Area: VärmlandWe need help again in SEPTEMBER 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: VictoriaHorse Breeding Farm, 100 acres, during our breeding season (Sept to March) we look after up to 90 broodmares most of which foal down with us, then we get them back into foal. We raise the offspring and take them to sales all over Australia. We are a family of husband and wife with 2 children. I have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Equine Stud Management, I am a Licenced Artificial Inseminator for Equine and have worked with horses all my life. We brought our farm in 2006 but before then I was Studmaster on many various Horse studs in Australia. I am originally from New Zealand where my family also had horses. Our farm has plenty to offer all year round.
Area: AndaluciaMy wife and I have just purchased a Cortijo in Andalucia, just over 100 miles and 2 hours inland from Malaga Airport. The house is detached, with the nearest neighbour about 0.5 of a mile away on the edge of a small hamlet, which somehow manages to offer 2 bars - one for each house :-) We have a 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with a Rhodesian Ridge back (he's friendly, but protective) and have just rescued 2 kittens from death amongst the rubbish bins of the village we have been living in for the past few months :-( We are both NON-SMOKERS and my wife is a Raw Vegan and does not drink alcohol. I am retired and she is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Chi Running/Walking Instructor and NLP Master Practitioner. The property has not been lived in for a couple of years and the 6,000 square metres of land needs serious clearing and taming (not all of it!) We have a few dozen Olive trees and several Almond trees, so there is another 'opportunity' for harvesting these later in the year.... The house itself will be subjected to a programme of updating and general improvement over the coming months, using the relevant trades (Rewire/bathroom upgrades/tiling/roof repairs etc) but is entirely 'liveable' now, although of a 'basic standard' and in need of a thorough clean and dust! We will be 'on site' ourselves to oversee the work and do what we can to help bring it up to the standard we would like and can afford - quotes awaited.....
Area: New South WalesOur ashram is located in northern New South Wales, near Lismore, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Bangalow. This is a very different work exchange opportunity from many others; we work here at the ashram, with heart and hands, to nourish our spirits and transform our lives. Please read our profile carefully before requesting to come and stay. We prefer to take on people who are ready to stay and work with us for at least one month. Our ashram consists of a small community of vibrant individuals, strong in spirit and energy, who are taking time out from the outside world and connecting deeply to our inner selves. We are seeking passionate, active individuals to help out with gardening, landscaping, cleaning and cooking, who are ready to live consciously, joyfully, and in tune with nature. If you have a yearning to leave behind the stress of life in a big city, and are seeking to nurture your creativity in a group of like-minded people, then this opportunity is for you. Hundreds of people from all over the world have enjoyed their stay here from countries such as Australia, USA, Sweden, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Kenya, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Germany, Canada and New Zealand. There are 10 kilometres of walking tracks though our unspoiled forest and a beautiful creek with a swimming hole. We practice yoga and meditation daily, and in our spare time we play music, make art, and have nightly dance parties. We prepare two nourishing vegetarian meals per day and a lot of our produce is grown on the land. We only welcome people who have the intention to stay with us for at least one month, as it takes time to settle in and really connect with our daily program. Our day is scheduled around working on the land, practicing meditation, and expressing our creativity in diverse ways. If you are interested in sustainable living, spiritual growth, and community lifestyle, then this is a valuable opportunity to learn, share, and grow with others. Come with the intention to take the time to care and nurture yourself while giving all your energy to be part of a unique and beautiful community. See you soon!
Area: New South WalesHi There. I am unable to host till mid November. Going around the world. I'm Adrienne, an easy going person with good values and morals. I am well travelled and enjoy hosting interesting guests. I live on one acre of land, large house and garden, in a quiet suburb. I live alone most of the time and would love some help tiding up the garden. No heavy work. Probably 3 hours a day work required. I have 2 chickens that adore me. I am in the process of getting ready to sell the house. I have a great pool and spa, so chill out time in the summer heat is a must. I do smoke but never inside the house. I work at different hospitals as an anaesthetic nurse. The bus stop is 30-40 min walk or 3 min drive from my house. The bus can get you to the train station. From there it is one hour by train to the city of Sydney. I am able to host a maximum of 2 people for one week. I am a true Piscean: Imaginative and sensitive; Compassionate and kind; Selfless and unworldly; Intuitive and sympathetic. (Chinese horoscope - I am a Dragon).