Learn about growing mushrooms with our Family in a remote village, Razines, France



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    Razines, village of 250 inhabitants, is located in a remote countryside, about 10 km from Richelieu, a small historic town in the department of Indre-et-Loire. In the countryside, in the middle of fields and near forests, our house is located in our farm of mushrooms, growing in a cave.
    We are four in our family. Jean-Marie, recently retired mushroom farmer. My wife, Siham, is from Morocco, and manages the mushroom farm (mainly shii-take and oyster mushrooms). Our two children are Rayan, 10, and Mehdi, 6. I also have two daughters who come to visit us sometimes. Lucie, 33, has made many other volunteering during trips and will certainly be with us during your visit. Anne-Claire, 31, is a social worker in Angers. We also have cats, a goat and chickens.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Siham is Moroccan, she will be happy to share with you her culture and speak Arabic. You can also learn about life on the farm, learn a bit more about growing mushrooms in a cave and get to know our region and his history.

  • Help


    We would like you to help us with the maintenance of the house (cleaning, laundry ...), outdoor storage, gardening and other various tasks, according to our needs and your skills. If necessary, we can also ask you to spend time with Rayan and Mehdi. We have a lot to do, tell us what you like to do, so that we can arrange and communicate about this before your arrival. Participation in daily tasks in addition to working hours (dishes, cleaning table after meals...) is welcome.

    The work is four hours per day, in exchange for meals and accommodation. There are no fixed hours. It's possible to work a whole day to have a free day. You are welcome to participate in a family outing if you wish. We will be happy to show you around.

    Regarding insurance, please do the necessary to be covered during your stay with us.

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    On the farm, there are two houses. In one, where I like to spend time, there is a bedroom with a double bed, which can be separated into two single beds, a bathroom and a toilet. In the family home, the wifi works in the kitchen and the living room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During free time, you can visit Richelieu, Chinon, the castles of La Loire ... Here are the websites with the history of the region, visits, outings, exhibitions, cultural agenda...
    There is a small cinema in Richelieu, an associative café in Faye-La -Vineuse, an aquatic park in Saint-Gervais ... You can also enjoy our garden, explore the surrounding countryside by walk or by bike, which we can lend to you. I can come with you for some visits of the area according to my availability. Having a car is not an obligation but would be better for exploring the area. You will also taste the mushrooms from the farm, if you like mushrooms.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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