Area: AndaluciaWe are a couple with 2 children, running a busy restaurant with rooms in a beautiful tranquil very rural village in Southern Spain. Nearby we have a farm and orchard mainly growing olives but also now growing veggies and fruits for the restaurant. We are solar powered and using well water so completely off the grid. We need help with the farm/orchard as we are so busy with the business. Ideally someone with gardening/growing experience is what we would like as it is not a simple task dealing with our plot! English with some Spanish or desire to learn would be best as this is a rural and typical Andalucian community. Flexible outdoorsy people, happy multi- tasking, and keen on nature as this is far from city life! We are currently looking for help either an individual who is happy with their own company or a couple or 2 friends willing to share a room/bed. WE have 2 children aged 7 and 11 who need supervising especially in August when they are not in school so patience is KEY! Some simple construction/painting jobs and chores around the housea also feature. You need to be reliable self motivated and able to fend for yourselves, cut wood etc, make fires. Right now looking for a couple for October onwards. MINIMUM 4-5 WEEKS STAY. Longer stays also possible. For winter even a family is ideal as we dont use our house from mid December until Mid February. Please contact us if you think you are right for this lifestyle, work.
Area: Veliko TurnovoThe farm is run by us with our 2 children, located south of Veliko Turnovo, so babysitting duties are always needed. It is run organically and also working along the lines of permaculture, companion planting etc.. There are rabbits, goats, geese, Muscovy ducks, a sheep as well as cats and dogs on the farm. This is the third year on the farm and there is everything to do or improve upon, from maintaining the drive, starting a living hedge, creating a new area around the reed beds, to standard fencing, building raised beds, fixing animal pens, making new ones, even sorting out a small play park for the children. There would be a lot of scope to add your own touches to some jobs, as well as others that would have to be followed exactly. Ideas are more than welcome too. It would best suit those that want some peace and tranquility or a chance to try your hand at a few new skills. This farm is 20km from the nearest town, in a hamlet that is high and isolated. Lifts can be given into the town when we are going. In the town of Elena there are shops and bars, swimming pools and museums, as well as a waterfall, a dam and eco trails, if you go into town during your down time. During the height of summer we have extreme heat (mid July to Mid September), so most work will be done very early 7.30am and/or after 5pm, on wet days, there will be barns to clear and a lot of splashing about. No alcohol or cigarettes will be provided and we ask that smoking is kept to designated area, purely due to the fire risk it poses on a farm.
Area: Andalusia8 years ago, we bought this ruined 18th century "noble house" in Andalusia. It had been used as a garage for 50 years, then abandonned for 10 years, and it was in a sorry state. We restaured it and recreated the garden (800sqm) which was a waste land. We are now renting it as a holiday accommodation ( it has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms over 700sqm, on 2 floors). It is located in Ecija, a small town halfway between Seville and Cordoba. We need temporary help (2 or 3 weeks) with maintenance for both house and garden, mostly between October and April.
Area: Lower NormandyWe are a family of four running a chambre d'hotes in Normandy. The children are 12 and 10 years old and we live in the middle of a lovely French hamlet. The area is magnificent and we are constantly still surprised by how much Normandy has to offer. Easy travel to Paris close-by 2 hours by train and 3 hours by car.
Area: BaselWe are a big family with four lively children at the age of 7/5/5/3 and a Cat living in a small village called Reigoldswil near the city of Basel. Our house is builded next to the grandparents house and has a big garden beside. In our spare time we like to be with the children, go to the forest or in a park. We are looking for interesting exchange with friendly people from other countries. You should be open minded, specially for children. There is always a lot to do on our family ;-). We prefer native english speaking volunteers. Come and visit us in switzerland one of the most lovely places all over the world! At the moment we search for a person who likes to work in the garden. Last weeding before winter :-). If you have carpentry skills we would love to talk to you!!