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Volunteers are needed for this month and enquiries are very welcome for the whole year.
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Area: Asturias (N-Spain)Asturias is a beautiful part of Northern Spain, great for hiking! We have mountains and the sea is nearby. My house is a foster home for (ca 10) dogs for a small local animal welfare organisation I am a member of. We also have two donkeys, one of them is adopted from the nearby Donkey santuary. I live in a farmhouse (2 houses) with 2 ha of land, taking care of a varying population of our own dogs plus dogs to be rehomed from the local shelter (8-10 dogs) The donkeys are: Yoana, who was born here and Jack from the donkey paradise. There is a lot to be done in and around the house: cleaning (first of all, dog hairs that stick to anything but the dog...), dog walking, scooping the dog pooh, repairs, fencing, the vegetable garden and the other gardens. We usually do cleaning and other jobs in the morning, the afternoon is off (so you could combine it with studying or you can go for a walk, explore the surroundings or just relax...) until late afternoon when the donkeys and dogs are fed and there may be another dog walk. The most important is of course taking care of the dogs and the donkeys - and keeping the fences and the surrounding land in good shape. It would be good if you have a driver's licence -(you can also use the van if you want to), but it is no requirement I do welcome volunteers for longer periods, preferably 4 weeks or even several months. From mid July to mid August the situation is a bit different: I will probably be away most of the time and your host will be Bob (my "neighbour"). This means you would be house sitting (3 or 4 weeks) in my house and it means you will have to be quite independent. You can use the van (driving licence is a must) and I am looking for preferably two volunteers so you can keep each other company. If you speak Spanish it would be good, as the other shelter volunteers speak Spanish. Accommodation: In summer, 1-2 volunteers have their own bedroom and mini bathroom in the annex to my house. The main living/kitchen is in my house. The property consists of 2 houses and usually the volunteers use the available bedrooms in the second house (except in summer). Youy share a bathroom - there is also a kitchen you can use. I always welcome enquiries by e-mail - and I will reply quickly! Volunteers have to like dogs and the outdoor life as the finca is outside the village (1 km from the village, shops 4 km. Bus stop and railway station 20 minutes walk). I am Dutch, and I speak English, Dutch and Spanish. Asturias is in the North of Spain, between Galicia and Cantabria (and then Basque country). This region is called the Costa Verde and as you can imagine it looks more like Scotland or Wales than what most people expect when thinking of Spain. It's an ideal area for hiking, mountain walking (Picos de Europa, Redes, Somiedo), mountain climbing, canoeing and of course we also have beaches (no sun guarantee though). Oviedo is at 30 km and Gijon at 45 km. Of course you can arrange to take a few days off to go hiking in the Picos or walk part of the Camino de Santiago - I am very flexible. You will find stories about the volunteers the blog - I will send you the various links where you can read more! If you want to see more of Asturias while volunteering, you can combine your stay with the Donkey Paradise (23 donkeys, mules, horses, dogs - min stay about a month) or the ecological project Fontebona (off the grid in a wooded area). Volunteering and hosting should be a fun experience, positive for both parties. You are part of the household, and you will be living with the 7 dogs in my living and probably have a new dog to take care of yourself, so being a dog lover is a requirement. Or should I rather say you have to be a little dog crazy. We take turns cooking and the food is mainly vegetarian. It is no problem if you are vegan or need a gluten-free diet. The food is basic, healthy, vegetarian and does not come out of a cardboard box, and is plentiful. Being in Spain we tend to have a glass of wine or beer with our dinner. I try to recycle as much as possible and do not like to throw away food or waste materials. You will get to know the delicious "tortilla de ayer" ;).
Area: New South Wales, Forster/Tuncurry HinterlandHi Workawayer's, I'm Karen, Strong and very fit people needed for one week in April. Moving timber and pulling out Lantana. Good English please because I like to have fun interacting with you. I prefer people with some life and work experience 25yrs+ Plenty of work at the moment pulling out Lantana ( a plant). Boring house work is kept for rainy days. I live on 12 Acres of real (native) Australian Bush with winding tracks and Rainforest at the creek. It contains a few rare native plants and there lots of different ferns, palms, rainforest plants, vines and very tall gum trees. The creek has natural beauty even when it is dry. I'm a registered wildlife carer and conservationist and my property is classed as "land for wildlife" One of my French backpackers has come back 3 times because she says my place is the best experience in all of Australia. I'm proud of that. Only one in New Zealand better. The wildlife is abundent because I know how to keep it how they like it. I have a certificate 3 in Conservation and land management, also cert2 in Horticulture. I have 1 hand raised Wallaby and 1 Kangaroo that are released but still live here and bounce into the house every day for some oats and carrots. Every morning and afternoon the wild Wallabies and Paddymellons feed on the grass and the birds and frogs are defending. In the hot weather the Eastern Water Dragons and Land Mullets lay about on logs soaking up the sun. They have great characters and sometimes I feed them to keep them friendly. Every night Paralka the possum turns up for a feed, usually with a baby in her pouch or on her back. I renovated a site office and turned it into a home to live in. A shipping container provides work shop and storage. And a second container has been turned into clean, comfortable guest accomidation but there is no heating or cooling, so you have be tough and live within the elements. My backpackers are allowed one square foot of wall space to leave there international mark. This property is totally self sufficient which means there are no phone cables, no power lines and no water pipes........a "stand alone" solar system provides electricity, water from tanks and mobile phone and wireless Internet have great reception. BRILLIANT! Experience with manual labor is preferred. The work is hard but rewarding. The animals you might find here are: Kangaroos Wallabies Paddymelons Koalas Water Dragons Land Mullets Goannas Bandicoots Snakes Ticks Leaches and heaps more. PLEASE DON'T APLY IF YOUR NOT INTO HARD WORK OR CREEPY CRAWLIES!! I only take people for short stays 7-10 days. I can pick you up from Taree train station, or the state to state Bus/Coaches stop at Nabiac. If you have your own car it's only 20 minuets to the beautiful beaches of Forster, or you can come with me into town on a day off. PLEASE NOTE: I only provide 3 meals a day, so if you want anything to snack on between meals or alcohol they are at your own expense. On Days off we usually go into town and do shopping and sight seeing but you feed yourselves. Contact me for any questions, And please include your private email address. Cheers, Karen.
Area: British ColumbiaWe live very remote in the wilderness, 2 hours from the next town (Canada, BC) – you must love nature, wilderness, stillness and farm work to come here. Gravel road, NO public transit, no traffic. A town trip to Burns Lake means a whole day (200 km) trip, therefore pickup /return dates need to be discussed and planned. We live right on a large Lake (320 km) with a spectacular view over the lake with some islands and the mostly snow covered mountains in the distance. The sunsets over the lake are stunning. You can watch the beaver on the beach or the breeding Bald Eagle pair from the house, the Ospreys' nest is to view in walking distance. There is Moose, White-tailed and Mule Deer as well as bears (black bears and grizzlies sometimes),wolves, lynx and cougars in our area. We have two small kids who are eager to learn good things from you- if it is language, music, sports, building etc.. They would love to see and play with other „workawayer“ kids here as well. We do homeschooling and the kids like exciting projects. Farm Life is hard work: We have dairy sheep (ca. 30 Icelandic and Rideau-Arcott) (and soon 60!!! lambs), which we milk some in the summer. We make joghurt and quark and other cheese (depending on time we have). We do butcher our animals. Other animals include 8 Lamas, 2 Alpacas and 4 guardian dogs (no pets, not to be petted!!) for protection of sheep (as well as farm and family), chickens, 3 cats, as well as 3 horses (only for experienced people) and a pony. Our pony needs training! We have a large vegetable garden as well as a potato and garlic field. We started large permaculture hillbeds. Apart from regular garden (LOTS OF WEEDING in SUMMER = MAIN WORK) work (also some picking and drying wild herbs), there is cleaning work in the forest to do, some wood treatment (completely natural) of wooden structures, some fence building, fire wood etc.. Work our hours are different depending of what needs to be done. Projects have to be finished. Therefore there can be long work hours or sometimes short. If you come here we expect you to wanting to learn and share farm life, and that means take part in it. Depending on possibilities we might have a bed/room in a simple old (and not fancy nor luxury) guest house available, or you sleep on a small loft in our small house but you can also sleep in a shed or your tent. We have to share one small bathroom with several people, but an outhouse and the lake (no saop) are avilable too. So far we had good experiences with many volunteers. They were eager, self-motivated, independently and involved themselves and we had a lot of fun – we loved also sometimes being cooked for ....Yummy. With two small homeschooled kids sharing everything and one person doing most of the farmwork, we are happy to have company and help in all areas. We live as self-sufficient and simple as possible (our house is small and simple, no luxury) and do this as a lifestyle out of our conviction, we buy as little as possible. Therefore food is simple and we eat what we have, we avoid sugar and eat very little sweets (health reasons), if you need that (SWEET STUFF), bring it yourself, but please not for or in front of our kids. We eat meat (mostly our own lamb or Lama). To us, organic farming is the best way to live healthy and care for mother earth. Thus our „agricultural“ animals grow as organic as possible too. We like to share our beautiful place with new friends. We like to meet people with similar interests in organic farming, permaculture, self sufficent life style, as well as in connectedness and awareness. We always can learn from each other and need reminders. In the winter it is possible to do cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing (to get a fishing license is your responsibility), sledging, sometimes horse back riding etc..Our vision is to find some likeminded homeschooling families or teacher? to live here with us longterm. If you want to stay with us, minimum stay is a month, town is quite far (100 km) and picking up means a lot of effort, time, money and organization for us. There is no public transportation out here!!! References would be great . You need be able to work by yourself also, because with homeschooling and other work (desk and kitchen) indoors, we only can be outside usually in the afternoon. We expect you to keep your living quarters (house) nice, clean and tidy, help with cooking/dishwashes beside of farm chores. Please NO SMOKERS (and NO DOPErs/no drugs). We look forward to meet you and hope to all have a great time again. PS: We do not have WIFI and Internet access is very limited. No cell phone access either.
Area: ArizonaHi, We're the mother daughter team of our 5 acre ranch set between Benson and Cascabel. We are in the process of rebuilding our patch of land after the departure of a bad tenant. We have finally gotten to a point where the leftover junk from said bad tenant is under control and we are making it home again. We're in a great area of the SW. We live right along the San Pedro River that runs seasonally and within an hour or so of different things like a copper mining town, an old west town, a mission, Mt Lemmon, Chiricahua Mts, the hills behind our land. Or just stay at home and enjoy our desert oasis. And for our international guests we are a bus ride from LA, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We have many different projects from farming to alternative building, plumbing, and construction. Many of them just need a few good days and many hands to make light work and they can be called finished. The cobb bathroom is almost chest high, the foundation for the straw bale is nearly finished, and the bottle pile is shrinking as we finish the green house. Thanks to our wonderful helpers from around the world we have a nice garden growing and a chicken coop with hens laying away. The green house is our current project for December. Made out of sand, clay, straw and bottles. The current full house is raising the walls each and every day row by row. We work 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week and always eat dinner together. You are usually on your own for breakfast and lunch but are free to use the pantry. We can accommodate most special needs when it comes to diets although strict vegan and strict organic is a little difficult for us. We do ask for three week commitments and we please ask that you try to plan ahead as we are usually close to capacity. Unless you are comfortable camping out in your own tent. However the winter nights here can get quite cold. We live by these rules and hope you do to: The golden rule reduce, reuse, and recycle you are what you eat and IT"S ALL GOOD : ) Well if this sounds like a place you would enjoy putting some work into please feel free to contact us. Couples are welcome and pets are negotiable. Please check out our Facebook to see current updates of what we have going on. Lonesome Coconut Ranch
Area: AuvergneHi, We are a british couple who are renovating a farmhouse in the mountainous Auvergne region of France. Previously a second home we moved down here a few months ago to get the project finished. Ben has been doing these projects in France for many years so it could be a good opportunity to learn a knew skill or two from him. We love cooking and good food and wine. There are many projects on with this renovation, both inside and out... see the 'Volunteer Work section'.... We can also help out with french speaking, you'll need this to chat with the neighbours, who are wonderful, but do not speak a word of English.... But they give us freshly laid eggs every day!! This is a very traditional part of France so far quite undiscovered by the non French. Walking here is fantastic (wild strawberries, blueberries and raspberries can be found on walks around the area..) , cycling quite challenging, But both are a great way to get to know the area (We have a couple of bikes for you to use). We are creating a garden at the moment, using some old stones to make some new features and having a lot of fun. There is also some interior, laying down boards, and some dry lining. We are on a farm with cows, sheep, horses, cats and dogs. The weather is beautiful and the view is all the way across the valley. The famous Puy Mary mountain is in view. The air is clean and the water is We love to get some work done in the day but also put as much importance on a good lunch! If you are interested we would love to skype or chat so send us a message and we could arrange that.. Thank you.