivas de fuera como escalada, caminata, VTT , bici en la montaña, vista de animales salvajes.
    Tambien, tenemos ahora 7 colmenas y planeamos 10 para este verano así que podrás aprender como se abre, y que hay que hacer para cuidarlas. Dependiendo del momento también, quizás sera el momento de la recolección de miel :)
    Estoy una veterinaria especializada en homeopatía así que también puedo aprenderte como cuidarse de manera alternativa.

  • Help


    For now we mostly look for someone interested in staying with childs.

    Any skill will be use - but do not worry if you don't have experience in renovation or gardening or whatever. The only important thing is the motivation to share your time helping us against good time !

    Cualquiera competencia esta la bienvenida pero no te asuste si no tengas ninguna en particular, la mas importante es la motivación !

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are already able to speak english, french and spanish

  • Accommodation


    À shared accommodation or a caravan will be provided into the house, and for the more wild of you, a tent can be installed into the garden.
    And for sure you can use the living space like we do, as a part of the family. (but you have to know that its in construction ... except the accommodation and the bathroom which are finished)
    The same thing goes for the food, we cook together and can eat together (but we mostly want a good atmosphere so there is not many rules !)
    Guitar and piano are in free access in the house (and if you play music we will be so happy to share !)

    Una habitación compartida o una caravana sera disponible y para los mas salvajes de entre ustedes estará possible poner una tienda en el jardin.
    Por cierto, podrás usar toda la casa como nosotros pero tienes que saber que esta todavía en renovación a parte del cuarto y del bano que son ya acabados.
    podremos cocinar y comer juntos pero hay que saber que no hay reglas fijas excepto buena onda !
    una guitarra y un piano son disponibles en la casa y nos gustaría compartir partidos de música también.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located at the border of the Ecrins national Park, which is a mountain park with many wildlife and high famous summits and not so far away from the lake of serre poncon in which you also can do all watery activities. There are really a lot of outdoor activities possible. The Gap city is a very lovely little town with among other a big market on saturday and many music attractions during the summer. We also are at 1h30 from the grenoble city which is an easy town to reach.

    La casa esta situada muy cerca del parque nacional de los Ecrins que es un parque natural de alta montaña con muchos famosos cumbres y cerquita también del lago de serre poncon donde podrás también aprovechar para todas las actividades de agua. Hay realmente muchas actividades posibles. La ciudad de Gap (a media hora de casa) es una pequeña ciudad muy agradable donde hay entre otros un grande mercado el sábado y muchas actividades musicales y de arte por el verano.

    PS Sorry for the mistakes in the text, we speak english to understand each other but I certainly make many mistakes writing it...
    PS Lo siento para la multiples errores de lengua en el texto, puedo hablar bien el castellano pero no bastante para hacer un texto sin error..

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    with the condition they do not enter the house neither they damage our chicken, rabbits and garden

  • 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

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