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: OtagoTe Nohoaka o Tukiauau / Sinclair Wetlands is a 315-hectare privately-owned wetland and important bird habitat, the wetland is protected under a QEII open space covenant and is regarded as the largest and most important privately owned wetland in New Zealand. The wetland consists of ponds, water channels, swamplands and a couple of re-vegetating islands and hosts over 60 species of birds which live in, or regularly visit the wetland. In exchange for accommodation we require helpers for maintenance, up keep and enhancement of the wetlands. As the wetlands is a non profit organisation (and is run by a Trust with minimal funding - not a business) we are unable to provide food or wi-fi or luxuries. However, by choosing an exchange with us your help will have a positive environmental impact, rather than creating a monetary gain for a business. Along the way you will discover what makes conservation in N.Z. so unique. Work can include: weed eradication, predator trapping, track maintenance, tree planting, bird surveying, nursery and plant work, worm farming, grounds keeping etc. Come and enjoy staying in a peaceful and important conservation environment. The volunteer house is well equipped, quiet and private (although can be cold at times - come prepared!). We have kayaks on-site, bush walks nearby,and we are close to the Catlins and the Southern scenic route. Your host's are a friendly young couple in their late 20's who enjoy nature, outdoor activities and sports, photography and art, good food and encouraging a sustainable world! We are 50km from Dunedin set among rural farms on the Taieri Plains (close to the airport) Allow 35 minutes drive from Dunedin city. *Please come prepared for working in the outdoors, and the willingness to live in a conservative manner.
Area: South Western BCAre you ready for the adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful wilderness settings not only in Canada, but in the world? We are an established wilderness tourism business and guest ranch located in the sunny South Chilcotin Mountains. You will be expected to work in exchange for your room and board. As an intern, you will have a unique, off the beaten path wilderness experience. This will be a challenging and rewarding adventure, where you will learn and develop professional and personal skills. You will meet adventurers from around the world who have come to work in this exceptional and unique environment. As part of living on a ranch, you will get to join in on our lifestyle. On your time off we offer activities based on availability (western riding, hiking, swimming, skeet shooting, bareback riding, barrel racing, mountain riding, wildlife viewing, lariat throwing, etc.). In the wilderness setting, you'll have the opportunity to grow through the challenges that you overcome each and every day. This philosophy encourages you to identify your interests, which drive your goals. Ultimately, your goals will fuel your purpose both at the ranch and throughout the rest of your life. We need help with many aspects of running this successful guest ranch, from cooks, cleaners, hospitality and office administration, to outside work involving ranch/ equipment maintenance, forestry management, wilderness guiding and much more. Please provide your email address when contacting us! We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Area: Uecker-RandowUpdate October 2014: usually our volunteering season ends by the end of October as unfortunately we don`t have (yet) winter-suitable accomodations for our volunteers. But due to the current situation we decided to prolong the season until around mid of November,hopefully until the end of November, depending on the weather situation. Jan has been working on our 26 year old camper for the last weeks (we completely renovated it, and now all the interior and the insulation needs to be rebuild again so that we can get the inspection sticker that has ran out already in May this year :-/ So Jan needs some help with that, and I (Alex) need some help with babysitting, cooking, cleaning stables and the daily work with the animals (feeding, walking the dog..). As soon as the first frost will come, we`ll have to turn off the water in the guest bathroom as it is not constantly heated and otherwise the pipes will get damaged. This means that from this point you`ll have to use the family bathroom inside the house. We are fine with that- just for you to know...:-) _________________________________________________________________ As we are planning to travel (back ;-) to Northern Norway in June 2015 for around 4 weeks with our camper, we need someone to do the house-yard-animal-plant sitting during that time. You`ll get all instructions you need on the forehand from us, therefore it would be good to have around 2 weeks together with you before we leave. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello there! We're Alex, Jan and Arthur Heuer. We are both mid 30s, and Arthur was born in 4/2013. We live on our farm in Kirchenfeld/ Penkun, eastern Germany. Alex comes from a little town near Stuttgart and I was raised near Hamburg. We met in Tromsø, Norway in 2006, where Alex studied biologie and I kind of studied philosophie. We were brought together by our love for heavy metal music and have been together ever since. Alex went back to Tromsø twice to finish her diploma. The last time, I joined her and made our living by guiding tourists. Meanwhile I had grown tired of philosophie and cancelled my studies. After Alex got her degree, we moved (back) to Hamburg together. We soon grew tired of the hasty city-lifestyle and decided to move to the countryside. We found the place we are currently living in and fell in love with it at first sight. The house had not much, but potential and we started to make it a home right away. We basically emptied the house, did the waterinstallation and electricity and started to form everything to our liking. This year (2014) we finally got a new roof and the house plastered. In 2011 we got married, in 2013 we got Arthur, so now we are a proper family. We still try to attend to Wacken festival every year, though we had to pause, the year Arthur was born. Our goal is to become selfsufficient minifarmers, we keep chickens, ducks and pigs. We have also tried sheep and rabbits, but gave them away again. We also have Lara, our dog and our three cats, Cleopatra, Pippilotta and Odin. By now, we have got quite some gardenspace ready, to keep us occupied. We try to grow as much as possible ourselves, but we are far from selfsufficient. We take responsibility for the world around us, so whatever we buy, we try to go for organic and fair trade products. We try to avoid plastic as far as possible and stay away from flavour enhancers, preservatives and a lot of other additives from modern chemnistry. We don't have WiFi because we don't know what it does to us and Arthur. We got cables ready, though ;-) We like to eat meat, but it's not a problem if you are vegetarian/vegan. We respect your way of living and expect you to respect ours – that applies generally. Since we have a little baby, we are pretty occupied, so we won't be around most of the evenings, that means, you have to be ok with aloneness, in case there are no other volunteers around. We have three old but clean caravans and a roomy viking-style-tent. You also have a seperate bathroom in one of the stables, so privacy is garanteed. If you want to help us, we expect you to be able to: - clean up after yourself - cook simple meals - hold a shovel We do expect hard work and workinghours may vary due to the ongoing projects. What is probably important for you as well: as we live out in the sticks, there are no shops or pubs around. The next town with 2000 inhabitans is 4 km away, there`s a tiny grocery store, a pharmacy, a flower shop and a bakery. That`s all :-P
Area: MadeiraWe're currently searching for a volunteer for these start dates: - December 3 Hi everyone! We're Philippe and Anna. Since June 2013 we're running the first hostel on our beautiful island, 20 minutes walking from Funchal center. Ourselves being backpackers, our goal is to make the place a comfortable and homey place to stay for people who come to discover Madeira and find new friends. The hostel itself is a big house with capacity of 22 people. Here we have a bit of everything - bunk-bedrooms, private rooms for couples or friends, shared living rooms. At least once a week we have some events like social games or dinners. The minimum term for a volunteer is 20 days (it's the minimum time you can see everything around, sharing your time with us)
Area: AquitaineWe have always welcomed, hosted and helped people in need. Whether it would be for travelling, touring or seeking shelter for homeless people, we try to be there when possible. This time, we though we might continue and ask for a little help. We have life projects of getting as close as possible to mother nature, on an ecological aspect as well as looking after ourselves and others. Amongst other things, we are planning to build a strawbales house, a ludotèque (gamebrary), travel with a horse-drawn caravan and a lot of silly dreams ;-) We live in a country house with Florian's mother, Pascale. We try to only eat organic products (vegetables, dairy, fish, poultry mainly) from local producers. We mainly eat vegetables and cereals. Although Pascale smokes, we are asking our guests to smoke outside. So far, we have been making our own washing products and pretty much cooking everything from scratch. If you would like to learn about bread, yogurt making or cooking in general, I'll be pleased to show you. Florian is a gamebrarian (ludothécaire) and is working on an itinerant (I like wandering ludothèque lol) ludothèque. This social project aims at providing games as a mean to get people to meet each-other, socialize and bring leisure to the countryside. It's also a good way to get generation to mingle. I, Mickaël, like photography, cooking, gardening and I cycle to work as much as I can (10km) on a recumbent trike.