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Area: QuebecIci André et Daniel, who have decided to leave behind a comfortable urban existence and throw ourselves into a "semi-rural" life. We bought an old conference center that used to be part of a vacation resort. It was originally a piano-bar when it was first built in 1982. The past six years of our lives has involved a lot of renovation work turning this 2400 sq ft (225 m²) commercial building into our home and our future life project. We decided to take some time here to ponder what to do with the second half of our lives. We haven't quite figured out the life project part yet, but that was the point of us taking a sabbatical to let it unfold...naturally! As former urban landscapers, we are stoked by the challenge of greening up a larger space, 5 acres in all. As couchsurfing hosts, we got used to the idea of having "company" over. Unfortunately, when we moved here from Ottawa, we stopped receiving couch requests. Happily when we discovered workaway, we started to get requests again. The bonus for us is that guests stayed longer and helped out! To be absolutely clear, we are not running a business, a farm or making any money from your labour. We consider you a guest who has decided to come visit us and help out. Come give us your insight and ideas! All we ask for is honesty, a willingness to help, treating the house and the occupants with respect, cleaning up after yourselves, and putting in 100% when there is work to be done. Most importantly, have fun. We are about 3 kilometers away from Montebello, a small village whose claim to fame is the Fairmont Chateau Montebello, the world's largest "log cabin". Greyhound bus service passes through twice a day from either Montreal or Ottawa. By car, it's an hour away from both these cities and their airports (YUL and YOW). From our place, it's a 15 minute bike ride or 45 minute walk to the village. In Montebello, you check out several local businesses including Chocomotive, an artisan chocolate maker and museum in an old log cabin train station. As for attractions in the surrounding area: Parc Oméga, a drive-through wildlife reserve with rustic accommodations; white water rafting on the nearby Rivière Rouge and silent meditation at the Vipassana center (also free, but a 10 day commitment).
Area: Florida Keys, Marathon or the Middle Keys ParadisePLEASE READ ENTIRE PROFILE AND INCLUDE DATES YOU MAY HAVE INTEREST IN. Yes it's a sailing Catamaran, where I live and I have plenty of work to do. I am a full time live aboard with three cabins available and a trampoline to sleep on for those who wish the stars. I have been sailing for many years and have found a place in the florida keys to call home. There is always work and training to pass on about living on a boat. You will be amazed at the stories, as I will be also. I am in my late 50's and a gentleman, not much to party with as I go to sleep early and rise early. The heat of the day is for swimming, sailing, snorkeling and touring as this is my life and I need help keeping it going. I have a child age 26 who has two beautiful children. If you are a parent of a child you send to work with me I will treat them with respect and you will be able to see what they are doing. I raised my child and she is a homebody, got it from her mom. I am an explorer and adventurer so stories flow both ways. Once you meet me you may think you have met Tom Sawyer or possibly Huck Finn... You decide! jay
Area: BrittanySORRY NO VOLUNTEER AVAILABILITY UNTIL SPRING 2015! Help needed with veggie patch, garden, field, stream clearance and cutting back of an overgrown and unmanaged woodland! We are an English couple who run a B&B and Writing Retreat in rural Central Brittany. We live in a historic bronze age site with our own Menhir, Dolmen, ancient woodland and stream. Approximately 6km from the nearest town. 20 mins to train station, 1.5 hours to ferry ports of Roscoff and St Malo and airports of Brest and Dinard. We have a Brittany Ferries discount voucher for any volunteers wishing to travel from the UK to Brittany. We have had volunteers come and go for several years and have enjoyed the experience and now we have the additional accommodation we want to take in extra volunteers. If you have skills in organic vegetable gardening, flower gardening and especially with woodland management then we would love to have you come and stay. If there is space in the B&B then you can have one of the bedrooms, otherwise we have a choice of caravans - one in the woodland for maximum tranquility and a complete get-away or one under-cover in our barn for those not wishing to be far from wi-fi and all mod-cons.
Area: EnglandI am a married female, who lives in a house with my husband & our two young children aged 4 & 6. My husband runs his own business & works long days. We live in a small village on the edge of some terrific countryside in Lancashire / Yorkshire, although we are only 5 mins away from the train station where you can get trains into Manchester town centre (takes 25 minutes). There are plenty of countryside walks over the moors nearby & also a lake that is used for sailing around a 5 minute walk away. We have a busy family life but I am trying to learn Spanish with my two children & feel they would really improve if they had someone to speak spanish with that was better at it than me! Our knowledge of spanish is small but we are happy to learn & are happy to exchange helping visitors learn english if you can help us speak spanish!
Area: British ColumbiaCurrently we need help immediately....for harvesting in the garden, making firewood, feeding animals, may be butchering and much more... We live very remote in the wilderness, 2 hours from the next town (Canada, BC) – you must love nature, wilderness, stillness and farm work to come here. Gravel road, NO public transit, no traffic. A town trip to Burns Lake means a whole day (200 km) trip, therefore pickup /return dates need to be discussed and planned. We live right on a large Lake (320 km) with a spectacular view over the lake with some islands and the mostly snow covered mountains in the distance. The sunsets over the lake are stunning. You can watch the beaver on the beach or the breeding Bald Eagle pair from the house, the Ospreys' nest is to view in walking distance. There is Moose, White-tailed and Mule Deer as well as bears (black bears and grizzlies sometimes),wolves, lynx and cougars in our area. We have two small kids who are eager to learn good things from you- if it is language, music, sports, building etc.. They would love to see and play with other „workawayer“ kids here as well. We do homeschooling and the kids like exciting projects. We have sheep (ca. 30 Icelandic and Rideau-Arcott), which we milk some in the summer. We make joghurt and quark and other cheese (depending on time we have). We do butcher our animals. Other animals include 9 Lamas, and 3 guardian dogs (no pets, not to be petted!!) for protection of sheep (as well as farm and family), chickens, 3 cats, as well as 3 horses (only for experienced people) and a pony as well as 3 miniature horses. Our pony needs training! We have a large vegetable garden as well as a potato and garlic field. We started large permaculture hillbeds. Apart from garden work , there is making firewood in the forest to do, may be some fence building, etc.. Depending on possibilities we might have a bed/room in a simple old (and not fancy nor luxury) guest house available, or you sleep on a small loft in our small house but you can also sleep in a shed or your tent. We have to share one small bathroom with several people, but an outhouse and the lake (no saop) are avilable too. So far we had good experiences with many volunteers. They were eager, self-motivated, independently and involved themselves and we had a lot of fun – we loved also sometimes being cooked for ....Yummy. With two small homeschooled kids sharing everything and one person doing most of the farmwork, we are happy to have company and help in all areas. We live as self-sufficient and simple as possible (our house is small and simple, no luxury) and do this as a lifestyle out of our conviction, we buy as little as possible. Therefore food is simple and we eat what we have, we avoid sugar and eat very little sweets (health reasons), if you need that (SWEET STUFF), bring it yourself, but please not for or in front of our kids. We eat meat (mostly our own lamb or Lama). To us, organic farming is the best way to live healthy and care for mother earth. Thus our „agricultural“ animals grow as organic as possible too. We like to share our beautiful place with new friends. We like to meet people with similar interests in organic farming, permaculture, self sufficent life style, as well as in connectedness and awareness. We always can learn from each other and need reminders. In the winter it is possible to do cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing (to get a fishing license is your responsibility), sledging, sometimes horse back riding etc..Our vision is to find some likeminded homeschooling families or teacher? to live here with us longterm. If you want to stay with us, minimum stay would be a month, town is quite far (100 km) and picking up means a lot of effort, time, money and organization for us. There is no public transportation out here!!! References would be great . You need be able to work by yourself also, because with homeschooling and other work (desk and kitchen) indoors, we only can be outside usually in the afternoon. We expect you to keep your living quarters (house) nice, clean and tidy, help with cooking/dishwashes beside of farm chores. Please NO SMOKERS (and NO DOPErs/no drugs). We look forward to meet you and hope to all have a great time again. PS: We do not have WIFI and Internet access is limited. No cell phone access.