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Area: AlentejoWe're a lakeside Lodge, hosting volunteers to help in the garden, general maintenance to buildings, kitchen help, front of house, waiter/waitressing, bar work, watersports etc etc.
Area: Sicily - Zafferana Etnea (Catania)We are a family with three children of 8, 6 and 1 year. We have a small organic farm situated on the Mount Etna, quite near to Catania, Taormina and the seaside, in Zafferana Etnea. We came here from Milan in 2005 and decided to try to live a more simple life than "city life". Our goal is to be able to maintain ourselves with our little farm and other works that run around it, trying to be a little bit self-sufficients. Well, we're still learning how to live this way! In our farm we cultivate avocados, olives and other fruits, we make extra virgin olive oil, we have chickens, geese, bees and two goats. We're trying to grow our own vegetables, but it's not easy with all the work we have and three children. We try to live in a natural way, eating organic and local food as much as possible. I (Elisa) like cooking, I cook in an "italian style" but mixed with different cultures and with my personal style. I like experiments and I'm open to other types of food. We have always shared our house with people coming from everywhere, not only for exchange, sometimes to give someone a place to live. Our children are used to meet people of different languages and "colours", they like it but they need time to mix up with new people. We are both musicians and music lovers, even if in very different ways (I'm a classical music lover and violin and piano player, Vincenzo is hard/metal rock lover and drum player and singer!).
Area: Landkreis Rostock / Mittleres Mecklenburg / OstseeThis house is a small art project and restoration atelier near the Baltic Sea and the Hanseatic town Rostock. You can come from February to November, please look in the calendar if there are bookings. Our place is not so far from Berlin or Hamburg (2h-2,5h) with the railway ore bus (meinfernbus.de) to Rostock and it is on the way from Kopenhavn (or Sweden) to Berlin. In history, this house was a cheese factory, it´s about 120 years old. Inside the house is quite new and moulder. It’s realy in a village, surrounded by nature. Attention: It´s not a farm, it´s more an social-art-project, around with a lot of heavy physical activitys (no visitors under 23 years, please). In neighborhood we are teacher, craftsmen, farmer, conservator and artist and we live in close proximity but not directly under one roof. Here at home I'm Torsten with my daughter (8), still live above me 2 people. And there is an apartment with guests from Berlin mostly. At weekend often come friends (a blacksmith, a social worker and others). We have to do a lot of different things, often in other places". At times we’re renovate some things with eco-materials in landscape like Playgrounds in the village, and special view points in the landscape. And we do practical things with the children of the primary school sometimes. You can help us in all practical matters. But you should also get some alone finished, so that I can prepare new activities. ok?
Area: EnglandWe are an educational charity based in a Grade 1 listed house in Somerset, England. The main house on the estate dates from 1350 and the historical gardens and parkland surrounding the house are Grade 2* listed in their own right The charity opens the house between May and September to the public and is tasked with the restoration and preservation of this historical gem To finance the restoration the buildings and grounds are let for weddings and corporate functions - so volunteers might be called upon to do anything from cleaning guest bedrooms, gardening, helping to prepare canapes, serving behind the bar, serving tea to our visitors to washing up after a function! Any skill or enthusiam is considered though For 2014 we are keen to recruit: Experienced bar staff - must be chatty, with a good command of English Gardener [VERY VERY URGENT!!] - with a good general knowledge including water features, vegetables, tree pruning etc Housekeepers Because of our charitable committments and the time we need to devote to each workawayer we only host for periods in excess of 3 months so please only contact us if you can committ for this length of time
Area: Ho Chi Minh CityNOW WE ARE ALSO CARRYING OUT A HOMESTAY PROJECT. IF YOU CAN HELP US REBUILD SOME PARTS IN THE HOUSE, YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME. There are three of us,my husband,me and my 21 year-old son. Both of us are in our early 50s. My husband is retired, I am a freelance teacher, and my son is an IT student. We are honest, easy-going and hospitable people. We are all interested in traveling and cultural exchanges. We usually have home-cooked meals. We have hosted lots of travelers and really enjoyed the experience.