Area: New South WalesMy partner and I run a small 42ha farm near Coffs Harbour on the beautiful North coast of NSW. We grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and Macadamia nuts. Our farm was very run down and we are in the process of restoring it along with renovating the house (almost finished) and gardens. We are not registered as organic however we use bio-diverse and eco-friendly systems to grow our produce.
Area: Asturias (N-Spain)Asturias is a beautiful part of Northern Spain, great for hiking! We have mountains and the sea is nearby. My house is a foster home for (ca 10) dogs for a small local animal welfare organisation I am a member of. We also have two donkeys, one of them is adopted from the nearby Donkey santuary. I live in a farmhouse (2 houses) with 2 ha of land, taking care of a varying population of our own dogs plus dogs to be rehomed from the local shelter (8-10 dogs) The donkeys are: Yoana, who was born here and Jack from the donkey paradise. There is a lot to be done in and around the house: cleaning (first of all, dog hairs that stick to anything but the dog...), dog walking, scooping the dog pooh, repairs, fencing, the vegetable garden and the other gardens. We usually do cleaning and other jobs in the morning, the afternoon is off (so you could combine it with studying or you can go for a walk, explore the surroundings or just relax...) until late afternoon when the donkeys and dogs are fed and there may be another dog walk. The most important is of course taking care of the dogs and the donkeys - and keeping the fences and the surrounding land in good shape. It would be good if you have a driver's licence -(you can also use the van if you want to), but it is no requirement I do welcome volunteers for longer periods, preferably 4 weeks or even several months. From mid July to mid August the situation is a bit different: I will probably be away most of the time and your host will be Bob (my "neighbour"). This means you would be house sitting (3 or 4 weeks) in my house and it means you will have to be quite independent. You can use the van (driving licence is a must) and I am looking for preferably two volunteers so you can keep each other company. If you speak Spanish it would be good, as the other shelter volunteers speak Spanish. Accommodation: In summer, 1-2 volunteers have their own bedroom and mini bathroom in the annex to my house. The main living/kitchen is in my house. The property consists of 2 houses and usually the volunteers use the available bedrooms in the second house (except in summer). Youy share a bathroom - there is also a kitchen you can use. I always welcome enquiries by e-mail - and I will reply quickly! Volunteers have to like dogs and the outdoor life as the finca is outside the village (1 km from the village, shops 4 km. Bus stop and railway station 20 minutes walk). I am Dutch, and I speak English, Dutch and Spanish. Asturias is in the North of Spain, between Galicia and Cantabria (and then Basque country). This region is called the Costa Verde and as you can imagine it looks more like Scotland or Wales than what most people expect when thinking of Spain. It's an ideal area for hiking, mountain walking (Picos de Europa, Redes, Somiedo), mountain climbing, canoeing and of course we also have beaches (no sun guarantee though). Oviedo is at 30 km and Gijon at 45 km. Of course you can arrange to take a few days off to go hiking in the Picos or walk part of the Camino de Santiago - I am very flexible. You will find stories about the volunteers the blog - I will send you the various links where you can read more! If you want to see more of Asturias while volunteering, you can combine your stay with the Donkey Paradise (23 donkeys, mules, horses, dogs - min stay about a month) or the ecological project Fontebona (off the grid in a wooded area). Volunteering and hosting should be a fun experience, positive for both parties. You are part of the household, and you will be living with the 7 dogs in my living and probably have a new dog to take care of yourself, so being a dog lover is a requirement. Or should I rather say you have to be a little dog crazy. We take turns cooking and the food is mainly vegetarian. It is no problem if you are vegan or need a gluten-free diet. The food is basic, healthy, vegetarian and does not come out of a cardboard box, and is plentiful. Being in Spain we tend to have a glass of wine or beer with our dinner. I try to recycle as much as possible and do not like to throw away food or waste materials. You will get to know the delicious "tortilla de ayer" ;).
Area: charenteQuick update: Currently seeking Workawayers from now till Jan and from beginning Feb throughout the year Well hello there, Firstly thankyou for checking us out. a little on what we do and who we are, my name is kim and this little eco world is a personal project that i love to share, Its hard work, good fun and theres always a project on the go, currently I have. Stopped working at the restaurant now been selfciient so food is never an issue. On the farm I have goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl as well as over 57 different types of crops, that we try to grow all year round, lots of projects on the go, we have the green room which is going to be an eco cottage run by solar power for the most part also we have a dairy to renovate into accomodation which is going to be gorgues when its done as well as new pens and enclosures for the animals got a fairly big project coming up for the ducks so if you like to get wet and dig its gonna be perfect for you lol, I also make cheeses and get milk from the goats, fresh bread daily and love to bake if your looking for something sweeter then ask james to make a cake = chocolate heaven. i love to learn and i love to teach after all knowledge is the power to help better live your life. to list all the things we are looking to do would take to long and if you read this so far without yawning im not gonna encourage it now by carrying on, so if your looking for fun, hard work, good food and memories that last a life time then come and take a look at kims world, please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions or would like to know more then i would love to hear from you. Many thanks Kim P.S. Always looking to make a new friend or get an extra pair of hands so get in touch and we hope to have new friends all year round but i must say this is not a holiday camp its hard work
Area: VictoriaI am a divorced single male living alone on a small farm property. I have an extensive history in law-enforcement, having retired in 2010. Presently, I have only chickens and ducks, with plans on adding sheep to the property later. I also run a small Ragdoll cattery as a hobby. I have a very relaxed nature, drink alcohol only occasionally and don't smoke. My 2 children don't live with me, one presently working/travelling in Europe. I have a neat and clean house, and have clean habits. I am very open to hosting travelers who are honest, and of good character, in exchange for some light work/labor around the house and 2.5 acre property. Please understand that I would appreciate it if 'Workawayers' did not have guests back to my home during their stay here.
Area: Lower Austria near ViennaWe are a little chaotic family of artists, three kids in the best age, between 11 and 15, living together with a second family with two smaller kids in a big house on the countryside, surrounded by two acres garden, with lot´s of exciting, exotic trees, close to a small town. A permaculture garden with veggies and fruits supply us during the summertime. Chicken, ducks, sheep, rabbits, cats and a big black dog, help us to create a sustainable, living, colorful and wild paradise, where we teach permaculture classes and wilderness survival. At the moment we can host only 2 workaways.