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Région: VeracruzWe Herbert and Oliva are a retired couple living in the northern mountain range of Veracruz, away from the beaten path, at the edge of a small town (aprox. 9 000 inhabitants). I am German and my wife is Mexican. Our house is on 15 000 m2 fenced land and there is always something to do with maintainance, gardening and carpentry. I am a hobby carpenter myself. We have 5 dogs (a pair of german shepherds and 2 frenchpoodle females (mini) and a Fox Terrier) So you should love dogs and can get along with them. We have a couple of employees living in a separate house on the ground. We live in a very nice region, which offers excellent opportunities for hiking and sightseeing. We love to know people from different backgrounds and cultures and to learn from them. DISIRED PROFILE Some experience in carpentry and general maintainance would be great. We accept one work awayer or a couple. We have no preconception regarding age. An international drivers license could be helpful. WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER An international health care insurance policy, valid through the length of your stay. Some sturdy shoes and long pants when working in the garden. Some warmer clothes. In the evening it´s getting a bit cool, as we are about 2 200 m high in the mountains. Depending on the time span you are visiting us, some raincoats. You better check with us for some more detailed recommendations, once you are accepted. If you smoke, you should do this outsides and dispose the reaminings in the garbage. Moderate drinking is no problem, excess will be. No drugs allowed.
Région: TuscanyWe are an association handling an isolated group of houses, a small village that was abandoned. We are restoring the houses. We are naturopaths and are working as a health center, helping people to re-establish a difficult health situation. We provide our guests with a health program, vegetarian food, massage, healthy activities and conferences. We work with guests from end april to end october. During the rest of the year we work as carpenters, builders, farmers... and take care of our animals (oats, chicken, dogs, cats and donkey). Our group is composed by at least 4 people.
Région: PopovoUnfortunately we had a barn fire on the 13th of June which spread to the house and destroyed the work of the past 2 years. We hope the roof will be back in place by mid July but we are currently camping out in gardens without electric or hot water. We still have cooking facilities and hope to have hot water and electric within a couple of weeks. Priority is being given to getting our home liveable again. UPDATE 6/7/2014 - Builders are currently putting a new roof on the main house. We plan to put an artisan roof, reusing some of the old timbers, on the extension under guidance from a craftsman friend. In addition to mud plastering, lime rendering and general decorating, helpers may get the opportunity to dismantle and rebuild a kerpitch (adobe) wall. These walls and floor needs to be rectified before we can reroof the barn area - giving the larger animals more living space. Update 19th August 2014. We now have electric, trailing sockets from a few power points but at least we have power tools when necessary. Running hot water is still a dream, hopefully within the next few weeks. Work is progressing more slowly than we hoped but we are only human. Whilst we are looking for people to help us rebuild our home we accept that not both people in a relationship may be enthusiastic about these tasks. General garden maintenance and catering still needs to be done and we are happy for someone to tackle these areas. Our main criteria for helpers is enthusiasm and a general willingness to 'muck in' Sadly after weeks of running on adrenaline we are both tired, physically and emotionally, those bringing laughs with them have gifts we will welcome Paul and myself are living on a (mainly) organic small holding attempting to be self sufficient. We are growing our own fruit, veg and animal feed, have lots of fruit trees, preserving food by various methods, making yogurt and cheese (when the sheep decide we can have some milk), a lot of what we are doing requires us learning as we go. We have volunteered ourselves, during which time we learnt a lot and met some great friends. Having experienced the other side of the coin we offer to provide you with good wholesome food, the opportunity to join us on trips out, the use of our bicycles, internet access and most importantly - an enjoyable experience. We have sheep, rabbits, chickens, geese and cats. Plans include more poultry and getting pigs, BUT only when we have improved the animal housing, possibly something you may be interested in helping with. We have a long drop toilet as opposed to a flushing loo, which we use when working outside but we now have a fully functional (inside) bathroom, and washing machine. It is really good fun and hopefully you will learn many life skills, mind you hopefully you can teach us a few also.
Région: New HampshireMy husband and I own a 6 acre farm in a rural community just outside of Concord NH. We have a small organic herb and vegetable garden and sell our produce at a stand in front our house and at the local Farmers Market. We also produce a line of organic baked beans and sell at the markets and special events. We are generally laid back and prefer you choose what you would like to help with as we have a variety of ongoing projects depending on the season, including, but not limited to; rototilling, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, wood and brush clearing, mowing, use of tractor, general maintenance, baking in a commercial kitchen, and set up and selling at farmers markets. We have a hot tub on site and a fire pit for warm/cool evenings, river frontage for swimming, kayaking or canoeing. Our town is rural but the capital of New Hampshire, Concord is 15 minutes away where you would have access to shopping and cultural events. The White Mountains, seacoast and Boston are all within 1.5 hours by car or bus. We really encourage our helpers to explore the area and take full advantage of what our property and surrounding area has to offer!
Région: KeralaSarang is a center for learning sustainable lifestyle. The main campus is located on a remote hilltop and has been developed as a live textbook for environmental re-generation, soil regeneration, watershed management and natural farming. Our family is a growing alternative school. We have 9 children living & learning with us, from age 6 to 20 years. Gopalakrishnan and Vijayalekshmi, the founders of the school have relocated to a sub-campus for the student's art studies. Gautham, the couple's son, his wife Anuradha were supporting the school through their work. In June 2013 their tiny family, including 3 year old Hiranya and 4 month old little boy are planning to move up to the farm. We intend to work on construction using wood, repairing a well, removing soil from a check dam reservoir and cultivation of seasonal crops. On our list is also the documentation of biodiversity on the farm and a comparative study with the adjacent area. We would love hands to share the work of building a truly sustainable center for learning.