Join me in living a self-sufficient life in the wild nature of Vosges, France



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    Bonjour tout le monde, :)
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    - Would you like to explore the wild nature of Vosges far away from the cities hustles and bustle?

    - Do you think it could be interesting to be a part of a family living with the nature in focus?

    - Do you want to gain some skills in practical work such as gardening, building or animal care.

    - Is your goal to improve your german- or french-skills in safe and calm surrondings?

    Then this is a perfect place for you.

    My name is Friedrich. I am originally from Germany, but 30 years ago I settled down in the thrilling Vosges in the western part of France where I have been living since.

    My philophy is that humans should live in coorporation with the nature. Therefore, I am trying to live a selfsufficient life together with my french girlfriend Cecilie and her children Leo (9) and Clementine (6). We speak french together.

    Music is very important for us. There is about 10 guitars in the farm. Every morning, we are playing guitar and singing songs together in the garden, and during the sunmmertime it happens that we play in front of a warm camp fire in the garden. I am also in a local choir, you are welcome to listen if you are interested.

    The area is knows for being very atrractive for french tourists who are searching the lakes, the mountains and the wild nature in general. The population here is almost doubled doing the vacations. - which tells something about its potentiel. In the summertime, we enjoy to end a good day of practical work by driving to a lake nearby, where It is absolutely amazing to swim and to do picnics. In the wintertime it is possible to go skiing in the area. - if you have a car it is especially easy.

    I like dancing, and luckely there is a city nearby - St. die - with lots of opportunities to do that.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are plenty of things to learn:
    - Travellers can learn a lot of skills for a self-sufficent life.
    - They can learn how to take care of donkeys and hens.
    - They can gain French or German language skills.
    - Understand how a building is build. I have build houses myself, so I can share my experiences with you.

    Furthermore, I enjoy sharing tips about a healthyliving. I am very aware of what I am eating. So if you only like cakes and fries, then this is not the place. I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits - all organic and locally produced of course, because I know it is the best for the human body. I do the 5 tibitans every morning, I do small hikes, dancing, swimming and more in order to stay healthy.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We adapt the tasks to the helping person.
    Either, I am there to introduce a task or we are doing it together. I am in the house most of the time - so you will not just be left alone for a whole day..

    Examples of work could be:

    - Gardening: I have a 5 hektar of land, so there is plenty of gardening opportunities.

    - Renovation:
    I own an old bakery, where I am renovating with workawayers at the momment. We are replacing the floors, the ceiling and soon I will need somerone to help me painting it.

    - Help with the donkeys and the hens.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    English: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We can offer you a comfortable room - more rooms if you are several. You will have a private bathroom, a lounge which i by the way is perfect for yoga. You will also have a nice equiped kitchen. Here there will be coffe, tea and fruit for you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    From Paris it is easy to catch a train to the city St. die. It takes about 2,5 hours. From there it is possible to catch a bus to the house.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours / week, 5 days a week

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