Be part of a beautiful project, learning about eco building and more in Provence Alpes Azur, France

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    I am a cuban artist, loving sharing, art and people. I have a beautiful project that includes an artists's residency, as well as a wooden bungallow for tourists, a studio made of recycled palets, a hut in the trees for kids, a natural swimming pool, the wooden extension of an existing 1908 stone house... but also creating balms, creams, soaps, detergent, baskets and all of this from scratch!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be working with a cuban artist/glass sculptor/interior desginer specialized in eco friendly building and refurbishing techniques, speaking four languages fluently (spanish, english, french and italian), who has lived in different european countries for the last 24 years.
    You would be learning a lot about living in an off-grid home the artist built herself, in almost complete autonomy. Almost everything about our home is original and most respectful of nature as a whole and specially humankind. It is situated in the middle on the mountains within the Sospel county, very close to the French Riviera and within the French Alps, with a wild as well as a preserved environement. We teach courses about creating our own detergent, soaps, all sorts of balms for natural cosmetics, natural jewellery, sculpture, painting, water cleaning by water plants, limestone stuccos for walls, weaven baskets and most of these is provided by our garden! You are of course invited to participate in our courses for free! The complete calendar for 2019 is updated on our website.
    We often have parties at home going on with our friends and we also go hiking in the near Alps or to the beach for swimming and enjoying the sun, so you are very welcome to spend time with us other than work as well! ;-)

  • Help

    Help

    Hello to you all!
    We have created, together with other workawayers an eco friendly bungallow for tourists, as well as for hosting artists in residence. From October, we would need skills for gardening and building a wooden extension of our house, the eco friendly way and mainly by recycling (from cutting down trees, to carpentry, to clay techniques for stuccos or plumbing or electricity). Any skills welcome. No skills and good will, very welcome too, as I can teach you all about it!
    There is also a project for a natural pool for bathing with fish and plants to be created.

    We are currently looking for :

    - OCTOBER a girl to stay during October (from the 1st, until the 26th). Sharing work and accommodation with another girl.

    Strength and goodwill will be expected during these months. Lots of things to carry around in the garden, stones, clay, tiles, etc.

    We would much preffer non smokers. ID and Visas as well as travel insurance will be demanded.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, french, spanish, italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    From April to October (we do not host in July or August) you will be living in the artist’s studio ( a wooden hut with a double bed in mezzanine, plus another single bed) with confortable mattresses, and cosy duvets, within our property in the middle of nature, in the french Alps (you should love nature and living and working outdoors most of the time). The studio will be shared with another workawayer, most of the time of the same sex.
    500m altitude, not far from the Mediterranean sea(15km), buses and trains to take you about. Very close to Sospel (3km). During these months you will be sharing all meals with our familly, as well as enjoying accomodation, so we will expect 5hours work per day.

    Our town (Sospel) is very friendly and you will find anything you need within walking distance.
    There are regular buses and trains to Menton (15km) and Nice (45km). Italy is not far (10km).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our property is very close to the italian border (10km), as well as to Monaco (30km), the beach at the mediterranean sea (18km by bus), the city of Nice by train (50km) and its old city and museums, the Mercantour National Parc is only a breath away, where you'd be able to hike and do all kinds of sports, water sports are also very close (12 minutes by train).
    You'd be able to purchase fresh produce from the local farmers and market and take original souvenirs home from our local artists and creators.
    Our home is very small but the garden is quite a big property when it comes to space, we often have tourists around and mostly hikers or bikers, so you wont be alone and you would be able to share the garden and the facilities with other people.
    We can take you around for a hike if you wish, as we are part of a hiking club of the French Alps and we have a mountain guide diploma ;-)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours/week- food

A little friend
Another friend from the garden
Gardening on our waste water filters
Weaving baskets the rustic way, with whatever grows around in the garden
Teaching to weave rustic baskets with the branches from the garden
Goats in town
A view from home
A little dessert made with love with local produce
Two volunteers enjoying their time in the evening from our terrace overlooking the valley
Summer camp for hosting volunteers
Summer camp for hosting volunteers
Jenny
Jenny I also have a mountain guide diploma to take you hiking around!
A view from home
A view from home
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