Help to renovate a house in a small village of Les Allues, in the French Alps



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    We are English speaking and have bought a house in the French Alps to renovate and make our own. We have 4 sons scattered across the world. Rowland, in charge of the building project, has huge amounts of energy and is a very talented DIY Builder. Rowland is also a keen cyclist. We are both quite easygoing and hospitable and Janet looks after the culinary and physical needs any guests may have. She is also trying to start a garden. We love the views from our house, the clean country air, beautiful walks and picturesque Alpine architecture and would love to share all of this with any workawayers who are keen on getting involved in our project.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are situated in the Meribel Valley of the Alps, in a small village called Les Allues. The Alps are overrun with amazing walking trails, climbing opportunities as well as a fantastic area for road biking and mountain biking. So this opportunity would be specially suited to travellers wanting outdoors experiences and tranquility. Travellers could do day trips to Italy from here. Albertville is half an hour's drive away and has a Medieval city (Conflans) to explore, as well as being a large centre where just about anything is available. Annecy with its stunning lake is about an hour away, and offers good thermals for paragliding and Grenoble, with its rich history, is about 1 and a half hours away.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are renovating a house in the French Alps and are doing a lot of the work ourselves. Volunteers are needed with different skills: plastering, stonework to repair stone facade after installing windows, general carpentry to help erect dry walls and plasterboard, painting, tiling. We envisage offering opportunities for volunteers over the next few months and different skills would be needed at different times. Ideally a commitment of up to 5 hours a day for 5 days a week would be great, as far as helping is concerned, but this negotiable.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The house is currently divided into 3 apartments and most of the work is happening in the top apartment, the other 2 being nearly complete. One of the apartments is available for volunteers to stay in, with fully equipped kitchen and bathrooms. Main meals are provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Life can be quiet in the Alps, but if you are someone who enjoys the outdoors, there is lots to do. We are quite "clean-living" (no smoking please) and like good food and being sociable. Ideally you need your own transport, but we can drop you off at the local station of Moutiers (15 mins away) to travel to a variety of places: Albertville, Chambery, Annecy, Aix-les-Bains.

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    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

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