We (Afshin and Vlada) live in small medieval village in theSouthern French departement of Aveyron, near the Cévennes National Park. The help we need involves some light construction projects in the graden but also in a small natural cave attached to the house.
DIY and building projects
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I am from Russia, trainedin sociology and theatre, and currently teach French but also do aquarel painting. Afshin is from Iran, he is an academic and also a still life photographer. In addition to French and English and our native languages we spent a few months in Latin America and are working on improving our Spanish. We are keen cooks in our respective national cuisines and we would love to exchange and learn around cooking.
The help involves flattening some of the garden land for agricultural purposes, making wooden stairs for the garden, constructing a pergola, and then ideally remaking a natural cave into little shower. We would also welcome those with sculpting or painting skills to make works for installation in the garden. Also we have discovered an old thrash dumping site from 1970s close to the village. We have already started to clean it, and we would appreciate help to finish the work together.
We are looking for a WorkAwayer that can stay for one weak. The working hours are flexible, ideally 3 to 5 hours per day, excluding the weekend.
There is a separate studio where you would be based with an independent bathroom and exit. We will provide food during the stay.
We live in a 15th century stone house at the center of the village. The village has a long and interesting history and the region including the larzac plateau but also the Cevennes are beautiful sites, with a rich recent but also ancient political/cultural histories. As you can see in the photo, the location is pretty picturesque with an 11th century castle overlooking the village.
There are lots of possibilities for walks, climbing, paragliding and there is also nice and wild river for swimming but also kayaking about 10m walk from the house.
The village is about 20 minutes drive from the first city/village with shops. Here were absolutely no commerce, hospital, pharmacy etc on location. When you arrive and leave we will provide transport to the close by city of Millau from which public transport is available. We will also do our shopping together if you need to buy anything by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week