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Région: GuanacasteWe are in the process of creating a revolutionary "think outside the box" new model for sustainable monkey and wildlife rescue centers, run entirely by volunteers. We are currently working on producing food to feed the volunteers, using organic permaculture methods. We also will be needing to construct more housing or "cabins" for the volunteers, using recycled and natural building materials. The founder of the farm is Vicki, who has a strong love for animals and is driven to see this succeed in becoming the model to follow for future sanctuaries and rescue centers. We are in our infancy and have many ideas, projects and dreams and welcome hard-working driven volunteers with positive attitudes to help us with their own knowledge and skills. We need immediate help in fund raising and in developing products to sell to support the growth of the farm. We could also use help with our permaculture design and implementation. We have a small scale successful aquaponics system, a few small planting beds, a straw bale garden, a small food forest and some animals: horses, goats, pigs, egg and meat chickens, ducks, parrots, cats, dogs, rabbits, and tilapia. We do raise and process our own meat here, so this is probably not the place for vegans. We would like to set up cheese production, bee keeping, expand our aquaponics systems, and build more housing for volunteers in addition to large pens for the monkeys and other wildlife we will rescue. We also would like a humanure composting toilet, a wood burning pizza and bread oven, electrical fencing, a natural swimming pool, a duck pond and many other special projects. In addition to needing people with permaculture design experience, we need people with experience in welding, electrical work, solar power, plumbing, aquaponics, farm animal care, wildlife and monkey rescue experience, marketing, fundraising, bee keeping, building with recycled materials such as "eco-bricks" and glass bottles, composting toilets, electrical fencing and we're open to ideas. We really are just getting started and still far away from being sustainable or having a well structured program. We are working very hard to become more and more sustainable and feed ourselves and the volunteers, but for now we just can't. We do have "day old" food donated to us daily by a local bakery, super market, and fruit and vegetable stand. We ask that you provide the rest of your own food. Food costs in Costa Rica are very expensive. What we do have, we share.
Région: QueenslandRetired Restaurant owners with lifestyle property situated on the banks of beautiful Tinana creek. We are close to 4 beachside towns plus Hervey Bay, Australia's whale watch capital, Queensland's Heritage city Maryborough, Tin Can Bay where you can feed the Dolphins and Heritage listed Fraser Island. We breed cattle and have a large rare fruit orchard. We enjoy company, entertaining, cooking, music, fishing and our garden. We produce most of our own fruit, vegetables and meat. (No vegetarians and smokers thank you) We have one very friendly dog, chickens and quiet cows. Kangaroos roam the paddocks and there's an abundance of birds. We call ourselves share farmers as the birds and the wildlife always get their share. We are currently working with BMRG to restore a large area around our creek and weir planting Blue gums for Koala food. We have a large area fenced off to protect critically endangered trees and black button quail which were found here. A Koala habitat, Land for Wildlife and environmental projects are ongoing so we are looking for help to share the workload. Our home is relaxed and friendly with all meals provided and visitors included in all social activities. We have a 5 bedroom, air-conditioned modern brick home with wide verandahs all around with entertainment area and spa. The house is surrounded by established lawns and gardens with beautiful views over the surrounding bush. We have a great lifestyle in a beautiful area. Come share the experience with us. We have no Vacancies until March.
Région: Languedoc-RoussillonHi all! My name is Eddy. I'm 56 and from Flemish origin, but I live in southern France since 10 years now. My occupation (in the sense of the things I occupy my time with) is a mixture of pilgrim/photographer/musician/nature lover, and I like to bring people together. My place is situated 3,5km outside of the small village of Villardebelle, 35km SE of the historic city of Carcassonne, at an altitude of 712m. Mountainous area, forests, pastures, isolated and very quiet, nearest shops and banks at Limoux (23km), hot springs at Rennes-les-Bains (also 23km), so having your own means of transport is preferable. If you like this sort of quiet hidden places this is the place to be. The energy of the place is introspective and highly transformative, so I turned it into a place of inner transformation, exchange and sharing, which is called the "Pilgrims' Nest", open to all 'pilgrims' on the road, and to all who travel consciously their inner path of evolution. It also welcomes everyone who needs a few days or weeks of rest, reflection and energy recharging, or relaxation in the sense of getting away for a while from stress and a hectic lifestyle, and to release accumulated tensions. You are invited to come and help with the developing of this project. Furthermore there's delicious clear spring water coming out of the taps, electricity is generated by solar panels and a small windmill, and the sun heats up the shower water. Nature as well as I will appreciate it when you bring biodegradable soap or gel, or don't use them at all. There is no public transport to the Nest, so if you don't have your own means of transport you will basically have to hitch hike from Limoux, which usually works out fine. UPDATE: no volunteers required until further notice, it's my time to travel now... :-)
Région: VictoriaWe are a family of 2 women and 2 children. Our kids are aged 10 and 12 and love having people come to stay, especially people willing to play cards or board games! Rachel works full time for a not for profit training organisation and Amy works part time coordinating a toy library in the inner city. Both kids are at school 5 days a week and in their spare time they enjoy reading, playing on the computer, sports and cooking. We also have our 18 year old niece living with us who studies at a nearby university. We don't eat meat other than fish and seafood and we like to cook healthy meals. Our house is only about 8kms from the city centre and we are very close to public transport. The tram that runs past our house travels through fitzroy to the city.
Région: AlgarveOur farm is located in the Serra de Monchique. This is a mountain range in the north west of the Algarve. We are on the north side of the mountain Foia, at an altitude of around 400m. The land is facing south with an open view through a widening valley to the west. It has a mild climate. Although the temperature can go down in winter to 10 celsius during the day and 5 celsius at night (from mid December until February). Occasionally there can be some frost. The small town, Monchique , has all necessities: shops, supermarket, bars, swimming pool (free in summer), internet shop, restaurants. Beaches are 30 km to the south and 30 km to the west. There are lots of interesting cultural sites to visit. Portugal has a long and very interesting history. Our land is about 6km from the town of Monchique. Our farm is 3.4 ha of size (8.4 acres). The terrain is steep and has a wonderful view to the west coast. The difference in height of highest and lowest point is 130m. About 1 ha has a lot of small terraces on which we grow fruit trees and vegetables. The rest is bushland, hidden terraces, medronho and cork oak-land, riverbed and sides. Most of this part still needs to be cleared. We are Sativa organic certified for fruit trees and in transition for the vegetables. Our work is inspired by organic farming and permaculture. We try to become self sustainable. We have two cats and two goats. The goats help us clearing the land and will hopefully give milk next year. Working on our project has been a long and creative process. We worked it out along the way. The rebuilding of the house, the improvements on the road, the planting of new Medronho trees. We did not design an overall building plan beforehand, but improvised as we went along in an organic approach. Since we do not have a large funding this was partly a necessity. We see it this way: make a move, experience the move, get inspired and make the next move. On our way we stole some principles her and there. We have been inspired by Permaculture principles and ethics, organic farming, sustainability, big architects, beautiful gardening philosophies, Buddha’s wisdom, you name it. We started our project in 2005 by restoring one of the ruins on our land, which is now our living house. In 2010 Monique moved to Portugal to build our Safaritent, make a vegetable garden and take care of the fruit trees permanently. Since then a lot of land has been cleared, we eat from our garden, the trees are growing bigger and we learned how to distill medronho (local booze) from our Arbutus Unedo (Strawberry tree) berries. We live on the farm with two people: Tom and Monique. Tom is educated as a historian and as such he was a teacher for some years. Since 1992 he works as a comedian. Together with two colleagues he runs a comedy business in Holland which is called “De Gemeentereiniging”. They perform up to 80 times a year on congresses, meetings, parties, fairs of institutions, governments and companies. Besides this Tom, as a scriptwriter, lead some video projects on demand for businesses. As a singer-songwriter he published his own album and together with the Gemeentereiniging he made a special album about and in cooperation with handicapped people. In 2011 he wrote and directed a small Portuguese comedy (“Sopa de Pedreira”) for the “Nossa Terra” movement in Monchique. Together with his partner Monique, he developed a managementttrainingcourse “Playing the manager in a laughing chair.” Together, Monique and Tom built the house at Terra do Milho and cultivated the land there. In 2012 he published with co-writer Hans van Dijck the novel “Arend en Vera”. Monique, Tom’s partner, worked in the Netherlands as a volunteer, project manager and director at the Dutch Refugee Council for 22 years. The Dutch Refugee Council is an NGO which works with professionals and volunteers. Monique has a lot of experience in working with volunteers. She liked it a lot. During her work she also experienced how to apply her knowledge of meditation in an every day work situation. In 2006 she attended a three years training program at The Five Wisdoms Institute, Wisdom@Work. This is a training program that combines personal and professional development for those in the service of others. Through this education she became specialized in 5 wisdoms in teamwork and she became a 5 wisdoms meditation instructor. Apart from this she is following teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism, which offer great meditation techniques. She is a member of the Shambhala community, where she is a meditation guide. Tom and Monique have about 30 years of gardening experience each. They love growing plants and trees. And also like to make nice dishes from the harvest. Monique is the handyman in the house. She does most of the constructing. Tom is working part-time on the farm since he still has a job in Holland. Monique is working permanently on the farm.