My name is Lionel and I live in a house with a garden in the suburbs of Sanary sur Mer. I am only a 10 minute walk away from the sea side. The work that I need help with is mainly in the garden, in the different flats of the house which I rent out, as well as other small jobs such as painting and decorating. I do not have children or pets. The location is great for someone who likes the sea, sun, culture, wine and languages from Provence and the French Riviera. I am living on my own but I rent out the flats in my house to tourists, most of them German, during the summer months.
I am completely vaccinated and it is important that you are too!
You do not need to be fluent in any particular language, however if your mother tongue is English or German that would be preferred. I would enjoy giving French lessons in exchange for English/German lessons on a daily basis.
I have a lot of experience working with foreign students from my job in finance and I have travelled a lot in Europe. I am flexible, reliable and love speaking English or German. My meals consist mainly of local organic vegetables with some meat and fish, although I am very flexible with my diet and can easily adapt. Of course, being French I visit the boulangerie every morning for bread.
I like to pay attention to eat in a healthy manner. I am open to new cultures and ways of cooking; I like using horizontal decision management when organising work. I would prefer non-smokers and non-party animals! But, I do on occasion like to enjoy the local pastis and wine which I can introduce to you.
I am looking for someone enthusiastic and positive. I am 52 but seem 40. I have a passion for cooking, travelling in Europe, economics, history, psychology, languages, TV series, and am open to learn new things. I am honest, reliable and trustworthy.
With the beach only 10 minutes walking distance, I enjoy going swimming every morning or evening.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Living in a town between Provence and the French Riviera with local contacts, and sharing meals with the owner. A lot of sport possibilities too with sea side, walking, jogging, cycling... There is a bus stop near the house and the train station is on the line Marseille-Nice. It is an easy place to reach by train and coach. We could have a lot of conversations and work on your French and other languages on a daily basis. There are some great cultural attractions nearby too.
In my free time I like to go swimming, as I have previously mentioned, hiking, playing boules in my garden and board games in the evening. I also love learning new games/trying out new activities and really enjoy teaching games as well.
Most of the work would be gardening, painting and improvements to the flats. This work would be at the morning and does not take too long as the house and garden are a manageable size.
Language exchange (French- English or German) with books is be possible during the afternoon for a few hours.
This host offers a language exchange
I would enjoy speaking German/French or English/French every day, and to do some lessons too. Ich kann auch sehr gern auf Deutsch sprechen.
A private bedroom with shared bathroom. There are satellite TV channels, a desk with chair to work, Wi-Fi in the bedroom with a large balcony in a flat of 80 sq m with a living room, kitchen, and second bedroom. There is a garden to enjoy spending time in as well.
I like to buy organic vegetables or local fish and some meat. This would be shared with the guest as an exchange. However, I am not a huge fan of meat and would enjoy a vegetarian diet.
My situation is more appropriate for people who like nature and small towns, even though big towns are not so far away. However, the house is not isolated, the town centre and sea side are a 10 minutes walking distance, with some shops like a bakery or supermarket just 5 minutes away. I would prefer an early bird, quite shy, calm and a little sporty.
The stay could be a few weeks to a few months in the autumn.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There is access to the internet via fiber-optic broadband. There is Wi-Fi in the house and in your bedroom too. Access to a printer is also possible. A digital nomad would feel very comfortable here as there is good internet connection. I would enjoy if you could stay at least 2 weeks, I have a few months available in autumn if you are interested!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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