Région: Brandenburg/SchorffheideWe have created a great-riding arena near Berlin, which has always been our life long dream . In 2002 we moved from Berlin to Brandenburg Werbellin, where we now live with our horses and Jack Russells (we are hobby breeders) and other small animal lovers together. Our little "wellness oasis" is located in the Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide. This is one of the most beautiful areas around Berlin, wonderful nature and very close to the city of Berlin (35 km). The Werbellinsee with its great swimming and riding is the perfect lake as well as good for canoeing.
Région: North Central MississippiWe have a 35 acre homestead approximately 10 miles south of Oxford, MS. 3 adults, 2 young children, 50 goats, 1 guinea, 33 chickens, 4 livestock guardian dogs, and 7 cats live on the property. We raise gourmet garlic, vegetables, herbs, meat goats, and chickens. We need help with our goats, dogs, chickens, large gardens, harvesting and preserving veggies, building maintenance and construction, wood cutting, and household work. We use our gardens to produce organic food for our families and for sale to a local restaurant. We don’t operate a CSA and we no longer regularly sell at local farmers’ markets. We no longer use tillers (our gardens are happier) and don’t use our mowers, bush hogs, or chain saws on a regular basis. If you join us, you will be using a lot of hand tools, human powered saws, and possibly learning to mow with a scythe. Please note, we do not live in the suburbs. If you will be offended by some degree of disorder, don’t volunteer here. We are juggling a lot of balls, getting/keeping the farm in order, goats, chickens, planting, harvesting, putting up veggies, homeschooling grandchildren, large dogs who want to go AWOL…… It is endless. Fun but endless. Things are not neat and, to be honest, they are often barely organized. If you can’t handle impromptu living, we are not the place for you. General Work Requirements: In return for room and board, we expect an average of 25-30 hours of work a week. We do require that you work at specific times. It is very hot here in the summer; sleeping in is just not an option. We get up, feed the animals and are starting on that days work by about 7:30. We work until about noon. You take a break until about 4 or 5 while I homeschool the grandchildren etc. You then do evening animal chores. If you are here longer than a week, you will work 6 days a week and take a full day off. You choose the day. Length of stay: We prefer folks who want to stay for two weeks or more. If the volunteer has previous farm/work experience that we need at that time, we can arrange one week stays. We cannot accommodate volunteers who want to stay for less than a week. If you are here for less than 2 weeks, you will not be tending the dogs and goats. It takes too long to get a volunteer used to the animals and the animals used to them to make that work. You can be around them but you won’t be assuming responsibility for their care. Transportation: Getting here: Mega Bus now serves Oxford. There is a stop on the campus of the University of MS. We will pick you up and return you to Oxford. Please let us know before you make reservations. Once you are here: While we are only 10 miles from Oxford, there is NO public transportation between our farm and Oxford. If you have a bicycle, you can safely ride to Oxford during the day. However, the road is not safe at night as there are no bike lanes, “shoulders” or consistent lighting. We can, however, arrange to take folks into town when we go. Food preferences: We are omnivores NOT vegetarians. That said, we have had vegans staying with us and it worked well. Living Conditions: We are currently finishing the construction of our volunteer living space. Right now there is an air conditioned/heated sleeping/eating space with a half bath. There is a sink, microwave, and small fridge for food prep. Soon there will be a shower. For now you have to use the shower in one of our two houses. We build much of our own stuff; housing/septic/drainage systems etc. and, if you join us, you may be helping and learning. You have your own space and we provide all the food. You fix your own breakfast and either your own lunch or your own dinner with food that we provide. I prepare one full meal a day that we all eat together unless you prefer to take the food to your own space. I bake our bread. Internet Access: If you have a computer, tablet, smart phone etc. wireless internet access is available for e-mail and social networking. Online gaming, gambling and endless video streaming are not permitted. Laundry facilities are available. Smoking: You can smoke outside. We do not allow smoking inside our houses, the volunteer space, the barns, or in the gardens. Drugs: You may not use illegal drugs on our property. Languages: We are native English speakers with limited Italian, French, Spanish, and German. We are interested in having volunteers who speak another language so that we can learn from them while they practice their English with us. I am currently learning Spanish and attempting to teach it to our homeschooled grandchildren. If you like children and would like to teach a Spanish lesson once a day, I’m sure you would be an improvement! Music and Art: Everyone on Broken Magnolia loves music and everyone except myself and a 5 year old grandchild play. We live in the MS Hill Country and the spring and summer are the time for Hill Country Blues festivals. If you have your own transportation, these festivals and the MS Delta and the many Delta blues festivals are an easy drive away. Our son, who lives on the farm, is a professional artist and is interested in having volunteers who would like to work on framing etc. The village we live in has many professional artists. Pets: We cannot accommodate pets. RVs: If you have a small to medium size RV we can arrange to park it and run an electric cord to it but we don’t have hookups for water or sewage.
Région: OtagoTe Nohoaka o Tukiauau / Sinclair Wetlands is a 315-hectare privately-owned wetland and important bird habitat, the wetland is protected under a QEII open space covenant and is regarded as the largest and most important privately owned wetland in New Zealand. The wetland consists of ponds, water channels, swamplands and a couple of re-vegetating islands and hosts over 60 species of birds which live in, or regularly visit the wetland. In exchange for accommodation we require helpers for maintenance, up keep and enhancement of the wetlands. As the wetlands is a non profit organisation (and is run by a Trust with minimal funding - not a business) we are unable to provide food or wi-fi or luxuries. However, by choosing an exchange with us your help will have a positive environmental impact, rather than creating a monetary gain for a business. Along the way you will discover what makes conservation in N.Z. so unique. Work can include: weed eradication, predator trapping, track maintenance, tree planting, bird surveying, nursery and plant work, worm farming, grounds keeping etc. Come and enjoy staying in a peaceful and important conservation environment. The volunteer house is well equipped, quiet and private (although can be cold at times - come prepared!). We have kayaks on-site, bush walks nearby,and we are close to the Catlins and the Southern scenic route. Your host's are a friendly young couple in their late 20's who enjoy nature, outdoor activities and sports, photography and art, good food and encouraging a sustainable world! We are 50km from Dunedin set among rural farms on the Taieri Plains (close to the airport) Allow 35 minutes drive from Dunedin city. *Please come prepared for working in the outdoors, and the willingness to live in a conservative manner.
Région: Coimbra and CenterIn a family setting we have a wonderful farm practicing and teaching organic gardening in a most secluded and beautiful valley with river and stream. We operate a small health retreat, where people from all around the world are coming to restore their mental, physical and spiritual life. We offer to our guests a complete detox program including most treatment available, such as nutritional therapy, massages, hydrotherapy, use of herbs and various poultices....
Région: LoretoI am in general very open minded and I like to exchange culture. I dedicate myself mostly to the export and pronotion of widely used medicinal plants and trees from the Amazon basin. The traditional healing ceremonies that are practiced within Amazonian Shamanism and the philosophies behind it are one of my biggest interests. For my work I live mostly in the city of Iquitos, but I like to do hikes in the forest and I like the cultivation of plants when I have free time available. I also like going to good restaurants in the city and in the weekends I may go out for a drink with some friends.