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Area: Big Island of HawaiiWe also had a lava flow possibly within about 15 miles away from our house. We may have power, and internet issues. This also may make a trip to town about 3 hrs long instead of 40 minutes. So I am adjusting the type of person we are looking for: You must be hardy. Can change if needed to accommodate things beyond our control like power and internet and length of drive to town. You have to be able to take care of yourself and be an asset not a burden. Because we do a lot of work in gardens and it is a tropical rainforest, pollens and allergens are present. Allergies like gluten (town trips for special needs) and mold (it is a rainforest) are difficult to manage here. We have availability from now through December . You must be able to get yourself from airport to our house although we will try to accommodate if possible. We have a large old rambling house, 600 ft from the ocean on 3/4 of an acre! We often host friends, family, couch surfers and work away people from other countries. While we love the social part, it takes a lot to make it all happen and make orchids grow, and get something going for dinner all the while keeping it fun for everyone. Our garden is expanding quickly although it is not mature yet! We have planted now pumpkins, squash, basil, dill, mamae sapote, pole beans, carrots, pineapples, cuban oregano, peppers, tomatoes to name a few, and as always coconuts all over the place! This is a neighborhood though and not a large organic farm. If you are interested in larger organic farms - I suggest volunteering farms in the area. We are moving things around and can use lots of help - we have availability for 2- 4 volunteers. If you are allergic to cats or dogs, Please note that there are 6 tame feral cats we feed and 1 small dog. The work We are bringing back this old house and beautiful garden to life. We need someone who is good at smaller plot gardening and bring your creativity! Other great skills are painting (artistically and structurally), organizing, and basically do what is needed to reclaim an acre of property. Self-starters, self-initiated people with the ability to take basic directions will flourish here. Some examples of the work are weeding small flowerbeds, transplants as they come up, raking, trimming. The house is always needing something - washing off the stairs, "relocating" bugs! (haha), moving a little furniture around, or cleaning out gutters. We are trying to get sustainable garden going so plenty of gardening work to be done and we also want to beautify the area! If you smoke weed chronically you will be asked to leave. Seriously, you do not need to wake and bake. And if you think we wont know, we will. We ask that you spend our time here and present, do what you want on your free time. Seriously, it is 3.5 hrs only 4 days a week. Be ethical about it. Same with alcohol - a few beers is fine but drunks will also be asked to leave. We try to not be militant but totally stoned or drunks are not fun to be around for others. The typical day looks like this Wake up to the ocean breeze rustling the palm trees and hear the waves crashing at the tide pools just a short walk away. Life stirs in our home around 9am and we like to get the work out of the way so that you can have lunch and enjoy the rest of your day. It’s not hot here and the work is only as hard as you want it to be. We appreciate your bringing creativity and ideas, we are not micro-managers. After your afternoon snorkeling the tide pools, floating in the hot ponds or sunbathing on the black sand beach, come back and sit on our huge, elevated deck in a big wicker chair, sipping a cool drink and tell us about your adventure, hear our wacky stories and enjoy a communal meal (even if we cook our dinners separate we enjoy the group atmosphere) and retire as early or late as you like, no rules here. The neighborhood and life in a tropical forest It’s warm, balmy, lush, sometimes rainy and breezy. If you google Waiopae Tide Pools, you can see lots of good pics of what our area looks like - we are rural and about 9 miles from a small town of Pahoa and 30 miles from Hilo. This is low-lying tropical environment so bugs are a way of life here. We try to keep them at bay but occasionally one or two will slip by our defenses. Some of them are palmetto bugs, coconut beetles, mosquitoes and spiders. Nothing harmful, mildly annoying at times, just bring bug spray and an open mind and you will be fine. We live in a residential neighborhood with houses of all types with colorful and interesting neighbors. Neighborly gatherings happen often and consist of tropical drinks, potluck style food (everyone contributes) and lots of laughter as this tight knit community comes together to have fun. If you are social, you’ll fit right in. If you are a little shy, these friendly people will bring you out of your shell. Things you need to supply on your own Money. We do not pay you. This is a volunteer exchange! We are generous people and appreciate it when others are generous in return, therefore we appreciate considerate people who will offer to cook a meal from time to time, not just wash their own dishes and take the trash down just like they would in their own home. Provisions. A sample shopping list would be personal toiletries, detergent, bug spray, sunblock, food and drinks and toilet paper. Plenty of farmers markets to get fresh veggies and fruits and all the coconut you can whack open. We are omnivore and our refrigerator has a little of everything. We are comfortable with Vegans to Carnivores. I think you see by now we are pretty easy going. Transportation. There is bus service and of course the very normal way of getting around here on the islands; hitch-hiking. You can rent a car if you want more freedom but we go into town often and if there is room, you can join us, just pitch in a little gas money. The personality types that are happy here You need to be outgoing, willing to make new friends and participate in life here, communicate (even if it is just trying to speak English! We'll help) We are a lively house and enjoy sharing stories, our day visiting the island and whatever else you’d like to share. Living in close quarters, it’s important for everyone to get along and you become an integral part of the household. When you reserve time, and have flight info, we will send you a "pre-arrival" packet for all the info you will need and a list of websites to look at for sightseeing while you are here! Be prepared to take the bus as we do not provide other transportation. Bugs - This is a tropical rainforest (rain being the key word in the fall mainly November) and bugs are a part of our life! We do our best to keep them at bay, but they are around! Age - We would like you to be 21 and over. (We have accepted younger to 18 in the past and it just does not work.) Prior experience traveling alone, and working in community are valued experiences. Being away from home at college... basically anything that says you know how to be responsible and can fit into a group situation! Please check calendar, THEN msg us with your proposed dates. We prefer stays of +2 weeks and up to one month. The month can be extended if it works out for everyone.
Area: SicilyHi, I am Nino the owner of this young and modern B&B. I travelled a lot in my life and now I open my hotel tryng to create the best place to stay for tourists and travellers. I really love meet and know new people from every part of the world!
Area: Valencian CommunityI am a Cuban/American married to a Spaniard. Have lived in Spain for 35 years where I have raised my family. We have a holiday home on the beach that we rent out to tourist as well as part of our home which is in a residential area near (Ribarroja del Turia ) and 20 km from Valencia City and would love to have someone that speaks english sharing time with us and helping us with our holiday home. We are connected to the beach and Valencia Center by tram so there is no transportation problem. Alex, my husband, is Spanish but has lived in Italy during his high school years so he speaks Italian. It is important to note that we are not vegetarian but we do not include red meat or pork in our diet. I was born in Cuba, but raised in Miami. We both have travelled a lot and lived in different countries like Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Italy, and in Spain in Madrid, Barcelona and finally in Valencia which we love. At home we have a piano for those that love to play. My husband and I both really enjoy listening to the piano at home and we have mountain bikes so you can enjoy the area. We are nonsmokers so we do not accept smoking in the house.
Area: Valencian CommunityI'm a man a few months ago I decided to change the course of my life, to live according to my principles and my way of seeing the world . For this I went to live in the country and I have started a life based on organic farming and respect for the earth and other living beings that inhabit it . Live only on my farm now, although I share the project with two companions each have our farms that grow , but we work in selling our products and other aspects of growing our vegetables. Soy un chico que hace unos meses decidí cambiar el rumbo de mi vida, para vivir acorde con mis principios y mi manera de ver el mundo. Para ello me fui a vivir al campo y he empezado un proyecto de vida basado en la agricultura ecológica y el respeto a la tierra y al resto de seres vivos que la habitamos. De momento vivo sólo en mi finca, aunque el proyecto lo comparto con dos compañeros, cada uno tenemos nuestras fincas en las que cultivamos, pero colaboramos en la venta de nuestros productos y en otros aspectos del cultivo de nuestras hortalizas.
Area: AndaluciaA sustainable guesthouse in Almeria, Andalucia, Spain.The house is run on solar energy and has its own well.Open from march to December. We host holiday people and people coming for all kind of seminars and courses. guests are from all over Europe and beyond.. The house is situated in a semi desert area where in former times many spaghetti western got produced. spoken languages Spanish,German and English.