Help develop and renovate an eco-farm with garden and animals in the culturally rich Dordogne region, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi!
    (OCTOBER UPDATE: LOOKING FOR 1-2 HELPERS KEEN ON HELPING WITH ALL SORTS OF TASKS, ROOFING (NEW TILES), LANDSCAPING, FENCING, WOOD.. IDEALLY SPEAK AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT FRENCH TO COMMUNICATE ON THE BUILDING SITE)

    I have bought a gorgeous 18th century farm in 2016 after it had been abandoned for 10years. I am developing the farm sustainably, renovating the place with recycled and locally sourced, environmentally friendly materials. This life project is still in its beginning phases and we live very close to nature - although there's a luxurious double-bathtub and WIFI, the comfort in the house is still very basic and we are now starting the big works on the building. We are in the heart of one of France's most beautiful and touristic regions and there's many options for you to explore from here.

    I, Miggi, am Swissgerman and have studied sociology&development studies in the UK before coming to settle down here. I have travelled extensively, including through wwoofing. I love animals, horseriding or taking the lamas, pigs and the goat all together for a walk. Although I am not a trained carpenter I like to build things out of wood and I live in my homemade, 10m long wooden cabin-on-wheels on the property. I am looking after a network of 300km of hiking trails in the region (happy to share my knowledge of great spots and trails!).
    My friend Yoann is living here too. He grew up in the Dordogne, he's a carpenter and a mason and in his freetime he likes to go fishing (-:

    We eat organic, local food at most times – there are great weekly streetmarkets close by that we can take you too.
    Apart from restoring the buildings we have various activities on site – hiking with lamas, organic garden and fruit orchard, beekeeping..
    We'd love some help on all fronts but this year the building works on the house will be prioritised (august and september: getting the new roof finished! Insulating with wooden fiber, and new handmade artisanal tiles)

    I would like to highlight that I ask for self-motivated and autonomous helpers only - I am looking for people who are happy to work in a small group but also alone, as required.

    Ideally you'd have your own transport so it's easy for you to get around here. We're 20min walk from the touristic town of Les Eyzies, or 3min drive.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I love sharing my passion for this gorgeous french region which I have chosen as my homeland out of all worldly spots known to me. We are into alternative habitats - treehouses, cabins etc - and are happy to share our knowledge of traditional building techniques and innovative alternative ways of life and animal keeping.
    We take part in a lot of local activities in and around town and are happy to show you around - folk dancing evenings, streetmarkets, jam sessions, street theatres,..

    We are right in the heart of one of France's most touristic and culturally rich regions. It's here in Les Eyzies that the first Cro-magnon man was found and there's 5museums just in this one little town, on top of the original prehistoric caves with the 17'000year old paintings that you can visit.
    The French-English '100years War' happened right here on our doorstep and there's some magnificent medieval castles to explore due to this century of war.
    The nature here is great and has many treasures that we can help you discover - wild stalagtite caves, hiking, abandoned villages, etc.
    You can borrow our bicycle to go explore, or rent a canoe down in the village.
    It is handy to have a car around here.

  • Help

    Help

    SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER: getting the new roof finished! Insulating with wooden fiber, and new handmade artisanal tiles). Also some fence maintenance, clearing fearn, gardening, cutting branches and make wood.

    as well as caring for the animals and their habitats (lamas, horses, goats, pigs, cats).

    Although carpenters, joiners and masons would be our dream-helpers, we don't require you to have any prior knowledge in any of these areas to be able to help us - but you do need to be reasonably fit, strong, willing to learn and ready to get your hands dirty !! We would like to highlight that we ask for self-motivated and autonomous helpers only - we are looking for people who are happy to work in a small group but also alone, as required.

    We ask for 5hours of help per day, 5.5days a week.
    Possibility to do only 3hours/day and pay 5euro/day towards food and bills (must be arranged in advance).
    If you have an autonomous home (campervan/tent) then we only ask for 4hours a day, 5.5days a week.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Unless if you come in winter you will be housed in our big attic with doublebed and WIFI but – beware - It is very simple living up there - we're in the process of making the attic into a nice living space, but its still very rustic right now. It is NOT INSULATED, so during hot days it can get hot in the daytime, and cold on cold nights. If there are several helpers at any one time, you will be sharing the attic space together, but each has own bed.

    All meals are included - breakfasts on a self-service basis, daily shared lunch and shared dinner every second night (but cooking ingredients provided for every night). Possibility to do only 3hours/day and pay 5euro/day towards food and bills.
    We use only biodegradable produce in our bathroom and don't want any smoking in the house please.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The location is unbeatable : placed amidst magical forests and fields, on top of a limestone plateau riddled with prehistoric caves and clifftop viewpoints – yet within walking distance (2km) of the tourism-hotspot village 'Les Eyzies' and it's lovely canoeable&swimmable river Vézère.
    We are also 20min drive away from 4 of France's 'most beautiful villages' (Sarlat, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, St.Leon sur Vézère), a good dozen medieval castles, prehistoric caves and other cultural sites (check out Chateau Castelnaud, Chateau Milandes, Grotte Font de Gaume, Grotte de Lascaux IV, La Roc St.Christophe, Jardins Marqueyssac, Chateau Commarque..).
    There's great hiking around here, wild caves for the speleology lovers and fabulous street markets for the gourmets. If you're experienced, possible to take the horses out for a ride, or the other animals (lama, pigs, goat) for a walk.
    We have a bicycle to lend to you.

    To get here : cheap ryanair flights from UK to bergerac (1h away), from where you can take a train to saint cyprien, where we can pick you up.
    Direct train from Bordeaux to Sarlat (20min away), where we can pick you up.

  • 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 have wifi

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campervans welcome

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Can accepte pets but only if they are 100% fine with other animals (cats, goats, pigs, lamas, horses, chicken)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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