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Area: West Sussex, south-east EnglandPLEASE DO CHECK MY 'CALENDAR' TAB BEFORE EMAILING, AS I DO KEEP IT UP TO DATE! PLEASE NOTE: I am only able to take ONE Workawayer at a time, usually for 1-2 weeks only, as there is not enough work for longer placements. Please do not ask me to host you 'for one or two months' because I am not able to! I'm sorry that I cannot accept Workawayers under 18 years of age, either. I am happy to make arrangements from mid October 2014 due to a cancellation- we could really use someone with skills or some experience in painting, fencing, hard landscaping and/or tiling as we hope to be completing a major refurbishment project around that time. I already have enough Workawayers arranged for November! Since a serious road accident left me slightly disabled 8 years ago, I've found it more difficult to keep up with the day to day work in our house and garden. We grow a lot of our own vegetables organically and also have a fruit garden and flower borders- in total about 0.25 hectares . We keep a few chickens and ducks and have a young terrier bitch. My husband works full time locally and I still attend a physical rehabilitation course several mornings a week, so helpers need to feel happy left alone in a rural situation for several hours and must be able to work on their own initiative for some of the time. I mostly require help in the garden and with some jobs around the house, I especially welcome those with an interest in gardening and I am happy to teach them more! We have been hosts of exchanges for 27 years and so are used to welcoming people from other cultures into our home, we also make baskets and have a number of other craft and rural skills that we are happy to share with helpers. We hope that Workawayers will 'live as family' and share meal preparation or washing up in addition to their volunteer hours in the house or garden. We eat a lot of vegetarian meals using our home grown produce, but also eat meat ( usually wild or organic) ; I am happy to cater for special dietary needs if given adequate notice. We usually go to bed around 10pm and are fairly early risers, so prefer helpers who can 'get up and get going' before 9am on the days that they are working!
Area: SololaPlease check also our calendar!!! We are a German-Guatemalan couple (Thomas, 63 and Sabine 59) and we own an art gallery and cultural center in Panajachel, Guatemala. The gallery exists since 1973 and was originally founded to exhibit the art of the Guatemalan artist Nan Cuz, who still lives on the property. Today we mostly show contemporary art (from abstract to realism) from national and international artists. We sell original paintings, lithographs, postcards, books and posters and local Mayan artwork. We also organize cultural events, theater, concerts, community events, ceremonies... We own a carpentry shop that produces frames for the gallery and furniture. The art gallery is located in the center of the touristy town Panajachel, a 5 minute walk from Lake Atitlan.
Area: baixa alentejo/west-algarveWe are 2 life long best friends of 39 years old, who´ve started this project to create a self sustainable oasis along side the river: "Ribeira de Odeceixe", both for private as well as business purposes. We are developing an eco retreat & inspiration center that will be used for many things, but it's all about connecting with nature, ecology and self sustainability. We're situated 7 km from the beach and 4 km from Odeceixe. We have very specific things to do and we will request the help for longer periods and for specific tasks. This season we need help on our farm activities, this involves: bio-dynamic gardening, keeping the farm tidy and clean (both inside and outside), cooking for the crew and making home made products. Animal care is also a daily activity. We work 4,5 days a week, of 5 hours plus 1.5 hours of breaks. People who take care of f.e the chickens and veggie garden will be asked to do this on a daily basis and these hours will be compensated. We've just started receiving clientes in our accomodations, so we also need help in maintaining the ornamental gardens and cleaning inside and ouside areas. Besides that, we are looking for people who can help us in landscaping, making pathways, tiling, fencing,etc. So a bit of carpentry, masonry and gardening skills are preferable. This year we'll be working with a slightly smaller group in comparison to what we have done the last years with 25 pax and more. So expect to come into a group of more or less 10 persons. We are allergic to people who think that they can just have a cheap holiday and be lazy all day, whilst using our facilities and goodwill. (#1) We are very serious about our work and have one motto : "when we work, we work hard....when we chill, we chill hard" !! Honest and motivated people who really want to contribute to our project and learn something useful, are very welcome in our little paradise and will be treated with respect and thankfulness (#2). It´s an exchange wich requires a healthy and honest attitude!! If you belong to this second group, please write us. If you belong to the first group...don´t bother to write us, you´re wasting your and our time. We'd love to hear from you! Regards, Vida Pura Portugal
Area: WalesHello! We are currently looking for a couple or a single person with a special interest and some skills in woodwork and gardening to come to stay with us for a month from 9th May. We live on a small holding, set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful location, with its own history and heritage, cuisine, traditions, myths and culture. We live in a medieval farmhouse with lots of interesting and unique features, undergoing renovation. Our home is on the outskirts of a small village, and has spectacular views of the surrounding landscape! The village has around 110 houses in total, a small cafe, village pub, church and village hall where various events take place. Currently living in our house is myself (retired man), my female partner (working full time), and most of the time one of our daughters (in her early twenties). We have about 30 chickens, 2 outdoor cats, occasionally dog sit and are visited by lots of wildlife. Our land has several different varieties of native fruit trees, which we harvest and process into juice. We also grow seasonal vegetables and various flowers. Our eggs are taken to a local market and sold. Although we are not registered Organic, we do not use any harmful chemicals or pesticides. Our house is heated by radiators, underfloor heating, and a wood burning stove in the living room. We are passionate about our home and the work we are doing and would love to share it with you! I am 62 and started learning woodwork when I was 12! I've worked as a professional carpenter and builder, and am patient and willing to share my knowledge/skills. My partner enjoys gardening, and speaks fluent English & Dutch, as well as small amounts of other languages. We are all happy to teach or help with learning English. Last year we hosted eight sets of volunteers, who helped us create a new wood store, develop a new workshop, install an Oak floor in our main sitting room, as well as helping to process vast quantities of fruit and produce from our orchard and garden. Our pictures show various volunteers helping us. This year we plan to complete some of the projects started last year, and continue work on restoring the oldest part of our house. We will be: - Making and installing large Oak doors - Installing windows made last year - completing making window frames - finishing digging out a ground floor room, ready to underpin the stone walls - installing an insulated limecrete floor - restoring old oak beams - installing some new beams, in preparation for a new Oak floor There will also be work in the orchard and garden throughout the year, sowing, planting and harvesting. If you are interested please contact us. We ALWAYS reply, but we particularly look for people with some relevant skills all ready and will help you develop new ones. We always leave feedback for those who have visited us, and welcome you to do the same.
Area: ExtremaduraWe are an expat family of five. My husband and I are both English teachers. The children, a girl and two boys, are six, five and one year old. The two eldest children go to school and the youngest to nursery. After more than ten years in Spain, we have moved to a finca of five acres in the heart of Extremadura. We plan to open a B&B in the near future, but not until the house is ready and the finca landscaped (nothing too fancy, we would like to keep it looking as untouched as possible, but we don't want it looking like a building site or an abandoned finca either). We buy locally-grown organic vegetables and free-range eggs/meat and try to eat healthy. We are really keen to start growing our own fruits and vegetables too. We have two cats, Max and Ruby, and a labrador puppy Dina. There are plans to have chicken too. And a donkey. Or a pony.