Area: AquitaineWe are looking for some help for the firs 2 weeks of September due to a change of plans...We have officially opened as a bed and breakfast and we have been a lot more popular than we imagined we'd be..so we could really use some help! Please read opur full profile and check out the photos to get a flavour of what life is like with us.. We're a really friendly, laid back Scottish family who have lived in france since 2001. This is our first year with Workaway and its been an absolutely fantastic experience so far. We've had helpers every week since the start of March and we are just blown away by their enthusiasm and the energy new people bring to our project. We own a small hotel, currently under renovation (by us) and there's a lot of work to be done. You need to be fit and strong and prepared to work hard and be flexible depending on what we need help with that day, could be anything from sanding banisters to washing up, painting, gardening or helping take stuff to the dump or helping me eat chocolate cake..sometimes we expect a lot of you! Riberac is a small but vibrant (from May to september) market town approx 1 and a half hours from Bordeaux. There are bars and restaurants and cafes, a small library and many small shops in town and 5 larger supermarkets on the outskirts. On fridays Riberac has the largest market in the Dordogne and the whole place is buzzing then with street music and artisans selling their produce, everything from ceramics to hand made cheeses. Riberac is a really quiet town, extremely safe and very chilled, but theres always somethig happening locally, from gigs and art previews to markets and open air cinema events. There is a lovely open air swimmingpool a 5 min walk from the house which is open 6 days a week. A taxi/bus service wich can take you from Riberac to Angouleme or Perigueux for 2 euros each way, I'm not joking! Bergerac airport is 50 minutes drive and the capital city of the region is 30 mins by car or bus and is a stunning small city with a medieval quarter and lots to see and do. Bordeaux is fantastic and has loads of night life, shops and everything a culture vulture could ask for. We have lots of sun in summer and a few spectacular thunder storms in august! We are surrounded by beautiful countryside with a large swimming lake nearby which is really popular with locals. Sounds lovely...it is! We are very sociable and I cook for a living so the food is great (so I'm told) We sadly can't cater for vegetarians as we just dont have time to make seperate meals at this point and we do not eat solely organic food, but I do cook everything from scratch and we eat well every day. We have 4 kids, all young adults and some or all of them live here depending on time of year and circumstances. we have a large extremely friendly dog called Hamish. We do not smoke but don't mind if you smoke in the garden. We have a good mix of french and non friend friends and live in a quiet street in the center of town, so practising your french will be easy. Music is our passion and the area has some good festivals and music nights/open mic nights. This is a really sociable place and there are some amazing people here, lots of artists and musicians. There are a lot of expatriate people in this area, especially in the summer but we are not keen on the whole expat thing and try to avoid it as much as possible. We love having friends over for dinner but not every night, it's a sociable household but not over the top, we think we are quite nice. We are looking for easy going people who don't mind hard work, we are relaxed about the times you work and we will work with you where possible. We love meeting people of all nationalities and try our very best to make you feel at home right from the start. We hope to have 3 rooms ready this summer to do bed and breakfast, we have achieved a lot in the last few months with our great workaway helpers so if you want to be part of this great project get in touch, We look forward to hearing from you. We need your help! We still have the verandah to complete, works been hampered by the weather till now but we've really achieved a huge amount this year and we could never have managed without all the help from our workaway teams. We really appreciate this so much and try our best to show our appreciation with good food and bad jokes. Hot news from Riberac, we've had a few spectacular storms and a few indoor water features, but we smiled though it. We've been to a cool party, visisted the felibree in Verteillac, albeit briefy and a bit later than everyone else and we've tried our hand at throwing some pots. (I say "we" but infact I didn't go, we leave the fun days to for the workers.) Thanks to Lucy, who has been helping us for 2 and half weeks has just left for a grape picking job in the south, we hope to see her in August on the way back up, so long as she brings some wine she'll be welcome. In the last few weeks we've said goodbye to Chloe, Emily, Karen and Lisa....all wonderful young women who have brought so much energy and laughter to the project. we thank them all x August update, we've been blown away by the progress over the last month...Mario, Lotte, Eric and Julie....amazing input, fabulous folk! now we have Frane and Maja from Croatia and Drew and Sara from England and weve made huge inroads into clearing the barns and the gardens as well as keeping on topof day to day stuff. We really find it hard to comprehend the amount we have achived since March. Workaway Rocks!
Area: Viljandimaa, EstoniaWe are an organic sheep farm in Viljandimaa with 350 heads (in the summer about 800 heads). There's also a few goats, two dogs, two cats and 4 adults - Mirja (mom), Aavo (dad), Eve (daughter) and Madis (son). In summer period might be some more family members around - Anu (daughter), Margus (son) with his family. As sightseeing its possible to go hiking in the nearby forest to see a reconstructed bunker where a few people used to hide out at the time of soviet union. Also to visit the town Viljandi, sometimes there are interesting concerts and in the end of July a folk festival. We are quite used to hosting people and we all like to have some extra people around:)
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: UpplandUPDATE: We have no availability in July and August. We are a couple in our early thirties and have decided to build our lives how we would like them to be rather than running in the big city treadmill. We moved to our old rundown farm in the remote and beautiful Hållnäs peninsular in 2011 and plan to turn it into an artists' residency, theatre and course venue. Alex is a former teacher from London, Åsa is a theatre designer from Uppland (the county where we live) and Vide is a very adorable baby who has not found his occupation. In three years, we hope to host small groups and individuals who need a quiet and relaxing space close to nature for creative processes. We want to produce most of our own organic food, at least in the summer time. At the moment we are at a transition point; we have made the living spaces comfortable for ourselves and a smaller number of visitors and have broken enough ground to produce most of our own food in the summer time. However, we now need to build a greenhouse, renovate the barn into rehearsal space, studio and communal kitchen, renovate the inside of an 18th C cottage and future guest house, plant fruit trees. Basic carpentry skills and an interest in gardening would be helpful to start with :) We are relaxed people who like good conversation over a glass of wine. We like listening to folk and world music and play a little accordion and guitar. We aim to make a sustainable imprint on the environment which is wild and coastal around us. We like berry and mushroom picking and in time we plan to fish with nets along the coast where we keep out boat. Long term helpers would definitely have a chance to get more closely involved with the natural life here. As we have a young baby at home, we tend to have early nights. At present we have a cat, but no other animals. In the future, we are hoping to get bees, hens and sheep or goats. Knowledge of the caring for these are very welcome! You can reach us by public transport and travel to Uppsala or Gävle over the day but a car is recommended if you want to be a bit independent. It is the remote forests here with elk, mosquitos and disease carrying ticks, so be prepared for real Swedish backwoods living :)
Area: Negev desertWe are a Jewish family living in the small artist's village of Ezuz in the beautiful Negev desert heights. Our home is full of activity with our 9th child on the way in August and many guests from Israel and around the world passing by. I am originally South African and my husband Israeli. We both backpacked many years around the world and met during our travels when we were working as scuba diving instructors in the Sinai. Our favorite part of travelling was meeting people, so when we settled down we recycled 3 old buses into deluxe guestrooms and created a family hospitality business. Part of the help we need is to clean and prepare the guestrooms. In the near future we hope to plant an organic vineyard and make wine. Our garden has vines and fruit trees that grow on recycled water from our home and guestrooms and we have a natural pool for cooling down on hot summer days.