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I am François, a 48 years old face and bodypainter living in the charming village of Feluy. I live one week on my own, one week with my children (1 boy aged 14 and a girl aged 13). My daughter has school in both French and English.
I live in an old house in the center of the village.
I work at home, either on my computer (communication and administration of my artistic projects and contracts), either doing costumes, props and accessories for my artistic projects. I sometimes teach face-painting in evening classes. During the weekends I am often working on events.
Feluy is 40 km south from Brussels. It takes a 25 min bus or 15 min ride to Nivelles and then a 30 min train to get to the capital. It is an old village with a medieval castle and an ancient canal, with rambling and cycling tracks all around. You can check "Feluy" on Google Maps to have an idea. There isn't pretty much to visit, but the countryside is beautiful. There is a bus stop near the house. I can give a ride to Nivelles station when needed.
What I expect from workawayers:
- Open communication. Tell me about any problem without delay.
- Basic cleanliness. The house is quite chaotic/dirty sometimes, so please don't add more chaos ;-)
- Environmental concern (recycling, energy saving, etc.)
What I can offer to workawayers:
- Good food, respectful of any diet.
- Helping to schedule your city trips around.
- Nice chats, playing boardgames, etc.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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I don't consider Workaway as a supplier of free taskforce, but as a way to meet people and get some help at the same time. I don't always have the courage to work on my own in refurbishing the house, whereas it is not a problem to start if I'm not alone. I am definitively looking forward to get to know my workawayers and have fun together, just as I would with travellers from other social networks. For instance, I like to hear (and tell) travel experiences.
However, I also need time on my own, I am not always available to chat with my guests. I am often busy on the computer.
On the other hand I can give tips in many fields: cooking, loading vehicles, languages, makeup, art, do-it-yourself and talk about different topics: Belgian politics & culture, history, etc.
Anyway I try to make sure my guests feel like at home. The philosophy of the house is to communicate in order to keep everyone satisfied.
There are plenty of things to do... It all depends on your expectations and your skills. I am flexible about what to do and when to do it, except when there are technical priorities - in which case we would most probably work together.
There is definitively a whole bunch of house-related tasks:
- painting window frames
- refurbishing rooms / walls
- helping with wood or plumbering
- gardening (I have a small garden with vegetables but it needs maintenance though)
I like learning from my guests (musical instruments, languages, cooking, gardening, etc.)
Sometimes you will be working on your own, sometimes we will be working together. Anyway we will make a planning on your arrival. It is quite flexible, as my job makes it difficult to plan everything in advance. [edit covid-19: I have no jobs until further notice]
On particular days I can drive you to Nivelles or Brussels so that you can enjoy a city trip in Belgium. I count 3 ½ hours x total number of days, it gives a total amount of hours of work during your stay. It is a maximum.
I prefer to host for max. 2 to 3 weeks.
Please tell me about your skills and experience in DIY. I can explain how to do things, but if it takes more time than doing it myself, there is no point asking you.
Please refer to something specific to my profile when you apply to work here. I don't mind people copy/pasting their requests, but I will consider personalized requests much more seriously! ;-)
This host offers a language exchange
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The house has 4 rooms on ground floor (office, living, dining, kitchen), 4 rooms on 1st floor (bathroom + 3 sleeping rooms), a small attic, a small basement + a laundry room at the back.
When the kids are at their mother's, guests can use my daughter's room with double bed. When the kids are at home, guests can use the folding bed in the living room, which is very comfortable. We share the bathroom, where there is a drawer for you. You don't need to bring your own towels (or at least make sure yours are dry before leaving...)
I cook. I like cooking and I enjoy cooking Belgian specialties for my guests. I supply beer as well ;-) (in reasonable amounts!)
We are neither vegetarians nor vegans but I can (try to) cook according to my guests' food requirements (whether heath-related or philosophical/cultural/religious).
I have a dishwasher :-)
I am looking for friendly people, any gender, from any country, any age, willing to be part of the family during their stay. We like to play board games, watch series together, etc. (although the kids are teenagers now and need more time on their own).
I can give tips for guests who want to visit Belgian cities (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels...) and/or other places of interest in the area (Old abbeys, canals, castles), drive them on their days off, sometimes visit with them.
Bicycles are available.
Smoking is OK outside the house when the kids are at home, inside on other days is ok (except in sleeping room).
Don't hesitate to contact me to have more information. I'll be happy to reply to all your questions before any commitment is taken. :-) I prefer we have a video chat first.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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