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Help restore our cottage and rediscover its original garden on Canal du Midi, France

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  • Last activity: 11 Mar 2024



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are Brigitte and Jeff, a French speaking Belgian woman and a deaf Irish guy loving life in the Cathar country in the South of France.
    We have a 17th cottage right in front of the famous Canal du Midi near Carcassonne in a beautiful little hameau in between two working farms. We are striving to restore the frontages of three 17th century cottages and rediscover and restore the original garden and hopefully get a part of it ready with your help, to apply natural, organic, self-sustaining, permaculture principles to grow a sustainable lifestyle in this beautiful part of France.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sign language skills and a new insight into permaculture gardening.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Permaculture has three key principles which we plan to apply to this patch of garden, 1. an ethical framework applied to the land, 2. understandings of how nature works, and 3. a design approach that makes the best of nature in a sustainable manner. This is an exciting project and everyone will be learning to use sign language when helping us in a natural, fun, way! We are looking for people who love mucking in, having fun and relish the challenges of learning a new, visual, language!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Sign language (American): Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Finnish: Beginner
    Dutch: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Sign Language French English

  • Accommodation


    We have single and double rooms in the cottages and all food will be provided, we all eat together in the cottage or out on the banks of the Canal when the sun is shining (this region has over 300 days of sun in a year!). Cycles are available for people to cycle along the canal to the nearest town (3kms) or if up for it, Carcassonne (12kms)!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are laid back, easy going, there's internet connections, a superb cycle route just outside our cottages, bicycles to use, there are plenty of sights and the local markets are an experience! We are always happy to take volunteers out sight seeing in the region or give directions if the volunteers want to cycle, hitchhike or take other transport.

  • 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

    No more than 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (or 5 hours per day for 4 days) a week

Host ref number: 557822551195