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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
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