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We are a German family living in France: Eva (40), Volker (41), Toni (6), Peppi (4) and Mavi (0). A year ago we moved into a wooden hut in the mountains of the French Pyrenees (Ariège). It’s a lovely spot in the middle of nature, on 900 meters altitude, with no regular infrastructure, accessible only by foot. Our luxury is spring water, absolute silence and a fabulous sky full of stars.
There is a lot to do: Outdoor work, mostly related to wood, mowing, constructing, and tons of other little tasks we didn’t even imagine before moving here. Houshold chores in a hut with little infrastrucure is much more fun, but also much more work than in a regular flat. Not forget to take care of our 3 little kids.
We are looking for a patient, empathic person with a good sense of humour who likes playing with children. You should speak either french, english or german.
Before we arrived here, we travelled for 1,5 years in our camper van and did some workawaying. We met so many nice fellows this way! Having settled down again, we would like to invite you lovely travelling folk to our place. We hope that the experience „on the other side“ will make us good hosts. We try to provide what we valued most: Clear communication of tasks and of what we can offer and what we expect.
Couples or friends are very welcome, the van is perfectly fine for two persons.
We are open to longstays as well! Actually it would be great to find someone who would like to stay with us as an Au-Pair.
Looking forward to meet you!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We raise our children in a spirit of freedom and respect. Well, at least we try. We practice Non Violent Communication and will be happy to share this way of looking onto life with you.
We really live in the middle of nature. In the woods. We start to get a glimps of what "down to earth" does mean. This is a great gift and an enormous challenge. We have no infrastructure except the one we created and create. We welcome you to participate in this adventure.
There are two basic workfields you can choose of:
1.) physical outdoor work (maintaining and creating infrastructure, mowing, wood work, collecting fire wood, clearing the terrain, creating a platform etc. )
2.) child care (Visiting the play-ground in the village, doing little hikes, do some craft or whatever ideas you have. Sing. Read. Be nice. Have fun together. Give us some time to catch breath.)
Anyway - we ask every workawayer for help with the household. It's one of the main reasons we want a workawayer: To have one more responsable adult in the house who helps with the general daily "adult" -jobs: Preparing meals, washing up, cleaning up.
german, english, french
As accommodation we offer our van. It’s parked on a little dead end earth road, 3 minutes away from our terrain. It has a fantastic view on the mountains, a comfortable huge bed, a wood burner, a little kitchen with a cooker, a camping toilet, and a sink with running water if you get it from the spring. No shower, though. You can have hot showers on our terrain if the sun is shining. Right now (july/august) the spring is reduced to a light trickle. So we ask you to be very sparely with water.
We offer three meals a day and fruits and cookies inbetween. We suggest that you have breakfast on your own in the van (we will equip it with the ingredients), lunch with us and dinner either on your own if you like or with us. The meals you are having with us, we appreciate a helping hand with preparing and washing up. We are not vegetarian, but we do eat meat very rarely. We try to buy as much biological stuff as we can, but we can not guarantee a consequently biological diet. We can not provide vegan meals - if you are vegan, please get the necessary ingredients on your own.
We are not accessible by public transport, neither can we offer you our car. On your arrival we pick you up in Saint Girons. If you want to move around in your free time: Hitchhiking works quite well here, everybody does it. And hiking trails are starting right on our doorstep. The landscape is breathtaking.
We don’t have proper internet, sometimes we have some connection with our mobile-phone, sometimes not…
We don't consider ourselves providing an infrastructure, but sharing it with you. So we want to share the responsability to maintain it as well.
We suggest to consider the first 3 days as a trial-period to find out if it works for you and us. If it’s a fit, longterm stays are welcome. If it's a really good fit, you can move in with us ;-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week