Area: CaribbeanI am chairman of an organization which administers a homeless shelter and rehabilitative day program in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The shelter, Portland Rehabilitation Management (PRM), is an NGO providing shelter, food, medicine, and other rehabilitative services to the homeless. We currently serve 15-20 clients, (roughly one third of the marginalized homeless population of Port Antonio), who have been socially displaced often due to many of the following factors: • Mental Health Issues (mostly schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) • Physically Debilitating Condition • HIV/AIDS • Drug Use Disorder • Displacement resulting from ex-offender or deportee status or circumstance. • Abuse or Exploitation We are an NGO charged by the Portland Parish Council, to develop, fund and administer a rehabilitation program for the homeless persons of the parish of Portland. Our aims are: 1. To meet the basic needs of the homeless persons in Portland; for shelter, food, clothing and medical care. 2. To deliver a Day Time Rehabilitation Program to empower our clients with social and independent living skills and opportunities. 3. Reduce the number of homeless and socially displaced persons in Portland. Current projects: building a female dormitory, expanding the garden, building a chicken coop We would welcome any volunteers with experience in the health field, especially in medical and psychiatric care. In particular we could use volunteers with experience in substance abuse counselling, motivational interviewing and recreational therapy. Other helpful experiences include but are not limited to marketing, NGO development, fundraising, and farming. If you feel that you have certain skills (personal or professional) that could benefit the shelter, you are more than welcome as long as you are compassionate, willing to work with marginalized populations, and have good interpersonal skills.
Area: British ColumbiaI really do mean Road's End! 15km of gravel road ends at our farm of woods, meadows and gardens near Williams Lake, BC. Road's End was the dream of two friends who both grew up in this area, spent ten or so years in various cities around Vancouver before deciding we wanted to get out of cities for good. We volunteered on farms around BC before returning to where I was born to begin our own farm. Chris has since moved on to other pursuits, though still visits from time to time, and I, Terri, am now running this business on my own! This will be my sixth growing season, my second season on my own. I am a woman in my early thirties, and I am excited to be a small business owner making a small difference through local food in my community! My partner, Curtis works seven days on and then has seven days off and will be helping around the farm sometimes when he is home. We are here because we want to do our small part to help heal our planet. Our garden is over an acre and this year the plan is to do a better job with growing more in this space. While not certified we use biodynamic practices and low-energy techniques, working towards developing sustainable, low-input systems that work with nature, not against. I have downsized on animal production this year, so some of my animal plans have changed and there will not be a large flock of chickens or cattle or pigs until possibly next year. (Usually, to provide manure for the garden we will raise a large flock of laying hens as well as a small herd of cashmere goats. We also usually raise a few pigs and cell graze a herd of cattle using movable electric fencing that allows us to provide these animals with a good life while growing good meat and increasing the fertility of the land). For now we have 2 beautiful dogs, three cats, two rats, two ducks, two horses (unrideable, but friendly), a small flock of cashmere goats and one young indoor/outdoor goat. Good food is very important to us and most of our meals consist of vegetables from our garden, homemade breads and our own pork, chicken and eggs as well as grass-fed beef from a local ranch. Vegetarians and vegans are of course welcome, but will have to do some cooking for yourselves. The log house is very comfortable but quite rustic. We have a phone and intermittent internet but no television (we do own one for watching movies from time-to-time) and no cell phone reception. Our house is powered by solar electricity. The stars are incredible out here with no city lights or even close neighbours, and the only noise is that of the birds and other local wildlife. We love this solitude, but be prepared if you're used to city living; some people find the isolation a bit too overwhelming. I go into town twice a week to sell my vegetables at the farmers' market and the new growers' co-op and you are welcome to come with me to market. I also run a CSA or "box-a-week" program. I am growing quickly and am very involved in the local food movement in our community. And while we are a bit out-of-the-way many travellers and friends find their way out to the end of the road and we are rarely alone out here in summer. There is a wonderful movement towards sustainable living and eating happening in the world and we are excited to be a part of this positive change. Every season is different, and I still am not sure what 2014 will bring. I have some big decisions to make regarding the market and how I sell my vegetables. This is a small community and was built with a focus on industry (mining/logging), it can sometimes be difficult to get people to realize the importance of local food. We've tried a lot of different approaches over the years, but it may be that this town isn't ready for a vibrant farmers' market quite yet. This season my focus will be on the box-a-week program. I have yet to decide whether this will mean delivery or if I will still participate in market as a pick-up point for veggie boxes. Because there are so many changes happening this season, I need helpers who are committed and excited about helping to build something amazing! I love this life, though it really isn't for everyone. Helpers who love being outside and who are generally positive, easygoing people seem to have the best time. We are looking for interesting and interested people who would like to help out and learn in a relaxed environment but who are also independant, hard-working and don't mind the isolation. What you get out of your stay with us will be entirely up to you. Accommodation is modest but comfortable and includes either a room in the house, a large, comfortable rv or camper van. We look forward to meeting you.
Area: New South WalesWe are a lovely Family of 3 and i am pregnant with twins who will be born in March 2015. My name is Jade and my husband is Ross. We currently have a Au Pair who is leaving us after 6 months to travel Australia. She has her best friend who is also an au pair to a family with a 10 year old boy. Both of our families live 100m from each other so we are looking for 2 nannies, one for each family. We would both like 3-6 month stays. We both live in the most beautiful beach area and would suit surf lovers. Both families live 100m from the beach and 100m from each other, 60km from byron bay, 20km from Coolangatta, and riding distance to Cabarita beach and Kingscliff. First home-(Jade and Ross) We have a Little Boy named Floyd-Henry and he is 1 1/2 years old. We are a very busy family. My husband works full-time and I work from home 2 days a week. We love the beach and being outside playing in the park. We are both really happy people and love life. Second home- (Nicky) Is a single full-time working mum with a 10 year old boy. She lives in a 4 bedroom house. She is very active and Sam loves to go to the beach and playing in the park. We are looking for 2 friends who would like to live and learn english as well as work in a beautiful area. You will be able to stay together on the weekends at Nickys house as she has a spare room and you will be able to borrow our car to go away if you would like as most weekends you will have off together. When writing please put the code word 'happy' into description so i know you have read all of our profile and you are not spam. We are looking for 1 Au pair to start 1st December 2014 and the Au pair for Nicky's house to start January 1st 2015
Area: Massachusetts USAWe are a family owned farm with a wide variety of animals including miniature cows, a wallaby, deers, donkey, an aviary and a lot more... We have 14 horses and lots of mini's. We have an indoor and an outdoor riding ring where we teach children's lessons. You would help with children's riding lessons at the farm and assist in our animal programs which involve Saddle Club, vacation week and summer day camps. You will help children interact with the animals while keeping them safe. If you enjoy working with kids and animals then this will be a fun experience working with a wide variety of nice animals.
Area: AndaluciaWe have lived here for three years not full time, prior to that we lived in many different areas of Spain. The family consists of Ourselves and one over friendly Labrador. He loves everyone, food, wlaks and sleep with cuddles. Although we have been in Spain on and off for a number of years we are are still not fluent in Spanish. One thing is for sure , we do know how to order a good meal. Our current home is in a great location , with fantastic scenery however it is very rustic and typically Andalucian set in the hillside. We both have a great sense of humour and adore the outside life , which is why we live here.