Area: CaribePROVINCIA HOSTEL Our hostel, which opened its doors in 2009, is a lovely & homely backpacker hostel in the beautiful city of Valledupar, in Northeastern Colombia; a hostel with the warmth of home. The hostel has become a popular stop-over for backpackers, not only for its friendly welcome & great facilities but also as a base for exploring largely Northern Colombia. (close to santa marta, 3 hrs)
Area: OntarioI am a government worker living in the downtown of Ottawa. I enjoy hosting people. I'm new on this site, so I guess I envision welcoming folks for a week or two while they are between more substantial assignments outside the city. If you're between rural assignments in Ontario or Quebec, and you want to take a "break" in the city for a week or two, I'd be happy to host you in return for some help around the house.
Area:Our hostel is a medium size hostel that has been running for over 5 years. We are looking for people to help us with general maintenance of the hostel, activities for guests and reservations.
Area: Vlaamse Ardennen, BrakelWe are a non-profit educational project in the hills in the middle of nature, inspiring people to live less dependent of fossil fuels. The domain of 4ha has the buildings in the middle and is composed of field, meadow and forest. We have two dogs and cats, some chickens, a horse and some sheep. Ine and Dirk are the owners of the farm. Some like-minded people that help in the project live in from time to time. Organic farmer David (who doesn't live here) uses our field to grow vegetables. We try to live a simple, self-sufficient life and share this with others very informally by living here with us for a while, trainings, community projects, ... We try to need not much, but still have to go out working to earn a living, so we are not full-time available to support volunteers. To combine this 'two worlds' is time-consuming, but it's a great way to do what we like to do and at the same time provide an answer to the big challenges the world is facing right now. We search volunteers who can find themselves in this attitude. Volunteers help in projects (prepare repair café, eco-construction work, fencing, ...) but also in the daily life (compost (toilet), cooking, animals, firewood, gardening, preserving food, make bread, make craft work). To make work efficient, we try to offer clear directions. But as we are still pioneering (and things are sometimes unclear or chaotic or 'under construction'), even this is not always possible, so we appreciate some independence from the volunteers. Also taking initiative is appreciated, as long as it is communicated. We plan activities short beforehand, depending on the weather, the kids, opportunities we get, ideas brought in by the volunteers and the advancement of our planning. To organise this, we have a little meeting every morning at 8h30 with all the volunteers. We don't work in the week-end. The old house is reconstructed ecologically with much effort. We have some good tools (next to a lot of rubish :-)). Being careful with the house and the equipment is essential. Equally important is living ecological and affordable. To assure this in an ever changing group, we have some rules written down in a ' Manual'.
Area: EnglandClaire and I and our cat Monty live in on the edge of the village of Blythburgh in Suffolk in a house that was once three mill workers cottages. Claire is a theatre scenery and costume designer and I am a builder/carpenter. We are in our 60s but not, we hope, too out of touch! We have quite a large garden and we need help with maintaining and improving both the house and garden