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Area: Emilia–RomagnaOn summer 2011 I bought a piece of forest land on central Italy hills with a friend of mine: a lot of trees, path walks and old stones. I fell in love the first day I saw it, and I thought the land name was a kind of sign: in the local dialect, BORATOJA means "with a good will"... in other words "for the ones who wants to trek" as the hill is quite steep! The land was been abandoned since 50 years, so it's a kind of jungle with the ruins of an old stone farmhouse. I am just starting an agricultural activity but my final project is to run a country farm where people can relax, practise yoga and bioenergetic therapy, being in touch with nature. I am starting to grow biological aromatic herbs (mainly zafran, then some culinary/medicinal plant). While the hospitality project will have to wait some years, when we will have money to reconstruct the ruins into the forest with wood and strawbales. Anyone interested in joining and helping for few days will be welcome.
Area: Bavaria, AllgäuIn the German foothills of the Alps, ontop of a mountain (about 900-950 m height above sea level), we live in a very idyllically situated farm with a great view on the German and Austrian Alps. Our little organic farm is about 3 km from the next village. Although we are a big family (six children (ages 10-25) and me, the mom, and we always have a lot of friends and relatives visiting), we are currently only five people permanently living on our farm. We are a very open minded and creative lot. We love to get to know people and cultures and are very willing to welcome new friends to the family. Our days are pretty busy, especially with all the work on the farm. At the end of every day, we all try to meet for dinner and the meal is usually very fun and noisy. We all love to eat and cook (new recipes are always welcome!). Despite us people, there are a lot of animals on our farm. We have 2 very energetic but sweet-natured dogs (1 Australian Shepherd and an Australian Shepherd mix) that will love your attention, about 5 cats that enjoy living outside or in our barn's hay, 15 chicken, 2 geese, 4 ducks, 3 rabbits, 5-9 milk goats (depending on how many kids we have), usually 2 pigs and soon our family will also count 2 peacocks. We have a very big, beautiful garden, where we try to grow everything we need during the summer and fall time. In addition, we have a lot of fruit bearing trees on our property. One of our goals is, to produce most of the food that we need to live a healthy way of life. We eat very little meat, and only the meat of our own animals from which we know that they had a happy and healthy life. Our chicken provide us with fresh eggs and our goats with fresh milk every day. From the goat milk we make cheese and I would be most happy to teach you how to do that! Our big garden provides us with all kinds of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Also, we try to bake bread on a regular basis. If you know how to handle and like machines, we have a lot of old and sophisticated machinery (old tractor that does not work anymore for example) left in our old barn, which you are welcome to try to work on. In our free time, we love to go hiking in the Alps, skiing, climbing, swimming (a lot of beautiful mountain lakes near us) and mountain biking. You are of course welcome to join us! We absolutely love our life and work here - so close to nature and away from the hasty and busy life in the city, and hope that you too will enjoy your time with us!
Area: CaribeOur Hostel is run by a local family. It has only 7 bedrooms. Is small, and has a good vibe. We have all the information you need about the area. We're located next to the best spots of Old Town from Cartagena. 2 minutes walking to the Historic Center, San Felipe Castle, Bocagrande beaches, Nightclubs, and close to the Port, airport, and bus stop. My dad is a musician, and my mom a housewife. If you come with a good energy, they'll receive you like family. We'll try to make you feel as comfortable as home.
Area: ExtremaduraOrganic Status: Bio farm Hi, we are spanish couple over 30 years old, Juan and Paz making a Bio farm in the middle of the mountains. The purpose is to keep and recover traditional way of work with animals, plants and construction, not only habing respect with nature, but leaving a future more fertil and seeded than consumed. At the moment we have a donkey, sheeps, goats, chickens. We began on March 2012 as this complete valley was 50 years abandoned. Thanks to the help of volunteers we habe cleaned most of this 15 ha. valley where too little rivers born with pure water. Now the chesnut trees grow happy and habe fruits, the garden give us everytime more vegetables, fruits, our medicinal plants grow more happy and very active, the animals are the happiest i habe ever seen. We want to complete a bio cycle with water, plants and animals. We work with medicinal plants which we grow in the land making our own products. The water borns in the land so is much pure. The place is like a little paradise!! Respect for the earth is our fundament We look for people that help us going on with this tasks: cleaning the forest, bio-construction, vegetable garden, collect medicinal plants or other works necesaries to continue this big project. We like to work with people, teach, learn showing and explaining everything that we do. So we all learn from each other and the work has a meaning, samething to be enjoyed. So we hope we meet soon. Best wishes and thanks to all of you volunteers.
Area: The middle of HollandWe had a wonderful experience again with many international volunteers in 2014. the real die-hards are checking out our Fall climate now and we will only need volunteers for the next season; Spring 2015. Are you motivated and love the outdoors? Like to work in a great team, learn a bit of our language and get to know the ins and outs of bamboo and Christmas trees? We've had many volunteers from all over the world. We love to share the work, the fun and the nature around us. But sometimes there is just a lot of hard work. In exchange we can offer a simple (non heated) caravan to live in on a wonderful quiet spot in the Netherlands. Please make sure you can withstand cold and wet weather if you apply for the early Spring or Fall. Erwin set up this nursery with his father 14 years ago. Kyra joined in 2005 and together we have two children, who like to dwell on the nursery as well. We live about 5 minutes away in a town house. Apart from growing bamboo, we sell several items made of (non domestic) bamboo like poles, fences, dinnerware, lamps, etc. We have 4 staff members, of which you will mostly work with Jarrett, our regular nursery worker. Apart from that we work with local and international volunteers. We all speak English, and Dutch of course.