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In the pre-alps of French Riviera/Côte d'Azur, on a large 80 ha property made of mountains, forests, fields and streams, nested in a lovely valley, we are creating a sustainable international community to support the creation and development of a NPO and its home, dedicated to personal development and growth, parenting and relationships, as well as yoga, meditation and wellness in general.
We are welcoming volunteers from October 25th 2021 onward (winter included) until end of May 2022. And then again from September 2022. Minimum stay is 3 weeks.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Aide informatique / avec Internet
We are fluent English, French speakers. Happy to practice Spanish and Italian with you!
You will learn and share experiences about refurbishing apartment/house/building, from foundations to roof, insulation, layout, plastering, plumbing, electricity, tiling, wood works, but also outdoor/forest/wood works...
You can also participate in the sustainable projects.
You will take part in the creation of the foundations of a community and a Non Profit Organisation focused on harmony between sustainability and personal-growth by:
1) helping fully refurbish 2x 40m² and 15m² barn/workshop into a fully renovated bedrooms with shower room/WC for staff and volunteers, general site maintenance and development (supervised plumbing/electrical/building/wood/iron works). Loads of opportunities to learn a lot in DIY.
2) creating digital artwork for marketing collateral and helping in production of the digital and written content for communication related to the NPO. Student or experience in digital artwork preferred.
3) contribute to start the sustainable forest management and wood production plan, that will provide the boards and beams needed to build 10x wooden cabins and constructions (including 200m² dome, fire pit coverage).
4) help in planning and testing a 5 ha permaculture project by gathering the necessary knowledge from literature, Internet and partners, and combine with information collected from the land (species, seasons, weather, different earth qualities...). Student or experience in permaculture preferred.
5) electrical independence: participate in challenging project to create first community-reproductible solar-generated gravity-stored electrical plant.
6) wooden works and charpentry to create different wooden cabins, furnitures and fences from our own wood (to be) harvested on site.
You will work 5-6h/day, 4-5 days per week, and enjoy free time the rest of the time. Can eventually work 8h/day, 3 days a week on demand, but generally not sustainable.
Work schedule is generally: guided works Friday, Saturday, Monday, and autonomous works the 1-2 others days. Might adapt to each others agendas. Manager(s) might be away a couple of days per week for others professional activities.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
Teaching French (language of work) Practicing English (language of work) A very little bit of Spanish and Italian (limited social - can't work in these languages, happy to practice)
While we get the staff condo up and running:
In warm season, you will enjoy the pleasures of the gorgeous glamping site with its 20m² tents, lovely bathroom trailers - see photos - with in-tents electricity, light and WiFi.
In cold season, you will share in-house fully-renovated bedroom with their own en-suite shower room and toilet (separated from each others). The room has a lovely view to nature, with terrace. Nice and warm feeling thanks to underfloor heating.
Food is provided. Grocery shopping and cooking are shared and organized depending on the number of volunteers, generally taking turn following vegan/vegetarian and volunteers/hosts' own local/international receipes.
Meals will be taken in outdoor covered dining area with community kitchen and BBQ, or inside the community room with fire place in cold season.
Out of fire-risk season we will also enjoy singing-along, music and grill by the super-large fire pit.
Kundalini Yoga courses will be provided at least once a week. Shared daily meditation course/session is offered on demand.
You can also benefit from the outdoor spring water swimming pool and outdoor activities (badmington, volleyball, trampoline, hammocks, slackline, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canoe, via-ferrata and beyond all what the French Riviera offers...).
COMMUNITY VALUES & BOUNDARIES
Our main values are Respect and Balance.
It is unfortunately NOT possible to host your pets (live animals, free-range farm animals, others volunteers and clients allergies, cleanliness...).
We are a retreat center for people development and health. No smoking, consumption of alcool (weekly social consumption tolerated) or drug is allowed on site. Sebastien is an addiction therapist and can help you quit any of these addictions once for good.
We work hard and play hard to achieve actual sustainable goals while having lot of fun. We expect volunteers to be dedicated with professional-like proactive attitude during work times, and take reasonable pauses on their own as needed.
Site maintenance is handled on a "I use - I clean +1" basis so we can all live together in a harmonious/healthy place with awareness.
Cleaning and tidyng is required after each use of kitchen, room, furniture, outdoor equipement, tools... Expectation is the whole site feeling cozy (and nice looking) and efficient (site is super large, finding a lost tool is a headache).
+1 is being aware nobody is perfect, so we also tidy/clean/pick up this little thing/stain/waste unadvertently left by another person or nature. Generally on Thursdays, a deep cleaning/tidy/reset is performed in shared kitchen, rooms, spaces.
Visit our contact page for main information: happyheart.center/contact/
If you arrive by train in Nice, it's easier to take the train to Puget-Theniers from this other train station 15min walk or tram away: cpzou.fr/nos-gares/gare-de-nice/
Last train to Puget-Theniers departs from Nice at 18:09 on weekdays 17:10 on Saturdays.
If your train arrives to Nice, let's say 40 min beforehand for safety, then that's enough to take the train to Puget-Theniers.
If you arrive by plane, best to take bus 790 from Aéroport Promenade to Puget-Theniers.
We can pick you up in Puget-Theniers Fridays to Mondays.
Alternatively, easy to hitchhike the last 8km (only 1 possible route and countryside people are very helpful) from Puget-Theniers' bridge to Col St Raphaël in La Penne.
ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CENTER
Lots to do around from almost every kind of outdoor sports (hikes and bikes, paragliding, climbing - including on the property - canyoning, via ferrata, acrobranching, kayaking...) to local countryside village sightseeing, and of course all French Riviera famous towns like Cannes, Nice, Monaco, St Paul de Vence, Grasse...
Train station Puget-Theniers to Nice is 8 kms away. We can bring/take you there few times a week, and hitchhiking is easy in this countryside villages area. A vehicle is a plus for your autonomy - possible to rent cheap one at the local grocery store.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Despite being remote, the property has 4x Internet connexions multiplexed to get a decent 60/40 Mbps bandwidth allowing remote workers (like us) a good experience.
Yes we have plenty of space to accomodate any size of van.
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6 hours a day, 4 days a week. Work hours are genrally 9:30-12:30 14:00-17:00
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