We are a French-American family looking for energetic people to help us out especially with a bit of childcare, cooking, gardening, and shopping in our old stone village house in Ariege, midi-Pyrenees. Our village is a mountain village of little more than 100 permanent residents, and our house provides superb views of Pyreneen mountain peaks. Any folks interested in staying with us must love children and cats (we have 3 of each). We are looking for workawayers from now through summer. Things you should know about us: 1) we like to eat home-cooked meals with fresh organic veggies and fruits from our local farmer's market (mainly vegetarian - vegan is fine too), 2) we love hosting couples but prefer that each person can be independent when needed, 3) we ask that our workawayers also participate in our daily family lives (e.g. lending a hand when necessary), 4) a stay with us will not be a full immersion in french (although we all are fluent french speakers, we make an effort to speak mainly English at home so that our kids will stay bilingual). 5) Our kids are energetic, social, and love to play games and interact with our helpers! Currently, Amy is in recovery from a stroke so we especially need help with the kids in the mornings/evenings and weeekends, as well as some small projects in the house and garden. . This means lots of free time during the day - ideal for someone studying, who has art projects, or who loves nature and wants to get out and about in the mountains.
For this fall we are looking for individuals or couples who can help out the family for a few weeks or more especially with childcare, light household duties, gardening, and cooking as Amy is recovering from a brain hemmhorage she had last year.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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We know a lot about the history of our area, and speak both English and French at home.
We are currently looking for workawayers who can help with gardening, cooking, shopping, child care and light household duties. Folks who are willing to do and try anything are especially welcome! Prior experience or skills in childcare is preferred although not necessary.
Ideally you would have a drivers license to help drive the kids to some of their ctivities.
We are happy to provide a separate bedroom and bathroom, plus all meals, for 25 hours of help per week.
An interesting fact is that around the turn of the last century our house was owned by a local bear trainer, hence the name L'Ourssatero.
On your time off, and weather permitting, there are plenty of beautiful hikes and bike rides (we have extra bikes) that leave from our village, and ski resorts within an hour drive. One of the most fantastic outdoor farmer's markets occurs every Saturday in nearby Saint Girons. There are also several Cathar castle ruins and medieval towns within an hour drive, as well as caves with prehistoric paintings.
We have hosted helpers in the past - a number of whom have come back a few times and we now consider lifelong friends.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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25 hours maximum
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