Area: ScotlandWe moved here to this beautiful West of Scotland Island 3 1/2 years ago. The 40 acre field now has 5 native woodlands, a medicinal herb garden, a largish and productive biodynamic veg garden and polytunnel small orchard and half built eco house. With 18 hens, 4 ducks, two cats. There is always lots to do. It can be very wet and windy here but the beauty and peace of the place more than compensate for the weather. Often it is very sunny and calm also. Easy to get to with public transport. Accommodation for workaways is somewhat primitive, no hot running water yet, for example. We need people who are capable and skilled at some aspects of joinery, building, plumbing, wiring, gardening, scything, tree work. The most important skill will be flexibility. Lismore is a very sociable island with 200 mostly friendly inhabitants. 12 miles long and 2 miles wide there is plenty of space to explore and drink in the beautiful views of the mountains and sea all around. Ceilidhs (music and dancing), film nights in the hall, church, one shop, a primary school, singing group, many native Gaelic speakers. If you play an instrument or sing even better. If you prefer peace and quiet to write or just to dream that is also great (when you are not working of course). The food is great, so they tell me. Home made bread, jams, chutneys, yogurt, eggs, lots of salads and veg. Meat and fish are on the menu if desired.
Area: CataloniaHi, We are a married couple with three children, originally from Wales and we are living in the province of Tarragona, in a Village about an hours drive from the Tarragona coastline. We have a small 5 hectre farm planted with olives, almonds, cherries and vines. Our farm is close to our local village and the area has lots to offer for people who enjoy the great outdoors. Last year, we built our own pool which is great for the summer months or it is only a five minute drive to the local village pool, which opens late June until September. Each year we are looking to improve the land and increase our number of trees. We have invested in buying an olive press which we hope to use this year to make our own olive oil. Also, we are hoping for a good crop of red and white grapes which we aim to make our own wine with. With help, we hope to start a new project this year. We want to construct a stone building to house the olive press. We are always open to ideas from people on landscaping, different methods of farming and new knowledge etc. We have been living in Spain for ten years and would love to share our way of living off the grid whilst meeting and making new friends. Also, we are very keen to improve our Spanish and would enjoy spending workaway experiences practising this language.
Area: ScotlandI am relaxed, liberal and libertarian. I value good manners, flexibility and honesty; a sense of humour is always welcome. I live in a wonderful location in the most beautiful and ancient of Scottish towns; I am at present the only person living at my address, but I do share my life with a 60-year old Herman's Tortoise :-) I have only recently bought the property in which I reside and as I am without anyone else at home, I would value some help with the domestic interior and garden/exterior.
Area: CameroonJoin our Global Team Summer 2015 - " Make A Difference Volunteering & Cultural Immersion Experience " Unique Experience while Volunteering , and learn about rural village traditions and culture TEAM 2014 IN CAMEROON Joel(Germany),Triona(Ireland)Alexia(Canada)Joan(USA)Petr(Czech Republic These awesome volunteers met in Cameroon for six weeks+ Thank you ALL very much for the amazing work you did from organizing the rural village outreach health fair, people with disabilities entrepreneurship, community connection and helping at the local orphanage, hospitals and local school. “……..once again huge thank you to you for having me over in Cameroon. I had an awesome time, great experience and I am blessed to meet all your friends and other nice Cameroon people. I am very much hoping I will be able to come back and help further with your projects……..” Petr GLOBAL TEAM 2014 Thanking ALL the applicants who contacted us for 2014 volunteering period. Due to the overwhelming offers from workaways, we are adding a second segment as follows for SUMMER 2015 Segment 1: JUNE 1-JULY 7 Segment 11: JULY 1-AUGUST 7 A MAXIMUM OF 6 VOLUNTEERS PER SESSION. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATION. Our Program offer volunteers from abroad a hands-on six (6) week program during summer holidays to undertake a multi-disciplinary international development experience to deepen their understanding of development issues , combined with a cultural immersion program.Volunteers work on small scalable poverty combating sustainable social and community development projects alongside local people addressing issues -Gender, Human Rights, Health, Food and Nutrition, Conservation, Education and Economic Opportunities. Volunteer Opportunities Village Mobile Health Corp Volunteers Help to bring health care to the remote rural poor villages and to educate them on how to prevent diseases and promote health and wellbeing Setting up a short-term clinic in a remote village ; to allow the people to consult nurse practitioners, medical students and doctors and receive health and wellness education addressing the village health concerns such as Maternal Health, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, together with a more focused cultural immersion component embedded throughout the Health Fair event. Hygiene and good sanitation practices: To teach the village people the importance of good sanitation in improving health and to ensure that villagers understand sanitary practices and the importance of using latrines Women with special needs Independent Living Resource Center Violence Prevention Volunteers • Provide women with disabilities with training and violence prevention education. • Assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming. • Assist with information materials for the women with disabilities • Assist with literacy education in advocacy and reaching out for help. Health & Wellness Education and Disease Prevention Volunteers Educate Women with disabilities mothers on : Proper nutrition, Well baby care Hygiene and disease prevention Health issues and the importance of pre-natal and post natal care Wellness programs Women with disabilities Health Needs Assessments Research Volunteers Volunteers will work on a pilot cooperative program with the local medical center aimed at providing comprehensive health care to Women with disabilities and their children, many are also victims of domestic and sexual violence Task Investigating gaps and opportunities in the local medical health center system Meeting with women with disabilities and staff at the local medical center to assess health needs and opportunities to develop future health projects Conduct a needs as¬sessment of women with disabilities who are pregnant or at risk for becoming pregnant Determine needs of women with disabilities that would enable them to complete a full-term pregnancy Help identify and/or develop appropriate interventions to reduce the number of fetal/child Textile Artists, Crafters, Designers , Creative volunteers You will assist in the delivery of handcraft workshops or you can design your own workshops that teach: • Sewing, knitting and crochet patterns. • Embroidery and weaving classes. • Artisan natural soap making • Teach new skills for gift and souvenir production; jewelry, toy making Artisanal Soap Project Development Volunteers Volunteers to assist a startup artisanal handcrafted soap production project. The artisanal handcrafted Soap Project aims to train and employ women with disabilities, and the income generated from sales of the handcrafted soaps locally and in export markets will be used to support health, educational and women’s human rights advocacy and activism programs. Task • Researching and gathering soap materials; • Researching graphic designers product packaging and branding • Development of supportive information and materials to convey the goals of the Soap Project to funders • Researching funding charities working to increase women’s economic development to fund the soap project • Volunteers will work closely with the soap project developers to supply both research information and novel ideas to guide the development of this entirely new soap production Volunteers to help setting up a garden and renovating a women with special needs Independent Living Resource Centre which will also house a bed & breakfast Task • Landscaping and hedges to lay • Fencing • Build small garden walls using bamboo materials, • Plots for organic vegetable and herb garden • Plots for flower garden • Painting and decorating Public Relations Volunteer • Assist with design and creation of promotion and marketing materials for Women’s Center programs including flyers, brochures, postcards, posters • Assist with online publicity, including, but not limited to, website editing, listing Women’s Center programs. Social Networking and Blog Editor Volunteers • Assist with setting up Women with special needs Independent Living Resource Centre website and other sites including tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. • Coordinate Social Networking efforts with marketing of all Women with special needs Independent Living Resource Centre’s programs • Assist with regular maintenance of the Center ‘s Blog • Write clear and critical blogs on relevant topics -Rural Community Development through Service Learning Volunteers Do you have a passion for traveling, fascination to nature, culture, photography: volunteer opportunity to develop a collection of initiatives that promote Akum village as a premier Service Learning Destination for students from abroad. Volunteer tasks primarily focused on developing Akum village as a premier service learning destination for students from abroad , broken into three (3) key components starting with: 1. Community based service learning organizations and community development projects- visits to organizations , interviewing, take photographs , selecting community development projects. 2. Cultural Immersion- visit local artists and craft-makers to get an insight on their arts and crafts, photograph and video the history, techniques ,materials they use , their music, dance and drumming.. Visit outdoors and nature tourism sites-waterfall adventure, horseback riding, hiking and sightseeing excursions. photograph and video 3. A Resource material for students : produce a video and photographic compilation , digital outreach promotional brochures and displays materials for social media. organize a culminating photographic/Video exhibition for the participants , efforts to build on their village future as a service learning destination Motivated destination tourism developers volunteers As a volunteer you will assist with the creation of nature tourism attractions in the village which include waterfall trails, construction of a natural built small eco-lodge and a nature training center . Tasks may include: • Teaching environmental protection awareness workshops to the village people. • Training local village youths as guides. • Leading and supervising local youths in the trail construction to the waterfalls. • Making signs and maps to the various waterfalls. • Designing and construction of a small bamboo and earth eco-lodge. • Setting up a gardening center-digging and planting trees, vegetables and herbs Photographer/Videographer Volunteer (does not have to be a professional)- Task Filming a variety of workshops and rural village health clinic events Conducting interviews with workshop participants and community facilitators Creating a 10 minute promotional film for use online and in presentations Creating a slideshow or short film Translating and subtitling all material produced Enhancing general online video and photography material Other related as needed Arrival: Your arrival airport is CITY-DOUALA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DLA). We greet and pick up volunteers from the airport. You will spend your first night at a secured Catholic guesthouse in Douala city and travel the next day to our base in the village, which is a 5 hour journey by car. Accommodation: All volunteers stay together in our gated comfortable guesthouse which can host up to 12 volunteers at any time. All except two bedrooms have en-suite toilet and (cold water) shower facilities. There is a furnished living room, dining room, office and kitchen with a gas cooker. There are outside covered and open patios around the building and a garden. Eating: Three basic Cameroonian meals are included free as standard. Volunteers may, if they choose, shop for Western food in the big cities and prepare special meals for themselves THINGS TO DO- The village of Akum is a hiker's paradise with trails that lead through winding hillside paths and valleys to Mbatu lake , where you can swim and also visit a famous Catholic pilgrimage site. Other trails winds into the nomadic Mbororo cattle grazers community with majestic panoramic views of the valleys and clouds. Meet a very warm group of people along the way as they go about their routine daily lifestyle. Expect invitations to share a meal with their families. Hike or ride a bike to the King of Akum’s dairy farm, where he will gladly welcome you and tell you all about his dairy project, this breed of dairy cattle are from the Netherlands. He has a true passion for agriculture and the young calf cannot get enough of him. Waterfalls viewing and climbing for the adventurous Getaway trips to other parts of the North West Region and other parts of Cameroon
Area: Lower SaxonyMy husband Bernd and I used to have a house full of young people, but now there are lots of empty rooms, since two of our three daughters (17, 24 and 26) have moved out . When I read about volunteering, I was immediately interested. Helping hands are always needed, because besides our usual jobs (as banker and commmercial clerk) we are part-time farmers as well. We live in a small village (maybe 800 inhabitants) near Göttingen, well-known for its university. It it located at the corner of the three areas Lower Saxony, Hessen und Thuringia. Hanover ist about 100 km to the North, Kassel 50 km to the South. The Weser hills, the romantic town of Hann Münden and the Harz are not far.