Help with eco-building in Les Contamines Montjoie, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Bonjour!

    We are a Dutch-American family who have been living in this spectacular part of the French Alps for eight years now: Marita (Dutch) and Chuck (American), and Olve (28) and Nick (30), who are both in the US at the moment. We are building our home which we're trying to make as eco as we can, with natural materials and as fossil fuel-free as possible, we are learning about permaculture, so we can tread more lightly on this beautiful land.

    We're looking for practical people who like working with their hands and are interested in learning about 'alternative' building methods. If you have any experience with eco-building or any kinds of building work, especially carpentry, that would be amazing, but it's not essential. Specifically, we're building an Alpine chalet style house, with hemp and lime walls around a timber frame structure and hope it will end up as close to zero carbon as possible, or even better... We're planning solar panels, rainwater collection, composting toilets and permaculture gardens, and any other good ideas we come across along the way.

    Les Contamines Montjoie is a mountain village and resort, about 30kms from Chamonix, with beautiful hiking, climbing and biking and other activities so if you like the mountains and being active, there is lots to do.

    We look forward to meeting you.
    A bientôt!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
  • 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

    Between us in our family we have two nationalities, we've lived in lots of different countries and travelled in many more. Now we're living in this mountain village in the Alps and trying to tread more lightly on this beautiful land. We're learning a lot and we've got a lot to learn, and would love to share our experiences and learn from yours.

  • Help

    Help

    The house is essentially built, so there's a lot of finishing work now, and any carpentry, plastering, tiling and general building skills could be hugely helpful. But they're not essential, as long as you're practical, responsible and enthusiastic. We are very happy, of course, to share information about the natural building techniques we used and what we have learned along the way.

    We all share in the household chores - preparing meals, cleaning and tidying, and snow clearing - outside of the workaway hours.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

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

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is in the new home, with a shared bathroom. It's spacious and comfortable but unfinished in places.

    We're looking forward to sharing communal evening meals together (plant-based), sharing experiences, talking in whatever languages. Breakfast and lunch also provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nearest train station is Le Fayet-St Gervais Les Bains and there's a bus between the station and Les Contamines. There's also regular long-distance bus services and Bla Bla Car. We encourage you to travel by train or bus instead of flying, if you can! Annecy and Chamonix are also reachable by train or bus.

    You can get around Les Contamines on foot or we can lend you a bike. We are right at the foot of Mt Blanc and on the famous Tour du Mt Blanc route. There are lots and lots of hiking trails, an excellent climbing wall, mountainbiking, two swimming lakes, and tennis courts and, in the winter, skiing and snowshoeing, ice climbing and more.

    We have a slackline, gymnastics rings, guitars, and plenty of books we can lend you.

    Plus there's just endless beautiful scenery where you can just chill, read a book, take photos, walk, run, hike, bike, have a drink, parapente.... The possibilities are pretty much endless.

    Just a note if you're coming outside the high season of July and August: it can be quite quiet, so don't expect lots of nightlife and buzz. Chamonix has that though, if you want.

  • 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 a decent wifi connection but it's not super fast.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 776983418269

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