A huge variety of projects, an off-grid strawbale house and a permaculture plan to put into action in Exideuil-sur-Vienne, France

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  • Description

    Description

    ** December only -- help needed and company desired! My wife is away for a month and I would like some help with tree planting, staking, mulching and making a decking with tyre foundations. You can stay in the house or in the caravan, as you prefer. I will be working 4 days a week as an online teacher so you'll have to be happy in your own company for at least some of the time. Please get in touch for more info--- you can even stay for Christmas of you want!**

    A couple of years ago we decided to move to France and build a straw bale house from scratch, with no experience. It has been a blast, and with the help of some friends our house is now up and we are starting to turn our attention to the interior, off grid energy, waste and water systems, lime plastering and various garden projects as we begin to flesh out our permaculture plan for the 4 acres surrounding the house.

    We are looking for either an individual or couple who are happy to stay in our small, cosy and cute caravan, which was our home for almost three years. She is small but perfectly formed with a wood-burning stove, a gas hob and a shower. There is also a composting/dry toilet outside the caravan. Our facilities are basic and unusual but in the straw bale house we have an indoor dry toilet (with a fully functioning composting system outside) and kitchen. In summer, we generally take showers outside (in a swimming cossie, but still very liberating!), and we also have an indoor shower.

    We need help with a huge variety of projects, including but not limited to: building swales,, tree planting, mulching, interior lime plastering and daubing, building a decking around the house, a ferro-cement water tank and many other things. Please be open-minded, these projects are all ongoing and we can't guarantee what you will be doing. Although any curiosity you have about specifics can be satisfied during many conversations.

    Any practical skills you could bring would be massively appreciated, however, those without any are welcome to stay with us, after all, we built the house with zero experience! 4-5 hours a day 5 days a week would be great. We have bikes you can borrow and live in a quaint French village with a population of 1200 people, the river Vienne lazily flowing past and delightful countryside wherever you look. We love to go swimming in the river, and hope you will join us to cool down during the hot summer months.

    Please don't hesitate if you have any inquiries!

    Kindest wishes

    Dan and Flee

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    The house itself is of interest, being made from load-bearing straw bales, but we tend to find the element which visitors are most interested in is the off-grid nature of the house and what this means in practice. Experiencing a house which is truly off-the-gird for water, waste and electricity certainly gives food for thought, and demonstrates that it is a possible reality. The only connection we have is the phone line, for internet, which we need for our online profession.

    Alongside the off-grid house, you will get hands on experience with a wide variety of tools and techniques, what's more, we'll be learning together. We hope to be able to pass on our learning to everyone staying with us, whether it is something we are currently building or trialling, or something we have already done and you are interested in :)

    We are both English language teachers too, so if you would like to work on your English skills, this is the right place!

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide

    Aide

    The next projects are: ferro cement tank construction for rainwater harvesting as well as interior bamboo wattle and daub walls followed by natural lime plastering. Also, the creation of tyre foundations for a decking surrounding the house and building of said decking. Creating vegetable beds from scratch, including stone raised beds and Hugel-Kulturs. Lastly, you too can become as cool as Poldark and learn how to scythe grassland (we don't use many power tools!).

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Intermédiaire

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  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    Accommodation with us is a caravan with a double bed and a woodburning stove, separate to the main house, on the other side of our land, so it is yours to enjoy and relax as you wish. It's super warm with the stove going, but it will go out in the night and you will feel chilly in winter, so make sure you bring a good sleeping bag! We have heaps of blankets you can borrow too :)

    We will share dinner cooking duties with our workawayers. We are both vegetarian and heavily plant-based. We will cook in the house, but guests can use the caravan for cooking too. Generally we will eat together - always dinner.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We work 4 days per week inside the house, teaching English online. During work hours we are unable to work on the house and it is very difficult for us to communicate with others during our lessons. Guests must be happy to work independently :)

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Space for a small van but no electric hook up as we are off grid!

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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