Area: Eastern OntarioOur home and business is connected. We own a small but dynamic design house in rural Eastern Ontario. We are a design family with interests in the outdoors and preservation of our natural heritage. Our designs include elements of sustainability as it relates to caring for the earth and being resourceful. Hans is a restoration architect, Carolyn a designer using tires and other discarded materials and Jake is a student and outdoor enthusiast (canoe/kayaker). We also have a cat, Tiger. Together we live in and around our studio/gallery. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their artistic interests to the work here. You will have access to many types of materials and have the opportunity to learn many skills. We also expect our volunteers to help out with day to day chores such as cleaning and maintenance.
Area: North IcelandWe are a group of people who started a new company in 2012, to create a family friendly camping and accommodation in Northern Iceland. Our goal is to build up a sustainable tourism with both educational element and nature based. In order to make sure that local people can influence and benefit from our development the company is owned by local people and organisations. The facilities are in an old boarding school where we have 3 other groups with activities and we work closely with one of them. The other groups are a Nature centre with a bird exhibition which is the one we are working closely with, yoga centre and a culture- and art-centre operated by local women. The place is situated next to a bird and flora reservation and surrounded by high and beautiful mountains in Svarfadardalur.
Area: Bay of IslandsWe run a backpackers which is situated 50 metres from the beach. It is close to café’s & bars and is only 5 minutes walk to the wharf, town centre, shops and bus terminal.
Area: Languedoc RoussillonWe are an English couple and are working on our property in Nimes, in the departement of Gard. The property is situated within 10 mins walk of bustling town centre (Pop of Nimes is 140,000) Nimes is a Roman town and there are great activities and atmosphere in the summer. The property is comfortable and you will be offered good food! There is a beautiful pool, Wifi and TV -but really you should get out and about (we have bikes and there is good public transport) The summer is hot but the property is in a green and leafy environment and it's a great location to relax and explore (Nimes offers great Roman sites) I am also an experienced teacher and could help volunteer(s) with French or English. NB As we are NOT at the property all year, please make sure you check that your dates fit with ours!
Area: Algarve (Monchique)Our property/house is in the Algarve, in the mountains ,the Serra de Monchique, not near the coast. We are a german couple, I am a veterinarian and animal protector, my husband is an artist, electrician, porcelane painter. We are living in a house in the mountains,we make oecological gardening and composting and we are building a house from clay. Our place is in the middle of the nature, a very quiet place, with wild animals as frogs, birds, foxes and wild pigs around. We live in an oecological way, using only natural products and no chemical stuff. We are living here with 4 dogs, 3 cats, a Kakadoo and 2 chicken. The ocean is not so far away and we can offer a car to go there for relaxing on the beach or to go for activities like surfing. We sometimes go there for fishing. The mountains are good for walking in the middle of nowhere. We have a small and a bigger village about 5-10 km away from our house and some bigger cities around 30 km away. We like to have here people living close together with us as members of the family, as friends. Hakuna Matata