Help renovate an old farmhouse in a beautiful area in Servas, Southern France



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    We are an American/French couple: Greg, American and Anne, French. We returned to France at the end of 2016 after 29 years of expat life, mostly in S. America but toward the end in China. Anne inherited a large stone farm building in a small hamlet near the Village of Servas (Gard); some years back we started renovating it and there is still a lot to do. The renovation involves working with stone, lime plaster/morter (chaux) and wood. There is also a lot of work to do outdoors, including clearing land and rebuilding stone walls. We are also developing a large vegetable garden and would like to can as many things as possible. The village of Servas is calm, the weather generally good, and we typically indulge in good food: lots of veggies, good cheese and decent wine; we don't eat a lot of meat, but are not vegetarian. The village is at the foothills of the Cevennes mountain range and not far from great biking, climbing, rivers and hiking in picturesque landscapes! Anyone with interest in construction (no skill required), gardening, canning or simply helping out around the house is welcome!

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda en una granja
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Servas is a small, rather typical village in this part of S. France. Visitors would learn more of French rural lifestyle, at least for this part of the country. I'm a native English speaker and my wife is French; visitors could practice either of those languages with us.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    Volunteers can help renovating the house using traditional techniques with lime mortar, help in the garden, cooking or general maintenance around the house. There is a lot to be done and room for all skill sets!

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Fluido
    Francés: Fluido

  • Alojamiento


    Rooms are of adequate size, if somewhat chilly in the winter, but bathrooms are heated and the water is hot! There is a room for couples and one or two children would not be a problem.

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    Algo más...

    We have a few bikes available and highly encourage discovering the surrounding villages by bike. Our kids are climbers and we can suggest good climbing spots not far away; there are many nearby hiking opportunities and rivers for swimming. Public transport is not great but a trip the the nearby train station (Ales) can easily be arranged. There are currently a couple guitars and a piano in the house that helpers can use, and the area has a many music festivals during spring and summer months.

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    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 462349546163