Help with some renovations in Thonon les Bains, France




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    We live in a big house in Thonon-les-Bains by the Geneva Lake and just next to the mountains (french Alps) : a beautiful area.
    (Easy connexion from Geneva, international airport)

    The ground floor of the house is just renovated. The roof has been reconstruct during the last winter.
    Now a lot of work has to be done in the rooms under the roof...

    We have a garden with fruits and vegetables and a henhouse. Donkeys in a field just next the house.
    500 m from the lake side : in summer swimsuit essential :)

    The family consists of
    - I (Marie-Cécile), the mom (widow).
    - Marie-Adélaïde ( a girl), 12 years. She likes doing sport (swimming, walking, skiing), reading books, making handcraft ….
    - Pierre-Gaspard ( a boy), 10 years. He likes swimming, playing playmobils, cycling and is very energetic. It is a very sensitive boy.
    - Josselin ( a boy), 7 years. He is very active. He likes to play football, playing playmobils, be outside, cycling, ... It is a very affectionate child and like music.
    - two cats doing their life inside and outside.
    - Chicken in the henhouse.
    Active kids :)

    We cook a lot by our own (less as possible industrial food).

    We are ecoresponsible as much as possible, and try to make no waste (food, clothes, water, energy, ...). We use the more we can the plants, fruits, vegetables coming from the garden.
    Lunch and dinner are taken with the family. We are not vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian, vegan raw food eaters, fruitarian, seedeater... We are an omnivorus family :) So think about if you can not adapt your diet...
    Workawayers came several times at home, others come and visit us when in the area, ...

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Living the french way of life, learning french language and taste french food :)

  • Help


    - WHO CAN HELP IN CONSTRUCTION (Dry walls, plastering)
    - WHO CAN HELP IN WOOD WORK (construction of a small compost box, realization of a wooden object allowing both to hide an electricity meter and to make a shelf / bedside table)
    - GERMAN SPEAKING PERSON to help kid to learn

    Looking for a handyman/woman autonomous who have capacities in renovation/DIY.
    The things to do and love some help with includes
    - dry walls
    - sand and paint wood (shutters,, ...),
    -sand and paint metal garden furniture
    - General maintenance and fix small things,
    - create small furniture with wood pallets,
    - ...

    During automn : gardening (clean the garden, ...)

    If your mothertong is english : speaking english with Marie-Adélaïde and Pierre-Gaspard :)
    german : learning to Marie-Adélaïde.

    You are welcome in the life family (a mum, 3 kids, two cats...). You need to be kidfriendly, they like to interact with you too :)
    Thank you for taking part in daily tasks (set the table, help store the kitchen after meals, clean up after you, ...).
    We love optimistic and smiling people :)
    We are a house without television, Ipad,... It is a choice. Sometimes the kids can watch a chosen video.
    You organize your volunteer tasks like you want. We will ask you to 25 hours a week.
    Others workawayers can be at home for other tasks.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Français - Anglais - Allemand

  • Accommodation


    In Thonon-les-Bains
    During the renovation of the second floor: basic room
    shared bathroom, bikes (Thank you for taking care of the bikes and to maintain them for the next volunteers)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're near Geneva Lake and just next to the mountains (french Alps) : a beautiful area.
    (Easy connexion from Geneva, international airport : bus T71)
    Bus connexions to the ski resort (Châtel, Avoriaz, Les Gets, ...)
    Boat connexion to Lausanne

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 heures par semaine

In the mountains...
Playing in the yard
Geneva lake (500m from house)
Donkeys next to the house

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