Experience life on a barge in Burgundy, France



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  • Description


    We are David and Hilary. David is a retired advertising photographer and Hilary is a NHS professional part time . In 2016 we were able to realise our dream and take our barge that we have spent 10 years converting to France to cruise the beautiful French canals.
    We've spent the last couple of years in Auxerre in Burgundy, which has been fantastic.
    But.... in order to be able to keep cruising we must comply with regulations... so ..
    we are now in Ghent,Belgium, where the boat has been in the shipyard to undergo maintenance during the winter. We now need to spend some time making her pretty again as time in shipyards is no good for cosmetics!!
    We are looking for people to help us paint/ varnish and generally clean the boat , to bring her back up to standard.
    Once we've done that we will be starting to cruise again, probably heading south into France again.
    The barge is 33metres(110feet) long and has 6 cabins , 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen and laundry and cosy saloon/ dining area and a huge outside deck for dining / lounging. The barge is well fitted and comfortable. We have limited wifi.

    You would have your own room, shared bathroom and free access to kitchen / saloon / deck areas.The barge has central heating , wood burning stove and limited air conditioning.

    We are easy going, enjoy meeting people and sharing a meal and a glass of wine on our lovely barge.
    Do get in touch if this is of interest to chat about what is involved .

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will gain experience of living and helping on a large boat . They will gain skills in boat handling, maintenance and experience the unique way of life Afloat . We are also happy to help improve English language skills ( may also be opportunity to spend time at our Uk home if willing and able to enter U.K.) . Learn about French wine and food and living life

  • Help


    We are looking for 2 volunteers ( can be individual) to help with the constant maintenance and running of the barge. We are looking for hardworking, willing people with a positive attitude to help with painting/ decorating, joinery, cleaning/ laundry.
    You will need to be self motivated and happy to organise your days .
    We are always available and have local help if needed .

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Single or double cabin ( if a couple) . Shared bathroom, access to kitchen, deck space, saloon. Central heating throughout, limited air conditioning

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are easygoing, non smoking and live a relaxed informal lifestyle.We are both hardworking and like our home clean, tidy and welcoming. We are enjoying getting to know more about France and it is still a very new learning experience for us as we explore the canals and surrounding countryside.

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    • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 499914638167