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Area: British ColumbiaOur farm is a 63 acre farm where I train carriage driving horses. The farm also has 20 acres in hay. I'm a full-time emergency nurse at our local hospital and run the farm in addition to that work. At present, my "family" includes 2 lovely dogs and a very friendly cat, along with four of my own horses and 2 "extras" belonging to friends. My boyfriend lives elsewhere in the province, but occasionally comes to stay for short periods of time. I go away for short time periods to teach driving clinics around the province; I'm also a provincial driving judge and a Instructor evaluator so that keeps me busy! I love to drive my horses and work with my young horses but being alone on the farm makes this difficult. I hope to host "horsey" people who are interested in learning about driving.
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: MadridDear student, We look for a female volunteer because we need help looking after our children. We are a fun, happy, young and easy going family. We live in an apartment house, our village is Alcala de Henares, big city just 20 minutes out of Madrid and with all facilities around. There is a bus stop outside our house with direct access into Madrid city centre and the train station too. We have two girls, well mannered and respectful. They have lovely natures and are easily adaptable to new people. We have had the experience of some students at home before, really successfully. We are looking for a young student that could teach English or German to our daughters in exchange for housing and food. We are looking for a volunteer to be a flexible, responsible, happy and enthusiastic big sister to our children and to become another member of our family. We hope to find someone who is also clean and tidy and uses her initiative to lightly help us around the house. Responsibilities would be: • Wake the children in the morning and get them ready for school • Take children to/from school - walking 5 minutes for their lunch and in the afternoon • babysitting, Hangout and do activities with Them do fun stuff. Explore & Creative. Language & Teach things You will have your own bedroom and share the bathroom with the children. We do not smoke. About us: My name is Julia and I am 36 years old. I work as a buyer in a multinational company. I also practice sports at weekends with my family, I like to spend time outside and also enjoy gathering all the children and family together at home. My husband Rafa is 38 years old and works as economist. He is really clean and tidy which makes life very easy at home. He also practices sports on a daily basis. Our daughters go to primary school which is 5 minutes walking from our home. They like to go dancing twice a week and we would like you to take them to their dance classes. They love also singing and make up themselves, all kind of sports… Paula is 8 years old . She also enjoys reading and writing and she is looking forward to speak in English and practice all the vocabulary she is learning in the school. Martina is a 6 years old girl who enjoy learning the same as her sister! We also like spending some “quiet” time at home, when everyone enjoy their own space, reading, cooking, watching movies, etc. That means that you will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself at your convenience. If you think you are the suitable candidate to join our family please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you into our family. Warm Regards, Family Salido
Area: Boyolali, Central JavaHello, my name is Dave and I am an American living in Central Java in a small village. My son has a dream to go to the USA for school. However his English language skills are well below what he would need to go to Jr. High School in the USA. We would like to give him a chance to achieve his dream and are looking for someone who can provide intensive English lessons to improve his basics (grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, etc.) to bring his language level up at least to a 6th or 7th grade (American) level. If you are wondering why don't I just teach him (which is a fair question), first I don't have the background to teach him the basics especially grammar and secondly we feel it would be easier if a stranger taught him as he would be more open and less intimidated. He is 12 years old and rather shy and sensitive. He would take lessons everyday (minimally 15 hours per week) after his regular school. We are a down to earth family, there is me, the token American and my wife (Sugi) and son (Desckha) who are Indonesian. I am semi-retired (unemployed, too young to touch my pensions) and my wife is just starting a business (Laundry and selling clothes). I lived 10 years in France and speak french (although a little rusty now) and spent 3 years in Singapore. My wife has lived in Singapore and spent most of her life in Bandung and Jakarta. We have both traveled internationally (me more extensively than her) and are settling in the village for a simpler life. Village life is rather simple and far from living in the city (which I prefer). So if you like country living this would be a place for you.
Area: EuropeWe are Andy & Niki and our home in Cyprus is a holiday villa. We have an exciting project over the next six months. This is your opportunity to be a part of that project!