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Région: NormandyHi, We're a French/English family from Normandy and we're looking for a volunteer (or two friends who can share a room) with experience/interest in horses and ponies and who'd like to stay with us for at least couple of months this summer (sorry but due to the World Equestrian Games taking place in Caen, we have an extremely busy schedule, so we will only consider hosting volunteers who are willing to come for a minimum stay of at least all of August and September 2014, as we have to get the property ready and will require help in the B&B during the games period). The help will be varied but will include painting, helping with breakfast/catering, helping with horses/ponies/poultry, cleaning and general being a team player! In return for your help, we'll look after you as one of the family. You'll have a comfortable bedroom, with free WiFi access and great food. You must be able to live in a busy, noisy household with children (6, 9 and 12), three cats and a crazy little schnauzer! We ask our volunteers to participate in the general day to day stuff like laying/clearing the table, loading/unloading dishwasher etc... Sorry, but we are unable to cater for special diets as we produce and eat our own meat, poultry and dairy produce. There's no smoking in the house or buildings but other than that, we are easy to get along with and like meeting people and sharing stories. We look forward to hearing from you.
Région: GabrovoWe are Brian and Shirley Sandford, we are both pensioners. We moved to Turkincha 5 years ago and it is a small village in the foothills of the mountains in central Bulgaria near the old capital, Veliko Turnovo. We have two dogs who are very friendly and love people. Daisy is a 5 year old German Shepherd and Tivvy who is 3 and don't know what breed she is. We also have a tom cat called Sandy, he is neutered and also very friendly.
Région: InsularWe are looking for people to help run and maintain our hostel and campsite here in San Gil. I am British and my wife is Colombian. We have a 5-year-old boy, 3-year-old girl, two dogs, a cat and two goats. We live in a cottage on a large (35 hectares) coffee farm. We are converting our part of the farm into an eco-hostel and campsite (to open in mid-January 2014) . Our piece of land consists of our house, a hut with hammocks, a bus for chilling, a large camping area with two geodesic domes, a yurt and regular tents, another building with dorm and kitchen, a separate shower and toilet, a treebog (eco-toilet), an open eating area, an organic vegetable garden and a number of fruit trees including oranges, guanabanas, guamas, mangos and mandarins. The farm itself is 35 hectares and has forests, spectacular views, coffee, cattle and sheep. The guests are welcome to explore the whole farm. The guests will stay in a dorm, geodesic domes, yurts and regular tents. The hostel will be an ongoing artistic and alternative energy project with volunteers and guests helping to develop it. We have started building solar panels and intend to build a wind generator, solar oven, solar shower, and solar dryer. We will serve international and Colombian vegetarian food. From the hostel we can arrange all the activities the area has to offer. San Gil is the tourist centre of the region offering numerous adventure sports and buses to local colonial villages, bathing spots and waterfalls. Barichara is well known for it’s artists and alternative culture, including film and music festivals. There are also spiritual activities like yoga, Aztec dance, sweat lodges and ancestral medicine. The hostel is remote but accessible, 10mins walk from the bus route. Taxis will come to the farm gate, 100 metres from the hostel. Buses pass every 15 mins to San Gil (15 mins away) , Barichara (20mins away) and Villanueva (20 mins away) . There are picturesque country hikes to all three towns, as well as to Curiti. Our interests include organic gardening, birdwatching, swimming in rivers, movies (we have a huge movie collection) , yoga, vegetarian cooking, healthy living and healing ceremonies. We can introduce our guests and volunteers to any of these activities and also the adventure sports, nature spots and hikes in the area.
Région: Bay of PlentyMy name is Lorna. I am retired now and live in a large house on a 1 hectare property only 10 minutes walk from a lovely swimming and surfing beach. My loves include animals, gardening, cooking, painting and meeting people. I have been a horse rider for most of my life but now my only animal companion is Mandy my friendly two year old Golden Retriever although I have two horses grazing on my property. I am not as fit and active as I once was so could do with help around my house and property. Jobs would include general maintenance (eg. painting and minor repairs), gardening and other general work which I find hard to do myself (eg. pruning, chopping wood etc.) In return I can provide a very friendly, relaxed environment with generous home cooked meals and baking.
Région: QueenslandHi, my name is Peter. I have lived in Agnes Water for around 16 years. I have a small property on the outer edge of the small Agnes Water township. I have been a host with other similar organisations for about 4 years and have hosted people from many countries such as France, Germany, England, Austria, Brazil, America, South Korea, China, Japan, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium. I like to spend time with my visitors and get to know them. I particularly like to help people to improve their English and show them around the local area. Agnes Water is a small coastal town about half way between Bundaberg and Gladstone in Queensland. The attractions here are the quiet, laid back type lifestyle, Kangaroos, Uncrowded and Secluded golden sandy Beaches, Swimming, Sunbathing, Surfing, Fishing, Great Barrier Reef access and National parks. There are some great coastal bush walks that weave their way along the beaches and rocky headlands to take in the stunning coastal scenery. If you like nature, the environment, swimming, sunbathing and enjoying the beach, there is much to see and experience in this area. During the summer months, Sea Turtles come ashore on the local beaches for nesting. I am happy to take people out to observe this during December and January. I like to help my visitors to experience as many of these activities as possible. (I've had a few people here now that do not like to spend any time on the beach or are not interested having the chance to swim in the ocean. If this is your attitude - than my place is not the place for you. Agnes Water is a beach-side community and has some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and is a great place to go for a swim in the ocean with its clean subtropical waters).