Come and help with animals and building projects on our farm in Brittany, France

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  • Description

    Description

    UPDATE: as France has still a long way to go to get COVID under control, we are unable to accept helpers until the Government lifts all of the restrictions currently in place. Of course, we all hope this will be sooner rather than later, so get in touch to talk about future plans.

    Spring is coming!

    We’re Mo and Stuart and we’re looking for volunteers to help us on our small farm with maintenance, building work and animal care.
    You’ll need to be really comfortable with animals as we have two dogs and four cats who are part of the family and we also have a small herd of 48 alpacas.
    English is our first language – I’m Scottish and Stuart is English – and I speak good French.
    When restrictions are not in place, we do have visitors to the farm to meet the alpacas and I also work with the fibre from the alpacas, transforming it by spinning and felting.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We're always interested in meeting new people and would enjoy sharing what we've discovered here with you.

    We’ve lived in this lovely part of France for many years, and we have a view of life here that's a bit different.

    We enjoy cooking and trying new food experiences.

    I’m also a teacher of English as a second language, so if you want to improve your English, we're happy to give you a full English-language immersion experience.

    I spin the fleece from our alpacas and make felt too - if you are interested, you could join in.

  • Help

    Help

    Anything from helping look after the alpacas to pointing the walls of old stone buildings!

    Depending on the time of year, there is always something to be done, whether it’s maintaining grassland and fencing, working on building projects or sorting fleeces for spinning. Of course, the alpacas need feeding and looking after all year round!

    Between us we have a range of skills we're happy to share, so enthusiastic and willing helping hands are what we need. The work isn’t hard, but it is physical and sensible working clothes are essential.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You’ll have your own comfortable bedroom and bathroom which we'd ask you to keep clean and tidy yourself.

    Of course, we will make sure you’re well-fed! We have a varied diet but we are not able to cater for 'restricted' diets, such as vegetarian or gluten-free. If you’d like to share your own cooking skills and food culture with us, that would be great.

    Helpers live with us as part of the family and share dishwashing duties with us too!

    The farm is a non-smoking site for health and safety reasons and we can not accept couples, children or pets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on the edge of a village in central Brittany. This is a peaceful place with a small wood and a stream running through the land. There are lots of birds here and it’s a rare day that has no birdsong, even in winter.
    The weather here is generally mild in winter with more rain than snow. Summer is usually very pleasantly warm.
    Our village has a bar, a bakery, a small grocery store, a brasserie and a hotel/restaurant, all within a few minutes’ walk.
    Our nearest town is about four kilometres away, with a cinema, swimming pool and equestrian centre, as well as a good range of shops.
    TGV trains run from Rennes and Saint Brieuc to Paris and beyond and there are good bus links between towns in Brittany, so it’s pretty easy to get around.
    Outdoors, there's a lot to do in the area, particularly cycling and walking – bike trails and walking routes are well-represented and we also have a bike you could borrow.
    There are water activities at the Lac de Guerlédan, about 20 minutes’ drive from here.
    The beautiful north Breton coast is about 30 minutes away by road, with its beaches and walking trails.
    Mobile phone coverage is reasonable and you can use our WiFi while you're here.

  • 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?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Around 25 hours in a week



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