Come and help us with our home, garden and kids in the Pyrenees, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a French-American family looking for energetic people to help us out especially with 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 150 permanent residents, and our house provides superb views of Pyreneen mountain peaks that border Spain. Any folks interested in staying with us must love children and cats (we have 3 kids and 2 cats). We are looking for workawayers from now through the end of winter. 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 with a little meat - but full vegetarian and vegan is fine by us), 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!

    For this Fall we are looking for individuals or couples who can help out for a few weeks or more especially with childcare, light household duties, gardening (some planting and weeding), and cooking, as Amy is recovering from a brain hemorrhage she had. We will especially need help in the evenings and on the weekends when the kids are home from school, so 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We know a lot about the history of our area, and speak both English and French at home.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    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 activities, but this is not critical.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 in France 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.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We can host digital nomads or anyone who needs time for themselves. Much of the help we need is with kids and meals outside of regular working hours or other garden and house work that is super flexible.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours maximum

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