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Area: Rhode IslandOlder "semi retired" woman, RN, physically fit, living on 2.5 acres of wooded land, south of Providence, close to the University of Rhode Island and beaches. I go between being a volunteer and visiting other hosts worldwide and have enjoyed volunteers on a previous project, back in the '80's, building a women's retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico, without the aid of such a wonderful website. I'm offering a tentsite or room in my comfortable home, where I also rent out a small apt., Everything is pretty straight forward, sometimes I have a paying housemate.
Area: Midi PyreneesChris and Maggie live in a large house which was renovated a few years ago. We just outside the village of Varen, about 100 kms north of Toulouse. Chris is semi-retired, having worked in UK TV and radio as a drama writer and producer and subsequently as an internet consultant, providing advice to the creative industries on how to manage content online. Maggie is an artist and part time teacher of English and French. We have both traveled extensively in Europe and the rest of the world. Nowadays we still spend a certain amount of time travelling, occasionally working away from home, but otherwise occupy ourselves with gardening, tinkering with this and that, reading. Maggie works in her studio and I have a work room in the house. The house is surrounded by its own land, with gardens, woodland and a river for swimming and canoeing. There is a railway nearby with direct trains to Toulouse. We are both sociable people, taking great enjoyment from cooking and eating, good conversation. we keep up with friends throughout the world using the internet and we both have a wide range of interests.
Area: LimónA bed & breakfast in the middle of the jungle, only 200m far from a beautiful beach. We are attached to offer a unique experience to the travellers staying with us. Our objective is to make sure that everybody feels like home with us and stay away from the usual touristic experience. We offer individual accomodation but overall barbecues parties, relaxing evenings, tours to discover the region and we accompany each one of our guests in their immersion in the country. A very particular attention to each guest requires a lot of time and energy and to make sure we don't let down anybody we would be glad to get a little help. Un Bed & Breakfast au coeur de la jungle à seulement 200 mètres d'une plage paradisiaque. Nous sommes attachés à offrir une expérience unique aux voyageurs qui passent par chez nous. Notre but est de faire en sorte que chacun se sente comme chez soi et reste loin de l'expérience touristique habituelle. Nous offrons un hébergement atypique mais surtout des barbecues, des soirées détentes, des sorties à la découverte de la région et nous accompagnons chacun de nos hôtes dans leur immersion dans le pays. Une attention toute particulière à chaque voyageur demande beaucoup de temps et d'énergie et pour ne laisser tomber personne nous serions ravis de recevoir un volontaire pour un coup de main.
Area: Near Los Angeles, California USABelgian/American family with 10 year old bilingual daughter. Interested in DUTCH speaker for cultural exchange and part-time babysitting offering lodging, food and use of a car and a smart phone to use with data, text and calling. I am Marty [husband]. My wife is Myriam. Our daughter is Laura. We have had au pairs come and go and many international visitors. We are potentially available from late January 2015 - early May, 2015. If you stay almost 3 months we would pay for your air transportation. I met my wife while traveling in Europe when I was 23. 7 years later I convinced Myriam to come to California [for the first time] and give a relationship a chance. We have been married for 20 years now. When I was in my twenties, I used to give talks at the local youth hostel on how to travel economically and safely to Europe [pre internet...] I love to travel and cultural exchange. We went to Japan over winter vacation for two weeks to Japan [visiting friends I had met while in Europe in my early twenties] and we go to Belgium every summer and have done home exchanges the last few years. While you are visiting here, you can meet locals interested in travel by going to local couch surfing events [you will meet locals interested in travel at social gatherings] and to the local Universities language department of any language you speak. [Dutch is taught at UCLA.] Those are my quick suggestions on how to meet like minded people in your own age range while travelling. Ask any question. You will hang out and go where we go, eat what we eat and be an au pair guest. You will be able to go visit many local places and activities. We have one super friendly cat which has never met a human she did not like. We also have wifi throughout our house and backyard.
Area: RømskogUPDATE - WE ARE NOW CURRENTLY FULL FOR SUMMER 2014 Finally we have news about our Summer workaway project. We are looking for between 2-4 helpers for between 12th - 23rd July 2014. Our project is the renovation of our cabin in Rømskog, which is a small village approx 90 minutes drive from Oslo. Rømskog is within the borderlands of Oslo, and is only 20 minutes drive from the Swedish border. The area is made up of very beautiful countryside and lakes. We can see a lake from our property, and can walk to it in about 10 minutes. Our cabin is set in 4000 sq metres of land. In the summer we have lots and lots of apples and berries to eat. The cabin itself is approx. 150 sqm, the inside is completely liveable but needs renovation. The lakes are an ideal place to fish and swim. There are two beaches that are about 10 minutes to cycle to. We have a small village shop just 5 minutes walk away from the cabin. You will need to be someone who likes the outdoor life, as in Rømskog there is not alot to do beside fishing, swimming and enjoying the nature (lots of great walks) . As we live in a lake area we do have the occasional mosquito. We bought the cabin two years a go with the understanding that the place needed a major renovation. So far we have done about 25% of the renovation but still have lots more to do. The help we need this time is: gardening, painting, very light building work. You do not need to be a skilled worker, but you need to be someone who has good humour and likes to pitch in with things. Everyone will need to help out with cooking and cleaning, etc, and there will be a rota. If you cant cook, do not worry we will teach you. Besides cooking, etc everyone will be expected to help out for about 4 hrs a day, the rest of the time can be spent enjoying the area. The property has running hot and cold water, and an inside toilet, which is a plus for a cabin in Norway. Workaway people will have to share a room with one other person - but of course you get your own bed. We also have mobile internet on the property, which everyone is free to use, but we try to limit the amount of video streaming people do so we don not use up our broadband allowance. Bodil and myself have two boys, 5 years, and 3 years old. Bodil is Norwegian, and myself, David is British. Bodil, and the kids main language is Norwegian, so you will get an opportunity to learn Norwegian if you want. Anyone wishing to come will have to make their own way to our closest town called Bjørkelangen, and then we will collect you from there by car (from Bjørkelangen to our cabin its 25 mins drive). From Oslo's main airport you will need to take a 15 min train to Lillestrøm and then a 45 minute bus drive to Bjørkelangen. If you are interested and can make the dates please send us a message, if you have sent us a message before about helping us please send in a new message to us.