Area: OntarioMy husband and I (and our 3 young children) bought this lovely property outside of Ottawa, Canada about 3 years ago. It is a beautiful farm house and renovated barn where I cater and host a wide range of events from office parties to weddings. Nestled between soy fields and a beautiful golf course, this country retreat is far enough out of town to make it peaceful, but close enough to have all of the amenities a short drive away. Keeping up with the gardens and surrounding property can be enough work in itself, however, we do also need extra help with tasks such as painting, minor repairs, housekeeping, occasional babysitting, setting up for events etc. As avid travellers ourselves, we love hosting guests with diverse backgrounds and have been lucky enough through workaway to host individuals from the US, Australia, France, Germany, Estonia, Belgium and England. We look forward to welcoming you into our family during your stay here in Canada.
Area: Pai, ThailandWe are located in the mountains of Mae Hong Son, in the beautiful and popular town of Pai, Thailand. We are located in quite an isolated spot, surrounded by forest and farmland, a beautiful area to escape the bustle and recconect with a simple, natural way of living. This is a very rural experience! Simple bamboo bungalows and very basic kitchen and amenities. Please only consider our project if you are happy to give up the usual home comforts and get down and dirty in the nature! Ideally we are seeking volunteers with some experiance in farming or permaculture, but we are also open to people who are new to this area and want to learn. A keen attitude and willingness to get involved are a must!! We do not have a minimum length of stay but for you to fully explore the area, learn the skills needed to farm in this climate and get the most out of your stay with us we reccomend for you to stay two weeks at the very least. Depending on the time of year we have from 1 to 8 volunteers at a time. The current project manager is Catherine. She has been living and farming in this area for the past 4 years and manging New Land since last summer. Catherine also teaches English past time so has to split her time between running the project and earning a living! Volunteer qualities : - Enjoy the outdoors - Have camping experience (actual camping) - Friendly and inquisitive - Displays natural initiative - Out of bed early at 6am (we are a farm in the hot tropics) - Can watch and learn quickly - Not afraid to ask lots and lots of questions - Have some experience volunteering or working on farms - Experience living in a communal setting - Cooking skills, volunteers are asked to share in the cooking duties (which includes waking early to get the rice and tea/coffee on the fire) Basically we are seeking enthusiastic garden warriors! Our project is still in the early stages, barely two years old. We are starting from scratch with a wonderful site that was previously used for monocrop farming or soya bean and corn. The site is a farm based on the ethics and principles of permaculture and the traditional farming methods of our local villages. The aim IS to revitalize 72,000 square meters of deforested and degraded land by applying permaculture design principles. The mission of the project is to demonstrate and reintroduce sustainable living techniques to the locals, and to create a prototype for reforestation and sustainable livelihood projects all over the world. Cooking: Mostly vegetarian, and lots of rice! Many veggies and herbs can be picked from the garden but we always make sure we are stocked with spices, sauces, tea, coffee and the odd luxery! We have a basic communcal kitchen using wood fires, everyone is expected to help with cooking and cleaning. There are two traditional wood fire stoves, so if you can make fire this is a bonus. We use fresh ash for dish cleaning, simple bamboo bowls and cutlery and a tree log as a sink (which feeds water to our kitchen compost and banana trees). If you are keen for something more exotic then there are plenty of shops in town that will supply most of what you are looking for and you are welcome to bring whatever you like to the farm from town, although we try to produce as little plastic waste as possible! It is important to emphasise that our project is based on simple living! Unfortunately we cannot supply the comforts available in your local organic supermarket, but we try our best to keep our volunteers well fed on local seasonal produce and our own vegies and recipes. Think camping... with a kitchen! Accommodation: as shown in the photos. It is rural and very simple. Electricity is in the main kitchen only and supplied via solar panel. We unfortunately do not have wifi, but if you have a smart phone with one of the Thai telco companies you will be able to pick up 3G wireless on your phone. Only one of the bungalows has a bathroom attached, and there are two other very simple bathrooms on site. We have bucket showers and a bike pump shower (which is very cool), and all of our drinking water on site is pumped from the well and sand/charcoal filtered. Transport: If travelling in by mini van, we can collect you from Tacomepai Guesthouse (our sister site) in Ban Tin That village on the Chiang Mai main road, approx 6km from Pai Town. When you buy your bus ticket, you can request to be dropped off on the main road in the village which is approx 4mins after the Pai Canyon. WE CANNOT PROVIDE TRANSPORT WHILE YOU ARE WITH US. We strongly recommend hiring a scooter in Pai town if you are keen on visiting town, waterfalls, markets, shopping and other sites around the region. There are plenty of great places, tours, adventures, markets, waterfalls, hot springs (one of them secret and not far from the farm) and cafe/restaurants to visit and enjoy during the time you would like to spend away from the farm. The farm itself is located in a very peaceful valley, so be sure to bring a book to enjoy the tranquility and rest. Supplies - This is a list of items that will definitely make your stay more comfortable (most of these you will find at any small shop): A towel Natural soap Torch / headlamp Batteries Insect repellent Personal medical supplies (panadol, ibuprofen, cleaning alcohol,etc..) Plasters / Bandaids Pen and paper A book or two Rain poncho Candles Pocket knife Water bottle Some stories and songs to share And an attitude for outdoor camping style living. See you soon :)
Area: AndaluciaWe are a family of three. Carlos, Natalia and baby Arun who is a year old. We are vegetarian and try to eat organic as much as possible, even we have a small garden. We love traveling, meeting new people and learning about anything. We speak English and have lived abroad in different countries. We live a relaxed life and most of the time we are at home, where we also work. We do not expect a boss-worker relationship. We are looking for volunteers who want to share with us, we would love to learn about your home country and your way of living. Taste your country food and share any special habits. We will try to show you around the area, and introduce you to our friends and family. Since you will not be just a worker, we would like to know more about you before you come. Please, if you do not have references as a volunteer, we will appreciate that you facilitate us any profile in a social network (Couchsurfing or Bewelcome preferably).
Area: WalesNew exciting project, former intensive, run down dairy farm, now in conversion to a 28 acre, organic, family run small farm. We have started a large veg patch, polytunnel, an orchard and will be planting a woodland. We have some small cows, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep, rabbits and dogs. Our aim is to be self sufficient for meat, veg, fruit and fuel. We are renovating the traditional stone built farmhouse and barns. Situated in a beautiful, quiet, rural location with great walking, short drive from town/coast. Please note that public transport is limited and infrequent. We home educate our 4 children and are looking for enthusiatic, energetic, polite helpers to come and join in with our 'good life'. We are a busy family, we work extremely hard get up early and go to bed early, but we like to have fun too - camp fire cooking, singing and playing card or word games, and watching films are our style.
Area: LazioWe are an Australian couple who spend the summer in our Italian house overlooking the medieval village of Cottanello in the Sabine Hills in Lazio, near the Umbrian border. The nearest large town is Rieti, the physical center of Italy and we are only 1.5 hours from Rome. Our property has one hectare of land planted with olive and fruit trees and is situated in the foothills of the Sabine Hills. Our renovations, with the exception of one room, are complete, so the main body of our work is gardening and generally maintaining the grounds which comprises mowing, brush cutting, weeding and pruning. For relaxation there are some good mountain walks, with panoramic views over the valleys and villages below, and on a clear day you can see as far as Rome. We have a good selection of books, internet access and an art studio where you can paint and work with clay if this interests you.