Area: South-West coast of Portugal, in the AlgarveWe are Dave, Sonya and Jip. We are a Dutch family living our dream near the South-West coast of Portugal surrounded by nature. We decided to 'go green' and continue living a different life style away from the city. It's fair to say we started a very ambitious project off the grid. Our main goal is to reconnect with nature, grow our own organic food, be self sufficient and create a beautiful glamping farm in which we will host and inspire others. Currently we are in a pioneering phase starting to roll out our inspirations by setting up a modern yurt, preparing our food forest and vegetable garden and much more. Since its just the three of us, we welcome friends, family and volunteers to help us build our paradise. Please check our calendar for availability. Muito obrigado Dave
Area: Midi Pyrenees, AveyronDue to finance problems our project has been on hold for a while. Now looking for help in May 2015 We are a family of 3, living in SW France on the top of a hill near chestnut woods and a small river (Viaur). We are just 10 minutes drive from Najac medieval village. The converted barn dates from 1838 from which we run a holiday cottage business with eco features. The property is empty from late September to end of June where you will stay. There's a pool (for June and September months) and also the nearby river is a popular swimming spot. The accommodation has all mod-cons, heating, + log burner, great views, and is pretty comfortable with own kitchen and living-room (DW,WM,Wifi,TV,DVD). Leila is an Architect and I am a Meteorologist/Builder/Gardener and we try to live ecologically in a very beautiful part of the world.
Area: Western Japan OkayamaWe run the workshops of cabinet making and weaving at rural mountain side of Western Japan. We renovate an old primary school into workshops, cafe and residential space. From April until November, we sometimes run one day crafts workshops and offer residential course too. In the winter time, we have no guests, so there are chance to stay here as an Artist in residence to create your arts or crafts. We have tiny rice terrace and small natural farm. We would like to apply permaculture and Natural farming. The village is in very rural quiet areas with lots of nature. 3 hours from Osaka and 1.5houes from Okayama or Kurashiki city. We can accept the volunteer from one month stay. We have cats indoor and outside too. We prefer the volunteer who has some interests in Japanese culture.
Area: Manawatu-WanganuiWe are situated in the picturesque Pohangina Valley on a 10 acres lifestyle block. This is about 25 kms ( 20 mins) from Palmerston North. We can arrange for you to be picked up from Palmerston North if you don't have your own transport. Our home is next to a river which is great for swimming and fishing. Great place to be in summer. There are also several places close by where you can go hiking/walking. We mostly have a furry family consisting of 2 dogs (inside), 3 cats, 3 goats, pigs, 1 highland bull, his girlfriends, Sheep, chickens and ducks. Helpers must like animals as our cats and dogs are allowed in the house. There is a variety of things that we need help with, gardening, painting, firewood and general chores around the property. You need to be self motivated and have some get up and go. The work is not hard, and we don't ask you to do anything we wouldn't consider doing ourselves. The accommodation in our house is suitable only for a single person or a couple.
Area: Central BulgariaUpdate: 2014 WANTED: Volunteers mid June to help veggie planting or Butchering and plucking chickens, all welcome, please don't let butchering put you off! This year we're planing to be totally self sufficient for meat. We were pretty close last year, and butchered 2 pigs in Oct/Nov, so have a full freezer to start this year with. So...we're onto our second batch of 'meat' chickens (totally different to egg chickens if you didn't know that.) They'll be ready to butcher mid-late June (ish.) IS this something you'd like to learn? I started off by plucking, then gradually moved onto gutting etc...I certainly don't kill them though, that's firmly Darren's department. It's up to you if you would like to learn any or all of it. We'll also have some rabbits which should be due around that time too, if that's also something you'd like to learn. This year will be our first to learn to tan the hides...we're determined to use EVERYTHING...it seems fairer to the animal in a way! At that time we'll also have baby chicks to tend which take up a lot of time... and we'll be planting veggies like crazy too. If this is something you'd like to learn, drop us a line. If it's NOT, and something you want to steer clear of...please drop us a line anyway, we need veggies planting & baby chicks/piglets looking after. We're happy for you to avoid any gory bits and have hosted (successfully I might add,) several veggies. 2013 We have baby bunnies to look after, chickens, pigs, turkeys, and a tiny puppy who's very demanding! The piglets enclosure needs splatting in mud...mud plastering, we have teeny tiny baby chicks & turkeys arriving soon. We're planting seedlings like crazy & trying to keep on top of everything, summer is most definitely on the way!! We have a friend who Darren works with up the road needing a dog sitter, he has 2 lovely big dogs & lives right on the eco-trail by the river & waterfalls. They need walking daily & there's some garden maintenance to do. Please get in touch if you can help. July; We're going to replace the main house roof & also the main house roof of Darren's brother's holiday home over the road...obviously this is an all hands on deck job, so if you have any experience, great, if not...still great, there's plenty else to do. After that, over the summer we intend to box in the staircase so that when it's -15 in winter I don't have to go outside to get to my bed!! It seemed quaint when we moved in, but having to put my wellys on after a bath to go to bed doesn't seem quaint anymore! So...if you fancy a laugh for a week (or 2 if you can manage the craziness) you're very welcome to come & join in. There's plenty space to pitch a tent weather permitting & there's an outdoor loo. We have a huge 2 bedroom tent if you're travelling without. We can BBQ, or cook something up between us. We're happy to feed you & provide our meager accommodation in return for a bit of help around the place. We certainly don't do 10 hour labour intensive days but it isn't a holiday camp either & you'll need to pull your weight. Sense of humour is a must & if you're at all interested in martial arts Darren would love to teach you self defense, kick boxing, MMA... or you can put your feet up & watch the sunset with a beer like Mel does! If you like to fish, we try to go regularly & take a BBQ along for grilled fish later. We often break open the home brew vino & play cards in the evenings. Wi-Fi is available in the house & in the garden for you to use as you please. We have 2 very friendly cats so any allergies would be difficult. We don't smoke but you're welcome to do so outside. We eat meat but can easily cater for vegetarians....PLEASE tell me in advance though so I can buy some supplies. If you know anything about solar power/wind turbines we'd love to hear from you & learn all about it before trying to get 'off the grid'. Happy Travelling... Update Spring 2013: We've rescued a gorgeous puppy that escaped from a neighbour's house, she was 6 kg when we found her hiding in our cabbage patch late on last year, now she's 17 kg! She's super friendly & we call her Molly. We've also taken in a 4 week old pup that a friend found on death's door, she's called Tinker & is a mini tornado now :) Update Summer 2012: We have a fully operational solar shower & are currently working on a solar dehydrator to do sun dried tomatoes etc. The mud-brick wall is progressing nicely as is the stash of home made vino! Update Spring 2012: We're gradually coming out of hibernation & have started planting like crazy. We now have a poly-tunnel that is amazing at growing weeds & not a lot else so far! Daz's brother, Martin bought a house over the road so we have an extra garden to tend...which we intend to keep pigs in! Our chooks are all doing well, the 2 teeny chicks grew up huge, much bigger than the others so we figure that the early months are vital to size & are encouraging our cockerel to get down to business, the incubator & nursery are built, ready! Update Summer 2011: We got another 9 chickens, quite young, & 2 teeny chicks :o) Update Spring 2011: We are now proud owners of 3 chickens and a cockerel!! Hoorah! They are laying eggs regularly which is really rather exciting :o) We are hoping to get more in the coming weeks now the weather is better....bring on the summer!! A bit about us; We are an English couple who moved here in 2009 for a slower lifestyle. Darren was a landscape gardener in the UK & an avid martial arts fan who taught various styles of martial arts & also arranged competitions. Mel was a shopkeeper in the UK & operated a strict fitness programme of walking to the pub & back regularly with mates! It's so very different here, we were digging & creating veggie plots, coppicing our many fruit trees & trying our hand at building mudbrick walls instead of Daz laying patios! Life here goes at about 5 miles per hour, as opposed to 80 mph in the UK, everyone is so laid back and it feels very much 1970's England we think. Anyhoo, now we're at the point where we're tending 4 large veg plots and a greehouse full of seedlings whilst trying to re-build our perimeter walls, help our friends tend an organic garlic field, oh and there's a huge barn that we took the roof off that needs demolishing & re-built as well as a bungalow on the next door plot to also demolish & re-build. We have a real kitchen now & we also have a working indoor bathroom with hot water & everything!!