Area: Mecklenburg-VorpommernWe are a private trekking yard in the lake-lands region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Hamburg and Berlin can be reached in 1,5 hours drive. We offer trails and hacks on a part-time basis in the beautiful surrounding countryside. We have four Irish-bred horses, two cats and a dog. Our small farm is situated in a little village surrounded by large forests and very close to a lake. The nearest towns for shopping are 7 km away. We love animals and two of our horses and our dog are rescue animals. I have worked in animal rescue for a number of years. The house is a red brick building typical for this area. The barn is attached to the house. The person coming to us should like rural and quiet living in beautiful countryside and should have some previous experience with horses. I am fluent in English (lived in Ireland for 8 years) and its no problem if you have no German.
Area: Ovchi KladenetsWe are situated on the edge of the village 'Ovchi Kladenets'. Last year, which was our first full year here, we built an extension, had a wonderful harvest and had great times with the help of some fantastic volunteers. This year is all about the garden and producing enough food for not only ourselves and guests, but for our pigs, goats and chickens (all for which we keep for either meat, milk or eggs). We also keep bee's now and will be enjoying our own honey later this year. Our aim is to eventually be as self-sufficient as possible, growing and eating our own organic food. Living by 'the law of return' we give back to the ground what we take, thereby creating a harmonious balance between man and mud. We are very easy going, we enjoy working, listening to music and enjoy every new experience our change in lifestyle throws at us! There is no such thing as ‘cant’ or ‘it’s too hard’, we will have a go at anything. For our guests we have a two double rooms and a twin room. There is also the possibility of camping. Toilet and sink is outdoors, and we have a main kitchen and eating areas inside and out. We use only composting toilets (the law of return) and have an indoor shower for the cold times and an outdoor solar shower for the summer. All of our grey water goes onto the land to water various plants/trees (so no harsh chemicals are used here). We want our guests to feel comfortable and at home. We have limited internet (in the form of a USB dongle) which you can use for no more than half an hour a week to check emails on your own computer. Before we came here, we both lived in England. Baz did a lot of travelling all over the world for a few years before working in a bar and then a warehouse. I, Steff, have worked in bars and restaurants since I left school. As you can see this is a big exciting change into the world of veg and animals, and we are loving every minute. You can see photos and blogs of what we are doing on facebook, and even see the reviews from our guest book, search for 'Frog Shadow Ltd'. A bit of village info……there is no ATM here and you can buy cigarettes in the village but not tobacco or rolling products (the house is no smoking and an ashtray MUST be used). There are shops where you can buy shower products, beer and other various items if you need them (we dont provide these things). While here you will be working in the garden (weeding, planting, digging, harvesting, etc.....), helping with the animals (mucking out, feeding, etc....), making preserves (jam, jarring fruit and veg, making wine, rakia, cider, syrups etc...), helping with minor repairs, general cleaning and tidying, preparing animals for the freezer (at the right time of year). We would not ask you to do anything we haven't done ourselves, and if you dont feel comfortable doing a particular task just let us know. Working days are 5 out of 7, and we expect volunteers to clean up after themselves and help with the cooking and washing up at weekends (including cleaning volunteer accommodation). Because we live on a farm and mice can be a problem when encouraged, we ask that no food is left lying around in the house (including volunteer rooms). Hours of work vary every day depending on the weather and what needs doing, so one day we might work 4/5 hours, another we might work 9/10. Generally whoever cooks, cooks for everyone and we take it in turns on the washing up. We are looking for happy, energetic people with a willingness to learn and join in with our lifestyle. If you love animals and working outdoors (in all weather), dont mind the flies and are up for just about anything......we would love to have you. We look forward to meeting some of you soon, and to those we don't.......happy travels! Peace and Love Steff and Baz :D
Area: Ha NoiWe are a Non Government Organization in Viet Nam. We have lately set up a new Department for international exchange and co-operation. Our organization was founded in 2000, working mainly in communities tourism, education, training, consulting projects, international co-operation, community capacity building and poverty reduction.For almost 14 years, we have implemented many communities development projects (including education and training) in mountanous areas of Viet Nam. We believe that education is fundamental to sustainable development. Our training programs have been having great effect on the local people. Creating opportunities in education for individuals and communities, improving quality of their life. The new department of our organization is set up to host volunteers for educational and cultural exchange. Our goal is to use educational programs to link people all over the World, cultural exchange, share experiences, gain knowledge and development co-operation. We have been building an extensive network of people who are disadvantaged of education in Viet Nam including open-mind students, lovely children whose parents are the blind, disabled in the Assembly based blind, people disability as well as the rural children, etc. Most of them were born in poor family. They can not pay for the English courses in English Centers or study in international shools. But they have a deep belief in their future. They will have more oppotunities to study and work when they know more how to use a second language. To get there, we aim to create an open and fair learning environment for the communities without regard of rich or poor people. Now, we are proud to say we have made lots of positive changes! We are happy to welcome all volunteers over the world to support our organisation, our communities. You not only help local people but also cultural exchange, enjoy Vietnam traditional food and explore new things in Ha Noi, Viet Nam Our English teaching programs are for interactions between international volunteers and young Vietnamese. We hope international volunteers could bring their skills to develop this project targeting our communities, especially the disadvantaged groups in Vietnam. Our staffs and students are welcome and happy in helping Volunteers anytime in our volunteer home. Apart from working hours, you will have a lot of time to be involved in social events, cultural festival, sightseeing, etc,.... Our students will become tour guider for you. You will have lots of meaningful time to meet many amazing people, cultural discovery, enjoy Vietnam traditional food, go to special places and many new things in our country. These will be a great chance for you to integrate into local people’ traditional lives
Area: AustriaTeaching English to German-speaking students in secondary schools throughout the alpine region of Austria for a not-for-profit organization headquartered in the Austrian Lake District, made famous by the Sound of Music. All expenses paid. TEFL Certification included. Please note that the 5 hours volunteering time DOES NOT include commuting to and from the schools, lunch OR 2-3 hours for the TEFL training course in the afternoon. Limited positions also available for an office intern to assist in clerical and administrative tasks at the ABCi Headquarters in Gmunden.
Area: Palma de MallorcaWe need help caring for my 70+ year old mother, Christine. She is German and has lived in Palma for 10+ years. My wife and I live with my mother on the top floor, close to the cathedral, in a quiet street in the old town of Palma. We also have a well behaved 6kg jack russell dog. Christine is terminally ill and can not leave the bed any longer. We need help days & evenings. We are a very laid back family, open to communication and enjoy living in a clean, quiet, and respectful home. We ask the same from you. We are very social and enjoy having friends over or going out for drinks, meals, excursions, etc. You are always welcome to join us (during non-working hours, of course!). Christine is a nice and very creative woman who loves to talk about her life and all things in general. If you appreciate art, you will find many of her works throughout our home.