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Région: SicilyOur beautiful farm is situated in a small canyon created by the continuously flowing river inside a natural reserve. There are an incredible number of wild plants and flowers, animals and migratory birds. The river is full of fish and is lined by huge trees including walnut trees. Through the wildness we have found an ancient jumping platform where possibly children and adults through the centuries have enjoyed jumping into the deep pools. The farm has been abandoned for the the last 60 years, nature took back all the buildings, which we have started restoring. Me (Sicilian) and my wife (UK) after 6 years of off grid life in yurts in England decided to move back to the warmth of Sicily to continue our lifestyle here. This was the first place we found ( or what we feel is that it called us). Last summer we decided to embark on epic journey transporting our yurts, tools and materials from England to Sicily. We arrived on the 10 August 2013. We ran a conservation organisation in the UK and we are artists, entomologists, and doers. We work hard but believe in living life well and enjoying life's simple riches. We have already created a vegetable garden here (completely chemical free), planted friut trees and are preparing to welcome chickens, geese, ducks, sheep and donkeys as well as set up craft/, educational workshops.
Région: British Columbia**We are full until September, but would love to hear from you if you are interested in a fall visit to Vancouver Island*** We have a small, mixed farm on Vancouver Island where we raise Ridley Bronze turkeys and Large Black Hogs as part of the effort to preserve heritage breeds of livestock. We also have a few sheep, a flock of laying hens, muscovy ducks, cashmere goats, and a couple of horses. We run a CSA and attend weekly farmers' markets during the main growing season. We have small, unkempt orchard with apples, pears, and cherry trees and are building an orangerie so we can grow citrus. We have a decent sized market garden and partner with neighbours to produce more than you'd expect from a very small piece of land (our property is under two acres and we lease fields for grazing in the area). We are not certified, but practice organic growing and are learning more and more about permaculture principles. We are interested in art, photography, and natural building as well as in local food production, sustainability, and community building. Our household is a multi-generational one made up of an older accomplished artist, a writer (the main farmer) [49 and holding], a graphic designer, and a machinist [27 and 31]. Our neighborhood has several young farmers and friends in it--next door to us is an amazing yoga teacher, reiki practictioner and thai masseuse with great rates, and we host regular 'neighborhood dinners.' Dani (27) works part time at an ecovillage, one of the most built-out permaculture and natural building sites in Canada, and there may be some opportunity to travel to the site (an hour away) for a day or two to spend time immersed in that environment. This would be a good placement for someone who likes a mix of city and country living and who is quite creative--there is often an art project or small building project going on where a creative touch could be lent. This is a good placement for one or two people--the private room and semi-private kitchen lend themselves to some autonomy or a taste of home, and it's always nicer to be working with a buddy! Dani has done workaway in Iceland and Latvia and loved it, and she is planning a round-the-world trip with soon-to-be-husband Toryn based on workaway placements, so we have some idea of this program from the participant side and are really excited to be hosts.
Région: 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 9, my son Emrys who is 3 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 try to bring our children up to be confident and respected. 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.
Région: Zona CafeteraOur project is located in the heart of colombia, surrounded by rivers and in an amazing setting. We started up this place a year ago in order to share these mountains. We are an eco-hostel with camping area, dorms and private rooms. Un proyecto agro-deportivo-cultural en el corazon de Colombia rodeada por ríos en un paisaje unico! Empezamos hace un año para compartir este lugar y la magia de nuestras montañas. Un eco-hostal con zona de camping, dormitorios y privadas.
Région: Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa RicaHello, I am currently looking for a single female(could be open to two female friends traveling together or a couple), to help with house maintenance during August 2014.... The position also requires some help around the house & garden (dishes, sweeping,cooking, etc.) Also to look after our two pets *(our cat kali and our rabbit Lily). The house is also a small bed and breakfast so may need extra help with a few guests. I receive many communications from people interested, unfortunately I can not return everyone's message..If I do not communicate with you within a few days that means that I am not interested or able to host you for the dates... I am looking for a commitment during the time I'll be away and am open to long term after. NON Smokers ONLY* I am vegetarian so if you have a similar healthy lifestyle then that would probably be the best fit.. Thank You!!! and Happy Travels* *****Please include your personal email address. It is much easier to communicate through direct email.