We are an active, outdoorsy family of four living on the edge of a quiet rural village in the Pyrenees Orientales, one hour from the nearest skiing resort, and one hour from the beach. We have renovated our three-bedroom terraced house from a ruin over 8 years of holidays, and finally moved here three years ago. The village is on a good bus network to Perpignan, from where there are easy bus/train links to Barcelona (Spain) and the rest of Europe. We are also near many local airports for easy travel within Europe.
We have two children, Agnes (6), and Luc (2.5). Agnes and Luc go to school in the village, a short walk from our home. We also have two lovely twin cats. Nicole works online, and Dave (a paramedic) works away in England for a fortnight every four weeks.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
If you enjoy the great outdoors, playing with children, and have a experience baby-sitting plus fancy having a go at some decorating work around the house, this is the perfect role for you! This volunteering position will also allow the volunteer to go travelling for three or four weeks at a time whilst having a base in the South of France.
A typical day would involve having the morning to yourself. At midday one or both children would need picking up from school and being given lunch (which Nicole will help with). Then three or four hours of playing with Luc and a little bit of house work until it is time for Agnes to be picked up from school. Nicole is generally finished with her day by then. We cook together and eat together. Then the workawayer can have the evening to themselves or stay around for a chat and a glass of wine once the children are asleep.
English, Afrikaans, a little French
One-bedroom apartment within a few minutes' walk of our home
There is a very good French language school in Perpignan, and we are happy to work around someone who wants to enroll there for up to three days a week, if the workawayer is staying for an extended period of time
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers