Animal Shelter in Syros Island, Greece
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Volunteers are needed for this month and enquiries are very welcome for the whole year.
Part availabilty for volunteers this month and enquiries are welcome for other months of the year.
No volunteer availabilty for this month but please feel free to email about volunteering during other months that are marked in green or yellow.
Area: BavariaDear Working Travelers. My name is Astrid and I´m married with two boys aged 15 and 17. We live in a small village, approx. 20 min. by car to Rosenheim, 15 min. to the nearest ski resort and 15 min. to the famous lake Chiemsee, which is very attractive to tourists. We want to practice and improve our English skills while talking with a guest from an English speaking country. On the other hand we can show you our traditional Bavarian way of life. My younger boy does ‘plattl´n’ (a Bavarian style of dance) and he is a Drummer, playing in a school band and a big Brass Music band. My older one likes training and playing football in the lower league. Both will be happy if you join them in their free time activities which includes skiing, ice hockey in a team, hiking and mountain biking. We would be pleased if you could stay for a longer period.
Area: Otavalo, CotacachiWe are full-time farmers who are not independently wealthy so we rely on the farm for our sustenance. The projects and work we do here need to create money or a savings of money, so we choose work that best creates these things. We have, and are continually, properly raising livestock with care and thought. We then process the meat into quality products to sell mostly to the increasing expat population around Cotacachi. The farm is located 10 minutes from Cotacachi, 15 minutes from Otavalo, and 5 minutes from Quiroga. We have cows, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. Recently we acquired bees for honey collection. The dogs and cats who live in the house roam all over (possibly your bed). We have a large garden which includes fruit trees. We have, and are continually reforesting our land with native Andean trees. We began a food forest, implementing permaculture practices. Most of the trees are planted so now we are gardening around them, waiting for them to grow. Our primary focus of the farm is continually changing but the majority of the time we concentrate on our animals (primarily pigs). Shawn moved from Nebraska in 2008 and has been working on the farm since. I'm in my mid 30's and really love living in Ecuador and especially the farm. I have traveled a lot of Ecuador and definitely know the surrounding area of Cotacachi well. Lindsay is a former workaway volunteer who landed at the farm awhile ago and never left. She is a North Dakota native but spent the last 10 years in Atlanta, Georgia before coming here. We were married in 2013 and had our first child in November of that year. Since you will be sharing our home, we expect the house to be appropriately quiet in the evenings and at night. We wake up early and are not so quiet while doing it. Feel free to continue to have camp fires, enjoy Cotacachi, Quiroga, and Otavalo, but volunteers are required to wake up and start work early. On that note we have the volunteers help more in the house than before. Since this is a farm, the house is in continuous need of general cleaning as well. We have an Indigenous family living on the premises in a separate house that occasionally help with things as well. Interaction with the family is not too frequent, but when done is a great opportunity to learn about the Indigenous culture and practice Spanish (even Quechua). English is primarily spoken in our house so "immersing" yourself in a culture to learn Spanish will most likely not happen at our farm. We do speak Spanish and we need to speak it more regularly around the house. The farm is always busy. Some times less than others, but there is a lot changing on the farm, and lots of projects in progress. If you request to volunteer here you must be comfortable in the entire butchering of animals. Most likely you will not be required to end an animal’s life but you will need to help from that point forward. Whether or not we butcher at the time you request is irrelevant. It's most likely that some sort of butchering or meat processing will be done while you are here.
Area: Languedoc RoussillonWe would like help from the beginning of April to the end of June/beginning of July: gardening, cleaning the prairies, making hay later. Of course additionnally you can participate in any other of our activities you are interested in! We are two Germans in the middle of our fifties living an organic farm with 60 goats, 3 Camarguais horses, some chickens and cats, a big vegetable garden, homemade bread (most of our food is produced at the farm) and mountain prairies in the Pyrenees Orientales (capital: Perpignan) at 800 meters above sea-level. It's a remote place where 5 families live. Christian is running a small kinesiology practice as well. About 5 hours of work per day, 2 days free per week, lodging in a trailer, bathroom and Internet access in our house nearby.
Area: PaphosWe are an intentional eco-community; living collectively, cultivating, practicing social economy, and evolving together, inspired by a way we love - the Rainbow Way. We are a commune located on a beautiful piece of land near Paphos. In our little commune you can find different kind of people from different corners of the world from age variety 0-99, we welcome any age. We have a big vegetable garden and an established orchard of avocado, citrus, olive, pomegranate and other fruit trees. We also have a homemade outside cob kitchen and the ocean as our back-garden which is 7 min away by foot. We are a newly established commune, not yet sustainable. We work donation based
Area: Aquitaine, Bordeaux centreWe ( Gérald and CLarisse)are 35-39 yeaŕs old couple, with 3 children , a 10 yeaŕs old son, a 7 yeaŕs old daughter and a baby, one year old. We live in a Big house, in Town center, next to thé river, with a garden. We have a cat, a fish. We both work and children are at school. We are looking for a girl of Spanish language to help our son to prepare for an exam, but also to bring back our older children from school from 4.30 to 6.30 In thé afternoon four days each week. We often hosted foreign students at home and each became a small part of our family. We appreciate the meetings to share our love and family life, have discussions at the table, cook together, make games, do visit our bordeaux city. Our daughter plays the harp, our son wants to learn the guitar, we have a violin, a saxophon and of course a harp ( celtic) our daugther begins "claquettes" dance. Our son fences, plays rugby. Gerald plays badmington. Gerald works in watering corporation, Clarisse is a Teatcher in a Big High school in Town center, french littérature, ancient greek. We favor good relations with children who attach very quickly, so we are looking for someone communicative, dynamic, with a sense of initiative. We do not smoke at home, we love bike rides along the banks of the Garonne, we get very often friends, life is set on weekdays but on weekends it is released and it is festive insofar possible. Our ideal would be invited Spanish and English, is very dynamic and communicative, creative, have ideas to keep the children, would like to play sports with them, have a taste for culture, can be assertive when necessary. She would cook and have ideas for the home. Playing music could be great. Bordeaux is a wonderful City according to us !!! Muséum, cinémas, all for sports, we live next to all thé shops and markets, Nous sommes un couple de 35-39 ans, nous avons 3 enfants, un garçon de 10 ans, une fille de 7 ans et un bébé garçon de un an. Nous avons une grande maison en ville avec jardin, un chat et un petit poisson. Nous travaillons tous les deux et les enfants sont scolarisés. Bébé est chez une nourrice en journée. Nous sommes près de la Garonne, dans un coin de bordeaux très agréable... Nous recherchons une jeune fille de langue espagnole pour aider notre fils à préparer un examen, mais aussi pour amener ou ramener les enfants aînés de l'école. Nous avons souvent accueilli des étudiantes étrangères à la maison et chacune est devenue une petite part de notre famille. Nous apprécions les rencontres et adorons faire partager notre vie de famille, avoir des discussions a table, cuisiner tous ensemble, faire des jeux de société, faire visiter notre ville bordeaux. Nous privilégions les bons rapports avec les enfants qui s'attachent très vite, alors nous cherchons quelqu'un de communicatif, dynamique avec le sens de l'initiative. Nous ne fumons pas à la maison, nous adorons les balades en velo sur les quais de la Garonne, nous recevons très souvent des amis, la vie est bien réglée en semaine mais le week end on se relâche et c'est festif dans la mesure du possible. Notre invitée idéale serait hispanophone et anglophone, serait très dynamique et communicative, créative, aurait des idées pour occuper les enfants, aimerait faire du sport avec eux, aurait du goût pour la culture, saurait faire preuve d'autorité en cas de besoin. Elle aimerait cuisiner et aurait des idées pour la maison.