Area: AlentejoWe are recently retired and now live on a 10ha organic farm in Alentejo, Portugal. We are in the early stages of setting up the farm and so have lots of jobs and long term projects that we would like to acheive. For this we have decided that we do need some help to develop. We have pigs, sheep, turkeys, hens, ducks, tortoises and dogs. We grow most of our own food. We are in a very beautiful and rural area and you can develop the Portugese language with help from the locals who do not speak English! We are an hours drive inland from the Algarve and just 30 MILES from the stunning west coast beaches. Our village has one shop tvand the next village which is 6 km away as a small super market. We have one little bar in the village. The village is very very quiet with very little nightlife so please don`t come thinking you are coming to a tourist resort. This place is for people who like being out in touch with nature, and enjoy being apart from big cities. The farm is a working farm and at times is dusty or muddy depending on the weather so working boots and working cloths are essential. Our working day is usually from 7.30 until 1830 yes long hours(often this is just feeding and cleaning the animals but we do have plenty of breaks). If you require to do just the 5 hour days as workaway says this is not a problem just speak up and we will set you 5 ish hours work then you can do what you want. We do go to local shows ,markets and events and you are always welcome to come with us. I am afraid that we are not the busy resort on the coast so please make sure you read and study our profile before contacting us. Our nearest big town is Ourique which is about 12 km away. If potential workawayers book to come and stay with us and then do not arrive for what ever excuse (think we have heard them all now!!) especially the one about grandad being seriously ill and you can not leave your family at this time, have had this one three times so far this year.Please note that we will give you a bad report, as this is just bad manners and totally inexcusable on your part. Once we have accepted someone we do not give back word or not turn up to meet you!! If you find this offensive then you are probably this type of person! If you do not find it offensive then you are the one for us!! (Reliable).
Area: Midi PyreneesWe're a French-English family, we have three fun bilingual kids who are 14, 11 and 8. We live in a very nice town in the south west of France, one hour away of Toulouse and Carcassonne. David is English and works with people with learning difficulties. I'm French and work part time as an English trainer. We live in a big house with a nice garden, very near the town centre. I tend to speak French to the kids and English to David, who only speaks English to them. The kids all go to a different school and driving them to their different activities can be hectic at times. We don't smoke and couldn't host a smoker.
Area: NorrbottenWe are a family of five who live approximatley 40 km north of the Artic circle. A couple in our early & middle thirtys plus our three children age 9, 4 and 2. Our oldest son is very active and loves playing football. I do running as exercise and also cause I like it. At the moment we do alot of packing and working on the house as we need to get it all done asap. We value our family time and like both hard work and relaxing during our holiday. Usually I study fulltime and my man works fulltime. Our children go to school and nursery. During summer time you can experience lovely summers nights that never end as the midnight sun stays up all night. You can enjoy bike rides in our tiny village, less than 100 people live here so it is a very quiert place. Take a walk in the beautiful forest and appreciate some quiet time to yourself. Great possibility to meditate and admire the nature. If you’re lucky you might see wild animals of the north, such as moose, reindeer, squirrel, hare and maybe even a bear. Relax and try our old fashion style sauna or indoor sauna. Perhaps take a run or go swimming in the river. Ideal for a person who needs or likes a peaceful and tranquil stay. Celebrate Swedish midsummer with us and maybe even one of the biggest markets in the north (if you are over during those dates). We are looking for volunteers with a great work attitude who can help us to scrape and repaint our house which will be the main priority, we need to get that done as we are selling our home after summer. Carrying and packing stuff for our move, or just normal housework could be other tasks to do once the house is done. It’s very important to us that you are happy with your stay and that we are happy with your work, that’s why we value honesty and an open dialogue to improve both ways. We are hoping to make new friends for life, learn about a new culture and to teach about our country and life in north of Sweden. Ideally you are a volunteering couple who already know each other, i.e friends, partners, lovers, siblings, cousins etc. We would like to have two volunteers so if we can’t find two volunteers who already know one another we will look for two from different places. This means you need to be a friendly and outgoing person who gets on well with others. You will be sharing our cosy caravan with the other volunteer, if we can get hold of two, if not you will be living in the caravan on your own. We would like to have you staying with us for 2 weeks ( a possibility of extending to 3 if you really wish so). We would love to get 2 volunteers to stay with us for 2 weeks. The reason for this date enquiry is that we would like to get house painted as soon as possible! as we want to sell our house. Beginning of June I will have to travel away for a week but will be back weekend before the 9th. We have got a house in Pajala, 35km from Kardis, that we are planning on buying. Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully also meeting YOU in the north of Sweden.
Area: Alausi, ChimborazoHello, my name is Victor and I was born in the USA but I would come every year to Ecuador for vacation. Once my father started getting really sick I moved here in 2009 to take care of him during his last years. He past away two years ago leaving me a farm in Alausi. Since living here I converted my farm to be 100% organic. I sell most of my products here locally in Alausi. From vegetables, to fruits to even free range chickens…
Area: New South WalesPlease check availability in our calendar. We have availability in September but NO availability in October. Thank you. We (Greg and Janelle) have a very green, very active farm in a lovely part of Southern NSW, 7 km from beautiful Mollymook Beach. We enjoy wonderfully fresh air, stunning sunsets and happy cows (around 100 mums plus calves). We are undertaking a number of projects to improve our land stewardship. These include removing weedy trees from our forest and planting natives, and improving our pastures. We are trialling biodynamic principles on part of the farm. We would have enjoyed being helpers when we travelled so have decided to be hosts to other travellers. We love good conversation and have very wide interests and experiences. We have both travelled extensively and also worked in many countries. Our farm is our green office where every day is a learning day. Our goal is to do it well, and we are constantly improving. We also very much enjoy music, art, good food and outdoor activities like kayaking and surfing, though we don't get much time for that now. We have a very long to-do list with many different tasks. We work hard and fast but also believe one must have time to enjoy family and friends. Tasks depend on your skills, and range from removing weeds and planting trees to collecting firewood kindling and rocks (yes we're derocking paddocks and plan to build a rock wall). We appreciate that you need time to explore as well as work and can arrange a schedule to give some additional time. We have a relatively small, but comfortable 1870s home with only one bathroom so respect for shared space and cleanliness is essential. It's a farm so we get very dirty but we like a comfortable clean home. Internet access available (with limited downloads - it's wireless). We enjoy good food though lunch is often on the run. We occasionally get to our local theatre that has great live music. There are also fabulous bush walks and fabulous beaches and lakes close by.