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Área: AragonWe are a French Australian family living in the mountain, we have two boys, 3 and 6, and I need some help with them while my husband fixes an old house. We hardly ever eat meat but really enjoy eating well and cooking. We are language teachers, English and French.
Área: MunsterShort stays only.... * We are currently looking for help with small-carpentry projects, digging/heavy garden work and some help in the chocolateir, we can only offer 2-5 nights stay as work is limited... and we are sometimes hosting other guests * We have just bought our first home in Clonakilty and are looking for helping hands for lots of different projects. Our vision for the house is to be as self sufficient as possible with heat, hot water & cooking already running of a wood fired rayburn cooker, also to minimize waste & be as closed-loop in terms of waste & resources as possible. I have trained in Permaculture and green building and plan to use that knowledge to make the house cozy and efficient. Last summer with the help of some lovely workawayers we managed to build a cob oven, mini pond out of a tractor tyre, geodesic dome, thermal solar panel and some great terraced beds in the front garden! We also now have 2 great chooks and hope to get bees this year. We are 3min walk to the town centre of Clonakilty a vibrant West Cork town with loads of music, market, food & the beach in only 5 km away. We have bikes you can borrow to get around to see surrounding countryside Please do get in touch for stays of 3 nights or more up to one week. We spent the summer 2 years ago travelling and staying with hosts around Europe and we now look forward to being hosts. We both love languages and hope to be able to practice our French & Spanish and any other languages with guests.
Área: AndaluciaExciting new project in stunning location bordering the Sierra Nevada National Park at an altitude of approx 4900ft (1500m) above sea level
Área: SardiniaWe run a Cultural Art Association with the aim to encourage an experiential approached to art in its various forms. We are setting the studio/workshop in Sardinia.
Área: Vlaamse Ardennen, BrakelWe are a non-profit educational project in the hills in the middle of nature that inspires people to live less dependent of fossil fuels. We also live together with some like-minded people (some kind of co-housing or very small eco-village), interested in living more 'in harmony with nature', sustainable and self sufficient in some ways. The domain of 4ha has the buildings in the middle and is composed of field, meadow and forest. We have two dogs and cats, some chickens, a horse that helps in the forest and three sheep. The transition towns movement is an inspiration and we use permaculture principles. We try to cooperate with the local community, so try to be not extreme in our appearance. At this moment the core of the project is a couple with two girls aged 4 and 6, and then there are two others, Filip who sells quality hand tools and gives courses in the use of them and Sara who just joined. David is an organic farmer living 15km away, who uses part of our fields in exchange for some vegetables. We offer 'the taste of another life', a diversity of jobs, some skills to be learned, some hope and a great time with like-minded people. We try to earn most of the money to run the project by making and selling bread and craftwork, berries and herbs. We organise some trainings but we also have to do the communication, administration, accountancy, maintenance, ... The end of the story is that we have to work hard to earn just enough for a sober life, but we find it rich because we live close to nature, have healthy, tasteful food and do the things we really like and that are an answer to the challenges the world is facing. We search volunteers who can find themselves in this attitude. To make work efficient, we try to offer clear directions. But as we are still pioneering (and things are sometimes unclear or chaotic or 'under construction'), even this is not always possible, so we appreciate some independence from the volunteers. Also taking initiative is appreciated, as long as it is communicated. We have a time schedule that changes a lot. We plan activities short beforehand, depending on the weather, the kids, opportunities we get, ideas brought in by the volunteers and the advancement of our planning. The old house is reconstructed ecologically with much effort. We have some good tools. Being careful with the house and the equipment is essential. Equally important is living ecological and affordable. To assure this in an ever changing group, we have some rules written down in the ' Manual'. We group volunteers to start together every some weeks. You find the starting data in the calendar on our website. The first week, we make time to explore the project and the region, to get to know each other, to learn some necessary skills, to look at how you want to make the best of your stay here and to learn about the 'rules'. At the end of that week we take some time for evaluation and we might (from either side) decide not to continue the cooperation. We prefer volunteers who stay about one month (or longer).