Update: NO HELP needed in 2020.
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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
Learn French. Whatever your native language is, a good level of English is required.
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 ....
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)
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week