Area: Bay of PlentyMy husband & I have 3 adult children no longer living at home. We have hosted school exchange students through AFS in the past and now do support for the students. We have a house by the beach and 30 acres of land further up the coast going inland. This piece of land needs weed control and some fencing. It is our lifestyle block and we run some sheep and cattle on it. There is a lovely little batch on the land and it has a wood stove. It also has a flush toilet, shower with hot water, sleeping and cooking facilities. We stay there from time to time. We live in an old 4bedroom villa which we are still renovating. My husband buys possum fur but is also a builder/handyman. I am a nurse working at the local health centre. I do shift work and sometimes work night duty which means I sleep in the daytime. The internet can be accessed by wireless broadband. We have 3 dogs and 2 cats. The dogs live outside but the cats like to snuggle up with the humans. We are non smokers and would only want non smokers please. We need help with house maintenance e.g. washing windows, outside of house, indoor house cleaning, gardening, walking dogs and we always have jobs to do on the farm. We would also be happy with some IT learning.
Area: MadridWe have a very relaxed riding center about 40 minutes out of Madrid, where we have recently focused on horse therapy. We are four professionals plus about 50 client-friends coming to ride or to therapies regularly. About 20 horses, our two dogs, hens and two vietnamies pigs complete our family.
Area: 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.
Area: HamburgWelcome in Hamburg ! We are a young family living in a beautifull nature where we founded an eco-project early this year near by a nature reservat . Although you will not believe when you see the beautifull landscape here, we are still inside Hamburg. We always need help with farming , restauration and other things you possibly like to do here. We have enough space for ideas, or simply enjoy the beautifull atmosphere while helping to develop this project. We wish you would stay at least 2 weeks, and you can decide if you live more seperate with own cooking and housing or close to us in the main house. We are at the beginning with this eco project - and many things will be done the first time. If you like - let´s contact via Skype, let´s see if we have free space in your prefered time period. Yours Vera, Louisa, Anna, Arnd
Area: South East AsiaRetired Teachers Please also Pay Attention to Our Profile ! We are close to Penang, Kuala-Lumpur of West-Malaysia and to Singapore too ! We are a small family in a small town on Sumatra island, Indonesia. We are dedicated Christians looking for native English speakers preferably if possible are also dedicated Christians to come for: (1) a short term stay: 14 - 30 days, to come as our guest and visit us and teach us and our children English. You are also kindly invited to visit our small school but you are not allowed to teach / work at the school even as a volunteer as it is illegal unless you have a work permit visa, so in this case you may only visit the school and not to teach/work at the school. (2) a long term stay say from 6 months to even 1-2 years, or even for the rest of your life if you like it here, to help us teach English (Grammar, Reading-Comprehension, Vocabulary, Composition and Conversation etc), or Maths & Science in English if you like at our small school. We will really appreciate as we do need native speaker English teachers but we really cannot afford to employ ones as expatriates. The volunteers must have a work permit visa and there is a fee charged by our government for the work permit visa. If you are a retired teacher and are from a cold country, you may consider coming here for a long term volunteer and go back to your home country during the summer. Living cost is comparatively very low here, you will enjoy good food and good living even with a house-maid here with reasonably low cost and you will get nice and warm weather here. You may consider going to Penang, which is also known as "The Pearl of the Orient" or "The Garden of the East" during our school holidays, which is only about 30 minutes away by flight from us. You will be able to enjoy good quality holidays and good quality medication there with reasonably low cost of expenses. Volunteer work is 4-hours a day and 5 days in a week. You are kindly requested to have church life with us during your stay as we are dedicated Christians. Please No sexual immoralities, No homosexuality, No Smoking, No drugs, No alcoholics, No anything that is immoral. You must have your own return air-ticket or else the immigration officer will not let you in to the country. You must also be able to provide references. Please have yourself covered with travel insurance, health/life insurance etc, just in case anything unexpected and unwanted happen to you, we really cannot afford to cover you up / pay for you.