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People who love animals and are eager to help join us and have fun in Confolens, France

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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are a British family living in Confolens in the beautiful Charente Limousin. The human part of the family is me, Louise, and my daughter Abby and her partner, Blaine; the animals include 2 horses and a Shetland, 4 dogs, 9 goats, 2 sheep, 2 chickens and 2 cats. We have lived here for just over 10 years and love the fact that the property has 20 acres of fields and pasture and yet is not in the middle-of-nowhere, just a 5 minute walk into Medieval Confolens with all its facilities - quite unusual in France!

    We are looking for general help with the animals, from mucking out the stables to feeding, grooming and overall care. There is also gardening, care of the land and fences and general maintenance help.

    I am a fully qualified teacher of English as a foreign language (CELTA) and often have young language students staying in our home. I would be happy to assist guests with their English skills as well as basic French language skills.

    In the UK we had nearly 20 au pairs living with us over many years and also students staying from one to four weeks on the Homestay English teaching programme. Having used the Workaway scheme for over 8 years now, we have had well over 250 volunteers here so we are used to sharing our home with visitors from all over the world!

    We have a lovely selection of French and English speaking friends here in Confolens and often enjoy entertaining, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet other people and practise your language skills.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a British family who love everything French, so not only will you experience living in a British environment, but we take an active part in the French lifestyle too, enjoying local markets & brocantes, restaurants & food experiences, and with friends in the area of many Nationalities. We also love hearing about you country, your customs and heritage. Dinner is the time for discussing politics, geography, food, drink, humour.... whatever!!

  • Help


    We welcome volunteers who are willing to join in with all our family activities. We are a hard working family and expect a similar attitude from our guests. A lot of the help is quite physically demanding, and of course the animals need care every day, in all weathers, so fitness and a love of nature and the outdoors is essential. We do 5 hours a day in a varied selection of general farm, garden or maintenance tasks.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We live in a traditional stone farm house, which has been well modernised to a good standard of comfort. Our workawayers stay in either a double or single room with a bathroom between them. We have a separate downstairs toilet as well.

    The garden is large with a swimming pool open in the Summer months. Inside the home is strictly no smoking, but you may smoke outdoors. There is free wi-fi access throughout the house.

    We provide a light continental style breakfast & a lunch comprising cheeses, salad & bread, with homemade soups in the cold months. We eat our main meal of the day together in the evening and we enjoy a mixture of cuisines, from British and Chinese to French or Mexican. Our diet is mainly vegetarian, but I prepare dishes offering meat occasionally too. We would expect you to help out with cooking and clearing of meals as part of family life; we also expect you to clean your private accommodation and to help with the cleaning of the shared areas on a weekly basis.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What to do: local walks and hikes in the countryside or by the river Vienne; cinema, bars and restaurants in town; swimming, kayak and canoe hire (Summer); historical sites at St Germain de Confolens and Cassinomagus; shopping at St Junien (20 mins) or Limoges (45 mins);
    Please note: This is rural France! Peaceful, quiet, & without "city life"! We do not have good public transport, only a daily bus to/from Angouleme. Blablacar is also useful for travellers.

  • 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?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, divided morning & evening according to season.

Host ref number: 493496997918

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