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Area: Vasterbotten/Skelleftea/Umea*2014* We are looking for help with cooking and cleaning from May/June until the end of the summer *2014 - long stay only - no short term stays available* We have just bought a beautiful old farmhouse and farm in the Vastantrask conservation area in northern Sweden. The house overlooks the biggest lake in the Vasterbotten area and has a 100m lake frontage. In short, it is one of the most beautifully situated small farms in Sweden. The house has mostly been renovated but there are still some small jobs that need doing. We also have young children and help is also required with them. In exchange we will offer bed and board and a rich cultural and recreational environment. In the summer this is a sensational area - from hiking and berry-picking to fishing and swimming in the pure waters of the lake, the leisure opportunities are legion. In winter, there'll be plenty of winter sport activity nearby including nordic and alpine skiing and snowmobiling. Furthermore, we're both former national newspaper journalists from the UK so are lively and interesting company. Want to hear about when Paul sang Abba songs with Depeche Mode in a London pub or how he became embroiled in Noel Gallagher's divorce? Pour him a glass of cava and he may tell you... Also, as we'll be spending a lot of time together it's important that we get on. We enjoy popular culture, both highbrow and lowbrow, and we enjoy the occasional glass of wine. We'd be happy to head into Umea occasionally to see a film or a gig and for you to join us. Paul still writes and works for newspapers full-time from home so will not have much time to get involved in the renovation. Donna, a decorating enthusiast, will be your project manager. We might even consider two people who don't mind sharing a room. Indeed, we may even have two spare rooms by the time you arrive, We have fibre optic broadband internet and satellite TV, which you will obviously be able to enjoy when you're not hiking/snowmobiling - we don't expect our helpers to while away their free time indoors by whittling animals from wood or making their own clothes from sackcloth and string. Unless they want to, of course.
Area: BavariaHello Workawayers! Sorry, but we're full up for 2014. Feel free to ask about 2015. Our place is a dream come true, a huge playground for the adventerous. It is the remnants of an old watermill. When we bought it there was not one building that was habitable. Now there is only one small flat where we live, my ayurvedic studio and as of June 1, 2013 a multi-purpose room. The other buildings are rain proof but not habitable, that's why we only take workawayers in summer. Now, that the multi-purpose room is ready, it might be possible to have people here in Spring and Autum, as well. The mill our place of work and our home. This year, we are growing tomatoes, lettuce, radish, zucchini, capsicum, berries, some herbs and a few other things. Our last workaway has helped remove some of the ugly fence that the previous owner had left us with, but there is still some left. At some time we'll have to get a backhoe in to help drain the property around building 4 so it stops raining in there. Eventually we aim to generate our own electricity using a turbine. We are members of a LETS also, as we aim to become more and more self sufficient. 2012 we turned a chicken coop into a lovely clinic for alternative medicine. The before and after shots in the photo section will give you an idea of what Achim can do. The Mill is located in the Bavarian Forest, 35 km from the gorgeous historic town of three rivers PASSAU, 180 km from Prague, and 80 km from Linz (Austria). The mill comes with 5 1/2 acres of land, quite a few buildings incl. stables, a creek and several ponds. In winter people come here for skiing and in summer they come for cycling and hiking. It's only a short drive to the Moldau Damn in the Czech Rep and to Krumlov, a UNESCO world heritage town. Who are we? Achim is a German engineer for renewable energies (pellet heating), licenced plumber for gas and water installations and motor mechanic and Helena, a Greek, German, Australian naturopath. Then there are four or rather fife cats, a black and white rabbit and Milo, 40 goldfish, 100s of frogs and millions of wild birds. We run different courses here and if you're lucky, you might get to join one. Courses are on foot reflexology, ayurveda, natural health care, Bach flowers and more. We are hoping to be able to invite Major (Moogy) Sumner, a Ngarrindjeri elder and his troup to Germany soon for a corroboree, an aboriginal meeting, so it would be nice if things happened fast. The jobs are varied: Building work, gardening, planing the renovations, tree lopping, and landscaping. So hard physical labour. If that sounds like fun to you, then we're heaps looking forward to meeting you!
Area: ExtremaduraOrganic Status: Bio farm Hi, we are spanish couple over 30 years old, Juan and Paz making a Bio farm in the middle of the mountains. The purpose is to keep and recover traditional way of work with animals, plants and construction, not only habing respect with nature, but leaving a future more fertil and seeded than consumed. At the moment we have a donkey, sheeps, goats, chickens. We began on March 2012 as this complete valley was 50 years abandoned. Thanks to the help of volunteers we habe cleaned most of this 15 ha. valley where too little rivers born with pure water. Now the chesnut trees grow happy and habe fruits, the garden give us everytime more vegetables, fruits, our medicinal plants grow more happy and very active, the animals are the happiest i habe ever seen. We want to complete a bio cycle with water, plants and animals. We work with medicinal plants which we grow in the land making our own products. The water borns in the land so is much pure. The place is like a little paradise!! Respect for the earth is our fundament We look for people that help us going on with this tasks: cleaning the forest, bio-construction, vegetable garden, collect medicinal plants or other works necesaries to continue this big project. We like to work with people, teach, learn showing and explaining everything that we do. So we all learn from each other and the work has a meaning, samething to be enjoyed. So we hope we meet soon. Best wishes and thanks to all of you volunteers.
Area: MunsterWe are Gerard and Claire O'Connor who live on a dairy and vegetable farm, near Killarney and Tralee, Co. Kerry. Gerard works mainly with the cows and Claire is a school nurse, working 3- 4 days a week in Tralee. We live about 15 kms from Killarney and 10 kms from Tralee. Tralee is better for Claire to pick people up from the bus or train station. There is also an airport nearby, called Kerry Airport and served mainly by Ryanair. In Spring, we are busy with seed sowing, transplanting and generally getting our polytunnels ready for planting. In Summer and Autumn, we are usually harvesting vegetables and in late Autumn, we are clearing away debris and cleaning the tunnels etc. Helpers usually stay in a bedroom with 1 double bed and a fold up bed. Usually, they start working about 9 a.m. and on until about 4 p.m. when they can use our bikes and explore the countryside, or walk if they prefer. Helpers work 5 days a week, with the weekends off, when they can explore further around Kerry, especially Killarney or Dingle. Although we are not vegetarian, we do accommodate those who are. We prefer non smokers, but people can smoke outside the house if they wish. We can accommodate up to 2 people at a time, and usually for periods of about 2 weeks.
Area: Region de los Lagos, patagonian chileWe're running a vast ranch in Chilean Patagonia. The farm is located between a lake and a volcano inside a national Park. It's located 1 hour away from the small city of Puerto Varas + 45 minutes by boat. (Airport at 75kms away) The farm is rearing natural beef cattle and producing honey from the native patagonian forest.