Area: Pays de la LoireSteve and I (Jane) have been living in France for 10 years and have recently moved to our rural idyll. We have an old farm house, perfectly habitable but in need of some refurbishment; a derelict cottage in need of total renovation; an open barn requiring some remodelling; a workshop fully refurbished and ready to go plus 1.4 hectares (about 4 acres) land, lakes and orchards requiring tlc. Located in the Sunny Vendee we are just under and hour from La Rochelle, Les Sables d’Olonne, Nantes, Poitiers and surrounded by beautiful, typically French villages. In exchange for 25 hours per week 10:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday or, if you prefer to work a longer day for 4 days 25 hours between 9:00 and 6:00 Monday to Thursday we will provide:- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine and/or beer plus tea and coffee with cakes and/or biscuits Accommodation can be either in our guest bedroom, or if you prefer more privacy in one of the eco lodges in the grounds. The lodges (see photo) have a bedroom with a proper bed, a dining area (though you would still take your meals with us) with a fridge, kettle etc and a deck with comfy chairs. There is a shower and toilet block by the house. We would be happy to collect you from La Rochelle, Nantes or Poitiers airports or a local train station if required. At the weekends we are often out and about visiting local attractions, beaches and fêtes, there are several of these which usually involve eating, drinking and dancing the most notable of which is on 14 July, Bastille Day. You would be most welcome to join us on these occasions. We would anticipate that most of the work would be outside to take advantage of that sunshine, retreating indoors if it gets too hot or decides to rain. We have quite a lot of terracing which needs repairing/rebuilding and land to clear so help with: Stone wall building Pointing with lime mortar Clearing woodland Clearing vegetation Preparing the vegetable garden Tree felling and logging General gardening General building work Housework and cooking – but only if you want to! Obviously instruction will be given should you require it. We would also like to tackle the following one off projects:- Building a pizza oven Making a swimming/fishing platform into the lake Building a composting toilet A natural swimming pool – more of a long term aspiration really! We currently keep chickens for eggs but intend to breed Bresse Bleu chickens and rabbits for meat. We also keep bees and if you are interested and would like to help with bees or animals you would be very welcome. Various preserves will also be made throughout the year and helping with their preparation is also an option. I think it would be fair to say food is a passion with us, we produce our own sausages, salami, hams and bacon; we make cheese, brew beer and smoke our own fish and meats. Currently we have friends who keep free range pigs, sheep and goats but we are considering this for ourselves as well. If you have an interest in learning these skills let us know and we’ll see what we can do. One of our greatest pleasures is eating a plate of food that has been produced entirely by ourselves. Knowing everything that has gone into your food and that it has made very little impact on the planet is quite amazing. We try to live in a sustainable manner, that is, producing what we need with minimal impact on the environment. We cannot say we are 100% there, but in our previous house we were 90% self-sufficient in fruit and veg and the main reason we moved is to enable us to produce our own meat, which we are just embarking so that's a start. We are always trying to find ways of reducing our carbon footprint, minimising waste and recycling what we can. Having said that, we don't believe in making life too hard, and feel that it is possible to be responsible whilst still enjoying life's little luxuries. So come and join us, have some fun and perhaps learn some new skills.
Area: Portes du SoleilSki company that rents chalets and apartments in the ski resort of Champoussin. We offer a wide variety of services to our guests such as childrens activities, ski tours, and other social events.
Area: Rhone AlpsHello thanks to all helpers for this year. We'll be looking for helpers again from spring 2014........We need independent, energetic people who enjoy variety and who like kids. We are a family of four, two children 9 and 6yrs, Leon a British wine specialist with a wine shop here in Tarentaise and Jo a qualified secondary school and EFL teacher with nearly 20 years experience. We live in a tiny hamlet with a couple of all year round neighbours within one km and the nearest town is 5mins away by car. Our aim is to enjoy our beautiful natural environment to the max and make and produce as much of what we consume as possible. When lunch or supper comes entirely from our garden and our effort it tastes even more delicious!! Our garden ( fruit and veg) is organic and at present we are establishing irrigation systems from local springs. We are hard workers, enjoy having all sorts of projects and adventures, we love music, chatting and sharing a glass of wine over good food and meeting new people. PLEASE NOTE We only host from May to October and we are only taking 1 to 2 month stay. If you contact us please be ready to make a decision and commit firmly as tending to a long list of enquiries with lots of follow up then no more news is not conducive to getting our projects underway. We welcome committed enquiries tho'!
Area: UttarakhandMy farm is located in the Himalayas at Kotabagh in Uttaranchal in India. There is always some work to do on the farm throughout the year. My farm surroundings are very calm and serene and are ideal for a relaxed soul. I receive over 150 helpers at my farm in a year and all have enjoyed their relaxed stay. If you wish to experience the stillness of the Himalayas, you are welcome to my farm. Kindest regards Arun
Area: SantiagoHidden away in the forested foothills of the Andes, we offer guests from all over the world a year round retreat and the rare opportunity to explore an un-touched part of Chile. Just a 2-hour drive south of Santiago that takes you through vinyards and past remarkable views of the central Andes, this family run mountain haven caters for those in need of rest and relaxation, to the more adventurous travelers who can enjoy unique days of hiking, horse-riding and fly fishing in the unrivalled Chilean countryside