Area: Tuscanyhi, we are a family with 4 children, currently I'm in charge of our children as they are young, maya 5 years, ester 3 years and the twins elia and anita almost 1 year old, I'm an architect and like since a child to handcraft with textile, my name is fulvia. My partner works in a cineclub d'essay and takes care of the house and of our surrounding landscape, as we live in a magical forest on the pisan hills, a few kilometers from Pisa
Area: VärmlandFor this summer we have space left: -SEPTEMBER 2014: 1-27/9/-2014 Please make sure you read the profile before you apply. And please do all hosts a favour: write to one place first, wait for their reply and then, if needed, ask another place. Otherwise you waste the time of many host. Thank you! This little farm is in Mid-Sweden, just next to the beautiful river Klarälven. A beaver resides next to us and elks are regular visitors. It is in Northern Värmland, 30km south of the border to Norway and 100 km north of Torsby, which is our “big city”. Please make sure you arrange all you further travels before you come - there is no cybercafe around. We want to revive our little Farm, as simple and ecologically sound as possible. We try to find reasonable ways of combining handwork and modern methods to do our work. We invite people who appreciate a simple, basic lifestyle, who like the calm and beautiful nature and want to do some practical work and who like animals. (No special animal experience needed - but the will to get to know them and care for them.) Please consider that you might meet other volunteers but it is also possible that you are the only one and be "alone" - which is a really good thing here in this nice area -but some people cannot handle that! We have to do a lot of other work too, so helpers have to be able to work on their own in a responsible way! Occasionally you can use a wood-fired sauna or the swedish badtunna - a 40 °C outdoor hotpot. You can enjoy sun bathing, fishing, walks in the beautiful surrounding (several very nice walking pathes invite hikers), take a canoe and paddle along the river, go swimming, maybe try horseback riding and much more as pass-time activities. Please make sure that you are properly insured, e.g. in case you hurt yourself. No smoking / no drugs! We can take up to 3 helpers at one time. Minimum age for helpers is 18. And you should have at least a little experience in doing practical work (e.g. how to hold a brush :) We prefer a stay of 2-3 weeks, longer might be possible. Don’t bring your best clothes. Sturdy shoes and rubber boots are useful, bring also a torch/better is a headlight and a warm sleeping bag + sleeping matress. As usual, helpers work 5 hours/day at 5 days per week - this is an average and this means really hard work. It is not possible to give a time shedule, because work needs to be done when it is time for it: this means flexible times! To give you an easy example: When the hay is dry and rain is coming, everybody has do give everything to get it in before the rain. No matter how many hours or days you have worked before. In other times very small an easy jobs let you think you are on holiday. We provide basic food, accommodation (read below!) and heaps of work mostly outside. We speak english, german and swedish. We love nature, a simple lifestyle and most of all: getting things done.
Area: AucklandGeoff and I are in our 60s, living in a home on a suburban street, close to the town center and with regular buses to Auckland. There are many beautiful beaches and two with in 8mins. walking distance from home. We have hosted school students for a number of years but now feel we would like to share our space with older people who would be willing to help around the garden, maybe do some painting or some landscaping. I am a retired school teacher and Geoff is a retired accountant who now has a small job in the community. I love to paint and create things and Geoff plays bowls. We have a camper van which we take for short breaks to beaches, often surf beaches, when we would be happy to include a visitor who would like to surf. We have two small dogs and a cat. Our accomidation would best suit a single person or a couple. We would all facilities. I enjoy cooking and sharing ideas with other cooks.
Area: Møre og RomsdalWe are a professional couple in our late 30's/40's, who love to bring old things to life - first our wooden boats, then also our cabin in the mountains, which used to be a church storage shed back in the early 1700 (before the church was speapt away by a tsunami from the fjord!). We love meeting new people from different cultures and we love sharing the experience of life in Norway. We live right next to the town of Ålesund, considered the most beautiful town in Norway, among islands, mountains and fjords. We love traveling, boating, fishing, skiing, cooking, relaxing, and drinking wine!
Area: LazioHello! We are Alex and Martin, An Italian/American same sex couple in a long term relationship. We've just acquired a country home in the Sabine hills, just outside the medieval town of Torri in Sabina, an hour's drive northeast of Rome. Both based in Rome, Alex is a hotelier and Martin works in television. We have wonderful Bracco Italiano, Winston, who's sure to become best friends with whoever might want to come and help us. The 3,300 sq ft home is in move-in condition but still requires some attention from handyman/woman. We haven't actually moved in yet, which will be an ongoing process over the next few months, it's the 4.5 arce lot - including thirty olive trees and numerous fruit trees - that needs a lot of attention. We're just starting out and we could use all sorts of help.