House and garden renovation and permaculture project in Geneva, Switzerland



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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    Update: NO HELP needed, currently.

    I'm Catherine, in my early 50's and work from home. I live in a typical Genevois style old house in the Geneva countryside, with a large garden gone a little bit wild over the past two years. I live with several dogs and a cat, and have poultry and rabbits in the garden.
    In 2018 I've followed a Permaculture Design course, and now reorganizing my garden (and later my house) accordingly.
    My house is a non-smoker, vegetarian and pro-vegan (eat my chicken's eggs) home.
    I enjoy meeting new people from all over the world, and I'm hosting for free travelers through a well known social network, for many years.
    I love art and creativity and someone with an artistic soul would be welcome to share painting, drawing and all sorts of DIY activities during time off.
    For a few years I'm very interested in non-religious spirituality, meditation, etc..
    I'm also enjoying walking and hiking, and if my schedule permits would be happy to visit and hike Switzerland and nearby France with my guests.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn French. Whatever your native language is, a good level of English is required.

  • Help


    In 2018, I have attended a course in Permaculture Design, and have started redesigning my garden which had become some sort of a jungle over the past three years.

    I do prefer to host only 1 workawayer.
    Stay duration is minimum 4 days, up to a few weeks.

    Basically I usually do everything myself, but really need help now.
    Redesign the garden in a permaculture spirit. Permaculture skills welcome, but not mandatory, and I will be happy to share what I'll have learned during my course.
    In a more general way things to do in the garden:
    - fix the fences (hammer the poles into the ground or use a thermic auger)
    - cut the hedge
    - cut some branches and little trees
    - uproot some bushes / little trees (using a spade or an pickaxe)
    - clear up the remains (messy branches) of a huge pine tree which collapsed during winter
    - stack firewood
    - build a pair of pillars for a small but heavy garden gate

    BUILDING WORK in the garden
    - change the woodfloor of the chicken coop
    - build a waterproof roof over the chicken daypark
    - build a greenhouse
    - build a carport (carpenter skills required)

    BUILDING WORK in the house
    - change the shower tub (plumber skills required)
    - fix the ceiling of the bathroom (lots of cracks, need replaster; specific skills required)
    - repointing wall joints (masonry skills required)

    Vegetarian and vegan cookings skills are welcome, as I'm a lazy cook ....

    For info, I have two dogs, and also dogsit my friends' dogs. As well as a cat, chicken, ducks and rabbits. I do not expect the worker(s) to take care of the animals.

    I have an internet project linked to dogs and would need help to create a website.

    More to come ....

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    July-August: Private bedroom with a double size bed (140 cm)
    September: Tent in the garden (tent is a 2-3 persons size; sleeping equipment provided)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My house is located in a small countryside village, close to Geneva city.
    Nearest town is Carouge (8-12 min. by bus), then another 20-30 min. to the center with another bus or tramway.
    You can easily bike (if you have one) or make long walks around the house. Or go to the city center and take a coach or a train to visit Switzerland.
    The French border is very close and food shopping in France or hiking on Mount Salève is feasible without a car.

  • 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

  • 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

Host ref number: 935476287492