Area: Valdivia, Región de Los RíosI'm zoologist, working in wildlife conservation, especially with endangered species such as some South American aquatic mammals. I live in a 3-hectare plot on the hillside overlooking the Bay of Corral, several rivers and the sea. The plot is located in the town of Niebla, 18 km from the city of Valdivia. My family currently lives in Spain where my children are doing college. I worked many years in an NGO dedicated to the conservation of nature and now I trate, and now I try to combine my work in wildlife conservation proyects and the farm work. I get volunteers who are interested in knowing the work on a small farm with traditional techniques and also to assist in conservation of wildlife. Prefer volunteers to be at least a month to teach the job, know the culture and show other places in southern Chile where I do my conservation projects.
Area: Tweed, OntarioOrganic market gardens with small animals, Goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys. We live in one of the first homes in the area built in the early 1860s, along the Moira River just outside of Tweed. Our home is run as a B&B with our farm being run as close to organic without being certified. We produce our own cheese, eggs, meat and vegetables. Bake bread regularly and do canning, preserves, jams and jellies.We also have a market garden and market sales on Saturday. Our farm is next to the Moira river with a canoe available on your time off. the work is 4 to 5 hours a day with Sunday off. Accommodations are in one of the B&B rooms. We only need helpers from April to the end of October.
Area: AlentejoIn May 2011 Caroline and I, Richard, moved onto 55 acres , 22 hectares of protected land with a lake, great for cooling off in. The land is a ten minute drive from the town of Ourique and a forty minute drive to the Algarve. With over 300 days of sunshine this why we chose to live here. We are in process of setting up an eco friendly naturist campsite,clothes optional. We will only ever have 10 pitches. As they say small is beautiful! Set in the middle of the countryside. We have a cafe/bar about 250 metres from our front gates. We are looking, for people who are easy going and laid back and like the naturist lifestyle or do not mind working among naturists. Before we go on, we should point out that we do have free roaming horses and very friendly dogs. All our power comes from solar panels, with back up generators. We have a bore hole for water, and a well. We have a number of ruins and a house which we are currently using for storage. Anyone, male or female, can do the jobs we are/will will be doing. As long as you love the outdoors and are reasonably fit you will enjoy the various projects we are undertaking. The best part of it is that you can see how we are progressing as we have a blog on our website. So whatever help you give us you will see the results of your efforts, and of course our thanks. Unless of course you have your own transport, we would offer to pick you up from the train station in Funcheira, or the bus station in Ourique.
Area: Samoeng, BokeawHello. My name is Yuki and my husband's name is John. We are a family with a young baby, Misato, living in northern Thailand located in a Karen village, deep within the mountains, about 4hrs from Chiangmai city in the Samoeng area and we are still in the early stage of making our home self-sufficient. We welcome volunteers to come join our family! We cut local timber and bamboo from the area for all of the building materials and gather vegetables from our garden for cooking. We want to provide a learning opportunity more than anything and as a local, John is extremely knowledgable about everything you need to know to live a Karen lifestyle. So in return for your help you will be able to experience hill tribe village life and live like a local, meet other villagers and travel to nearby markets, learn traditional methods of cooking, how to recognize local fauna/flora, basic hunting skills, how to make local rice whiskey or a slingshot and do some jungle trekking to nearby waterfalls. We live a very simple life here with solar power (we don't have a fridge, tv, washing machine etc but you can charge cameras or mobile phones from our solar power). You will be experiencing truly traditional Karen village life here. If you are interested in learning about our lifestyle please contact us. Please note that due to rainy seasons sometimes we can't get to the closest town so this opportunity would probably suit someone who has a flexible travel schedule.
Area: Lower SaxonyHello world... We're building a boat in a barn in north Germany and are looking for help. We means about 30 helpers since may 2011 from the USA, Canada, France, Argentina, Israel, Iran, Korea, England, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Hungary, Austria, some friends from the neighborhood who come around to help for a couple of hours and me. In Schoeppenstedt between Braunschweig and Berlin in the Niedersachsen-Region lies the former farm of my grandparents. Today the farmhouse is rent to a family and most of the other buildings are unused. During the last years I started to use them for various projects like building a raft/houseboat, a handcar, a two person diving bell and a small sailing Trimaran. The biggest project is to build a wooden 11,4 m Catamaran. Since 2008 this plan has constantly evolved and is now about 80% through the process of realization. While I was terminating my studies as an engineer I had the possibility to work on the construction as an university-task. Thereby I received all the relevant engineer standards and learned a lot about the recommended practices to build a safe boat. The project has evolved during the last year. Now there are the two Hulls with the right side up in the barn and would float if the deluge would come. During this summer we glued all the plywood-parts to the Hull that we prepared last year before the winter-break. To work with Epoxy (the glue) it needs to be at least 15°C and there is no heating in the workshop. That is why the next winter-break is getting closer. Now the last month with ~15°C is running and it is still OK to live in the barn. From mid November on it will probably be quite cold, and except the wood-stove in the kitchen there's no heating. Last year I moved to my girlfriends flat and did some workaway in Spain, but now there are still the last weeks running the barn is nice and the last detail works on the interior design of the hulls can be done. So if you are traveling through Germany and like to work with wood for some hours a day, write soon... Greets form the barn Carsten