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Retired truck driver living on a very small holding in the Pyrenees foothills. The area is steeped in history with caves inhabited some 25,000 years ago and a short distance from Herod's city, "lugdunum" which is also the site of the 10th century cathedral of Saint Bertrand, my house sits on the main road to Spain some 20 miles away, also the pilgrimage route of "Camino de Santiago"
In the winter nearby to the ski resorts, they also use their lifts in the summer to take mountain cyclists up to the slopes and the Tour de France always passes within a few kilometres, this year in fact right by my home.
I was keeping pigs and sheep with chickens, geese and ducks and growing my own vegetables but due to my advancing age have had to give this up. Hence my offering to host, what I would really like is a hand to restart my self-sufficiency with someone who is keen on learning the ropes and would like to explore the area and learn its culture and maybe languages. I speak English as a native, French with some Spanish and a very small amount of German, Arabic and Cornish. There is a revival here of the Occitan language and just over the border about 5000 speak a language known as Aranais, which is in fact the old language of the Gascons.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendrePratique d’une langueCompagnie pour pers. âgéeJardinageBricolage et projets de constructionS’occuper des animauxAide dans une fermeAide à la maisonEntretien général
Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
I am very happy to help with the learning of languages, ready to explain the different cultures, very aware of the interesting and complex local history from the Stone ages to the modern through Roman, Visigoth, and medieval ages to the resistances in the second world war. I love sitting at the table after a nice meal, relating both the many adventures I have had in my life and the vivid tales of the area that has become my home! I have a friendly nature and am ready to share the learnings of a long, interesting and varied life, especially to those who might glean a better understanding of anything that might help them in both their travels and wherever their life may lead them in the future. I am willing to help people explore the area and also collect or take them to the station or the airport.
I would like help with cultivation of organic foods, housework and general maintenance and basically some aid with some of the things that I can no longer do, e.g. lifting!
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
Having worked in most of the continents and "had a go" at lots of languages, I would like to improve on my German and Spanish, in return I can offer excellent English (TEFAL held) and a very good understanding of French, plus here in my house you will have access to a library of Language books! My neighbours willing help in the pronunciation of French. When I moved here 20 years ago my nearest neighbour had 4-year-old twins, we made a deal that he would teach me French if I taught his daughters English, and proudly they left their education with BACs in French, English and Spanish
Detached Farmhouse in a hamlet of 7 houses, four bedrooms, one of which (see the window view in photos) will be dedicated to workaway visitors. It will include double bed with linen, handbasin, desk and Wi-Fi with pc already connected, printer, scanner etc. Shared bathroom with hot tub, bath and shower etc. Whole house and most of adjoining exterior area is covered by Wi-Fi....
I am happy to provide food and lodgings in return for help around the house and garden.
Mountain climbing and trekking, white water rafting, skiing, snowboarding, horse riding etc all available locally.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads
Optic fibre internet connection with Wi-Fi throughout house and proximity outside
Espace pour garer des vans
No limit parking, hookup and Wi-Fi available
Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?
Nombre d'heures attendues
4 hours a day