Area: VärmlandWe, me Klaus 57 years old, and my wife Ellen 52 years old are living near by the Glaskogen naturreservat in Värmland/Sweden. We are social workers. We live on a very nice place in the swedish forest nearby a little river. It´s a perfect place for people which loves to live and relax in the nature. Around are a lot of wild animals p.ex. wolf,moose, beave, eagle and lynx. We´ve just started to live here and create a garden and tune up the buildings. We have a lot of animals here and they get more and more.
Area: AlgarveWe are a friendly and busy anglo-portuguese family with 2 children living at home as well as horses and various cats and dogs. We have lived in the beautiful village of Figueira in a villa with a pool and an independent 1 bedroom apartment for the past 15 years and absolutely love it. Figueira is located in the Natural Park of the western Algarve in easy reach of beaches and resorts.
Area: North CarolinaWelcome to Brasstown, North Carolina! Our farm is a 30 acre site in the Appalachian Mountains at the tri-state junction of Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. The property is 2 hours from 4 major cities, Asheville, Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville. We are predominately a berry farm and are branching out into Wasabi production as well as heirloom crops and native medicinal herbs. This is a fledgling operation, having just established our Blueberry planting in March of 2011, and currently preparing for our Cherry orchard as well as our Raspberry planting. This is a great opportunity to learn what it takes to start an organic farm, while still seeing what goes on for existing crops. To get an idea of what we may be doing during a particular time frame, you can send us an email and find out what kinds of projects we have in mind... Please remember though, this is a real working farm not a hobby farm so things change and we may be doing something very different from what we thought we were going to attempt. The surrounding area is abound with activities. We have canoes that workaways are welcome to use in one of our many lakes or you can go rafting in either the Nantahala Whitewater area or the Ocoee Whitewater area, both are less than an hour away. We are located not far from the Appalachian Trail, so this would make a nice stop on your hike to rest and gather your strength. Lots of lakes, rivers and creeks to play in as well. On our farm is a nice small pond for fishing/swimming and a small trout stream, a short walk will take you to 2 nice rivers. The Brasstown area is best known for the John C. Campbell folk school which also hosts a work-study program. A short 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride to the Folk School offers lots of activities ranging from free concerts to weekly contra-dances. Our entire community is full of artists of varying media, most of whom welcome and encourage participation and company, while several host interns and apprenticeships. Lots of people come to Brasstown and like it so much, they stay. One could conceivably complete an internship at our farm, go to a workstudy program at a local School, and then apprentice under one of the local artists here. That would make for an exciting break from the "real world"! As a side note, Maya (the lady of the house) is a potter and learning pottery while you are here is a real possibility! There have been several folks who have gotten the wrong idea, we live in a community (as in a small town), NOT a commune. Our community is very special in that there are lots of artists here, but anything other than a stay at our farm would have to be arranged with either the local Folk School or through meeting and personally talking to the local artists, obviously we can help facilitate meetings, but whether or not someone decides to let you apprentice under them is not our decision, it is theirs. The best way to go about this would be to complete a workstudy program through the Folk School (of which we are not affiliated) and meet/work with the local artists through that opportunity. Regarding our needs and desires from the guests, since we are a fledgling farm there will be lots of hands on activities in preparing an area for organic farming. This is a year-round process, but most of the land clearing is better accomplished in the cooler months. Normal activities include keeping up with the weeds, running irrigation, fertilization, and soil amendments. There are always boring things that need doing and fun things that can be done, we try to provide a mix of those to not burn out our volunteers. We are always excited about any type of green building or alternative energy projects to embark upon. We do have 1 smaller R.V for folks to stay in while here, it is comfortable for 2 people but I will not make 2 strangers share the R.V. so for now if we have someone else here then we can only offer camping as a second option. There are plenty of areas for Green Building to happen, and building 4 small off grid habitable structures for hosting interns and renting to Folk School students are on the longer term agenda. Due to dietary concerns meals will be as you wish, you can eat with us and eat what we choose to eat, or you will have access to our foodstuffs and outdoor kitchen to cook what you wish. We normally eat a traditional southern diet, and regularly cook Asian and other Eastern cuisine. We can make accommodations for vegetarians, however hardcore vegans, raw food diets, gluten free or any other strict dietary concerns cannot be provided for, we apologize for any disappointment there. There is no public transportation in our area, so if you do not have a vehicle then we may not be able to host you. If you are a hiker on the Appalachian Trail or are on some other type of journey, then we may be able to work something out, however our town is a 2 hour drive to the nearest bus station or airport, so unless you can make your own way to our general area AND more importantly be able to leave when your time has concluded then I am afraid that you will have to look elsewhere. We apologize but this policy has become necessary to discourage folks who have no where else to go from trying to stay here. At this point we are not accepting anyone with children or pets, sorry but things are a little too hectic around here to deal with extra bodies to look out for, thanks for your understanding in this matter. Length of stay will be assumed to be a 2 week maximum, however in certain situations we have let people stay for much longer periods of time, self sufficiency is the mantra here. If you would like to stay longer, that can possibly be arranged after a face to face meeting and we have spent some time working together, the 2 week maximum is in place in order to give other guests a chance and so that we are not obligated to provide a place for folks to stay longer if the "fit" isn't right. Obviously, if you do not like being here, no bad feedback will be given for leaving earlier than previously agreed upon. You will be expected to work while you are here, however we are not slave drivers! Each day that you stay we would like one small project accomplished, there will be other projects on a chore board that can be done if you wish to help, but will certainly not be required. We understand that with all of the fun activities in our area, you may want to devote a couple of days to those as well, we are absolutely fine with that. We routinely hire friends and local people to help with certain chores, so some of the chores on our chore board may also give some monetary compensation, however this is not to be relied upon or expected and depends entirely upon our financial situation while you are here, we are young and just starting a farm, money is in short supply. Guests should come here with enough money to survive on, and equally important, enough money to leave when your time here has concluded. Spring-Fall will be our initial times of hosting, however if you are travelling in your own RV, or when our habitable structures are in place, the Winter will be available for hosting as well. Lots of things happen on farms year-round and we have come to learn that certain activities are better suited for certain times of the year. Our summers can get very warm, and our winters can get very cold. We hope you will come visit us on our little homestead, and will be looking forward to hearing from anyone interested. Feel free to ask any questions you wish, we are not shy or judgemental people so folks with alternative lifestyles are welcome here! I will try to answer your emails as quickly as possible, I apologize if there is a delay but I will get back to you asap.
Area: AlgarveWe are a family of three (Christin, Anton & 6-year old Matthew). We are trying to "keep the dream alive" of living in the Algarve and enjoying this beautiful and peaceful place. We have started a small tourism business near Aljezur offering accomodation, jeep tours, bike tours & rental, walking tours and surfboard/wetsuit hire. We are therefore looking for help in various areas of our everyday lives and need people/couples to apply for volunteering with us. Ideally volunteers will need to be 25 years or older and pretty fit as we may need you to do manual work or join in on tours such as bicycle or walking. The age is important as you may be required to drive a car.
Area: AzoresWe live on the island of Faial in the village known as Castelo Branco, located on the south side of the island. I am a retired teacher and my husband a retired marine. We are looking forward to meeting people from other parts of the world. Our English is limited, but we see this as an opportunity to hopefully improve our language skills. We have one child, a son, who is studying in continental Portugal and comes to visit during his school breaks. Apart from this our time is spent volunteering in the local community club, with environmental projects, and with an abandoned animal organization as well as singing in the church chorus (we aren't religious per say, but we do enjoy singing with our community members). Lastly, we are true animal lovers and our home reflects this. We have 4 cats (2 indoors & 2 in/outdoors) and 3 dogs (1 indoors & 2 outdoors).