Area: ExtremaduraPLEASE contact this host in Spanish. We are Joseph and Loli (66 and 58 years), a couple who live in a rural area north of Caceres in Spain, called Sierra de Gata. We are in a natural setting with charm and tranquility: we have forests with oaks and chestnut trees, olive plantations, vineyards, orange and fruit, many rivers and simple people. We live in a property that is less than 1 hectare in area, in the village of Hoyos. This town has a historic center, declared "Historic-Artistic Monument" by Spanish National Heritage, and has just under 1000 inhabitants. There are several food shops, bars and others. It has daily bus line to Coria, Plasencia, Cáceres, Madrid Irun and Bilbao. Our home is fully equipped, comfortable and quiet: we have hot water, electricity, heating. We offer a pleasant, quiet, unhurried, simple and healthy cuisine, and contact with other local people. We personally practice pranayama, yoga, meditation, we can share. We need help in maintaining the farm: clearing land, cleaning walls, pruning of fruit trees, olive trees, cleaning, rebuilding walls and hedges. Somos José y Loli (66 y 58 años), una pareja que vivimos desde hace 15 años en una zona rural del norte de Cáceres, en España, llamada Sierra de Gata. Estamos en un entorno natural con encanto y tranquilidad: tiene bosques de robles y castaños, fincas de olivos, viñas, naranjos y frutales, muchos ríos y gentes sencillas. Nosotros vivimos a 700 mt. de la población llamada Hoyos. Este lugar tiene un casco antiguo histórico, declarado "Monumento Histórico-Artístico" por el Patrimonio Nacional Español, y tiene algo menos de 1000 habitantes. Hay varios comercios de alimentación, bares y otros servicios. Tiene varias líneas de autobúses que diariamente pueden llevarnos a Moraleja, Coria, Plasencia, Cáceres, Madrid, Salamanca, Valladolid, Burgos, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Irún y Bilbao. Nuestra casa está dentro de una finca de alrededor de 1 hectárea, con acceso directo a la carretera, perfectamente acondicionada para una estancia cómoda y tranquila: tenemos agua caliente, luz, calefacción. Tenemos 2 perros muy tranquilos y 3 gatos. Ofrecemos una estancia agradable, tranquila, sin prisas, una cocina sencilla y saludable, y contacto con otras personas del lugar. Nosotros practicamos de forma personal trabajos de pranayama, yoga, vibraciones y meditación, que podemos compartir. Necesitamos ayuda en el mantenimiento de la finca: desbrozar, limpiar muros, arreglo de árboles frutales, limpieza de olivos, recomponer muros y vallados.
Area: Mullumbimby near Byron Bay in New South WalesWe have a 75 acre mountain rainforest landscape in the hinterland behind Byron Bay and near the town of Mullumbimby. Certified organic, we grow lemons, limes, oranges, ginger and turmeric but are dont do much commercially and mostly have gardens and orchards for our own use. We have a few dwellings spread out of the farm and a small handful of residents at any one time, working on and off site. Accommodation is usually offered in a private, self contained space with your own bathroom, Internet, kitchen, TV, movies, music, library. Sometimes it is in our guest accommodation used for holiday rentals and other times in circular domes, yurts or cabins. Work is a mix of varied jobs with some ongoing garden tasks including planting, fertilising, weeding, seeding and other bits and pieces like painting, oiling, sorting, repairing and animal care with our sheep, cows and chickens. Other work can include cooking, food preserving, cleaning, computers, admin and marketing, mowing grass, harvesting and general jobs around the houses and dwellings. We have a background in permaculture, sustainable living education and consulting. We have lots of self-reliance and permaculture systems being used providing food, water, medicine, shelter, animals and energy. We also research ethnobotany, the cultural use of plants and enjoy making things like herbal medicines, cosmetics and other useful products from our gardens which can also be a common job. Some if not most work is done without supervision and you'd need to be comfortable working alone or with another work exchange guest. Good food is supplied but you need to be prepared to cook for yourself and make your own meals with food supplied. We do have some group gatherings and share some meals day or night but due to evening work commitments, you need to be OK about preparing your own meals and keeping yourself occupied at night. We have many movies, books, magazines, internet and music and the farm itself has beautiful mountain valley views, rainforest walks, animals and nearby are numerous fresh water swimming holes, bike rides and other things to do. Mullumbimby is a great diverse town nearby with people from around the world and lots going on with many activities and events to engage with.Byron Bay has even more. We supply two circular shelter systems from the farm, one called Blue Mountain Yurts and the other Domain Domes - both are innovative circular housing and shelter systems. Let us know what your interests are, any relevant skills and what your plans are and we can discuss things further.
Area: Washington StateOur ranch is located in the beautiful Okanogan Valley on the Eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. We raise horses, cows and goats. Springtime is very busy with calving, foaling and kidding. Goats are milked twice a day and kids are bottle feed 2-3 times a day. We have a short rainy season in the spring and a hot dry summer, beautiful Autumn with warm days and cool nights going into cold winters with heavy snow in the mountains but light snows in the valley. The cows and horses get turned out in mountain pastures in the summer. The goats are our main project we need help with. They start kidding in late March and we milk and feed babies. Extra milk is used to make soap. We are in need of help mostly in the spring and summer. But we are flexible depending on what you would like to help with. There is everything from milking and feeding the kids to gardening, canning, cooking, cleaning, fence building, small construction projects also help in needed keeping up the house and cooking. We welcome your expertise and will teach you new things here. We have a spare bedroom or an older clean motorhome. Vegetarians are welcome but we do eat quite a bit of meat so everyone needs to be flexible. There is a lot of history and beautiful country here.
Area: New South WalesHi, I live on a alternative lifestyle community of 8 shares near Byron Bay,NSW,Australia. My share is 2 acres which I caretake and have my solar powered house and music studio. It is very beautiful here with views up the Wilson Creak valley.There's a huge swimming hole at the creek with a raft to chillout on, only 200m walk away. The bush and garden have many species of birds, and other wild life.The nearest town is Mullumbimby only 8kms, nearest beach is Brunswick heads 16kms and Byron Bay is 25kms.There are also many nature reserves,forests and waterfalls nearby and great local week end markets where I sell my music and jewelery.
Area: Rangárþing EystraRecently we welcomed our 50th workawayer in less than 1 year of hosting volunteers. IMPORTANT: We are a non-smoking facility and house. We have found that even if you smoke well away from the house, the smell can still be brought into the house, and that smell is not only nasty, but at least one person in the family is allergic to the odor from cigarette smoke. Therefore, if you smoke, you should find a host better suited to your habit. If you start smoking after you get here, you will be asked to leave immediately. The standard Workaway volunteer rate is 5 hours per day 5 days a week in exchange for food and board. To avoid any misunderstanding it is important to understand we live on a working farm. With the cows needing to be milked twice per day, every day, this would be in excess of the Workaway "standard" volunteer rate. In order to help mitigate this 'excess' work, we try to accommodate each individual situation with daytrips around the area, between or after milking hours, use of a car for shorter trips, etc. While that has worked well for everyone before Workaway, and even with the vast majority of Workawayers, we want to be completely upfront so that all expectations are set, and disappointments are minimized. On our farm we have dairy cows and calves, horse breeding and a few sheep and chickens. The workers that come here learn how to milk, feed and take care of cattle as well as general maintenance in the barn, some every day, other weekly tasks such as cleaning hay off the floor and storing plastic wrap after feeding, cleaning milk pipes, milk room and muck from young calves when needed. Between milking hours, there is a need to occasionally check on the cows to make sure they have enough hay, and to feed more or rake toward them any hay already in front of them. In return, they provide all the fresh milk you can drink. :) Note! We only have horses here for experienced riders, so don't expect to be able to go riding if you are not used to horses and riding. If you have skills to train (not just ride) horses you can enjoy riding between milking hours or depending on how many volunteers we have during the time you are here, you might be in our team of horse trainers. We ask the workawayers to keep the kitchen clean, (floor too), empty trash, reload and empty dishwasher as well as all general housework such as vacuuming and dusting off in the living area and in the rooms where the workawayers stay. In the household it is mainly me (Bertha; I am a native Icelander) and my husband (Jay; he is from America), but our grown-up kids come here for some weekends (they study elsewhere). We also run a growing Web development business from our home office, which is why we need help on the farm.