Help needed in our 18th century Ochre House for an Art Project in Burgundy, France




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    Hello travellers !

    We're looking for 1 organised, strong, practical, handy, independent volunteer (carpenter, mason, lumberjack, pruner...) during 2-3 weeks (or more) to help us with the maintenance of the house & park : cutting wood - mowing - repairing an old ocher silo, placing a water well pump, building a tree house, building dry toilets, etc..

    We are in a village close to Auxerre in Burgundy, in a heritage park on 1.5 hectares of land and there is always something to do : several projects are underway ! We are rehabilitating the adjoining shed into a small art center to highlight the industrial heritage of ochre to organise workshops, exhibitions, conferences, concerts...

    Thank you to everyone who came from all over the world to help us...

    Bonjour ! Nous recherchons un volontaire bricoleur, indépendant, sympa... (charpentier, maçon, bûcheron, élagueur...) pour une durée de 2/3 semaines (ou plus selon affinités) pour nous aider dans la maison et le parc : couper du bois, des arbres morts, tonte, fabrication d'un plancher dans un ancien silo ocre et dans la future salle d'expo...
    Nous avons emménagé dans une ocrerie du XVIIIe située dans un village près d'Auxerre en Bourgogne. Nous sommes dans un parc patrimonial d'1,5 hect de terrain et il y a toujours de quoi faire : plusieurs projets sont en cours ! Nous sommes entrain de créer un petit centre d'art pour mettre en valeur le patrimoine industriel de l'ocre et organiser des ateliers, expos, concerts et le 'Summer of Pourrain'...

    Merci et bravo à vous tou(te)s qui êtes passé(e)s nous aider !

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are in our 50's, married couple, graphic designer + makeup artist and doing a lot ourselves here ! We live on an old patrimonial & industrial site of ocher which was the first one in France around 1750. There are still ditchs bunkers and we'd love to organize exhibitions & concerts there.

    Welcome to handy(wo)men who need to learn french, who want to participate to the renovation of this XVIII century house, interested in arts, colours, painting, nature, music & good food... !

    Nous avons la cinquantaine, des métiers artistiques, nous sommes sur un ancien site patrimonial & industriel que nous allons rénover. Les anciens silos à ocre sont encore là et nécessitent des travaux de maintenance et de construction.
    Bienvenue aux bons bricoleurs qui souhaiteraient apprendre et discuter en français, participer à la maintenance de l'ocrerie & intéressés par les arts, la couleur, la peinture, la musique, la bonne cuisine !

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    Flexible, organised, independant & enthusiastic people are needed for wood cutting, pruning, masonry, carpentry, joinery and the maintenance of the house...

    De bons bricoleurs organisés pour élagage, couper bois, débroussailler, maçonnerie, charpente, menuiserie, peinture, nettoyage...

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

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    In exchange of your help, food & accomodation is provided 7/7 days.

    En échange de votre aide, le gîte & couvert offerts 7/7 j.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are at 1h30 from Paris with the train or car, we often go back there to work. Nearby our village (1500 people) the town Auxerre is at 10km, Toucy at 8kms.
    Many wonderful places to visit around : the region is rich, green and various ! Bicycles to your disposal for your rides around in the hills and if you like wine, Chablis and its vineyard is at 30 kms !

    A swimming pool with spring water is open in the village from july till august. If you like medieval atmosphere & construction, the Guedelon Château is a remarquable place to visit, a team of 50 master-builders have taken on an extraordinary challenge : building a castle using medieval techniques and materials ! Lots of other castles around, St Fargeau, museum & house of the writer Colette, concerts & exhibitions everywhere around,...

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days a week - 5h par jour, 5j/sem.

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Cristian from Bogota climbing
sunny winter 2018
on the road to the natural swimming pool in the village
a collage on a wall by street artist 13Bis
Claire & Tom sanding & painting
frozen bouddha
pine in the park
around the village, beautiful walks or rides
yellow & red hematite ocher in our field
sunset on the village

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