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Région: SaxonyWe are Florian Schneider and Odilia Jarman with our daughters Maia (2) and Saskia (8) (with Rumi (12) in the holidays). We speak mostly English together on the farm but are all fluent German speakers. French, Spanish and Dutch can also be communicated to a degree! Our placeis situated in a small village (Sohland am Rotstein) in the heart of Upper Lusatia, approximately 30km from the Czech and Polish borders. There are many long distance walking routes, round tours and cycling paths in the area, a plethora of lakes and woodland, as well as mountain hiking territory within an hour's drive of the farm. The medieval towns of Görlitz, Löbau, Bautzen and Zittau are all easily accessible by train and provide numerous site-seeing opportunities as well as regular cultural events. The proximity of Poland and the Czech Republic add to the experience of being in the middle of Europe. We have two and a half hectares of arable land on the east face of the Rotstein – Saxony's oldest nature reserve, established in 1912. This area was conventionally managed until recently by the local farming cooperative. It has been measured off and returned to us since August 2012. This year we will seed it with green manure to assist its' regeneration for the next couple of years. We also have plans to begin planting a hedge around its outer borders in autumn 2013, using indigenous shrubs and trees to create a wildlife habitat as well protection against errosion. An additional hectare of land surrounds the farm buildings, over half of which is pasture. The rest hosts many established trees including Walnut, Apple, Pear, Cherry and Plum as well as Birch, Larch and a stunning single crown of three Lindens. A vegetable garden and polytunnel have seen one very good season through and our plan is to gradually expand production this year. The fruit trees were abundant last year, and we even had a crop of peaches! A stream runs along the eastern border – the Schwarze Schöps – whose source is nearby and which eventually ends up in the North Sea. On the ground floor of the main farm building we are creating a family kitchen as well as an approved food processing room. We are both keen food enthusiasts and love experimenting with food. The summer and autumn of 2012 saw a great deal of tomato preserves, chilli sauces, jams and pickles. We currently have five sheep, seven hens and a cockerel. They will breed this year and we are also looking to get a pair of milking animals in the near future. Two female cats complete the family.
Région: wakisoOur Kindergarten and Primary school is of the very low earner parents which started in 2009 with 9 pupils with an aim of providing quality education to the rural very poor people to affordable price for educating their children. Usually, some of our children are orphans and needy. Mrs Musaazi after her retirement as civil servant she decided to start this programme in order to give a chance to the very low earner people of her community can take their children to school. Mrs Musaazi is currently involved within the school, but being aged she is now assisted by Kenny Kisirisa and Pamela Nanteza
Région: Hawke's BayOur Forest Survey work requires lots of work at out Hawkes Bay base (Aircraft Hangar at Hastings Airfield). We take care of equipment, restore our vehicles, organise field work and undertake data entry and analysis on our computers. So there's something for everybody. A great opportunity to learn whilst doing.
Région: Tigre DeltaNOW LOOKING FOR FULLTIME CARETAKERS OF OUR PLACE (Please mention this when you apply for our place) Hi, we have a big house and garden in Tigre Delta, at 35 km from the city center of Buenos Aires. We are going backpacking ourselves, from half of March till the beginning of August. so now we are looking for 1-2 persons to stay at our place and do the general maintenance. Normally the place function as a B&B, but it will be low season, almost only in the weekends there will be guests. We are looking for a couple of people we fulfill the following conditions/profile: - guaranteed commitment from first/second week of march (a week before our departure) till first week of August strongly preferred - Fair command of Spanish to be able to communicate with the neighbours, amongst others - hands-on mentality and being handy. The garden is of a fair size, and needs continous upkeeping: mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, collecting the pecan nuts. Small repair jobs always occur. - know what to do if electricity goes off again for a day or so. Also know how to handle high-water. flooding (water will rise statistically once to enter the ground floor) - help with the general tasks of the B&B when there are guests (that will be almost exclusively in the weekends after half of April) - no need to go to town frequently. It takes 2 hours to go the the city centre of Buenos Aires. Each trip on the boat to or from tigre is 30 pesos (3 dollars) What we offer is a beautiful spot in the nature, on a river, where you can stay in this case without paying rent or any bills. The only thing you have to pay for is your food and drinks (but we will leave some stock as well). You will have to work a couple of hours per day, but for the rest you can just relax, read books, write, use internet (good wifi available), walk, kayak, play with the dogs, watch movies (we have some 500 on DVD), or whatever you like. From august on, we will be back and our "normal" volunteering starts again: We are a mixed intercultural couple. Carolina is from Argentina and works as an accountant and system consultant. she is working from home during the day from monday to friday . Stef is A dutch guy who studied cultural sciences and traveled a lot. He is at home most of the time but now starting to study in the city, so we need people to help and take our place when we are not at home. We both speak fluently English and Spanish. The project is a fairly new Bed breakfast in the Tigre Delta. We opened July 2011. What we need is help both inside and outside the house: with preparing the food, cooking, baking, setting breakfast, doing dishes, cleaning, changing sheets, laundry, bathrooms . Or whatever else you think that needs to be done. At the garden to cut the lawn, mind the crops (planting, watering, harvesting) and some small construction and repair works. Own initiative is needed, we don´t command people, we provide a schedule to organize yourself but we prefer you feel comfortable organizing your routine. Be creative and a self starter. It is a quiet place most of the time. the paying visitors mostly come during the weekends. We prefer stays of about a 15 days at least, longer stays are possible and welcomed If we get along very well, there are no other volunteers coming and both enjoy it. We have WIFI Internet free. There are kayaks to use, and we have many books, most in spanish, but also in english and french. We try to be most sustainable possible, so we appreciate you take care do not waste water, recycling as much as possible and take care of consuming the food on time. Some people has nothing to eat,and we are lucky to have so dont put in the bin fruits than can be recovered (for doing jams by example). Last minute request also welcome. Anybody with the right spirit and mindset is welcome.
Région: HawaiiWe are a family of 4 living on the island of Oahu. Our girls are 10 and 11 years old. While my husband, Mike, works full time, I stay home with the girls. We are a homeschooling family and typically study at home from 8am-3pm. The girls have activities such as gymnastics and guitar lessons in the evenings and we go to church on Sundays. Miam speaks Spanish as a second language and the girls understand a lot of Spanish. They are learning to speak it with the help of workawayers!