Join and help us in our little paradise in the South of France

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  2021 

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  • Description

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    October 2021 :

    Hello everybody :))

    Autumn is coming... and we will need a new team of volunteers again, for 4 weeks. More or less, from 24th of October until the 19th of November.
    If you love beautiful places in the middle of nature and of nowhere,
    if you love south of France,
    if you love to work outside and be peaceful and have friendly moments in the evening, with a glass of wine and nice dinner,
    if you have skills in carpentry, DIY, and know how to work with your hands,
    if you like to be a part of a team,
    if you are enthusiastic, hard worker, dynamic, resourceful, imaginative... pro-active people,
    YOU are greatly welcomed!

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    About my place near Paris :

    From (more or less) 11th of October until the day we will leave to go South (the 23th of October)... I'm looking for a volunteer who will help to cut and clean a garden overgrown with vegetation !

    I live in a big nice house with a nice garden, and the both need cares :))
    A little bit renovation for the house by painting, fixing small repairs... and in the garden, cutting hedges and cleaning it.. There are quite many things to do there, inside and outside :)

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    My place in South of France :

    Nearly 9 years ago, I bought a beautiful, wild and isolated barn in the middle of it's land to create a country house where my loved ones, and friends, and me, could gather.
    The place is really isolated but located in the French Riviera, quite close to the well-known Mediterranean beaches, while remaining secluded, quiet, in a beautiful environment: the Maures hills.
    The house is a very old barn of the 17th century. It was in very poor condition when I acquired it and we worked very hard to make it as it is today.
    Today the house is almost dealt with but the area still need some work!

    We've done great work those last years !
    Thank you so much to all the volunteers (more than 80 !!! wow !!!) who came here, for their nice energy, friendship, and presence.

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    The project It is not only the restoration of the house and its environment, but also and above all, an ecological project.
    Indeed, over the past 35 years, mimosas invaded the region and our land, and they killed all the original vegetation.
    We plan and have started to eradicate these mimosas, replace them little by little with trees and young plants and so, restore Mediterranean vegetation.

    We want to do that that in the permaculture spirit, try to have a vegetable garden, an orchard, may be dig a pond with a rainwater recovery.... But nature always try to stop us :)

    I like to work there in the hills, in the heart of unspoilt nature.
    The house is practically autonomous, electricity is produced by solar panels and water comes from our source.
    Of course, the volunteers will not be alone, but 2, 3, 4, not more, plus me. There is a lot of work to do here, no doubt, but it's also a wonderful area to explore all around!

    We just love this place and are very attached to it: its authentic and relaxed atmosphere, the exclusivity of the place.
    Just look at the pictures, they say more than long sentences ...

    If you want to come and help me in the both places, of course it's possible !

    and if you want to come only in one of the two places, it's OK :)

    About me and my family :
    We are a very united family of 11 persons. I lost my husband few years ago.
    My oldest daughter lives with her husband and 2 beautiful sons, 9 and 5 years old, in Mauritanie (after 5 years in Madagascar and 2 years in Bulgaria), they both work for NGOs.
    My son was a naval architect, and he is converting into permaculture. He lives in Brittany, in the Golfe du Morbihan, with his beloved and they are proud parents of a 6 years old boy and a pretty little girl of 3 years old!
    My youngest daughter, who is a young photographer, lives in Paris with her boyfriend but they love to come at every time they can...
    And, the last person of our family : Looma, a nice and very very frendly Golden Retriever female of 6 1/2 years old !!!

    About you :

    It' very important for us to keep the wonderful warm atmosphere we have in our teams of volunteers.

    So we're looking for motivated, easy going, hardworking, convivial and respectful people.

    Respectful to others of course, but also to the house, objects, tools.
    Keep in mind that you are welcomed in a place which is very precious for us, that everything has value for us and that we expect you to take care of it.
    This point is very very important, I insist a lot on it because it was not always the case in the past and I don't want this could happen again!

    Here, in a great conviviality you will share work, experience, conversations, laughs, music, cooking, meals, etc...

    About alcohol: we like to share a beer or a glass of wine after work, during dinner, it's nice and friendly, but we do not want alcoholism here, it's important that you know it before to come here.

    You will enjoy being and talking all together, after the day work, with a cup of tea, beer or a glass of wine in the hand :)

    Please, be honest in your description and don't say (as some did) that you have some skills when it is not true, because it complicates the work of everyone and it brings many disappointments.

    Workaway is a beautiful and amazing experience, we are so happy to meet and discover people coming from everywhere and becoming a part of an amazing team!

    Don't hesitate to ask me any questions you have!

    Hope to see you soon, I'm sure you will enjoy the life here!

    2 more important things :
    - in South - WIFI, quite difficult, only by connection with laptops... mobile phones are ok but it depends of the place you are in the property !
    - come with working shoes and working clothes if you have some, you will need them (specially in autumn and winter !)

    Emmanuelle

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I like to talk, exchange, share my expertise ... I like the friendliness!

    The experience that the volunteers will acquire with me should be really rich... and the one they give me is amazing :)

  • Help

    Help

    In South :
    - Finish the little wooden house
    - Rebuild a wooden annex
    - plant bushes and trees
    - Cut the invasive plants (mimosas, invasive and parasites), burn them (when it is the right season to do that), and replace them with young plants and trees.
    - rebuild dry stone walls
    - build an outside shower....
    etc etc ...
    Near Paris :
    - in the garden, planting new plants, cutting hedges, redo the lawn,
    - in the house, painting, repairing, etc, etc....
    We are seeking for volunteers enthusiastic, hard worker, dynamic, resourceful, imaginative... pro-active people are greatly welcomed!

    Desired skills cover (but not all of them in one person !!!) : painting, carpentry, crafts of all kinds, lumberjack, gardening, house building, stone walls reconstruction, repair of roads ...

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In South :
    Accommodation will be in the house, but is also possible in a big and confortable tent (not from November to April)

    Meals will be cooked and taken inside the house or on the outside garden depending on the season.

    Near Paris :
    I have 2 comfortable rooms with one bathroom for those 2 rooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is obviously very beautiful and there is plenty to do and see: walking and biking in the beautiful hills, trips to the very near Mediterranean Sea and its beaches, authentic and beautiful villages visits, etc, etc...
    The Var (and particularly the French Riviera) is one of the most beautiful place of France for tourism, so you can imagine how many things to see and to do !

    For Paris, I think that it is not necessary to tell you how amazing is this town and how many things you can do and see there :)
    And, near my house, the nature is beautiful, there are a lot of cute villages and many excursions to do, walk or bike to explore the surroundings.

  • 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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    les chiens, les chats

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

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