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Area: Coimbra and CenterHi, I am Anir. I am a happy, 61 year old Dutch woman, who likes to live in the countryside together with my 2 dogs, 3 cats, 7 chickens and a rooster. I love living here. 12 years ago me and my partner moved to this beautiful location in the lower mountains near the village of Ervedal. We both are artists. We were dreaming about building a home, a studio and starting an art project. Halfway through this process he had return to the Netherlands. I like gardening, cooking, reading and writing, to take a walk; and of course doing my artwork. I'm learning the Portugese language. Sometimes I take a trip to the Serra Estrella mountains, or like to visit local markets. These trips are much nicer together with somebody else. I like to show the countryside, rural villages, archaeological sites and some other special places in the surroundings. I would like to do some work together. People say that I'm a good cook!
Area: AndaluciaWe are a Dutch - Belgian couple who started a bed & breakfast 2 years ago in Competa ( Malaga). We have 4 romos (8 people) and are serving breakfast an eveningmeals. Our plot were we are situated is 23000m2. In and around the house there is always work for painting, refurbishing etc.
Area: SardiniaAs Willie Nelson said: "One person can't change the world but one person with a message can." As human beings, we have always wanted to do something, to in some way create a positive change along this Earth. For several years we have collaborated with different NGOs and associations in different parts of the world in order to satisfy this profound desire inside of ourselves. Working with associations and NGOs taught us so alot and brought us some of the happiest and most meaningful times of our lives. But it was frustrating too because real change was hard to achieve and no matter how hard we tried or how late we worked into the night it was never enough to really change the way things work on the ground. So, three years ago we decided together to take a radical step to bring about the change in our own lives that we wanted to see in life itself. It might seem kind of corny, like a good sounding slogan from an advertisment but simply this is all that we need. We decided to make life itself our first priority. We live in a semi-abandonded hamlet, some of them houses that are falling to pieces. We have decided to give a voice to a place like this, still uncontaminated, where peace and silence still reign over the hearts of human beings. It brings sadness to think many have left behind this place for an apartment in the modern cities of Milan and Turin. Each day we try to discover new aspects of life and we spend our time building a living and subsistence based on a respect of mother nature. The society that we live in seems to place priorities that tend to divide people and bring one even to deny life itself. We have said basta! and we have decided to start from here our adventure. We want to bring people together in a celebration of life here at La Casa Verde and we treasure the opportunity to share it with you. As part of our project, Our Big Experiment as we call it, we grow our own food, milk our goats for milk, cheese and yogurt, make honey and dedicate ourselves to recuperate old traditions and crafts that are becoming ways of the past like basket making, weaving, manual labor, carpentry and much more. Our dream is to give an example that its possible to live today without depending on the outside, exploiting mother earth or being trapped in a job that we don’t like, all you need is a little bit of creativity and a lot of hard work. My partner Sara is Sardinian and I am an American. As we continue along in our Big Experiment, we realize that sometimes its a big responsibility to keep the whole ship running and need some help with our projects. We hope that workaway puts us in contact with volunteers from around the world that are interested to see for themselves how an experiment like this works and maybe take the idea and make their own someday. Our home is open to all and we love the chance to share with visitors this simple lifestyle we live and why we think that living this way is special and important.
Area: Southern ProvinceThis project is an international NGO in Zambia. The main venture of the organisation is a boarding school for blind and visually impaired children with and without multiple disabilities in the Southern Province of Zambia, close to Mazabuka town. It is the only school of this kind in whole Zambia. The project is the ambitious project of a young Austrian called Barbara, who is organising the school alone. The construction for the international boarding school has already started in 2009, anyway, it will still take some years, until everything is really complete according to the plans. Anyway, some of the main buildings got ready, so that the school could open in September 2011. At the moment there are around 20 pupils in all age groups, since the youngest boy, Jackson, is just 3 years old, and the oldest student, Nancy, is already 29 years old. The students are coming from all over Zambia and also some kids from South Africa would like to join the school. Almost all the kids have something in common: They did not get any proper education before joining, since there are no proper schools for them in Zambia. The school has, for example, a whole group of kids enrolled who came from a special unit at a public school, who spend over 10 years in this school without getting any single Mathematic lesson, taught by a teacher without teacher certificate. One girl was, for example, one term in a boarding school, where she did not bath the whole term, simply, because nobody assisted her. The girl is blind and also suffering from Cerebral Palsy, so she needs some assistance with some daily tasks. Two of the older girls are coming from villages, where they were only sitting at home before joining the school and some unruly boys were taking advantage of their blindness and raped them, so they have already children on their own.
Area: Busan, South KoreaWelcome to Busan! We are a corporation that owns both a Hostel and a Language exchange Café, we are based in one of the city’s most lively districts, located near two very important universities, and only 15 minutes away from the beach. Our goal is to provide the local students and residents with a friendly and open-minded environment where they may practice English, along with other languages, through games, conversation and events. To achieve this goal, we need experienced helpers with the following qualities and skills: We need you to be able to speak English fluently, any other language is a plus, but English is an absolute necessary. We also favor helpers who have worked in social fields in the past, as our work will keep you in touch with people at all times during your working hours. Any other skill you may have is also extremely important to us, whether it be cooking, dancing, singing, sports, etc, as we need passionate, creative and energetic people with various interests to work with us, this will incidentally increase your chances to join us. UPDATE as of June 2014: We are looking for: Hosts, chefs, event organizers, language tutors, dancers and artists. We will provide housing and food in exchange for 5 hours of work a day, 5 days a week. You will also be provided with Wi-Fi access. The work mainly includes hosting, but you may also be asked to clean occasionally. We ask that you stay with us for a minimum of 1 month, but longer periods of time are preferred. While we definitely will ask for a lot of participation and effort, we will reward you equally with a very friendly and motivating environment where you will meet many others from all over world, party hard on our Friday nights where some free drinks will be provided, and a heart-warming atmosphere. If you’d like to learn more about our project or are interested in joining us, feel free to contact us and make sure you check regularly for updates! We’re looking forward to welcoming you here with us. Mike (New management from May 2013)