Be independent, paint, sew, work in the garden In the centre of Lille, Northern France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a French family of 4 :
    > Ronan & Claire, 35 years old, passionated about wine, food, books, crafts, flee markets, ecolo gy,languages, economics, getting together with families and friends. Our hobbies are related to food, wine, crafts, children, friends, local tourism, decorating our house...
    > little Charles, 6 years old, now passionated about books, plays of words, books, legos, knights, books, board games, books, outdoor games, and did I mention books ?
    > Abigael, 3 years old, found of songs, smiles, roadworks and garbage trucks, dance, and practice to be able to move, climb, walk everywhere !

    > + on the independant 2nd floor where you'd live, you would share with 2 students or other volunteers, depending of when it is.

    We ve practiced and enjoyed other hosting platform before we had a family, we've also both lived abroad, and are happy to now welcome the world in our house (we see Workaway somewhere between c.surfing and au-pair : ideal for families like us who would be happy to be given a hand, while sharing culture and house and nice time with people, with flexibility) !

    At that moment of our family life we unfortunately don't have several hours to share daily with workawayers. Still we are hosting with pleasure and are available most days for a chat and occasionaly share meals, just note that staying at our place is better for someone independant or who is not looking for hours of daily social interaction with the family.

    Plus the house is very well located to add social life : language lessons/swaps ? meetings with other internationals ? Cultural or sport activities... we can give advice about about these).
    We can give you more details and discuss all that before commiting to each other of course.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The house has more than 100 years old and is full of charm ! It is very confortable as the main renovation works are done. There's a small quiet garden.

    OUR HOUSE IN LILLE
    We live very close to the center town and to a tube station, « Fives » (2 min walk). Many facilities and cultural places are also very close (3-8 min walk) : bakeries, farmers markets, supermarkets, nice library, swimming pool, little parcs, yoga classes, museums, music and art classes, LANGUAGE CLASSES 5 min walk away (French and English - see Alliance française and Centre culturel britannique)....
    The location of the house (2 min walk form the tube station - 2/3 tube stations to the very center) is perfect to quickly go to university, to the center of Lille and to the train station, to the numerous cultural places (theaters, opera, "maison folie", etc. etc.), shopping centers etc.

    LILLE, VIBRANT CULTURAL CITY
    Lille (among France’s 10 biggest cities), is a big vibrant city with many students, many free cultural activities, languages swaps and language schools, nice museums, many concerts venues, many great ways of learning French and the French way of living.

    WE LIVE IN THE HEART OF EUROPE !
    Another great asset : Lille is amazingly located to visit Europe and enjoy nature !
    - The sea > 1 h by train or driving
    - Paris > 1 h by train (from central Lille to central Paris)
    - London > 1h30 by train (from central Lille to central London)
    - The Uk (Kent) > 1 h by train, 3 h driving + ferry
    - Belgium > less than 30 min drive or train ; Brussels at 40 min by train ; Bruges rather close too
    - The Netherdlands > 2 h by train or driving
    - Germany > 2 h by train or driving
    - beautiful French regions such as Normandy, Brittany > 2-5 h by train
    - southern France > 3-4 h by train !

    WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO
    - allow you to have your own space and privacy : the room is on the top floor and well separated with our family floors
    - give you advice on how to best enjoy Lille (we've been here for a while and love and know well the city)
    - lend you some books
    - help you with your French if wanted
    - introduce you to our favorite local dishes and products
    - teach you about wine
    - keep practising English or Spanish, or learn some words of another language
    - ...get a medal for writing the longest Workaway profile ever !!! (Claire is always happy to notice in your message that you've read it all and understood + or - what we're looking for !)

  • Help

    Help

    We need a little bit of help in the house (nice big old house that we are renovating). Looking for someone rather independant, and why not a couple, or friends ! Someone from abroad, or a French. The most important is that we get on well !

    OUR NEEDS
    Depending on what your skills are and on our needs when you'll be there, we need :
    - general help decorating some parts of the house (PAINTING walls and furniture)
    - SEWING (décoration or useful simple items...)
    - WOODWORK/carpentry to improve the children's wood hut or make shelves
    - general help with house chores - very occasionaly - (vacum cleaning, cooking, help in the small GARDEN)
    - why not someone who knows well plants, hairdressing, upholstery, furniture restoration, lampshade making, photography, kefir and home made cottage cheese...

    TASKS AND MEALS
    There is a 2nd kitchen and a 2nd bathroom on "your" floor (a floor dedicated to guests/to the 2 very nice students we host in the school year), so we propose a light workaway : 12 h/ week, with flexibility about when to help) in exchange for the accomodation and the use of that kitchen and bathroom. This means you'll have independance, but also that you'll have to buy and cook your food.
    We can also discuss this,make an other arrangement and provide food if you need.

    OUR HABITS AND WAY OF LIVING
    - As a family with young children, we generally go to bed (and are up) early. Hosts can of course sleep later/go out as long as they aren't too noisy...
    - We love great quality food and are wine lovers and Ronan is a wine connoiser (but without excessive consumption), we don't smoke/do drugs and smoking isn't permitted in the house.
    - We try to have a sustainable way of living
    - There is always someone around the house if you need it as we work from home
    - No car nor driving licence needed (all very accessible by foot, bike, tube, train, bus).

    --- key words in French and Spanish just in case : bois, réparations, couture, madera, peinture, ponçage, pintura, lijado, artista, dibujar, dessin, cabane, costura—-

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    1 or 2 private bedrooms, sometimes 3 are available in our house in Summer (May or June-September). In the University year (mid-Sept to April, May or June) there is generally no room available, but see calendar.

    "Your" room is on a separate floor, on top of the house, where there are 3 bedrooms + 1 bathroom + 1 kitchen. In the school year 2 /3 rooms are rent to 2/3 friendly and easy going student.

    We prefer not to share all the meals together (remember French have specific habits with meals ! - and it's an important moment we share as a family). As you'll have your own kitchen that should be easy ! And we like to think that some workawayers are happy to have their independance that way. Of course some occasional meals can be shared for you to taste our favorite dishes and specialities or to allow us to taste yours !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Feel free to contact us to know more about us, what we offer, and about the house (we can send photos, translate the description into French or Spanish, give infos on some activities in Lille for instance).

  • 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

    Decent wifi connexion

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    12/week (and you'd buy and cook your own food)

one of our guestrooms. All 3 guestrooms have double bed, a desk, furniture to keep your clothes and things, and blackout curtains.
The lounge part of the 2nd floor common area. Several decoration improvements here are the work of Workawayers who helped us and of who we keep very good memories !
The 2nd floor common area
the 2nd floor common area with the kitchen for guests (for you ?). Oven, Microwave, fridges, induction hobs, dishes and kitchenware available.
the 2nd floor common area with the kitchen for guests (for you ?) and for the 2 students we rent rooms to.
Our family living (see Claire loves old furniture and colors!)
our small city garden
Dominic, a former workawayer who worked on the fireplace, it is now a cosy hiding place for the kids.
the sea isn't so fareway from Lille !
One of the guestrooms you could sleep in
Lille’s pretty old town
Many European places very close! (+French towns and beautiful contryside)

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