Hi. I need a bit of help moving things from my barn to a shed. Open to one or possibly maximum two weeks. A few days might also be useful :-). From now until Nov 8th.
We live in a small rural hamlet in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. The 20 or so houses are inhabited by a fantastic mixture of characterful locals and homespun and foreign holidays homeowners.
The elderly community used to host a renowned village festival and regularly won village in bloom competitions. They even renovated an old house to use as a village meeting hall (and store for the festival equipment).
I would like to host volunteers to help repair/restore the village house with painting etc and to keep the communal areas of the village tidy and free from weeds.
This year, I also need assistance with maintaining my garden and minor painting tasks.
There will be plenty of opportunities to chat to locals while improving your French (you need to be outgoing to connect with them as they will not find you :-)). I am a TEFL-qualified teacher of English and love teaching, so if you need a refresher, I am more than happy to help out.
The Gartempe River is a short distance away (less than 4km) and the area is fantastic for on and off-road cycling or walking. Roman history is abundant and the World War 2 memorial of Oradour sur Glane is 35 minutes by car. A train stops at nearby Lathus station (4km) for trips further afield to Poitiers or Limoges. I have two bicycles for your use.
I can host couples or two singles, who don't mind interconnecting rooms that share an en-suite bathroom.
I have an EU Covid vaccine passport after receiving 4 X Pfizer jabs.
Pratique d’une langue
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide à la maison
Ability to interact with the village community and practise French with genuine and friendly locals. Practise your English while staying with your English teacher host. Relax in total tranquility and gaze at the clear and beautiful night sky. Listen to nightingales, watch owls drift silently in front of you, and breathe fresh air. Our village is a veritable haven and a great place to recharge.
We need help to cut the grass, plant flowers/vegetables, paint shutters etc.
I am slowly but surely recovering from cancerbafyer having finished 1 year of chemo in August 2022. Any Workaways this year need to be self motivated. Taking the dog for a longer walk 2 or 3 times per week would be very helpful.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
I am supposed to be learning French, so one hour a day of an English/French exchange would work. Also German or Polish would be useful
Twin or double room with ensuite bathroom. Vegetarian food provided - shared cooking duties though! English TV connection and large collection of DVDs. Broadband (but not fast) internet. Smoking not encouraged but OK outside (as long as you ensure that you clean up the butts regularly :-)).
The area is fantastic for cycling and walking. An extremely well funded and equipped state run outdoor activities centre is only 4km walk away on the Gartempe River. Canoeing, climbing, potholing, horse riding and circus courses are just a few of the activities offered.
Lathus town (a short 4km cycle away) has shops and banks and a train station to either Limoges or Poitiers. Le Dorat is the next stop on the train line or is a longer cycle journey away. It's a lively town with bar, market, and a cinema which regularly offers French and original language films.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
I will have an internet connection, but it is a rural connection and, although the line is reliable, it is not fast.
I have plenty of hard standing for campers and electric hook up point.
There is an 800m2 enclosed garden with plenty of walks for dogs. There are cats next door, so if your dog wants to roam alone then it might not be suitable. No German shepherd or huskies/ blue eyed dogs: my dog was attacked by both when young and has a long memory 😢 Ewa, my mixed breed 'doodle' will be there with me.
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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