Hey there ! Are you looking for an immersion in a French family to share active daily life, to boost your French with a teacher, and to visit our historical region ? Welcome at home !
*** We are looking for volunteers for gardening from October 19th to 31st (and only for those dates)***
We are a dynamic family who loves to discover different cultures by travelling and meeting foreigners.
We love cooking, discussing, reading, gardening, traveling, visiting our region. We love art, cinema, literature, history, politic, world cuisine.
I am a French teacher. My husband, Dominique, is retired of technical auditor's job, in electricity and fire safety.
We have got 3 very enthusiastic children : Zoé is 18 and totally fluent in english, she studies English and Communication at university. Noah is 16 years old, fluent in English, he loves drawing, playing video games and board games, making magic tricks. Owen is 7 years old, he's a very happy, curious and very talkative young boy !! We have a very kind cat, who's called Aristote.
We need you in our country house that we have been renovating for several years. Our house is located in a very small village in South of Vendée.
There are a lot of things to do in the house and in the garden (1,5 hectare) and the list of works evolve all the time.
We therefore expect polite volunteers, respectful of people and places, curious to discover deeply our culture and grateful for the efforts we will make to share it with pleasure, motivated for work as well as for fun, having the sense of humor and last but not least..... clean !
We care about the environment and we expect that volunteers respect our way of life regarding the economy of water and energy. For the same reasons, we have a healthy, organic and rather vegetarian diet.
So if you want to come here, be openminded, enthusiastic and easygoing !
Sorry, we don't welcome smokers.
I like reaching out through a Skype session as to get to know each other before the real meeting :)
Our profile is written in English so we can reach more people on Workaway's platform. However, we expect volunteers to be able to interact with us in French as Dominique and Owen don't speak English, and to make our daily life easier ! So please, write us in French to show us your motivation !
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
- You will share our daily life : meals, outings, discussions... and you will improve your french language !
- I can help you to study french language, thanks to my job.
We don't look for specific skills. Just some resourceful and meticulous people who learn fast. All work is done with us as a team. We always explain how to do it and provide you with the necessary equipment.
If you are applying to take care of Owen and his young friends (possibly present), you really need to be motivated and interested to play with children. It's necessary to be patient, imaginative, creative and to speak French (A2 minimum)
We ask for 25 hours of working per week. Our schedule depends on the work to finish, so we can work 8 hours a day for three days and then visit the area the rest of the week or work a little bit every day (5 hours a day).
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French, English, few words of German. Zoé and Noah speak Spanish
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You will benefit of a big bedroom with bathroom that you probably have to share with another volunteer or our teenagers. Of course, single-sex room.
We provide you 3 meals a day and a snack in the afternoon. I wash your clothes. We share a family life with regard to leisure and outings.
We ask you to bring clothes that can be ruined or stained and safety shoes.
Our place in Vendée is situated in the crossroads of the biggest places of interest of the region : Puy du Fou, Marais Poitevin, the Atlantic coast (Les Sables D'Olonne, Jard sur Mer, La Tranche sur Mer...) , big cities as Nantes, Niort and La Rochelle, a lot of little castles (Talmont, Saint-Mesmin, Bazoges...).
However, it's very isolated and there are only 400 inhabitants in our village ! Any shops or clubs. So you must really love the countryside to come to our place. If you want to visit the region, you need to take the bus, the train or the car. And there is nothing less than 20 minutes to one hour away by car !
I can help you to organize your trips and visits and I will also be happy to show you the region and the sites you are interested in. The best solution for visiting the region by yourself is to rent a car.
To arrive at home, there are two main airports : Nantes and Paris (CDG or ORY). Then, you will have to catch a train or a bus (it's cheaper) to La-Roche-Sur-Yon or Luçon. We can pick you up there.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours a week