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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: AucklandHi! We have a lovely home with a beautiful outlook over bush, which is a 15 - 20 minute walk from Palm Beach on Waiheke Island. We have a kayak available for use and possibly a bicycle too. We are very close to a bus stop and are centrally located. Waiheke is a 35 min ferry ride from downtown Auckland. We are establishing organic gardens of fruit trees and vegetables and are also part of a local bush and stream restoration project. The food we eat is mostly organic. I have a variety of work available in exchange for your own room and food and wifi. I provide all food and usually you would be helping yourself to breakfast and lunch and we would have an evening meal together. Your exchange would be four hours work per day, with one day off if you are staying for a week. You would also help with meal preparation, cooking, clean up or other daily chores - I would imagine that usually that would be approx 15mins a day. Of course I would occassionally love a break from cooking! But only if that was something you enjoyed doing. Mostly the work is in the garden but can sometimes be in the house and if you have good skills in that direction it may include painting or minor repairs. I am looking for people who see it as a working holiday and on your time off you have a beautiful island to explore. The work is mainly physical so it would mostly suit people who enjoy working hard outdoors. You will be doing some weeding (sometimes a lot of weeding!), perhaps some planting, pruning, mulching, watering, constructing beds for planting, seed sowing, composting or compost pile building. Our family consists of myself, my two sons (15 and 17 years), two cats and a dog. At the moment we have room for one person only. We enjoy having people from other countries come to stayand to hear about life in your country. Thanks Wendy
Area: Midi PyreneesWe're a bilingual, non-smoking, very friendly English/French family living very close to the centre of Toulouse. We have three children - two boys and a girl aged 10, 9 and 6 and a kitten called Tickle :) I run a small school teaching English to English-speaking children, and also teach business English to French students. My husband works for Airbus. We tend to speak mostly English at home, though the children always speak French with their dad. This is by no means a fully French environment and would probably not suit someone whose priority was to improve their French!
Area: Vesthimmerland Jutland.We have a tourist centre in Denmark that specialises in riding holidays and excursions as well as other activities. We also have a building company – bricklaying, concrete work, tile work etc. And just started up a centre for alternative treatment of humans and animals.
Area: CaribbeanCome and stay at our hostel in Esperanza, right on the beach, on island of Vieques. We always have a fun group of work stayers here, and our bar is the hottest bar on the strip. Looking for immediate help - come and join us and have some fun!
Area: Infiesto (4km), Asturias, SpainWe need help from February or March 2015. At Fontebona we try to live as natural and self-sustaining as possible. We have the intention to set up a natural camp-site or a retreat centre for nature lovers. Fontebona is a beautiful place. It's just that our mini natural paradise still needs quite some fine-tuning. That's where you come in. Who are we looking for? The helpers (max. 2) we are looking for should be, like us, motivated to dare to pioneer and be prepared to live according to a low standard of living. We are looking for helpers that respect our way of life, have a great love for nature, are not afraid in the dark nor afraid of some dirt, and enjoy working outside. Enjoyed nature as a child already? That must mean you will find Fontebona wonderful. We ask you to work with us 25 hours a week. We ask you to bring your own workclothes and rainwear. We prefer people that already have some working experience, and run their own home. Helpers with working experience in forestry or horticulture and also (technical) odd-job (wo)man are very welcome. Can you combine that with a positive, creative and pro-active attitude? Then you're more than welcome! You should always ask if we can have you, because in the end the click is more important to us than what specific skills you have. How long? We understand perfectly well that you want to travel, but you will only feel at home if you really want to stay at Fontebona. That's why we ask you to commit yourself for at least a month to our project. This gives us time to invest in you, so you don't only learn where to find the biscuit tin, but we can also show you the ropes so you can work solo. In other words, we are very pleased to invest time and effort in you, but we ask this same attitude from you. In return? In return we love to share our knowledge and experiences, if needed with a beer or a (home made) cider next to a camp fire. We know a lot about living a live as self-sustaining as possible, but we can also brush up your knowledge about art, mushrooms, philosophy or the pruning of your sweet chestnut tree. Or about whatever that makes you tick. We like to go on an excursion with you, if time allows that. What's to be done? We will mainly ask you to take over some of the routine jobs, like watering and weeding the vegetable garden, taking care of the donkeys and their crap, feeding the animals, lugging wood, cooking (if you know how to work with our seasonal supply of food), removing bracken and gorse. Sometimes you can help us make our homemade products like jam, chutney, gherkins, sauerkraut or cider. What are you getting into? Though Infiesto with all basic facilities is only 4 or 5 beautiful hiking kilometers away, a stay at Fontebona is quite isolated. There are no next-door neighbours. At Fontebona it's usually only us and our very modest livestock (1 dog, 1 cat, 2 donkeys, 2 sheep, 3 chickens). You have much more chance of meeting yourself than someone else. We sleep in an old German wagon. For you we have a sleeping place (hot water bottles and 1 warming cat available) in our old camper van. We have only very limited internet at your disposal. Checking your e-mail is usually no problem, but for other purposes we ask you to go to Infiesto where the Telecentro has free broadband internet for you. We have very limited solar power, so you cannot automatically recharge your equipment. The good news is that we have warm water in the panoramic shower. Who we are? We are Thomas and Astrid. A Dutch couple in their forties that settled for this independent lifestyle a few years ago. We enjoy meeting new people and learning new things from them in a companiable atmosphere, in which team effort plays a big role. We do not smoke, do like a beer, wine or cider, but don't do other drugs. We don´t expect you to have the same habits. To conclude Please tell us in your e-mail what is your reason for wanting to come to Fontebona, and in which month you are available.