Rehabilitation of a 15th-century farm in the heart of Cévennes, Ardèche



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  • Description


    We are Charline and Damien, a Belgian-French 30-something couple who settled down in Ardèche (Southern France) in 2018. Our 15th-century farm is located in the "Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche" in the North of Cévennes. We are both isolated (no visible neighbors) and close (2km) to a very nice and active village (Jaujac).

    As we arrived recently and we have large buildings and lands, we are looking for volunteers to help us in the outdoor (mainly) and indoor works (not much this year) for rehabilitating this place and creating edible gardens following permaculture principles. No need for previous experience, but motivation, resourcefulness, and cheerfulness is required. The kind of works required this year is clearing the land around the house, building a fence for our goats, and taking care of our garden and fruit trees. Of course, depending on your skills on wood/stone-work, gardening, ... you may help in other ways as well. We will also appreciate punctual help in the daily duties (kitchen, cleaning, ...).

    The surroundings offer great hikes (~1000m mountains), nice rivers and an active village, all within a walking distance from the house.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care

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    Projects involving children

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  • 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

    In addition to enjoying life in such a beautiful landscape, you will have the opportunity to learn about permaculture and sharing with us and other visiting people about experience and travels.

  • Help


    - Clearing the land around the house (old stone terraces and stairs) which has been invaded by brambles, trees, and weeds.
    - Building a fence for our goats
    - Gardening
    - Manage water on the land (create ponds, reclaim old water sources, ...)
    - Contribute to daily chores

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    Multiple options: bed in a separate room in the house (probably shared with some others) or outside in a tent if you prefer. A bathroom/shower (shared) is available in the house.
    Food (mainly organic and local) is offered. Everybody should help in preparing meals.
    Internet access is available.

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Can host digital nomads

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  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 869126638161