Area: Auckland************************************************** Important notes before you read on 1. We don't have any space until Feb 2014 2. Looking for someone to help with housework, childcare, cleaning etc as our three boys keep us busy 3. Ideally one person although couples considered 4. Minimum stay 4 weeks 5. See Google calendar for availability: goo.gl/YDMFl ************************************************** We are a loving, happy and friendly family with three children living on the amazing Waiheke Island. We live in a big old house with an organics vege garden and lots of space. Toni is a full time at home Mum and Edwin is a manager of a software consulting firm. We are educated, open minded and try to live a healthy, natural lifestyle. Waiheke Island is a sub-tropical paradise. It is noted as being a “must see” visit for tourists due to it’s stunning beaches and laid back island lifestyle. Waiheke is only a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland City but is somewhat culturally independent from the rest of New Zealand – that is people can be whatever they want here as it is an accepting, caring, supportive and free-thinking community. We have incredible beaches, bush walks, cafes, fishing etc. We are looking for someone to help out with day to day running of our household. Toni has a lot on her plate – three children, a part-time job at the local Play Group plus a household to run. We are looking for someone who can help out with housework, cooking, laundry, cooking and gardening as well and hanging out with our fun-loving, adventurous kids! We have three children: Henry – 6 years old, very intelligent and interested in mechanical things, computers, electronics etc. George – 4 years old, big, full of life and enthusiasm and very sweet and caring William – 2 years old. Sweet, thoughtful and busy!
Area: AberaeronWe have a Welsh cob stud farm. Home of the most beautiful and versatile horses in the world. Since its inception, the stud farm has sought to breed animals of quality, beauty and ability to perform in all disciplines. Next year we are expecting a couple of foals. The Centre is situated high above the sea, overlooking the glorious Cardigan Bay, with uninterrupted views of the Cambrian Mountains, and being within easy reach of the railway link at Aberystwyth. There are many interesting places to visit in the area and coastal paths to walk. We are a non smoking household.
Area: PeloponneseI have a small olive grove and some traditional village properties in a stunning location with amazing views over the Messinian gulf. Situated just 10min by road from the nearest beach and small fishing village and 25 min from Kalamata. I need help with all aspects of gardening depending on the time of year and occasionally some land clearance. I have a major landscape project I would love to tackle with the right help. Primary work at the moment is final stages of a renovation project along with maintenance , painting , carpentry and general building work. I have local people working with me sometimes and there is plenty of opportunity to learn some Greek. I am a native English speaker struggling with Greek but as a trained EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher I could help English learners of any nationality.
Area: IdahoWe are a Jewish am ha' aretz family on a small organic (non-certified) farmstead in the foothills of the Rocky mountains in north-central Idaho. We are near the Clearwater River and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. We have a large vegetable garden and raise, goats, pigeons, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and our most special crop, and the reason we live the simple life we do, is our children. Our goal is to raise our family in a healthy, country, close to the earth kind of way. Animals, gardening, baking, making cheese, herbal remedies, natural food preservation....This takes so much time and effort, but it is so much fun. Having volunteers is wonderful for us. We love getting to know other cultures, sharing stories, experiment with new ideas and having the help has been an amazing blessing. Our goal is to raise our family in a healthy, country, close to the earth kind of way. Animals, gardening, baking, making cheese, herbal remedies, natural food preservation, bio-dynamic gardening methods....This takes so much time and effort, but it is so much fun. Having volunteers is wonderful for us. We love getting to know other cultures, sharing stories, experiment with new ideas and having the help has been an amazing blessing. As of right now we are putting the garden to bed for fall. Planting the garlic soon and mulching one more time. The greens in the hoop house are producing well. We are learning how to bake in our cobb bread oven we made this summer. I never want to buy pizza again. It tastes so much better out of our bread oven! We are enjoying our time in our sauna now that the weather is cooling down. It is complete on the inside but needing a few finishing touches on the outside. :) We are babysitting a milk cow for a friend and enjoying her yummy rich milk. This week we are trying our hand at making miso. The koji smells wonderful and we are on schedule to make the miso this Friday! We have butchered our meat chickens and half of our turkeys. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to teach the children about the art of butchery and merciful methods. What a gift. Our 13 and 11 year olds have become very proficient at the process and can do it on their own. 18 more to go. Thanksgiving will have a lot of meaning this year. :) We love to share our little town with those that visit. The Clearwater river is just a few minutes away. With fishing, swimming and boating. Also nearby is the Nez Perce Tribal Reservation, so exploring there can be fun as well. There is tons of wildlife to experience, deer, turkeys, elk, the occasional moose, black bears, cougars wolves, and plenty of other smaller creatures to enjoy. Stays of at least 1 or 2 weeks are suggested. If things work out well we are open to extended stays. We love community. We expect Workawayers to put in 5 to 6 hours of work a day and since we are Jewish each Sabbath (Saturday) is a day off. We try to leave plenty of time for fun. Transportation from Lewiston ID and Missoula MT areas may be possible. Languages spoken here are English, some Spanish, and a smattering of Hebrew. We are very family friendly and children are more than welcome, as we have a bunch of our own. We are able to accommodate vegetarian and gluten free diets.
Area: North Central MississippiWe have a 35 Acre farm approximately 10 miles south of Oxford, MS. 3 adults, 2 young children, 40 goats, 1 guinea, 34 chickens, 4 livestock guardian dogs, and 10 cats live on the property. We raise gourmet garlic, vegetables, herbs, meat goats, and chickens. We need folks to help with our goats, dogs, large gardens, and harvesting and preserving veggies. KIDDING! Our 2014 kidding is approaching. We kid on pasture and our volunteers need to be available whenever and wherever the mammas decide it is time. Our percentage Kikos are great mothers and we don't have to intervene a lot, but if we have to step in, you should be ready and willing to help out whenever I need assistance. The goats should start kidding the first or second week in Feb. I would like to have help getting our permanent "barns" ready a week before that. If you want to participate in kidding you need to commit to three weeks. We prefer to have volunteer "couples" for kidding. By a couple I mean two volunteers traveling together. Our other winter needs are general animal care, building maintenance, limited garden work, and wood cutting. From now until the end of January we can use volunteers who want to participate in those activities. Please note, we do not live in the suburbs. If you will be offended by some degree of disorder, please don't volunteer here. We are juggling a lot of balls, getting the farm in order, goats, chickens, planting, harvesting, putting up veggies, homeschooling grandchildren, large dogs who want to go AWOL...... It is endless. Fun but endless. Things are not neat and, to be honest, they are often barely organized. If you can't handle impromptu living, we are not the place for you. General Work requirements: In return for room and board, we expect an average of 25 hours of work a week. Our volunteers usually work 5 days a week with two days completely off. Kidding Work Requirements: If you volunteer for kidding, you have to be willing to get up when I need you, and show a real interest in the goats. Length of stay: We prefer folks who want to stay for two weeks or more. We can arrange one week stays if the volunteer has previous experience. We cannot accommodate volunteers who want to stay for less than a week. Kidding volunteers need to commit to 3 weeks. Food preference: We are omnivores NOT vegetarians. That said, we have had vegans staying with us and it worked well. Living Conditions: We are currently finishing the construction of our volunteer living space. Right now there is an air conditioned/heated sleeping/eating space with a half bath and a sink for food prep. Soon there will be a shower. For now you have to use the shower in one of our two houses. We build much of our own stuff; housing/septic/drainage systems etc. and, if you join us, you may be helping and learning. Internet Access: If you have a computer, tablet, smart phone etc. wireless internet access is available for e-mail and social networking. Online gaming and endless video streaming are not allowed. Laundry facilities are available. Languages: We are native English speakers with limited Italian, French, Spanish, and German. We are interested in having volunteers who speak another language so that we can learn from them while they practice their English with us. I am currently learning Spanish and attempting to teach it to our homeschooled grandchildren. If you like children and would like to teach a Spanish lesson once a day, I'm sure you would be an improvement! Music and Art. Everyone on Broken Magnolia loves music and everyone except myself and a 4 year old grandchild play. We live in the MS Hill Country and the spring and summer are the time for Hill Country Blues festivals. If you have your own transportation, these festivals and the MS Delta and the many blues festivals are an easy drive away. Our son who is a professional artist, has his studio on the property and is interested in having volunteers who would like to work on framing etc. The village we live in has many professional artists. Transportation: Getting here: There is no public transportation to Oxford. There is bus service to Grenada, MS and we can arrange to pick you up in Grenada but you need to consult with us before you purchase a ticket. Please note: We will only make arrangements to pick you up IF you are willing to commit to spending 2 weeks with us. If you decide to leave early, we will take you to Oxford. Once you are here: While we are only 10 miles from Oxford, there is NO regular public transportation between Oxford and Taylor. If you have a bicycle, you can ride to Oxford during the day. However, the road is not safe at night as there is no bike lane, "shoulders" or consistent lighting. We can, however, arrange to take folks into town when we go.