Help develop and renovate an eco-farm with garden and animals in the culturally rich Dordogne region, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi!

    I have bought a gorgeous 18th century farm in 2016 after it had been abandoned for 10years. I am developing the farm sustainably, renovating the place with recycled and locally sourced, environmentally friendly materials. This life project is still in its beginning phases and we live very close to nature - although there's a luxurious double-bathtub and WIFI, the comfort in the house is still very basic. We are in the heart of one of France's most beautiful and touristic regions and there's many options for you to explore from here.

    I, Miggi, am Swissgerman and have studied sociology&development studies in the UK before coming to settle down here. I have travelled extensively, including through wwoofing. I love animals, horseriding or taking the lamas, pigs and the goat all together for a walk. Although I am not a trained carpenter I like to build things out of wood and I live in my homemade, 10m long wooden cabin-on-wheels on the property. I am looking after a network of 300km of hiking trails in the region (happy to share my knowledge of great spots and trails!).
    A friend of mine, Mik, is living here too. He's a webdesigner, and in his freetime he likes to skate, tattoo, play music and box,

    We eat organic, local food at most times – there are great weekly streetmarkets close by that we can take you too.
    Apart from restoring the buildings we are developing various activities on site – a beer brewery, hiking with lamas, organic garden and fruit orchard, beekeeping..
    We'd love some help on all fronts!

    I would like to highlight that I ask for self-motivated and autonomous helpers only - I am looking for people who are happy to work in a small group but also alone, as required.

    Ideally you'd have your own transport so it's easy for you to get around here. We're 20min walk from the touristic town of Les Eyzies, or 3min drive.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Entretien général
    Aide dans une ferme
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    S’occuper des animaux

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    I love sharing my passion for this gorgeous french region which I have chosen as my homeland out of all worldly spots known to me. We are into alternative habitats - treehouses, cabins etc - and are happy to share our knowledge of traditional building techniques and innovative alternative ways of life and animal keeping.
    We take part in a lot of local activities in and around town and are happy to show you around - folk dancing evenings, streetmarkets, jam sessions, street theatres,..

    We are right in the heart of one of France's most touristic and culturally rich regions. It's here in Les Eyzies that the first Cro-magnon man was found and there's 5museums just in this one little town, on top of the original prehistoric caves with the 17'000year old paintings that you can visit.
    The French-English '100years War' happened right here on our doorstep and there's some magnificent medieval castles to explore due to this century of war.
    The nature here is great and has many treasures that we can help you discover - wild stalagtite caves, hiking, abandoned villages, etc.
    You can borrow our bicycle to go explore, or rent a canoe down in the village.
    It is handy to have a car around here.

  • Aide

    Aide

    There's a wide array of stuff to do: Helping with the current building sites (setting up our own beer brewery, chalk coating walls, finishing our bathroom, replacing windows, building various simple structures such as a chicken coop, garden shed etc), landscaping and land clearing, fencing, further developing our garden (planting and weeding, drystone walls, raised beds), as well as caring for the animals and their habitats (lamas, horses, goats, pigs, cats).

    Although carpenters, joiners and masons would be our dream-helpers, we don't require you to have any prior knowledge in any of these areas to be able to help us - but you do need to be reasonably fit, strong, willing to learn and ready to get your hands dirty! We would like to highlight that we ask for self-motivated and autonomous helpers only - we are looking for people who are happy to work in a small group but also alone, as required.

    We ask for 5hours of help per day, 5.5days a week.
    Possibility to do only 3hours/day and pay 5euro/day towards food and bills (must be arranged in advance)

  • Langues parlées

    German: Courant
    English: Courant
    French: Courant
    Spanish: Débutant

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    Unless if you come in winter you will be housed in our big attic with doublebed and WIFI but – beware - you must get up there CLIMBING A 4M LADDER ! It is very simple living up there - we're in the process of making the attic into a nice living space, but its still very rustic right now. It is NOT INSULATED, so during hot days it can get hot in the daytime, and cold on cold nights. If there are several helpers at any one time, you will be sharing the attic space together, but each has own bed.
    If you come in wintertime you can sleep in the shared livingroom so you can be close to the fireplace.

    All meals are included - breakfasts on a self-service basis, daily shared lunch and shared dinner every second night (but cooking ingredients provided for every night). Possibility to do only 3hours/day and pay 5euro/day towards food and bills.
    We use only biodegradable produce in our bathroom and don't want any smoking in the house please.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The location is unbeatable : placed amidst magical forests and fields, on top of a limestone plateau riddled with prehistoric caves and clifftop viewpoints – yet within walking distance (2km) of the tourism-hotspot village 'Les Eyzies' and it's lovely canoeable&swimmable river Vézère.
    We are also 20min drive away from 4 of France's 'most beautiful villages' (Sarlat, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, St.Leon sur Vézère), a good dozen medieval castles, prehistoric caves and other cultural sites (check out Chateau Castelnaud, Chateau Milandes, Grotte Font de Gaume, Grotte de Lascaux IV, La Roc St.Christophe, Jardins Marqueyssac, Chateau Commarque..).
    There's great hiking around here, wild caves for the speleology lovers and fabulous street markets for the gourmets. If you're experienced, possible to take the horses out for a ride, or the other animals (lama, pigs, goat) for a walk.
    We have a bicycle to lend to you.

    To get here : cheap ryanair flights from UK to bergerac (1h away), from where you can take a train to saint cyprien, where we can pick you up.
    Direct train from Bordeaux to Sarlat (20min away), where we can pick you up.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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