Helping in Lisbon and Estoril, Portugal
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Area: Bergen - VossI am 48, a busy mother of seven great kids aged 2-26, and work as a special needs and language teacher. I was born in the UK, but grew up in Belgium and Norway, and our home is multilingual and multicultural, with a strong Norwegian influence. My main objectives at the moment are to live a well-balanced life, and to create a pleasant home and a beautiful and productive garden. In the garden we have flowers, vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a greenhouse, a small wood, and a henhouse with about 15 hens, a few quails and a pet rabbit. I garden organically as far as possible, and need help with many tasks, such as digging, weeding, planting, harvesting and picking fruit. Five kids aged 2-11 currently live here, and the older ones often visit. The household can be noisy, and is not a good place for anyone who likes to sleep late in the mornings... The kids are active and have many interests, and I do my best to raise them to be well-mannered, thoughtful and independent - though they are challenging at times, and they behave very much like kids! The children do not usually need babysitting, but time and attention - they enjoy conversation, walks and games. They are bilingual and speak both English and Norwegian. Please note that we speak English at home, so if your main objective is to learn Norwegian, our home is not the best option for you. I enjoy cooking and housekeeping, and believe that work that needs to be done is worth doing well and happily. The household is mainly vegetarian plus fish, though the kids like to eat meat. I am generally curious about everything and enjoy learning new skills. We have a piano, a guitar and other instruments, and a lot of books. In my spare time I like to read, play games with the kids, walk or work out, sew, play piano, and many other things. I play timpani and percussion in the local amateur symphony orchestra, I like to meet up with friends and attend concerts and other events, and I am currently even trying to fit some yoga into our lives... We live in a village one hour by car/train from Bergen and 15-20 minutes from Voss. The village is very small, but pretty, with a lake, a river, and mountains on every side. In the village there is a shop and two small cafes, workshops and businesses, and everyone gets together to organize a Balkan Music Festival - "Balkanfest" - in August. In the summer there are usually other workawayers in the village. Voss is a small town with lot of activity, summer and winter, and it is a great place for hiking, skiing, extreme sports, and music. Every year, there is a jazz festival the weekend before Easter, an extreme sports festival in June, and a folk music festival in late October, in addition to regular sports events and concerts throughout the year.
Area: AndaluciaInternational Healer and Clinical Hypnotherapist setting up a healing centre for people to come and unwind, find peace, meditate and learn to live a life in tune with themselves and all other beings.
Area: Coimbra and CenterI'm Fernando, 32, managing a very rural farm in the heart of Serra da Malcata. The main produce of this 66 hectare farm (163 acre), is goat keeping, but we've also several other animals, like pigs, chickens, turkeys, gooses, ducks, dogs, cats and so on. Also olives and some vegetables. The farm is located in a Natural Reserve and you can use this as a base to explore Serra da Malcata, an unspoilt part of the Portuguese countryside. Hike up the River Bazágueda and visit old mill ruins. Walk in the hills, home of red, lynxs, woolfs, genets and wild boars and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery. Take the goats for a walk in the woods, side by side with native Portuguese shepherd dogs and you'll have an unforgettable experience. Back at home, cherish the view of the waterfront, feed the pigs, chickens and turkeys (endogenous breeds) , and, if you're lucky, you'll be able to feed some baby goats. Unwind and enjoy true nature. Bike riding and licended fishing are also allowed. We can and will certanly do some traditional homemade specialities. We also, depending on the season, make cheese for ourselves. We're now restoring some old country traditional houses maid of stone (schist) and using traditional materials and techniques. In the freetime you can enjoy the river, bathing in pure water! Conveniently located within half an hour drive of dozens of historic sites, you can visit Castle of Penamacor or the Medieval Villages of Sortelha, Sabugal, among others, and get a sense of the local flavor. Step back in time and experience the simple pleasures of medieval lifestyle. In other free hours, we like to discuss everything and would love to learn and teach other languages with volunteers!
Area: Langkawi, Malaysia. Malaysia is the eldest jungle of this globe, dating back something like 130 million years. Although Langkawi is not a snorcheling or diving hot spot - due to sediment rich waters - there are plenty of things to see. Some of this original rain forest is covering the mountains, trekking is a good idea. Birdwatchers come from all over the world to see the many eagles etc. hornbills run riot even downtown. There is a breathtaking ride on a swiss built cable car, an abundance of waterfalls and world heritage parks with spectacular mangrove forests.We are a German family and have been building a traditional wooden Malaysian junk-schooner, the Naga Pelangi (Rainbow Dragon). The boat is built in an ancient building technique, using wooden dowels and caulking bark. This technique is only practiced in the Malay cultural area. It is a dying art. I had a boat of this type built in 1980 and sailed it round the world. This boat is a much bigger version and we want to establish it as a charter vessel in Malaysia. Naga Pelangi is the only boat of her kind sailing in Malaysia. Since November 2010 the boat is sailing and now stationed in Langkawi, an island group on the West coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Here we are mostly on standby and waiting for charterwork. We do maintenance work, sanding, varnishing, painting, standard upkeep and volunteers can experience life on a traditional wooden sailing boat in a beautiful tropical setting. We are offering 2 - 4 places for people to help us maintain and sail this historical vessel. If you have skills like beeing an electrician, a carpenter or a mechanic, we will definitely be most happy to show you how a wooden boat sails and feels in return for your help. No sailing skills required, but a will to work and an ability and a liking for manual labour. Volunteers should be physically fit and trained - no couch potatoes! We expect our volunteers to share in cost of living if no money is coming in through charter and charge 10,- USD/day per person. We are currently back in Langkawi after some cruising around the islands. Since it takes a while to get familiar on a boat, we do not encourage people to come if they only want to come for a week or two. After getting to know each other, we expect our helpers to stay several weeks or even months. I am traveling to Germany in July and will be back in August / September. Until then, The boat is looked after by a team of workawayers and there is no opportunity for helpers during that time.
Area: Zona CafeteraOur project is located in the heart of colombia, surrounded by rivers and in an amazing setting. We started up this place a year ago in order to share these mountains. We are an eco-hostel with camping area, dorms and private rooms. Un proyecto agro-deportivo-cultural en el corazon de Colombia rodeada por ríos en un paisaje unico! Empezamos hace un año para compartir este lugar y la magia de nuestras montañas. Un eco-hostal con zona de camping, dormitorios y privadas.