Area: VictoriaWe're two adults and two young kids living in Melbourne's inner north. We're up for meeting people from other places and are looking for occasional help with our garden and general household stuff. James is a hydrologist and often working pretty long days, and Nina is a botanist and aspiring ceramicist but right now a full-time mum. We have an enthusiastic and talkative 5 year old girl and our 2 year old son is a typical toddler - learning about the world and getting into any hazards he can find. We have a well-used back-yard in which we try to grow some of our own veggies and create a fun space for the kids to play and learn. We try to live a well-informed and environmentally aware life here in this urban environment and enjoy having a strong community of like-minded households in our neighbourhood. We're very close to a great tramline that will take you down Brunswick St, Fitzroy, and into the city. Our small very local shopping strip (less than 500m away) also has quite a bit to offer - a great cafe, yoga studio, bike shop, locally made gift-wares, hairdresser. And there is a great linear park along a creek about 10 minutes walk away.
Area: AucklandUpdate 10/8/2013: We are currently fully booked until January 2014, with quite a few expressions of interest from January - April 2014 (but nothing confirmed as yet). We really appreciate your interest and wish you safe and happy adventures... Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer for any time in 2014 and we will try to accommodate you if we can. Note: Offers for longer stays get preference. Thank you :-) ----------------------------------------- We are a well travelled, educated, happy and friendly family with 3 kids living in a semi-rural part of beautiful Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Waiheke Island is just 45 minutes ferry ride from Auckland City - but it is a "world away" from city life with fantastic beaches, bush walks, great cafes (and awesome coffee!), friendly locals and much more! Our property is surrounded by farm land, trees and a nature reserve and is 15 minutes walk to world-class Palm Beach for excellent swimming / walks & lots of fresh air! See the pictures we've posted of Waiheke (note these are not all taken from our property!) We are seeking a friendly, happy responsible girl (minimum 1 month - longer preferred) who speaks good English to assist us with house duties / looking after our kids. Our kids are Rudolf Steiner educated 2, 5 and 6 yrs of age, fun and creative and (mostly!) well behaved! They would like to hang out with someone who is fun and relaxed who can enjoy extended playtimes with them, drawing, playing on the trampoline, playing with toys, singing, dancing story time etc - while their mum looks after their 18mo old baby sister and their Dad works in the studio located on the property.
Area: VarI am living in Provence,South of France,where I run a chambre d'hote. The property is in an idyllic setting of 10 acres,with streams and poplar forests. The holiday accommodation,ranges from a stone cottage,sleeping 6 to a tepee,there are 5 properties in all on the domain. Guests can have massages, and yoga classes can be arranged if interested. It is a happy relaxed atmosphere and clients return year after year,which is a good sign !
Area: RuralWe are an eco-village (non profit organization) located 10 km from the town of Cartago, in the Cauca Valley (3 hours from Cali and 1 from Pereira) in a unique rural environment. The Park is settled in the heart of the Colombian Andes; the area is very green and natural, surrounded by fields, with incredible views of sunrises and sunsets. The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly. Volunteer Our Volunteer program is specially designed for those who want to experience an eco friendly way of life; you can take part in sustainable activities, such as organic farming, eco building, vegetarian cooking, etc., while at the same time experiencing the quietness and harmony afforded by yoga and meditation. Volunteers work for 4 1/2 hours a day in sustainable activities during the morning. Teaching Art, English, Sports and Ecology at the local primary schools is part of our volunteering program for those who wish to participate. In the afternoon they are free to take part in the farm’s activities (hatha yoga, meditation, music therapy with oriental instruments, pranayama programme, movies, etc.), or simply relax, read a book, take a walk through the surrounding rural environment, play soccer with the locals or take a boat ride and swim in the Cauca river. All year around, volunteers from all over the world come to the farm to discover their skills, get in contact with mother earth, help us improve our local community, get to know new people, learn Spanish and enjoy nature and the experience of living in our community. Please note that we request our visitors and volunteers to abstain from intoxicants and extramarital relationships to preserve the sanctity of the project. Yoga Ashram The farm is also a Yoga Ashram, every day you can take part in hatha yoga classes that enables you to harmonize mind, body and spirit, you are also invited to practice meditation with oriental instruments to help you connect with your inner self, and learn about the most ancient Indian teachings in our classes on Vedic philosophy. Accommodation The farm has several comfortable rooms (singles, doubles or triples), blankets and sheets are provided, there is access to an inside and outside shower as well as common areas. Diet The farm has its own organic lacto-vegetarian/vegan organic kitchen, with an excellent and tasteful menu of Latinoamerican and Indian dishes. The volunteer program includes full board (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner). International Certificate We are a member of an international Eco Village Network association. The Farm provides volunteers with an International Validity Certificate.
Area: Maella, AragonThe project is in a remote secluded and beautiful valley in Aragon, Spain. Near to the Catalonian border. There is nature all around. Deer, wild Boar, we have seen so far and many tracks. Lots of huge golden eagles overhead. Lizards, butterflies a veritable Zoologist/Photographers paradise. We have just recently finished (mostly) renovating the old stone Casa into a fully functioning little house. A place which we also use during the day as a communal place for eating, washing and socializing. It is completely off grid, we have our own water/power/internet and sewage solutions. The new project we have underway involves building an earth house from sand bags filled with packed earth and recycled materials. We regularly visit the local tip, to collect wood and materials to recycle. We are looking for people to help with the earth house, general tasks and preparing land for veg/ herb garden, (We don't have our own vegetables yet), Landscaping, tree pruning. Building furniture from recycled wood. We looking for people with enthusiasm and hopefully some skills to help us. We could do with someone who knows about natural springs also but whatever you can do even if you are just great company, we would welcome you. Creativity and new ideas are always welcomed, come down and add your own touch. Some of our last volunteers built a cave house! Come stay for a little while or if you like it here stay for much longer. The place is very remote and isolated so this is for the adventurers out there, who want to enjoy nature as nature intended. We don't mind if you enjoy naturism, its a natural thing to enjoy. We are smoking friendly to, but please be careful with the cigarette ends. As for day to day living, we don't run to set times and we invite you to enjoy this freedom. There aren't many rules here, we believe that people should have this freedom, all we ask is about 4 hours a day, 5-6 days a week depending on on going projects and time of the year. Food is supplied so you can help yourself. Meat is used sometimes, but mostly we try to use fresh fruit, veg and pulses. We can provide a tent/caravan (if not in use) and food. Camp beneath the stars with no light pollution, plenty of time for relaxing and exploring the countryside and mountains, national parks are not far away and make great hiking breaks... Thanks for looking and hope to hear from you. Craig, Tim and Nicola