Help doing some traditional clay finishes, dry stone walls and preparing the gardens in Aulon, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, we are Mike and Nancy, a Canadian couple, residing in France. About two years ago we moved with our two cats to Aulon, a small village in the Haute Garonne between Saint Gaudens and Aurignac. We found an unloved house, to make home and bare land to build gardens. The goal is to live as naturally as possible in a modern world with permaculture principles as our guide.

    We live simply and healthy, always trying to balance work and play. We are looking for participants this spring to help Nancy in the gardens. I would love some extra hands to help with the renovations,

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Improve your language skills, we mostly speak English as daily language. Nancy’s mother tongue is Quebecois (French Canadian). We are both fluent in Dutch and Nancy is practicing Spanish.

    Learn to use renovation tools and outdoor machinery. Learn variety of DIY skills such as plaster work, carpentry or masonry.
    Discover the charm a hospitality of rural France. Opportunities to learn concepts of basic permaculture living, recycling, up-cycling, knowledge of plants, propagation and other general gardening skills.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for capable help to assist us with some natural clay finishes and light construction, fencing, gardening and jointing natural stone walls. etc. This years projects include clay wall finishes in the main house, stone foundation for a geodesic dome later this summer. A good attitude and a willingness to learn are most welcome. Let us know what you think.

    There’s never 'nothing to do', so we can usually accommodate most people to be able to fill a 4-5 hour working day. There are plenty of small projects. Possible help with housework and cooking if a couple.

    PLEASE NOTE: Some of the help requires proper footwear. we don't work in sandals. it is dangerous.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, French and some Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In return for your efforts, we offer a bed with shower facilities. Good, healthy food, mostly vegetarian and can cater to specific diet requirements.

    If you prefer to camp we can set up a huge tent near the river or come with your own motorhome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On free days the villages of Aurignac and Saint Gaudens are only 15 minutes away, for cafes or shopping, there is also weekly markets. Public transit is available. Also, I am willing to shuttle friends occasionally to town. We have good cell coverage and WIFI.
    The Pyrenees are less than an hour away by car with a host of activities, including mountain trails for walking and cycling. There are also many places for canoeing and rafting around the villages between us and the Pyrenees.
    Spain is also less than an hours' drive away if you fancy practicing another language!
    If you wish to arrive by flight, Toulouse airport is the closest. There are train links from both Toulouse and Tarbes to Saint Gaudens or Boussens and a bus link from Saint Gaudens to Aulon. Or we can collect you from the Saint Gaudens or Boussens train station for your convenience
    Come and visit the Haute Garonne, with its breathtaking scenery, and some lovely sunshine at this time of year. Ask nancy to share her blog for a peek inside our lives.
    We look forward to meeting you, and sharing our lifestyle & home.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Glorious Haute Garonne
Nancy
Mike
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