Area: SicilyI am a heterosexual single, live alone in the country, in a small house, surrounded by coultivated land, where there is the garden and the orchard for personal consumption. The nearest village is far 10 km. During the day, I'm often out for my work. At weekends I love practising outdoor activities as trekking, climbing, nordic walking, sky mountaineering and MTB. My job is in IT and sometimes I do the hiking guide. I love nature and exploring new places. I like reading and know new cultures.
Area: Northern SydneyWe , parents (62, 57 - I used to be a physical education teacher and my husband works as a consultant part time now in educational data) and 2 children (male - 25 yrs old uni student and 18 yrs old daughter), live on 5 acres, a large house and a pool on the outskirts of the northern side of Sydney. Its the best of both worlds as we have a country location 15 minutes from 2 large suburban shopping centres . We have 3 horses (my daughter used to competitive showjump), 3 dogs and a cat. We required someone (no more than 2) to help with housework and property maintenance (weed control etc). No smokers please. No vegetarians also as I prefer to cook the same meal for everyone. We offer a large bedroom available ( with a double bed - a separate single matress can be added). Wireless Internet is available. We live 15 minutes from Hornsby railway station where we can drop you off and pick you up if you wish to go sightseeing on days off. Its about 40-50 minutes to the city. We can be flexible about the times and days you do your volunteer work as long as it is fair to everyone, we are happy to fit in with you. We enjoy meeting people and have had some great experiences through workaway.
Area: GaunshaharHello, my name is Shamser Thapa. I am the principal of an academy of learning in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of North-Western Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar and is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal, which later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract hundreds, sometimes thousands of people from all around at many intervals during the calendar year. Besisahar is a small town in the valley below and is the starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. We have both Western and Nepali bathrooms, internet, and plenty of blankets. Our food is sourced from almost entirely local ingredients. We can accommodate vegetarian diets as well. We ask volunteers to pay a total of 500 rupees a day to stay here. This cost includes two meals, tea and coffee , free wifi and cold shower. We have also hot shower if you want. We have a local shop if you want to buy snacks or other items. We ask volunteers to give four hours help a day in any way you can. The rest of the day is yours! We welcome all new volunteers with Tikka and garlands. Whilst staying with my family, we welcome any help you can give. As the principal of the local school I welcome volunteers that help the children in any way they can, especially with handwriting practice, learning English or even just playing with them or teaching them games. There are 92 students, aged 3-13, with class sizes no bigger than 12. Don't worry if you have no special skills. I will give assistance with any work that needs doing. This might be painting, building work, cooking or whatever you can offer. A few volunteers started their own novel projects, which were most welcome. One volunteer helped build a clay cob oven, which we use now every day. You are welcome to use this to bake or cook (we can make pizza). You can buy some ingredients in Besisahar. One volunteer set up a very small library (children's book donations are welcome). Other volunteers helped build the house we live in, and our beautiful garden. Two recent volunteers taught some nursery rhymes and games to our school children during assembly. If you know anything about permaculture, we'd love to learn so we can grow more of our own food. The next projects I have in mind are : - collecting laptops to teach the children in the village how to use a computer. This is currently my number one priority as most of the children do not know the necessary skills to use this technology. So if you are coming to volunteer, it would be great if you could bring any old laptops you have and can spare. If you are interested in the project but cannot volunteer, you can contact me and I give you my address to send any old laptops to the village. - building a stone gate, - assisting an elderly woman to improve her house, - building a large, traditional mud round house with a reed roof. I'm very excited about this; there are nearly none left in Nepal and it would be a magnificent addition. I have consulted with elders on how to build and it would include a washroom nearby and would be rented out as a unique holiday experience for local and foreign tourists to get back to nature, - the children and elders from my village have to go in to Besisahar to learn how to use a computer. So my project is to open a place with laptops to teach them how to use them for the basics things for the first time. That's why I would like to ask you to bring me any old laptops you are not using anymore. Right now the eighteen year old children from my village have no idea how to use a computer, -when I get my paypal account I would like to develop sponsoring the local children. The cost would just 5 to 8 dollars per months for the school fees. On weekends we can go hiking, or participate in cultural programs,or even spend one night in the jungle. During your time here you will get a strong sense of Nepali village life. There will be Nepali lessons twice a week so that the volunteers can be acquainted with Nepali culture, history and language and would be useful on subsequent treks, that you may be planning. We frequently have campfires, where you can try our local wine. We recently started an orchid garden from wild orchids growing in the surrounding jungle. You may find a general schedule of your stay here at the bottom of the page. Also, if you would like, I can give each volunteer a certificate at the end of their stay, to use for future volunteering or when searching for a job. There are local, micro and tourist buses running from Kathmandu to Besisashar daily. Local buses are slower but cheaper. There are several way to come in Gaunshahar: -The quickest and easiest way to get here is by microbus from the small Gongabu bus station (next to New Bus Station) in Kathmandu to Besisahar. Give half an hour for the bus to fill up and finding the ticket booth next to the main road. This journey will take about 6 hours but will stop once for local food and a toilet break on the way. Its best to set off no later than 7am in order to catch the pink 161 bus from Besisahar to our village, Guanshahar. This runs once a day from opposite the Tukuche Peak Hotel and leaves between 2 and 3pm. Watch out for it on the left as you enter Besisahar. Both bus rides are very scenic; the bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar costs around 500 NPR (5 dollars) and the bus from Besisahar to Guanshahar costs 100 Rupees. -It's also possible to take a bus from Pokhara to Besisahar, it costs 350 Rps. -Or you can also hike up to our village if you prefer which takes about one and half hour. It's about 8 km's and is mostly uphill (good practice if you're going trekking later). If you like, you can pick up a cheap sim card for your phone before you come so you can contact me if you need any assistance. My family hope you can stay with us for as long as you like and we look forward to meeting you! ------ General Schedule ------ First day: Settling in and introduction for volunteers to my family and current projects. (Volunteering activities during the day, depending on the nature of the activity) Friday: Campfire in the evening with the volunteers Saturday (rest day): Nepali class / 4 to 5 hours trek to the forth, ruined Royal Palace and jungle and village visits etc. / free time ------ Things we can use ------ 1. Stickers 2. Pencils, rubbers/erasers, markers, crayons, colour pencils, sharpeners, and etc. 3. Exercise books, drawing paper, A4-sized printer paper 4. Working gloves 5. Old laptops 6. English children's books 7. Children's clothes 8. Educational board games and toys 9. Radio/CD player 10. External hard disks 11. English educational cartoons and nursery rhymes CDs 12. First aid materials (plasters, scissors, wound disinfection) 13. Chalk and duster 14. Old photo and/or film camera 15. Overhead projector 16. Small flag of your own country 17. Light bulbs and lamp covers 18. Blackboard paint 19. Solar boiler or solar panel or solar cooker
Area: Weseler Werft/ East FrankfurtWe are an independent performance theater of the modern times which is organizing the biggest theatrefestival in Rhein/ Main region in Germany. There are around 40.000 visitor every year. If you are interested in theatre, music, dance, performance and all that it takes to realize that? Than this is the place for you to be! This year for the 14th time the festival will take place, that vibrant yet chilled international theatre -festival on the riverside , with an elaborate and eclectic program of cultural and artistic events. Frankfurt will be magically transformed – the place at the Weseler Werft in Frankfurt will be turned into a poetic parallel universe, a place for discovering, enjoing, exchange and inspiration. The program is already full and packed with wonderfull stuff: national and international acts and performances of theatre in open spaces, live music, singer-/songwriter in our Beduin Tent, Poetry Slam, Readers Corner, Open Air Cinema, Free-Cabaret-Space, Workshops, Trainings, the one and only Headphone –Disco with known and mesmerizing DJ´s, the Market and – of course, tasty foods and delicious drinks.
Area: BrittanyWe are renovating an old camp site, situated in a preserved forest with a beautiful river. The area is very touristic, 30km from the city of Lorient and the ocean. We've started a productive garden and will shortly start few permaculture methods. The camping will open next year, our goal is to create a sustainable and welcoming place, and keep preserved the forest. This place is very peaceful and the jobs various... We're a group of people (family and friends), we've been travelling and volunteering for few years.