Help wanted on smallholding, Herefordshire/Welsh border
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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: BahiaHello, I'm Rodrigo, I live in Ilhéus-Bahia, I work as a freelancer web designer, and I direct, with my brother, a residence on the beach (12km away from the city), we have several rooms that we rent for people with low income. We inherited this property from our father, and we need to do several repairs here, and a keep the place clean and safe. We would like to have workawayers to help us with mostly physical tasks. I'll be working with you (not everytime) and I'll call some professionals to guide you. In Ilhéus there a lot of natural places to see, some historical places too and if you want to follow me on my activities you're welcome. I like to walk on the beach, do sports, listen to music and study.
Area: South West FranceWe are Mo and David. We moved to this very beautiful part of South West France in November 2007 after 15 years running a Retreat Centre near Canterbury Kent. We are both artists, David has many skills and has a brilliant woodworking workshop. He is also fully skilled in building and maintenance. David and Mo built a kiln last summer and Mo is returning to making ceramics just for fun, after a long absence. Volunteers would be welcome to use the pottery and art studios in their spare time. We live 15 minutes from a small town in a rural area, so if you like a quiet life this is the perfect place. We have about four and half hectars (about 12 acres) of land, which consists of woodland and meadows, a rose garden surrounds the house, we also have a thriving organic vegetable garden.
Area: CataloniaWe are a close happy 3 generation family from England plus 3 cats and 2 dogs, who moved to Catalunya Spain 8 years ago, we have settled into the lifestyle and are in the process of building an holistic retreat. We are non smokers but are happy to accept smokers as long as its away from the house. Our Finca is on 7 hectares of land, with 500 olive trees, almond and walnut trees, variety of fruit tress, grapes, figs and an allotment. As much as possible we try not to use any chemicals on the land. We are restoring the old farm house (slow process)..... and always working on the land clearing, weeding, pruning etc Our aim eventually is to have a retreat where people can learn spiritual awareness through courses and to have holidays here in a tranquil, relaxing setting with a bit of fun thrown in.
Area: Poitou CharentesWe are a family run gite and building business in south west France, we have one son, two dogs and one cat. We are looking for someone to decorate a small cottage, just white paint all over. Accommodation would be in the cottage
Area: Asturias (N-Spain)Availability update: November availability: 1-7 Nov and 17 Nov-1 Dec We also work in winter but you should be able to cope with the not so Spanish weather in beautiful green and in winter rather cold Asturias. The woodstove is great fun though! Asturias is a beautiful part of Northern Spain, great for hiking! We have mountains and the sea is nearby. My house is a foster home for (8-10) dogs for a small local animal welfare organisation I am a member of. We also have two donkeys, one of them is adopted from the nearby Donkey santuary. I live in a farmhouse (2 houses) with 2 ha of land, taking care of a varying population of our own dogs plus dogs to be rehomed from the local shelter (8-10 dogs) The donkeys are: Yoana, who was born here and Jack from the donkey paradise. There is a lot to be done in and around the house: cleaning (first of all, dog hairs that stick to anything but the dog...), dog walking, scooping the dog pooh, repairs, fencing, the vegetable garden and the other gardens. We usually do cleaning and other jobs in the morning, the afternoon is off (so you could combine it with studying or you can go for a walk, explore the surroundings or just relax...) until late afternoon when the donkeys and dogs are fed and there may be another dog walk. The most important is of course taking care of the dogs and the donkeys - and keeping the fences and the surrounding land in good shape. It would be good if you have a driver's licence (you can also use the van if you want to), but it is no requirement I do welcome volunteers for longer periods, preferably 4 weeks or even several months. Accommodation: In summer, 1-2 volunteers have their own bedroom and mini bathroom in the annex to my house. The main living/kitchen is in my house. The property consists of 2 houses and usually the volunteers use the available bedrooms in the second house (except in summer). You share a bathroom - there is also a kitchen you can use. I always welcome enquiries by e-mail - and I will reply quickly! Volunteers have to like dogs and the outdoor life as the finca is outside the village (1 km from the village, shops 4 km. Bus stop and railway station 20 minutes walk). I am Dutch, and I speak English, Dutch, Spanish and some German. Asturias is in the North of Spain, between Galicia and Cantabria (and then Basque country). This region is called the Costa Verde and as you can imagine it looks more like Scotland or Wales than what most people expect when thinking of Spain. It's an ideal area for hiking, mountain walking (Picos de Europa, Redes, Somiedo), mountain climbing, canoeing and of course we also have beaches (no sun guarantee though). Oviedo is at 30 km and Gijon at 45 km. Of course you can arrange to take a few days off to go hiking in the Picos or walk part of the Camino de Santiago - I am very flexible. You will find stories about the volunteers the blog - I will send you the various links where you can read more! If you want to see more of Asturias while volunteering, you can combine your stay with the Donkey Paradise (23 donkeys, mules, horses, dogs - min stay about a month) or the ecological project Fontebona (off the grid in a wooded area). Volunteering and hosting should be a fun experience, positive for both parties. You are part of the household, and you will be living with the dogs in my house and probably have a new dog to take care of yourself, so being a dog lover is a requirement. Or should I rather say you have to be a little dog crazy. We take turns cooking and the food is mainly vegetarian. It is no problem if you are vegan or need a gluten-free diet. The food is basic, healthy, vegetarian and does not come out of a cardboard box, and is plentiful. Being in Spain we tend to have a glass of wine or beer with our dinner. I provide the food, in summer you will be able to get some of the veggies from the vegetable garden as well! I provide all the basic food, the extras are for your own account and if you enjoy more than a glass of wine or beer, I suggest we share buying the bottles! I try to recycle as much as possible and do not like to throw away food or waste materials. You will get to know the delicious "tortilla de ayer" ;).