Area: Birmingham, West Midlands, EnglandI am a Chemist and Spanish Teacher from Spain living in the UK since 2012 and I like meeting people from all over the world. The hostel is one minute away from the Two Towers which inspired JRR Tolkien who wrote The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and two minutes walking distance from The Oratory where He used to participate and one minute from The Plough and Harrow hotel where he stayed as well. I am currently away on holiday and have left my friend Ali to manage the hostel for me until I am back. Ali is a senior menswear fashion designer, professional concept artist and illustrator who is also keen on meeting new people and making connections around the world. He has been living in Birmingham about 5 years now. Most likely all your booking and inquiries will be dealt by him now as I have full confidence he is an excellent host and a trustworthy friend. I will be in constant touch with him throughout my holiday to make sure all is well and guests are happy. UPDATES: We will be looking again in DECEMBER 2014 - We currently have found our new volunteer and will be looking again later on in the year, possibly in December 2014. - My friend Ali (The current hostel manager) will be replying to emails as he will choose who he thinks will be suitable at each point in time depending on the needs of the hostel. At times your practical skills and DIY abilities will be required (when there is decorating and maintenance) and other times your social and language ability (when entertaining and helping international guests through Birmingham). ABOUT THE HOSTEL: The hostel has 10 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms between 2 flats, very well located near the city center of Birmingham, UK. All major entertainment, shopping, natural parks and leisure centres are walking distance and in close proximity but we also have 2 bicycles to rent for guests that can be used if they are free if you choose to explore the city on your own or with Ali. There are endless things to see and discover as it is an open city with so many different aspects of industry and culture mixed into one. Birmingham has 571 parks totalling over 3,500 hectares (14 sq mi) of public open space, more than any other European city.
Area: Algarve, Silves AreaWe are looking for open minded people to have lots of fun and laughter. Silves is a historic town. Near are the best beeches in the Algarve, Train and buses go past here at Poco Barreto. 5 mins by car to Silves Lagoa Algoz.I breed Portuguese water dogs
Area: ManitobaOur Ranch; School of Gentle and Natural Horsemanship and Guest Ranch outside of Inglis, Manitoba, is a 640 acre Professional Horse Training Ranch owned and operated by Judith. Judith draws from her education under Monty Roberts and Jean-Francois Pignon combined with mental integrity techniques developed during her career as a professional skydiver to deliver a Gentle and Natural training experience that is distinctly her own. Judith trains according to the language of horses, and approaches them with understanding and a positive, faithful leadership. Our Ranch is also a full featured Guest Ranch offering Accommodations, Meals, Trail Rides, Cattle Drives and more!
Area: Poitou CharentesWe are a young (mid 50's) retired English couple who through an act of folly (which we still laugh about) own a 25 metre high historic Lime Kiln with several outbuildings. We have lived here for just over 4 years and still have many ongoing projects both in the garden and in the home. Located between the Loire Valley and the Dordogne, outside of a small hamlet, nearest shops 5km, within walking distance of local bar (bikes supplied). We have a large veggie area with raised beds which have produced excellent crops. Our home is shared with a small dog, who is very friendly. Gillian breeds chickens, so we get to enjoy fresh eggs and meat. The accommodation on offer is a caravan or tent, and have meals with us. We provide breakfast and 2 home cooked meals a day served with wine/beer. Wifi available. This in exchange for help 27 hours a week Mon-Thu (10-4.30 (Fri 10-4) with 1 hour for lunch. In addition to the hours you may be asked to assist with washing up after our evening meal (or just stacking the dishwasher!). For the experienced abseiller, there is removing creeper from the 25 meter kiln wall (abseiling equipment provided) and then repointing. We look forward to you joining us on our epic journey in restoring the property. We are happy to provide transport to and from the property within reason e.g Bressuire (30 minutes away), Parthenay or Thouars. Poitiers station/airport has good connections throughout Europe and a direct lines to Bressuire and Parthenay. When replying please state approx dates/duration and what types of work you can do. Thanks Gillian & Alan
Area: EnglandI have a large house which is right on the beach at Shoreham, West Sussex (southern England). It is in an amazing setting. You walk out of the back gate straight on to the pebble beach. The high tide mark is about 70 m away and at night if you open your window you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves. I bought the house in November 2011 and am making slow changes to it. I am a good communicator and will be happy to chat with you to help improve your English practice. I used to be a journalist and sub-editor so should be reasonably expert in which are the correct words to use when speaking English. I live with my partner who is at work during the day - though I am usually at home all day except when I go shopping etc. I have three grown up sons but they all live away from home. I am a writer and spend quite a lot of time on the computer. I have a beloved dog Graf so you should be an animal lover. He is quite mature now being aged 11. Mark has a West Highland terrier called Daisy, she is really intelligent and is a real character. She is only 2. We have a bus service right outside our door (no 19) and this can take you to Shoreham train station from where you can get to most parts of the UK. I also have bicycles which you could use to get to the nearest town, Shoreham. Please have a look at Shoreham Beach on Google maps so you can get an idea of what I am talking about. Please note though that if you ride to Brighton by bicycle it can take 45 minutes one way. If you are the sort of person who needs to go out a lot, then you may find the beach a bit isolated. Please think carefully about this. Its also fun to ride along Shoreham beach and there is a coastal cycle path to Worthing in the west about 7 miles away.