Area: SaxonyRight now (for August) I look for a skillful helper who can manage to build e.g. bunk beds or shelves (experiences in carpentry would be perfect). Thanks in advance! :-) ******************************************* We, 32 (♀) and 35 (♂), open-minded, nature and adventure loving, are proud to call ourselves owner of a beautiful old Gründerzeit house in Leipzig. Colourful, divers and open – that’s life in Leipzig. The city is famous for its vivid cultural scene with its countless clubs, pubs, museums, cabarets, libraries, opera and “Gewandhaus”. Nevertheless hectic you won’t find in Leipzig. In the midst of many parks and surrounded by a beautiful lake- and riverscape you can also let your soul tangle and enjoy the solitude of a 500.000- inhabitants-“village”. Located in the multi-cultural eastern part of Leipzig our house is by tram just 5 minutes away from main station & city centre. It was built in 1910 and is full of living history and spirit. Unfortunately this liveliness has given way to emptiness and greyness within the last years as nobody took care of keeping the house intact. To make it completely habitable once again there is much to do (see below “Arbeit”). Our dream is to breathe new life and colour in these ancient walls and the garden on the rear side of the building and make it to a place for alternative way of living and artistic freedom. If you want you could help us. It would be our pleasure to welcome you in this small oasis. Besides: Traveling to our house in Leipzig is very easy and not so much expensive. You can come by plain (low budget airline Easyjet or Ryanair) to Berlin and then by train to Leipzig or directly by plane to airport Leipzig/Halle (low budget airline TuiFly). We could also help you in organizing your trip.
Area: Southern ProvinceThis project is an international NGO in Zambia. The main venture of the organisation is a boarding school for blind and visually impaired children with and without multiple disabilities in the Southern Province of Zambia, close to Mazabuka town. It is the only school of this kind in whole Zambia. The project is the ambitious project of a young Austrian called Barbara, who is organising the school alone. The construction for the international boarding school has already started in 2009, anyway, it will still take some years, until everything is really complete according to the plans. Anyway, some of the main buildings got ready, so that the school could open in September 2011. At the moment there are around 20 pupils in all age groups, since the youngest boy, Jackson, is just 3 years old, and the oldest student, Nancy, is already 29 years old. The students are coming from all over Zambia and also some kids from South Africa would like to join the school. Almost all the kids have something in common: They did not get any proper education before joining, since there are no proper schools for them in Zambia. The school has, for example, a whole group of kids enrolled who came from a special unit at a public school, who spend over 10 years in this school without getting any single Mathematic lesson, taught by a teacher without teacher certificate. One girl was, for example, one term in a boarding school, where she did not bath the whole term, simply, because nobody assisted her. The girl is blind and also suffering from Cerebral Palsy, so she needs some assistance with some daily tasks. Two of the older girls are coming from villages, where they were only sitting at home before joining the school and some unruly boys were taking advantage of their blindness and raped them, so they have already children on their own.
Area: QuébecL'Auberge de jeunesse est située à L'Anse-Saint-Jean, dans la région du Saguenay au Québec. L'auberge est entourée d'arbres et de champs agricoles en culture biologique et est le meilleur point de départ pour une variété d'activités de plein air (randonnée pédestre, kayak, randonnée équestre, voile, etc.). Our Hostel is located in L'Anse-Saint-Jean, in the Saguenay region of Quebec. Set in the woods and surrounded by an organic farm, our hostel is the best starting point for all sorts of outdoor activities (hiking, kayak, horseback riding, sailing).
Area: Poitou CharentesWe are a young (mid 50's) retired English couple who through an act of folly (which we still laugh about) own a 25 metre high historic Lime Kiln with several outbuildings. Our plan is to use the kiln as a climbing/abseiling centre in the future. We have lived here for just over 3 years and still have many ongoing projects both in the garden and in the home. Located between the Loire Valley and the Dordogne, outside of a small hamlet, nearest shops 5km, within walking distance of local bar (bikes supplied). We have a large veggie area with raised beds which have produced excellent crops. Our home is shared with a small dog, who is very friendly. Gillian breeds chickens, so we get to enjoy fresh eggs and meat. The accommodation on offer is a caravan or tent, and have meals with us. We provide breakfast and 2 home cooked meals a day served with wine/beer. Wifi available. This in exchange for help 27 hours a week Mon-Thu (10-4.30 (Fri 10-4) with 1 hour for lunch. In addition to the hours you may be asked to assist with washing up after our evening meal (or just stacking the dishwasher!). For the experienced abseiller, there is removing creeper from the 25 meter kiln wall (abseiling equipment provided) and then repointing. We look forward to you joining us on our epic journey in restoring the property. We are happy to provide transport to and from the property within reason e.g Bressuire (30 minutes away), Parthenay or Thouars. Poitiers station/airport has good connections throughout Europe and a direct lines to Bressuire and Parthenay. When replying please state approx dates/duration and what types of work you can do. Thanks Gillian & Alan
Area: Motueka/TasmanI live in a semi-rural area just outside of Motueka and need help in the garden (lots of weeding & general tidying up) and some cleaning the B&B room or in my part of the house. This is the perfect base to explore the area from, only 10mins drive from Kaiteriteri and 20mins from Marahau - start of the Abel Tasman National Park. Please note: I only take 1 person at a time.