Help a lodging for walkers/pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.



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    Hi, my name's Eden, I'm married and have a cute little girl of three years old. I'm in charge of a small lodging in the heart of the medieval city of Cahors; my mission (and soon yours !) is to welcome the best I can the tired walkers that follow the Saint Jacques path that will lead them down to Compostella, in Spain.

    For that purpose, they follow different routes, the main one being the GR65, that comes by our lodging. My Mom being British, I am lucky to be able to speak English, and because I lived in Spain then China, those country languages too. I actually lived in China 12 years, had lots of fun and adventures, worked as a teacher, then as a photographer, married, then decided to come back to France when our daughter was born.

    So here we are, living our new adventure after so many years abroad. Hosting so many pilgrims in summer is pretty tiring, so I thought I could ask for some help, in exchange of a good experience and hopefully, many many good memories !

    I'm vegetarian since birth, and hope to find someone with similar values.


    Bonjour, je m'appelle Eden, je suis marié et nous avons une petite fille de trois ans. Je tiens un petit gîte dans le cœur de la cité médiévale de Cahors. Ma mère m'aide aussi dans sa gestion durant l'été car nous avons beaucoup de passage et peu de temps pour se reposer !

    Je suis d'origine franco-anglaise, parle donc l'anglais, ainsi que le chinois et l'espagnol. J'ai enseigné les langues en Chine pendant 8-9 ans, avant de devenir photographe pour un magazine chinois, ce qui m'a permis de travailler à l'occasion avec les médias (télé, journaux divers), avant de décider de rentrer pour que notre petite fille puisse grandir dans un environnement plus adapté.
    J'ai eu beaucoup d'aventures et le gîte est la dernière en date ! Je souhaite trouver des volontaires pour me seconder et la partager avec moi ! Oh, et je suis végétarien depuis la naissance...

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English version :

    You will learn so much !

    In a period of a month, I can guarantee you that lodging management with have no secrets for you ! You'll learn how to be organized and professional, how to be welcoming, warmhearted and helpful while still saving/refilling your social energy meter for the next day. We are a family, the family of the Saint Jacques' Way, it's the spirit we will be sharing and that will make our daily tasks a pleasure.

    I'm also a professional photographer, know the media field well, and speak Chinese. All that's for you to learn if you have interest and motivation.

    I'm not too bad of a cook and can teach you a few things maybe. But I'd prefer you beat me in that field so I can learn myself something new from your stay with us ;-) .


    Notre workaway apprendra énormément !

    Au bout d'un mois il sera tout des secrets de management d'un gîte, de la façon de recevoir, comment rester organisé et professionnel tout en offrant chaleur et conseil aux voyageurs de passage. Nous sommes une famille, celle du chemin de Saint Jacques, c'est l'esprit que nous voulons partager.

    Je suis aussi photographe professionnel et je connais la Chine en profondeur pour y avoir vécu 12 ans, je pourrais avec grand plaisir apprendre ces connaissances au workaway motivé ! Étant aussi un honnête cuisinier, je pourrais aussi partager ce domaine avec vous.

    I am also fluent in English and Chinese, y no malo en español, si se necessita !

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    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

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    Hidee ! Summer is arriving, and with it, a non-ending flow of crazy walkers, ready to sacrifice the comfort of their slippers to suffer the pain of a thousand miles trip, on foot, to their final destination, Santiago de Compostella (Spain) ! Coming from everywhere (but especially France), they walk between 20 and 40 kilometers a day (12-30 miles), or three times more by bike, then stop for the night at lodgings on the way. We are one of them ! It's alot of energy spent for us, between the cleaning, the warm welcoming and the dinners we have quite often in the evenings. My wife taking care of our girly, I had a bit of help from my Mom, who was the previous owner of the lodging. This year, I hope to find a kind and talented volonteer to second us in our quest of making the pilgrims' stay their most memorable one on their trip to Compostela !

    In a perfect world, I'm looking for someone who has vegetarian cooking skills. Yes, I'm a veggie, and offer vegetarian dinners to the pilgrims who decide to have supper here. Some other evenings, most will go out for food, and it's a chance for me and my helpers to have a break, have some fun (or sleep like logs...) ! So I'd love to have someone who knows how to cook, to give me a hand some times, or be in charge of the kitchen if they feel confident enough.

    According to the needs, and the volunteer's interest, here are the main missions that could be accomplished together :

    - cleaning the rooms and hanging the linen in the mornings
    - welcoming the guests in the afternoons.
    - cooking and sharing the supper with all in the late afternoon (or only with my family and I if the guests table is full!)

    As I'm vegetarian, I'd like to find a helper that is also of the likes, or that is open to that kind of diet and philosophy, as I won't serve meat or fish. It would be better also for preparing new recipes together.

    One day in the week, our dear helper will hopefully become the boss (ie do everything by himself) so I can snooze all day or more certainly, do shopping and errands for my family.

    IMPORTANT : We would highly prefer herlpers who can speak French, as 70% of the pilgrims are French speakers. It's not required, but you would loose a big part of the pleasure of working in our universe, as welcoming and dinners are the moments of stories exchange. You would soon get bored by not understanding and not being able to communicate.


    Bonjour ! L'été de nombreuses personnes décident de partir sur les chemins de Saint Jacques. Notre gîte, qui est spécialisé dans leur accueil, reçoit entre 5 et 14 pèlerins par jour, qui restent en général le temps d'une soirée. Nous recherchons quelqu'un d'intéressé pour nous aider à la fois dans l'entretien, l'accueil et la cuisine (végétarienne).

    Selon les besoins du gîte et l'envie du workaway, les missions quotidiennes varieront, ainsi que les horaires :

    - nettoyage des chambres et lessive le matin
    - accueil les après-midi
    - cuisine en fin d'après-midi et souper en compagnie des pèlerins et de l'hôte (si on peut tous tenir à table bien sûr, cela dépendra des soirs !)

    Nous sommes végétariens et ne serviront pas de viande ni poisson au workaway, et préférerions un volontaire qui soit aussi végétarien, ou tout au plus ouvert au végétarianisme. Cela aidera dans le partage d'idées pour de nouvelles recettes gourmandes pour les repas du soir en famille !

    Le/la volontaire sera l'hôtesse unique un jour dans la semaine si possible, afin que je puisse me reposer et faire des courses urgentes, le temps lui sera rendu un autre jour cela va de soi ;-) . Un challenge intéressant pour apprendre le métier !

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    français, english, español, zhongwen 中文

  • Accommodation


    You will have your room in my Mom's appartment, just 7 minutes away on foot from our lodging, in medieval part of the city. It's a very nice little room, and you'll have wifi, of course. You must be ready to share the room with some other volunteer, boy or girl, according to the period you come. Just let me know how you feel about it.


    Vous aurez une jolie petite chambre chez ma mère, à 7 minutes à pied du gîte, pas loin de la Cathédrale Saint Étienne, au cœur de la cité médiévale de Cahors. Vous aurez le wifi et un confortable cadre de vie. La chambre possède 2 lits simples. Il faut que vous soyez prêt à la partager avec un ou une autre bénévole selon la période. Dites-moi dans votre demande de séjour ce que vous en pensez.

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    English :

    I was lucky enough to meet a pilgrim who was also a workaway 'aholic. It was at the end of an exhausting month, he arrived late in the eve, looked pretty tired. We gave him the usual welcome, some food, and it seems he appreciated a lot, because the next day, instead of leaving, he asked me if he could stay another day or two and participate in our lodging life. He finally stayed close to a week before continuying his walk... and that was the best time of my seasonal work ! When guest and host have the same understanding, it's such a delight to have someone by your side sharing every day's workship !

    As I was living in a provincial capital in China, I welcomed travelers from around the world, and having myself well traveled, I understand the expectations of people who are far from home and know how take good care of them (if they behave well, of course haha !) So don't fear and come and join the lodging adventures !


    I am married and I have a little girl of two and a half years old, very cute, you can also explore the world of the little ones if you like. We live in the Lot region, walks to do in the area are beautiful, I strongly advise you to take the opportunity to do part of the road, perhaps in the company of passing walkers to discover the mysteries of this modern adventure that Saint Jacques. You can follow the GR65 to the north, and visit the Célé valley, Rocamadour. The premises are good-living, I do not think I need to advertise for French cuisine, but basically these are the specialties of the corner: black wine, truffles, walnuts, strawberries and much ... meat, but this is not my field haha!

    We have a lively twice-weekly market, and the summer we regorgeons cultural activities, music performances, dance, theater, tour the torch in the evening; we have a nearby open-air pool, and two bicycles for walks in the area. This will depend on you, what you want to do during your stay, but you will be spoiled for choice.

    J'ai eu la chance d'accueillir un workaway par le hasard des choses et l'expérience a été superbe ! Se faire aider, avoir un compagnon de travail (c'était un homme en l'occurrence) et avec une bonne fortune, un ami, c' est vraiment le pied ! Vivant auparavant dans une ville touristique de Chine, j'ai accueilli des voyageurs d'un peu partout dans le monde, et moi-même ayant bien voyagé, je comprends les attentes des gens qui sont loin de chez eux et saurais bien m'occuper de vous si vous êtes bien élevés ;-) .


    Je suis marié et j'ai une petite fille de 3 ans et demi très mignonne, vous pourrez aussi découvrir le monde des tous petits si cela vous plaît. Nous vivons dans la région du Lot, les ballades à faire dans la région sont magnifiques, je vous conseille fortement d'en profiter pour faire une partie de la route, peut-être en compagnie de marcheurs de passage, afin de découvrir les mystères de cette aventure moderne qu'est Saint Jacques. Vous pourrez suivre le GR65 vers le Nord, et visiter la vallée du Célé, Rocamadour. Les locaux sont des bons-vivants, je ne pense pas que j'ai besoin de faire de la pub pour la cuisine française, mais en gros, voici les spécialités du coin : vin noir, truffes, noix, fraises et... beaucoup de viande, mais ce n'est pas mon domaine haha !

    Nous avons un marché très vivant deux fois par semaine, et l'été, nous regorgeons d'activités culturelles, de spectacles de musique, danse, théâtre, visite guidée à la torche le soir; nous avons une piscine à ciel ouvert toute proche, et deux vélos pour faire des ballades dans les environs. Cela dépendr a de vous, ce que vous voulez faire durant votre séjour, mais vous n'aurez que l'embarras du choix.

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    Hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days a week - 5 heures par jour, 5 j/sem. max 25 h/week

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