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Area: Provence Alpes Azur- Please contact this host in French - J'habite Toulon (sud de la France - Var) avec ma compagne Domi (48 et 49 ans) dans une villa au milieu de la verdure dans un quartier calme, avec une piscine. je suis propriétaire d'une autre maison que je mets en location. Je travaille pour la base navale de Toulon. Je suis très bricoleur, guitariste, et nous avons créé un groupe de musiques du monde. Domi est professeur de chant et chanteuse. Nous aimons le contact avec les gens, les rencontres et partager des moments conviviaux. Nous aimons voyager et découvrir de nouvelles cultures. Nous adorons la nature, les randonnées en forêt, en montagne ou au bord de la mer.
Area: MunsterJust a short distance from beautiful Kinsale Town, Co Cork. With lots of quaint cafes, restaurants and pubs. It is a friendly transition town. We are a family of two adults and one five year old boy. We are looking for someone to mind our little boy with some light housework etc. Someone who speaks quite good English. Any of the following would be great too: Violin or piano tutor, French language tutor.
Area: New HampshireI am a single mother of three sons, ages 16, 19, 20. My profession is medicine and I have a small office down the driveway from my primary residence. Ours is a very happy, peaceful home. My children and I travel a great deal and love to learn about different cultures. In fact, my 16 year old won't be home most of this summer because he'll be in Ireland with his Dad. My other two sons will go to Ireland at the end of the summer. We all have great senses of humor and don't take ourselves too seriously, are easy to get along with and friendly. We eat heartily and with good health in mind. Guests will be warmly welcomed, and will have privacy available in their own rooms. I do need to have guests do at least 3 hours a day of work, 5 days per week. Also, we live a quiet life in a rural area, so if you need a lot of entertainment or excitement, we are not the place for you.
Area: British Columbia**We are full until September, but would love to hear from you if you are interested in a fall visit to Vancouver Island*** We have a small, mixed farm on Vancouver Island where we raise Ridley Bronze turkeys and Large Black Hogs as part of the effort to preserve heritage breeds of livestock. We also have a few sheep, a flock of laying hens, muscovy ducks, cashmere goats, and a couple of horses. We run a CSA and attend weekly farmers' markets during the main growing season. We have small, unkempt orchard with apples, pears, and cherry trees and are building an orangerie so we can grow citrus. We have a decent sized market garden and partner with neighbours to produce more than you'd expect from a very small piece of land (our property is under two acres and we lease fields for grazing in the area). We are not certified, but practice organic growing and are learning more and more about permaculture principles. We are interested in art, photography, and natural building as well as in local food production, sustainability, and community building. Our household is a multi-generational one made up of an older accomplished artist, a writer (the main farmer) [49 and holding], a graphic designer, and a machinist [27 and 31]. Our neighborhood has several young farmers and friends in it--next door to us is an amazing yoga teacher, reiki practictioner and thai masseuse with great rates, and we host regular 'neighborhood dinners.' Dani (27) works part time at an ecovillage, one of the most built-out permaculture and natural building sites in Canada, and there may be some opportunity to travel to the site (an hour away) for a day or two to spend time immersed in that environment. This would be a good placement for someone who likes a mix of city and country living and who is quite creative--there is often an art project or small building project going on where a creative touch could be lent. This is a good placement for one or two people--the private room and semi-private kitchen lend themselves to some autonomy or a taste of home, and it's always nicer to be working with a buddy! Dani has done workaway in Iceland and Latvia and loved it, and she is planning a round-the-world trip with soon-to-be-husband Toryn based on workaway placements, so we have some idea of this program from the participant side and are really excited to be hosts.
Area: Bali, Ubud, Badung areaWe are a unique organic permaculture garden and retreat center with 4 hectares of lush tropical vegetation in the heart of Bali. Situated in a tranquil and secluded environment in the outskirts of a small village, a 20 minute drive from Ubud. Our organic garden benefits the local Lagu Damai foundation to support action projects and study programs for Indonesian youths. Our vision is to create a self-sufficient compound, integrating biological permaculture with water preservation, waste recycling and in future hoping to include the application of solar energy. Furthermore we want to provide a meeting place for individuals from all over the world to learn about tropical fauna and flora and to foster know-how exchange in the field of agro-permaculture through internships, training courses and volunteer opportunities. Our permaculture garden is designed in accordance with nature. We practice sustainable biological gardening based on EM-Technologies (effective microorganisms). A focus is to preserve rare species of indigenous plants. One area of the garden contains a variety of medicinal herbs, in other areas we grow plants organic vegetables and fruit. The land is blessed with several natural springs which produce high quality water. The water is naturally circulated into the ponds surrounding the buildings and then flows into the agro gardens to water the plants. The ponds and water have been exposed to EM-Technology and as a result the breeding of mosquitoes has been significantly reduced. A large compost area was introduced to compost all materials with EM technology in order to produce a healthy fertilizer. A four-part open septic tank, based on EM and biological principles, is installed for recycling human waste. Solar energy and other renewable forms of energy generation are presently being investigated.