Overgrown, neglected and unloved strip of land next to the famous Canal du Midi, in our eyes a permaculture garden waiting to be revealed!

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France

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  • Description

    Description

    I'm Jeff, a social entrepreneur working on projects to remove barriers for deaf people using sustainable technology, who uses sign language as my main communication channel. Brigitte is an international sign language interpreter working between sign languages and spoken English and French plus a smattering of Spanish, Dutch and Finnish!
    We have a 17th cottage right in front of the famous Canal du Midi near Carcassonne in a really beautiful little hameau in between two working farms. We are striving to turn a rough patch of neglected land on the banks of the canal into a sustainable eco-market garden through the application of permaculture principles.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sign language skills and a new insight into permaculture gardening.

  • Help

    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 working with 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 spoken

    Spanish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    Finnish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate
    Irish: Intermediate
    Dutch: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    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

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 557822551195