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: AquitaineHello ! My name is Florence. My son, Julian, is 2 years old. This year I'm going to live the great adventure of opening an alternative school on the Montessori method. This school hosts 15 children from 3 to 11 years in a small village in the Dordogne. Bonjour, Je suis Florence, maman de Julian, petit garçon de 2 ans, je vais vivre cette année la grande aventure d'une ouverture d'une école alternative prenant appui sur la pédagogie Montessori. Cette école à classe unique accueillera 15 enfants de 3 à 11 ans, dans un tout petit village de Dordogne.
Area: Waterville .Co Kerry.Ireland.We are no longer Looking for help at this moment.And Huge Big thank you to all who have made this year what it was.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Area: AucklandWe are a family of three with our first child now 2years. We live on a rural block of land surrounded by native bush and a Regional Park with many walking tracks. Our land is a peaceful getaway with beautiful sea views, wild peacocks, pheasants, and loads of native bird life. We grow vegetables, have many fruit trees. We eat mostly organic food and follow a vegetarian diet.
Area: Pai, ThailandWe are located in the mountains of Mae Hong Son, in the beautiful and popular town of Pai, Thailand. We are located in quite an isolated spot, surrounded by forest and farmland, a beautiful area to escape the bustle and recconect with a simple, natural way of living. A few things first up that are very handy to consider: - Camping style kitchen and bathroom facilities (but we do have cool little bamboo bungalows). This is a very rural experience! - Early mornings! 6am starts! - Be sure to check the 'supplies' list below. - Ideally we are seeking volunteers with some experiance in farming or permaculture, but we are also open to people who are new to this area and want to learn. A keen attitude and willingness to get involved are a must!! - Specific dates, we have lots of enquiries each week and need to manage our calender. Ideally we are seeking long term volunteers (3-12 months) to become garden, nursery, forest, building and pantry managers. Volunteer qualities : - Enjoy the outdoors - Have camping experience (actual camping) - Friendly and inquisitive - Displays natural initiative - Out of bed early at 6am (we are a farm in the hot tropics) - Can watch and learn quickly - Not afraid to ask lots and lots of questions - Have some experience volunteering or working on farms - Experience living in a communal setting - Cooking skills, volunteers are asked to share in the cooking duties (which includes waking early to get the rice and tea/coffee on the fire) Basically we are seeking enthusiastic garden warriors! Our project is brand new, barely one year old!! We are starting from scratch with a wonderful site that was previously used for monocrop farming or soya bean and corn. The site is a farm based on the ethics and principles of permaculture and the traditional farming methods of our local villages. The aim IS to revitalize 72,000 square meters of deforested and degraded land by applying permaculture design principles. The mission of the project is to demonstrate and reintroduce sustainable living techniques to the locals, and to create a prototype for reforestation and sustainable livelihood projects all over the world. Cooking: Mostly vegetarian, and lots of rice! Many veggies and herbs can be picked from the garden but we always make sure we are stocked with spices, sauces, tea, coffee and the odd luxery! We have a basic communcal kitcehn using wood fires, everyone is expected to help with cooking and cleaning. There are two traditional wood fire stoves, so if you can make fire this is a bonus. We use fresh ash for dish cleaning, simple bamboo bowls and cutlery and a tree log as a sink (which feeds water to our kitchen compost and banana trees). There is potassium based liquid for bucket clothes washing, but if you would like regular type washing you can have laundry done at Tacomepai for 20baht per kg. If you are keen for something more exotic then there are plenty of shops in town that will supply most of what you are looking for and you are welcome to bring whatever you like to the farm from town, although we try to produce as little plastic waste as possible! It is important to emphasise that our project is based on simple living! Unfortunately we cannot supply the comforts available in your local organic supermarket, but we try our best to keep our volunteers well fed on local seasonal produce and our own vegies and recipes. Think camping... with a kitchen! Accommodation: as shown in the photos. It is rural and very simple. Electricity is in the main kitchen only and supplied via solar panel. We unfortunately do not have wifi, but if you have a smart phone with one of the Thai telco companies you will be able to pick up 3G wireless on your phone. Only one of the bungalows has a bathroom attached, and there are two other very simple bathrooms on site. We have bucket showers and a bike pump shower (which is very cool), and all of our drinking water on site is pumped from the well and sand/charcoal filtered. Transport: If travelling in by mini van, we can collect you from Tacomepai Guesthouse (our sister site) in Ban Tin That village on the Chiang Mai main road, approx 6km from Pai Town. When you buy your bus ticket, you can request to be dropped off on the main road in the village which is approx 4mins after the Pai Canyon. WE CANNOT PROVIDE TRANSPORT WHILE YOU ARE WITH US. We strongly recommend hiring a scooter in Pai town if you are keen on visiting town, waterfalls, markets, shopping and other sites around the region. There are plenty of great places, tours, adventures, markets, waterfalls, hot springs (one of them secret and not far from the farm) and cafe/restaurants to visit and enjoy during the time you would like to spend away from the farm. The farm itself is located in a very peaceful valley, so be sure to bring a book to enjoy the tranquility and rest. Plus yoga teaching is always embraced, so if you have the experience, we have the students ;) Supplies - This is a list of items that will definitely make your stay more comfortable (most of these you will find at any small shop): A towel Natural soap Torch / headlamp Batteries Insect repellent Personal medical supplies (panadol, ibuprofen, cleaning alcohol,etc..) Plasters / Bandaids Pen and paper A book or two Rain poncho Candles Pocket knife Water bottle Some stories and songs to share And an attitude for outdoor camping style living. See you soon :)
Area: NebraskaI own a water drilling company in the sand hills of Nebraska where my wife and I have raised 5 children on our ranch of cattle and quarter horses. We enjoy riding horses for our past time. Almost every night, you can find my youngest son of 13 practicing for an upcoming rodeo. Our house is 15 miles away from a town of 9,000 people called Alliance. Alliance is located 4 hours from Denver, Colorado and 3 hrs from Rapid City, SD. My family enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, dancing, and partaking in local small town festivals. There are multiple popular tourist locations and activities in this area; Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument, Jailhouse Bluffs, Chimney Rock, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Skiing Resorts, bicycling/hiking trails, rafting and canoeing, hunting, fishing, and horse backing.