Join our family adventure and help with child care in Ardeche, France



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    We are a family of 4 from Amsterdam with a house in the Ardeche verde. Our boys are 20 month and 10 weeks old. We are looking for a duo to help us with the boys and the garden/construction work.

    Experience has shown over the past months that our region is pretty isolated and we are so busy it's a better fit for couples, preferably with there own means of transportation. It's beautiful here to go for walks and there are some great places to visit though. :)

    About our project.

    Long story short, we really fell in love with the house and garden and ended up buying it even though it was in very very poor shape. Now 5 years later we have put in a lot of time, sweat and tears. We have multiple new concrete floors, 2 new roofs and a lot of comfortable (but not fancy) space.

    The house is built around a courtyard and is an accumulation of 5 “buildings”. So far 3 of them were completely gutted and fixed with new roofs and floors. One is almost finished. This is the house we now live in with the boys.
    The long house (as we call it) we have cleaned and fixed the essentials. This was our house before we finished the one we are in now. It has its own bathroom and kitchen and bedrooms. It's in poor condition but it's dry and the doors and windows can close. This will be the house you can stay in.

    Now that we have 2 boy’s it is hard for me to do any work on the house. it's still a bit like a building site and not a playground, hahaha so we will try to fix some safe zones for kids to play. Generally we will need help looking after Boris (he will be 2 in October) an help work on the house :). Jeroen is currently working in the courtyard, building stone walls, laying foundations ect. Later this month there will be gravel put in the courtyard and then we're on to the next project. For instance, posing tiles on the new roof, mounting chestnut planks around the new roof/walls. putting up gutters. renovate some of the new bedrooms (plastering, flooring, electricity)

    I love to cook so a lot of my time go’s into it. I make jams, preserves and pickles too. If you enjoy cooking you're more then welcome too. If not that’s also fine, you will still get to enjoy the food :). If you prefer some quiet time every once in a while you can also cook or eat alone, you will have enough private space to enjoy.

    We are NOT native french speakers so if this is the main reason for you to visit we might not be the right family for you. If you want to improve your english (or dutch :) this is the place to be. We plan on raising the boys trilingual (dutch, french, english) but for the moment it’s been all dutch because he just started talking and we haven't been in France to much this year. Jeroen and I are fluent in English and Dutch and also speak some Spanish, German and obviously some French.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Entretien général
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Aide à la maison
    Pratique d’une langue

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We are a very creative couple. Wether it's building, gardening or cooking i'm sure you will find something inspiring to help us with. I love to cook on wood and make use of the produce we find around us. We always end up making tones of confiture and lemonades in summer. Also if you want to improve your conversational english we will be more then happy to help you with this.

  • 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


    As briefly explained above we will need help with keeping an eye on Boris and with our building projects. The house and garden are not suited for small children so someone needs to be with him all the time. We are completely rebuilding the house. right now we're working a lot with stones building walls in the courtyard but there are a tone of jobs that could be done. Painting, stripping, woodwork, garden work.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Français: Intermédiaire

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    I would love to learn more french and could teach you english.

  • Hébergement


    as described above you will have your own wing of the house with basic but very nice bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    we have a small dog named spook and some chickens. There is a bus stop in front of the house that can take you to the nearby villages, it just doesn't go very often so planing is key... If you arrive by train, Tain Hermitage is the best way to go. we can probably arrange to pick you up at the station.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    We can offer you good internet and a nice place to work either inside or in our court-yard.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    A lovely tree covered parking space with easy access.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    We have a dog (Spook) and free running chickens. Our dog can not stand cats but other dog's are no problem as long as they don't hunt our chickens.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day (more if you want :))

N° de référence hôte : 828445397911