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Area: LeinsterWould you like to stay near the historic and beautiful sites of New Grange and the Hill of Tara, in County Meath, along with its rich history, there are beautiful gardens, walking trails, traditional music and dancing. The family are grown up but visit regularly; we have a dog and cat. You are offered your own room, broadband, and the usual household facilities, but no TV. This is a non smoking household. The house is 3 miles from the nearest bus but can do taxi runs a couple of times a week, quite happy to be a tour guide occasionally and will collect and deliver to Dublin Airport. We are trying to become more self-sufficient and are developing an organic vegetable garden, would like to compost more efficiently and keep the fruit bushes and trees in good shape, all of which need help. This would suit someone who likes gardening and has experience of pruning and general garden maintenance and who would like a pretty untamed garden to work with would be prefect. During the colder/wet days there is lots of odd jobs in the house, including cleaning and cooking. There is plenty to do and see in the area, from an nature/historical point of view but also we are only 40 minutes from Dublin city centre, which has something of interest for everyone. Check my calendar.
Area: Valdivia, Los Rios, ChileBoth me and my husband are biologists living in the nice region of Los Rios, in Valdivia. I am originally from Italy and my husband Horacio is Chilean but raised in France. We love having company, visitors from abroad, and family around. Our children always have friends over, and we love animals. We have two large dogs (newfies), chickens (for eggs), and pet rabbits. I enjoy gardening and growing my own vegetables, although I am still learning. Also, I am a Ashtanga yoga affectionate. Our children like to climb and practice Capoeira. Horacio loves playing, listening, and talking about music, as well as swimming and other water-related sports. We have a canoe and kayak available for cruising around the island.
Area: CaliforniaOne of the most beautiful places on earth. Humboldt County and the surrounding Emerald Triangle draw hundreds of folks seeking fortune, solitude and peacefulness. Surrounded by Six Rivers National Forest river activities like kayaking rafting fishing swimming are never more than a mile or 2 away. The rugged north coast of California has amazing beaches only overshadowed by the epic Redwood Trees that dot the coastal mountains. Sights include but are not limited to Redwood National Park, Prairie Redwood State Park, Avenue of the giants, Patricks points State park.
Area: Kathamandu - Dallu awas (near Monkey Temple)Access to education is not granted to every child in Nepal. Our team aims at providing a partial remedy to that unfortunate situation by offering proper nutrition, a comfortable lodging and a tuition to children from the Ganesh and Lantang area at no cost to the family. Even though our government has made significant progress in the last decade to build new schools throughout the country, the lack of formal teachers in many rural districts of Nepal is a major obstacle for children to access education. On that matter, the Ganesh and the Langtang regions – about 120 km north of Kathmandu – have not been favored. Only a small fraction of the children can buy their places in the few schools that have been established. We are presently hosting five children, all coming from different families, in the hope of giving them a chance to have a better future and, at the same time, fulfilling their parent’s most sacred wish. Our organization lives on donations from individual sponsors and your help, even if not pecuniary, is of great worth to us and to the children. Being away from their family undoubtedly affects the children, but knowing that some people care for them and put great efforts in their success is of an invaluable comfort. Everyone staying with us will experience the Nepalese culture, will have the opportunity to learn a little bit of the language and get a glimpse of the lifestyle and the traditions of Nepal. You will also be able to build your own judgement regarding Nepal's education system. We provide a safe environment to the children and to the volunteers in order for them to fully appreciate their stay.
Area: Edayanchavadi (Auroville), Tamil Nadu, IndiaWe are a learning and creative educational center. Our main project is a free afterschool supportive and enriching environment for underprivileged village children of Edayanchavadi (outside of Auroville), India. Children in rural schools receive poor education and home incentives. Our aim is to help them study, develop, create, and empower themselves - thus giving them a better chance to compete in the rapidly developing Indian economy. We take a Holistic view on education: - Developing Creativity and Scholastic Motivation through creative teaching and homework assistance. - Ensuring sustainable development with awareness of social responsibility. - Assessing and catering to each child’s needs: Engaging and nurturing the children’s mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.