Area: German speaking part of East BelgiumJonna is 56 years, Rien is 74. We have a big house and a big garden in a very small village (106 inhabitants). Meadows and woods are surrounding us. We like to reuse things. Rien is very skilful and can fix almost everything. He chops the wood for the heating. Jonna likes gardening, she also collect seeds and exchanges and trades the seeds all over the world. We can learn you a lot about sustainable living. We are not so young anymore, but we have a lot of life experience that we want to pass on to younger people. We have travelled a lot, so don't think we are dull.
Area: Maine, USAPlanning to build EARTHSHIP TYPE DWELLING: Could really use extra hands from those wanting to learn how to make affordable shelter/homes, or pass along information and skills to us. Family of five, mom, dad and three kids (15, 18 & 21) We're a vegetarian homeschooling family who home birth and home church. We're pretty much free spirits who love to live simply and wholesomely. We live in a rural setting, close to Machias surrounded by forest, farmland, lakes, and a spectacular sea coast. We have been experimenting with eating mostly raw foods and really love how healthy it's been making us feel. Our Farmstead is totally organic and vegetarian and we have a large garden and plenty of room to host. You would have your own room and ideally blend into our fairly simple lifestyle. We are a happy, fun loving and hardworking family. We love meeting new people and sharing cultures and ideas with a very open and loving attitude. Interaction and good communication skills would be an advantage. We really appreciate kindness, a good sense of humor, appreciation for the simple joys in life, and a positive outlook on things. If you like new adventures and trying new things, if you like to learn new skills and new ways of thinking, if you see minor hardships as a challange instead of a reason to complain, if you are somebody who likes to work hard, but is also playful, fun, and pleasant to others, you will fit in very well with our family. The ideal length of stay would be at least three months, as this gives us a nicer slower pace to showing you all the attractions in the area. I hope this does not discourage you from coming, but the minimum stay we can do is three weeks,( the maximum is indefinitely.) It is not helpful for us to have stays of shorter duration, and actually takes our precious time away in preparing for our guests. (We seldom have anybody that stays for less than three months even if they had intended to leave earlier they usually enjoy the stay and want to continue on which is great on this end.) We have found that those who stay only a week or so we just get them settled in and then by the time they've learned the ropes they are having to move on, in other words the time we take to teach them a task takes our time away and is usually not productive, so we have taken that time out of our work schedule and it sets us back on progress. We also find one week is not enough time to show the amazing sights there are to see and experience in our area. It would take months to experience all that there is here, so we have had to set a minimum limit of three weeks. We will work our hours the first two weeks and then take a whole week off to explore and have adventure, and continue this cycle for the full length of your stay. Thank you for understanding and working within our schedule and needs here. Most of last year and so far this one too we have been completing the renovation of our home, so there are still little jobs to get done. If you are looking for somewhere to hang out for a while in a fresh and interesting location and have a good attitude towards work and communication then we think we should appeal. Some but not all meals will be provided. Guests should plan on locally purchasing some food, there are also food banks that provide a weekly allotment of foodstuffs. We have a sharing cabinet where we and others share foods with one another. We are happy to have you join us for some meals, either lunches or dinner. Were not very formal but as you will be sharing our home with our children, we do require a photocopy / scanned picture of a legal PhotoID (driving licence, state iD, passport) to be supplied before arrival as proof of identity.
Area: AuvergneSmallholding in central France, we have a huge garden to tend, woods to manage and animals to tend (including two donkeys of character!). The garden is organic, so plenty of weeding required! Also some building work is going on, so if you're handy with a saw, screwdriver and a paintbrush, even better!
Area: New MexicoWhat we do: Find effective methods to train all ages of mustangs; Facilitate successful placement of mustangs in adoptive homes; Educate individuals in the process of training and placement; Conduct scientific research into issues pertaining to mustang taming and adoption. You can help us with our ranch chores and projects and learn something about horses along the way.
Area: MarcheHi. I am an Italian man in his mid 40s named Roberto but referred to as Roscio by his fellow neighbors and friends. I recently moved into a beautiful farm house in Le Marche region in the province of Macerata in the town of Recanati, which is located 15 minutes from the Adriatic sea and 40 minutes by car to the beautiful Sibillini mountains. I am seeking individuals who are interested in staying in my farm house while engaging in local Italian country side life-style by participating in the restoration and maintenance of this beautiful farmhouse and land (e.g. gardening, painting and maintaining the farmlands). I have a large group of friends who have all known each other since we were children. If you could imagine a full immersion in the Italian country life-style by being part of an epic restoration project and developing an authentic relationships with me and fellow townsmen, I suggest you write me to learn more about this wonderful opportunity. I am fluent in Spanish and English, and obviously Italian. The stay will afford you the opportunity to engage in a local and authentic life-style while speaking Italian and meeting new friends as well as escaping for private leisure activities such as biking, swimming, windsurfing and trekking. I am available to pick you up at the Ancona airport or train station. The train station is approximately 3 hours from Rome by Regional rail on Treni Italia. I also have two bicycles avalaible while you are here. I welcome all- families, couples and single folk!