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Area: EnglandMy name is Tanya Sherriff and I live in the lovely town of Frome in the county of Somerset with my daughter Maya who is 8, my son Emrys who is 2 and my husband Alan. Frome is a fantastic place and has a unique alternative community of creative people (Artist’s, Musicians, Writers, poets and crafts people) It has lots going on in the local pubs, it has a great music venue called the Cheese and Grain, has lots of art galleries, markets and independent shops. The town has a 10 day festival in 5th - 14th July 2013 (google Frome Festival) and many interest groups that meet. (It was voted the second coolest place in the UK to live recently!) I run a not for profit business with a good friend. We have been really successful in gaining funding and also have secured contracts to run confidence building courses for vulnerable adults using African Drumming and percussion. We also run a monthly Family Drum Circle, a Women’s Healing Drum Circle and do various workshops and sessions teaching drumming and having fun with drum circles, percussion and music in general . I also play the trumpet in the Frome Street Bandits, which is community band that turn up and play on the streets of Frome with an aim to make people dance, laugh and have fun! Frome is in the ‘West Country’ and is 2.5 hours from London by train, its 2 hours from Devon, and about 20 miles away you will find the historic city of Bath, the big city of Bristol, and Glastonbury with its amazing Tor. I have a few friends locally who also have Workawayers so we could get together and you could meet others if that is what you wanted. We are a vegetarian family and don't like meat in the house. I will provide your basic food and I cook a hot meal in the evening (or you could cook if you wanted for us!) You would help yourself to breakfast and lunch unless I am cooking anyway. Maya goes to a Steiner Waldorf School and we try to follow a Steiner way of life and I am interested in spirituality and self development. We would be really happy to share our home, friends and the wider community with you in exchange for 5 hours work. I am flexible on work arrangements and happy for you to work 5 hours a day or do longer days and take more days off. Usually Monday to Friday would be work days but again flexible to suit what works for you too. I have a good bike you can use to cycle around as well! Being able to speak good English is essential so that you can understand my daughter and she can understand you.
Area: MallorcaHi there, we are a little family of 4, running a small tourism business based on apartment renting to families who like horseback riding in the south of Mallorca. We are born German but do speak Spanish and Mallorquin of course. Nevertheless we are probably not the first choice if you wish to come and learn Spanish :-) ***** Please check out our calender before applying *****
Area: Kotadeniyawa, 11232, Gampaha DistrictMy wife Jeanne Thwaites owns and I operate a 42 acre organic coconut / teak estate in the Coconut Triangle of Sri Lanka. This is Jeanne's ancestral property and we have been living on it since 1999. Since we came here we have been working towards turning a bi-culture plantation in to a model of restorative bio-diversity to which end we have spent the last 14 years developing infrastructure and restoring soil fertility through remineralization. We use renewable energy in the form of Solar, Wind and Bio-gas generation and it is our aim to eventually get off the National Electricity grid. We practice regenerative agriculture and are replanting our teak wood lot with indigenous forest trees designed to restore bio-diversity and make the estate a model for easy emulation. We hope to ensure financial viability by producing the highest value added Extra extra Virgin coconut oil from by cold pressing the coconut in a hydraulic press operated by renewable energy sources. At the same time we are inspired by Marcin Jakubowski's Open Source Ecology and will be developing his Global Village Construction kit in a Sri Lankan context. Jeanne is an award winning photographer and author who won the 1998 Gratiaen Award for Creative Writing in English with her collection of short stories and reflections, It's a Sunny Day on the Moon. Her last book, a novel, Murder in the Pettah was published by Penguin India. She has previously authored photographic essays, Horses of the West, Mother and Child and her reflections on marriage, Once is Enough was cited in two divorces. Every book she ever wrote is collected on the Internet.
Area: British ColumbiaMy husband and I are in our late twenties and trying to reboot the family farm that has been his parents and grandparents for almost a hundred years. We are expecting our first child this summer and have a lot to do around the farm too, as summer is our busy season. We have a one acre apple orchard and we produce apple cider, two large greenhouses, where we grow heirloom tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers for sale at the local store and market. We also grow garlic, other vegetables, and sell preserves. We have seven head of cattle, several sheep, ducks, chickens and guineafowl. It isn't a big farm, but it is big enough that we would love any help you could give!
Area: MunsterI live in a rural location in the very south of ireland with two of my children. We have dogs, chickens, and cats. We live in a very old world type landscape about 15mins to a beautiful beach the Warren in Rosscarbary and 15mins in the other direction to the town of Skibbereen. We are only one hour away from cork city and 10mins from the bus stop to cork if wanted. The landscape in this part of ireland is really devirse and picturesque.