Région: UmbriaMy husband (Mike) is English and I (Jenny) South African but lived in the UK for nearly 30 years. We have retired to Italy but instead of downsizing (which would have been the sensible thing to have done) we have a property in a nature reserve, bigger than we have ever lived in before, but so beautiful that its worth the effort. We are looking for people who want to spend a couple of weeks with us. We have ADSL wireless internet access and although we are in the country, it is about a half hour walk to the nearest village offering all local facilities eg bar, pharmacy, post office, bank, bakery, small supermarket, 'tabacchi', florist, etc. We are about 15minutes from Chiusi from where you can go by train to Florence (1 hour away), Rome (2hrs), Sienna, Orvieto, Arezzo (all about half an hour) and many others. You can also catch a train from Chiusi to Naples, Milan, Venice and further afield to Vienna and Zurich (without needing to change).
Région: Bangkok, Lat Phrao (10230)Bonjour à toutes et tous, I'm the lucky "carer" of 7 cats (6 Siamese and a 1 lovely grey Oriental) in a condo on Lad Phrao (10 minutes motorbike ride from Lad Phrao MRT station). I've been living for 7 years with the Siamese who are extremely nice but sometimes impudent and quite dirty: they love peeing on new things (make sure to leave your valuable and fragile in the cats pee-free room). In 2013, I rescued a lovely gray cat from the street. His name is Laski (the one dressed in Santacat in the pictures below). As he's the last one who entered the house, so there are conflicts from time to time, especially at night time; so you might be awaken by their "argument". So it makes 7 cats living in my condo and of course it smells cats' pee when you enter. Moreover, they are super friendly and they love spending time with people especially during meals time. Since I grew up on a farm, I don't mind that kind of behaviour but I can imagine that some people might find that quite disgusting. So if you don't feel comfortable with that and if you're a hygiene freak, I guess you do not need to read further down: my place is not the right one for you. ************************************************************************ WHO I AM: Mid-30es VEGETARIAN French Metalhead interested in: * Metal music; * Cats (Siamese particularly); * 20th century French literature; * Vegetarian food; * Permaculture; * Eco houses; * Live music; * Guitars (especially electric ones); * Korean and Japanese films. @ Long-time CouchSurfer with many references as a host, a surfer and a traveler @ Do not hesitate to ask me the link to my page.
Région: San Francisco Bay Area, CaliforniaPlease note, we are already hosting volunteers through February 2014. We are in need of volunteers starting in March of 2015. We are an active, bi-lingual family of four living outside of San Francisco, in a small island town next to the Bay (Alameda, Bay Farm Island). Our kids are 8 and 6 (a boy and a girl). The father works as an engineer/naval architect (& is gone early and occasionally travels). The mother is a bi-lingual (German & English) stay at home mom looking to go back to work. We might be busy, but we are flexible, casual and love to take time to just relax. Kids and parents love sports - sailing, kite boarding, running, soccer, tennis, skiing - anything outdoors. Our house is two blocks from the water and there are walking and bicycle paths everywhere on the island. We primarily need someone to help with our children during the week, some babysitting in the evenings, and German language practice. Light housework such as dishes, vacuuming and simple meal preparation are also expected.
Région: AndaluciaWe are a family of 4. Husband, wife and two children plus 24 staff working away together in our Hotel and Lodge near Ronda, Andalucía. My husband is from Amsterdam, I am a Hamburger and our kids feel Spanish. You will be part of the greater family- the team of our hotel which you will accompany during your stay. The city of Ronda has 40.ooo inhabitants. Big enough to feel like a city and small enough to still feel really Spanish.
Région: Midi PyreneesJeffrey and Michelle Ulbrich are a franco-american couple (both fluent in both languages) living in a restored 13th century millhouse on 4 hectares (10 acres) of land about 100 meters from the Arros River with their dog, cat and two horses. This is extreme rural France. If you like a quiet life with plenty of greenery and practically no neighbors, this is for you. If you need nightlife and excitement, it is not. Which is not to say we don't have a lot of fun and many interesting friends. There are frequent social gatherings and varied activities. The small town of Marciac (pop 1,200) is 5 kilometers away. It has two or three cafes, three or four restaurants, a cinema and a few small shops. There is no public transportation. We are quite happy to lend you our bicycles or give you a lift into town. To come here you would travel to Tarbes where we would meet you at Tarbes train station or Tarbes/Lourdes airport.