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Working Away in Chambon Ste. Croix, France
After our trip to Italy and ‘the leisure life’ Amy and I decided to try something new and do some work while away. Before our departure Amy found a site www.workaway.info that provides world wide working opportunities. Those interested just need to submit an online inquiry and when accepted for the job the ‘workawayers’ in exchange receive free room and board. This was a great way for us to balance our over budgeted Italy trip and give back. The work on workaway.info ranges from light construction and renovation jobs of farms and old homes to teaching English and working in a hostel.
The job we selected while in France was assisting an English, expat couple with various chores around their farm in the French countryside town located in Limousin, France. Alan and Sheila were our hosts during our workaway job. The job consisted of a variety of tasks that were quit fulfilling and offered a welcomed change of pace. We erected a desperately needed overhang, stacked wood, built a new deck, built a chicken coop and assembled a picnic table. On our off days Amy and I toured the French countryside in the car our hosts generously provided to us.
Almost every afternoon after work we took a walk around the town to explore. During days off we visited some nearby cities and hamlets. Amy and I were amazed at how clean and picturesque all of the towns and countryside were in France.