Help at our family home surrounded by nature in High Vosges, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We would like to keep traveling from our new home!
    After three years of cycling and volunteering from Strasbourg to New zealand, it's our turn to host travelers!
    We want to stay in contact with this feeling of "being on the road", to sharpen our gaze, to find out what's new in our daily routine.
    We love meeting new people, from the neighbours next door to the one coming from a far and unknown place.
    Settling in a house is our new adventure and we'd love to share it. We love the idea that other people can enjoy the place in accordance with their own intent or project and that we can all contribute to make this house a lively place.

    We are a family of four (two boys of 2.5 and 7 years old). We live in a farm type house in the Vosges, 10 min by car from the famous "route des crêtes". At 700 meters high, the place is surrounded by 5 hectares of forest, meadow and spring.

    We have great interests in volunteer simplicity, permaculture, zero waste, autonomy, less impact way of life... We're collecting informations, experimenting, trying our best, at our own rythm. We also have interest in mindfulness/meditation. We'd like to start a permaculture garden and be more self-sufficient (but we are still far from that...). And at the same time, we also work outside and we love our jobs. That's why we need help for all those projects.

    Christophe works for a caritative organisation. I (Estelle) am a mediator (Conflict Resolution with NonViolent Communication process) and we both ''home educate'' our children. They love to meet new people. They learn everywhere from everyone.

    Walks and cross country skiing paths start from our house. Few weeks a year there is plenty of snow just around the house. We are 20 minutes away from the Lac Blanc ski resort (open in January and February, sometimes December and March with a cold winter). In the summer we like climbing, walking, cycling and swimming at the Longemer Lake (20 minutes driving).

    ON PROGRESS IN OUR HOUSE AT THE MOMENT: we're looking for help to plant vegetables, weed, landscape in a "permacultural way" Then it's about cleaning and general maintenance around the house.

    Another project is inside the house: finishing a guest room, i.e. plastering, covering walls with natural lime, putting natural wool carpet, and some finitions.

    ***** Nanny wanted from 23rd September until 21st December

    We’re looking for help in the house and the garden all year round. But at the moment, we are also looking for a live-in nanny and housekeeper for our 2 home-educated boys (7 and 3 years old), who would wish to stay with us in the High Vosges (France)during 3 months, and take care of our kids around 25 hours/week, that is 100 hours/month, with a declared fixed-term contract (with some paiement from which is susbtracted living costs). Someone from EU or with a work permit.

    We would be happy to find someone who loves spending time with children, having fun with them and who would be happy to follow them in their learnings, plays and aventures, with a watchful and loving eye.

    It would be wonderful to find someone who also loves nature, and would be happy to spend time outside with the kids in nearly all weathers, as they need fresh air a little bit every day. Someone would be happy to teach them skills and also give langage courses. Who is also a good housekeeper and laundress and could also help to cook *****

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The kids and us love receiving visitors, sharing our daily life, knowledge, talks, stories, walks, and all types of activities.

    Please note that the house is quite isolated. So if you don't have a car, I reckon it's better if you love walks, and being in the nature. We can drive you the village, or to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges once a week as we are going there for activities. Christophe drives close to Strasbourg every 2 days so it could be an option if you want to visit this city and spend a night there. Otherwise the village is a 40 minutes walk. We can also lend you a bicycle.

    To visit the rest of the area, some of our guests sometimes hitch-hike.
    The ski resort of the Lac Blanc is 20 minutes away by car. There are bigger ski resort 30 to 40 minutes away (La Bresse, Gerardmer...). It's not as big as the Alpes but you can still have fun there. Those stations are open in January and February for sure, sometimes December and March, but that's not guaranteed. In the summer we like climbing, walking, cycling and swimming at the Longemer Lake (20 minutes driving). We're also 20 minutes away from the Alsacian WineRoad (Route des Vins) and the beautiful medieval village of Kaysersberg. We are also 10 minutes away from the Route of the Ridges of the Vosges mountains (Route des Crêtes).

  • Help

    Help

    ON PROGRESS IN OUR HOUSE AT THE MOMENT: we're looking for help to plant vegetables, weed, landscape in a "permacultural way" Then it's about cleaning and general maintenance around the house.

    Another project is inside the house: finishing a guest room, i.e. plastering, covering walls with natural lime, putting natural wool carpet, and some finitions.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    french, english, montenegrin

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have your own separate bedroom and a bathroom next door (see pictures below), clean sheets and warm showers of course!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We love cooking. We enjoy healthy but simple food (lots of vegetables, cereals, as much as possible local, organic and zero waste). I don't eat meat, but the boys do from time to time.
    There is Internet access.
    Children and families are welcome.
    We usually stay home in the morning and go out for walks or meeting other families and kids in afternoons.
    You are welcome to join us in our weekly activities.
    Our house is in upper Fraize. The nearest train station is 20-25 minutes away in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week, and some help for doing dishes and cleaning after lunch and diner time everyday

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