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Area: Pai, ThailandThe Project is a reforestation sustainability project inspired by Thai ecological farming practices. Our goal is to turn the area from degraded farmland into a sustainable food forest, increasing the native biodiversity and to live as simply and sustainably as possible. Our hope is that through opening our project to volunteers we will not only gain much needed assistance, but will inspire others in their journey towards the beauty of simple living. Volunteering with us you will gain the experience of living and working in a sustainable permaculture system. We maintain strong links to the local culture and traditions of the region while learning and applying ideas and methods from others experiences. All our construction is loyal to the local style of wood and bamboo buildings and we welcome those with experience in natural construction to learn and share. In general we need help with maintaining the kitchen gardens, solar systems including the water pump, irrigation strategies and development, planting and harvesting during rice seasons and other tasks as the need arises. Of course we always enjoy having volunteers who can cook delicious food from our produce. The farm is located in very beautiful peaceful surroundings, next to the native forest and alongside local villager’s farmland. We do not enforce a set work schedule, everyone is given the opportunity to decide when and how much they want to work, although the general attitude of our volunteers is to be eager to get involved and see the land blossom! The farm is a perfect place for meditation, yoga and other personal pursuits. We live off the grid, so live without hot showers, wi-fi or even a fridge. We have a kitchen where food can be prepared on wood burning stoves. We teach our volunteers where to collect firewood and which food to harvest and how to use this kind of kitchen if you haven’t experienced this way of living before. The village of Baan Tin That is a 30minute walk away and the town of Pai 6km further on from here. It is relatively easy to walk or hitchhike to Pai from the village, and it is also possible to rent scooters from town if you want more freedom. The local area is beautiful – you can find waterfalls, hot springs, temples, cake shops and of course the essential massage after a day of hard work on the farm. Ideally we like volunteers to stay with us for at least two weeks as it always takes a little time to get settled and become proficient in basic skills to tackle daily jobs and activities. However if you are unable to commit as much time then you are still welcome to join us as we don’t like to turn away anyone who is keen to learn and become involved. The Reforestation Project was started through generous land donations. We run on as few operating costs as possible but have daily expenses such as buying tools, paying for local workers, buying necessary ingredients for the kitchen, and repairing buildings. We hope that you will consider the small fee we charge volunteers to be fair and reasonable and that you will feel rewarded knowing that your money is going to such a worthwhile project. We also hope that you will gain experience and skills that will enhance your own development towards more sustainable living. We can make the fee transaction transparent for you if you prefer – we can show you exactly how we use your money, whether it is to hire local help on a project, or to fix a broken pump. Longer term free internships are available through our work exchange programme which can applied for after a one month trial period. If you are interested in joining us…. Please get in touch and let us know when and for how long you would like to join us. We can then arrange a time to meet either in the village or Pai town and take you over to New Land (it’s a bit difficult to find on your own). We ask everyone to be mindful of the natural environment and therefore please try and use natural or eco-friendly products (soaps, shampoo, detergents etc). You will also need to bring a good headlamp or flashlight as there is very limited electricity.
Area: Northern IrelandWe are a young Northern Irish-Tanzanian family living on a farm near the North coast of Ireland near the Giant's Causeway and surrounding National Trust beaches. We need help with childcare over the summer holidays at our home. Our children are 5, 8 and 10 years old.
Area: WangnamkheoHello, my name is Siwaporn Anuwiang, however my friends call me Gun =) I am with a partnership of 30 schools looking for enthusiastic people of any age who can teach speaking and listening English and interact in English with the students at our schools in the Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) province of North Eastern Thailand. Our students are very keen to learn from and interact with English speakers. The students’ level of spoken English is at beginner to intermediate level, so we do not expect volunteers to have teaching qualifications. Anyone who can speak English can teach it. It is a very fun role, where you can interact and play games with the children, and they are delighted and eager to interact back. All is ask for is your enthusiasm and smile =) If you feel nervous or unsure, then the host teacher in each school can support the volunteer in choosing topics and planning their English lessons. We offer home stay accommodation with a local Thai family (at least one person will speak English) and food for every meal. The food will be authentic Thai cuisine and you will have the opportunity to sample a range of different dishes during your stay. We can also cater for vegetarians and vegans. Volunteers will be asked to take classes for up to 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday. In addition, each school is able to offer extra opportunities if you wish to learn Thai language, Thai dance, teaching about Buddhism and Thai culture. Your weekends will be free to discover the local area, spend time with your hosts or relax. We are looking for individuals, couples or groups who are able to commit anything from a day, to a month, or more if they desire. We are more then happy to take long term volunteers. Term time is October - March and April - August. If you are interested in this opportunity, or have any questions, please email me and I will reply ASAP =) About the location: Wangnamkheo is located 4 hours East of Bangkok, a simple bus trip or minivan ride away. It is placed ideally between Bangkok and the Cambodian border, and due to this, has been very popular among travellers passing through as a stop off. Here you can experience a real Thai lifestyle, contrasting Bangkok and other tourist destinations, and giving you a wonderful taste of the simple life in a beautiful, unspoilt part of Thailand =)
Area: BavariaWe are living in the beautiful Area Allgäu in Bavaria. On our farm in Füssen we offer therapy for handicapped children and riding lessons. Our 17 horses are from different breedings. We have some cats and guinea pigs. I look for help in my farm not for people that come here only to ride. And I have place for only 1 person. Wir wohnen im schönen Allgäu/ Bayern. Auf unserem Hof in Füssen, auf dem Heilpädagogisches Reiten und Reitunterricht angeboten wird, wohnen 17 Pferde verschiedener Rasse. Es laufen viele Katzen herum, die ebenfalls zur Familie gehören. Die 15 Meerschweinchen haben "Heiligen-Status". Es wird nur eine Einzelperson gesucht.
Area: Extremadura, near the Portuguese Natural Park of Sierra do Sao Mamede#We are complete till March 2015# We have been running an organic veg box scheme from a beautiful, rural 32 hectare organic finca near the Spanish town of La Codosera, just on the border of the wonderful Alentejo region of Portugal, for some time now. We have many plans to develop the land and are looking for volunteers to help us out with daily tasks and with our projects. We would ask for around 5 hours labour per day, 5 days a week, leaving 2 days free for you to explore this beautiful region. Tasks may include: • Developing the vegetable allotment and herb and fruit gardens. • Helping us develop a grant funded Mediterranean-style woodland • General land maintenance (strimming, clearing, pruning, weeding etc.) • Refurbishing the cottage • Helping out with the veg box scheme We do not expect volunteers to have experience but an interest in nature and love of the outdoors is essential. We are interested in sharing and exchanging good practices with you. We prefer couples or pairs of friends, as we are very remote, but if you are happy to come on your own, and you don´t mind to share the house with another volunteer, then we will appreciate the help. Our life here is simple, relaxed and comfortable - perfect for volunteers who want to get away from it all, enjoy nature, walking and the good life...we look forward to welcoming you.