LIVE ON A GUEST RANCH IN BEAUTIFUL B.C.
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Volunteers are needed for this month and enquiries are very welcome for the whole year.
Part availabilty for volunteers this month and enquiries are welcome for other months of the year.
No volunteer availabilty for this month but please feel free to email about volunteering during other months that are marked in green or yellow.
Area: Rhône-AlpesWe are a familyof three, plus two friendly, well behaved dogs. My husband, David, is writing a book and when I was in the UK, I was a Primary School teacher. In our spare time, we enjoy walking and gardening. We enjoy going to galleries too. We love meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. We have been living in France since October 2012. Before moving to France, we lived in Scotland.
Area: 30 000m2Depending on Your skills /preferences we agree, divide and share tasks in the best way for everyone! We are committed to make the best we can for mutual benefit and exchange. If You share your skills, engagement, energy and time here - we contribute with what we can, and try to make You stay as rewarding as possible. We are in the process of turning this little farm into a functional farm for ourselves and many guests we are expecting and people visiting for many reasons. Also we are establishing the farm as the first educational center for natural building techniques, use of recycled stuff and especially building with clay, several techniques. We have lived here since april-10 and already offered many courses, workshops. lectures and guided tours of different techniques of building with clay. We want to welcome YOU who are kind, social, friendly and also motivated to help out in different methods of building with wood and clay and everything that has to be done on a little farm. Now; beginning fall still some has to be built, for example a front porch! Also it is time for vegetable harvest, pickeling, fencing, and other maintenance. We need motivated helpers that have some experience with building with wood! We like persons to communicate a few mails back and forth with us before deciding, and we prefer that You stay for at least one month, if we like each others company maybe You stay for a few months? We like to know though that You choose THIS place for what we can offer and that You think You can contribute with that fits into our transition, and creative and positive atmosphere. We are increasing our cultivation, not big so far, but growing. The aim is to develop more and more into Permaculture. We also need more helping hands with vegetable gardens and fruit and berry cultivation. We are slowly but surely preparing for a "food-forest", so some help with planning, digging and planting this fall is also needed. We do lasagna beds and prefer ”no dig”. Even though on some areas our hard working digging, weeding old fashion pigs are allowed to ”prepare” the ground. Working together with us here also includes helping out with all sorts of things that come with the daily life on a little farm, like fencing, daily maintenance and care of animals, taking down treas, preparing firewood for winter etc. We also paint mostly (but not totally) with home made, old fashion natural egg oil tempera. About us and our animals: ”We” are a happily married middle aged couple. My husbands name is Lars-Erik, but almost no one knows that. Since he was eight years old he is called ”Lärkan” which is Swedish for ”the Lark” (=the singing bird). My name is Marjo. We are an active couple that have changed our lifestyle into a more sustainable one. Our two sons are grown up and only visit once in a while. We found this little cottage in the middle of the forest. A lot had, and still has to be done here. Square meter by square meter we take care, restore, build new buildings and cultivate... Long way to go. A lot is still not as organized as we would like it to be. We have three cats and three very kind family dogs. In addition to the "family dogs" we also have a cattle-guardian dog. He lives with the sheep day and night and will keep them and our other small animals more safe. There are a lot of wolfs, lynxes, foxes and bears around our place. Exiting and interesting wildlife and ABSOLUTELY NO THREAT TO HUMANS but dangerous for our small animals. About relaxation and getting to know Swedish traditions: Of course we will try to show You some and tell You as much as You want! Most likely we will work together most of the time, at times You will work only with other volunteers. We usually have long relaxing pauses for meals speaking and relaxing together. To socialize is important to us, so we prefer having communicative volunteers than silent loners... Also we are sensitive to atmospheres... so if You think You know most things better than others we don´t want You to come here. ^^ We like to make friends, and preferably to keep friends! We have been so lucky that several of our previous volunteers have come back to us. Some just to visit a few days, others to come work with us for a period again and contribute and share life.. Wonderful! In the evenings we at times watch a film together. We listen to music a lot. Of course there will be opportunities to make trips to interesting places around here! We will in every way try to make Your stay as rewarding as possible. On Sundays, and at times other weekdays we usually let volunteers use our car to have a trip and do some sight seeing. (You will pay the petrol yourself) There is always a lot that has to be done but every task is lot more enjoyable in companionship! We would love to get new companions, new friends - are YOU one of them?!? We share most responsabilities with a dear friend, Monika, that spends a lot of time here. All that we cultivate of course is organically grown, but what we buy is not always. It would be nice also to prepare meals together, maybe at times also to take turns in cooking? I, Marjo, eat vegetarian, but also fish and eggs. I have some food intolerances, for example no tolerance to gluten, and most dairy products, the same for Monika. Accomodation: You will be provided simple accomodation: for example beds in a little guesthouse with no conveinences. Two small rooms, You will share that little house with one or two others. There is also another room available situated inside the barn, for one or two persons. Also some extra space in one of the new bunk houses. There is a lot to do, but no worries : ) In joyful companionship a lot will be accomplished! If our lifestyle and activities sounds appealing to You: please contact us! We would love and appreciate the helping hands of handy men or handy-women. And of course we will do what we can to make your stay as rewarding as possible. We are looking forward to getting to know new friends who would like to share thoughts, experience and skills with us. If You are a silent, inward, critical loner, please do not apply! But if You think You would fit in here - Please contact us!
Area: Indre-et-Loire, FranceMy husband and I (both ex-teachers and living permanently in France) are looking for someone strong, willing to help us during the months March to May 2015 to look after 1 hectare (4.5 acres) of land that surrounds us and help maintain the gite, where we have paying guests in the summer. This would be a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys manual labour and wishes to extend their knowledge of English and/or French and get to know the French countryside. However, this is a very quiet, rural part of France and the weather can be variable at this time of year so anyone hoping for an active night life and a tan, will be disappointed!
Area: Saint-André-de-Roquepertuis, Gard, Languedoc-RoussillonMy name is Pierre, I'm married to Céline and we have a child Vincent (born in 2008). I build my house of straw, wood frame, technical GREB (walls and roof were finished in February 2014) Actually I'm working inside. I'll become a farmer / organic baker. My life change comes from the birth of my son. On outgoing nature, I love to talk and share what I've learned. I like listening to hard rock, but I'm open to all music ;-) Je m'appelle Pierre, je suis marié à Céline et nous avons un enfant Vincent (né en 2008). Je construis ma maison en paille, ossature bois, technique GREB. (les murs et le toit sont finis depuis février 2014) Je construis l'intérieur de la maison maintenant. Je vais devenir paysan/boulanger bio. Mon changement de vie vient de la naissance de mon fils. D'une nature extravertie, j'aime beaucoup parler, et transmettre ce que j'ai déjà appris. J'aime bien écouté du hard rock, mais je suis ouvert à toutes les musiques ;-)
Area: Midi PyreneesWe are a french familly with 5 children (age :5, 8 , 13, 14 and 16). He works full time and she takes care of the children. We live in a old farm close to Toulouse (15km) in the countryside. We have a big garden (approx. 6 acres) and a few animals (cat, sheeps) During winter time we are looking for help with housekeeping, cooking and occasional babysitting. In spring and summer (from April to November) we really need helpers motivated by gardening (like weeding, mowing...) and also some building and renovating. Usually everything goes fine, but we like to give ourselves a week to decide whether this is working or not, on our side, as well as on our guests' side. The whole family is very interested in discovering various cultures and will be very happy to share moments with you, and exchange about our respective cultures, languages, and gastronomies. We really appreciate it when our guests teach us a recipe from their country. Guests who do not speak french are also welcome (we speak english and a bit of spanish).