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Área: Poitou CharentesEnglish couple with 2 dogs. We normally accept helpers for a minimum of two weeks. Peaceful location in rural France. We have vacancies from 12th October for decorating and carpentry. Then next year once weather permits we are be looking for help with building a shed, laying paths and decking, decorating, carpentry and gardening. We are non smoking and are seeking helpers that do not smoke. Helpers should be happy to live as part of the team during their stay, we would expect this to involve helping prepare meals and the inevitable clearing away after. We accept vegetarians but cannot cater for vegans. We do not accept smokers. We accept both skilled or unskilled people. We need people able to work on their own initiative. We will show you how to do the job and provide the necessary equipment and protective clothing although you need your own footwear suitable for outside work. We have wireless internet available. The countryside around here is mostly gentle slopes with a few hills it is good for rides out on our bikes at the end of the day and weekends. If you fancy a gentle walk our dogs Kain and Livvy would love to join you. Our nearest town is St Maixent L'Ecole it is a historic garrison town worth an afternoon wandering around its old streets. It also houses a military museum within the national NCO college.
Área: Baltimore County, MarylandIt's hard to describe my husband and me as "empty-nesters", because our home is hardly empty, but we are the only two-legged residents here, since our daughters are grown and "launched". We share our home and our lives with a rather large menagerie of rescued animals: 4 small dogs; 3 cats; and 7 house rabbits. Obviously, we are animal lovers, and I am vegan, and my husband maintains a mostly vegan diet at home. Before we adopted our daughters from Russia, I was an architectural and aviation photographer, and my husband is a commercial real estate developer in Baltimore, MD. I am in the process of starting a new business venture -- a vegan travel service specializing in Paris and St. Petersburg, Russia. We also devote some of our time and energy to a local animal rescue.
Área: Tuscany FlorenceHello, my name is Philippe-Pierre. I am living in the beautiful hills near Florence since more than 20 years. Together with my dog Taggi and some cats. A house for friends from all over the world. A sort off a meeting point. We do seminars for meditation, dancing, art and music since many years. The house is Secular Buddhist orientated. I need some help because i am on a ambulant chemotherapy. I have to go to Switzerland every 3 weeks to fallow my chemotherapy. So i need someone who is able to keep the house and the animals who are living in the house. Someone who can cut the grass and keep well the garden around the house and drive me around by car if needed. We are a open minded, peaceful and friendly house. Looking forward for a precious helper. Peace and love Philippe
Área: Cala en Bosc, Ciutadella, MenorcaWe are a family that plans travel to Menorca island next summer and we are looking a native english speaker volunteer to teach english to our son (4) and daughter (10). Jan is a very sociable boy and he loves child symbolic play (with animals, cars, planes, ...) and motion games (with balls, cycle, swimming pool, run, ...). She can make news friends in a second. Lia is a sensitive girl who likes music (takes piano lessons once a week), dance and sports. She shows interest in knowing about all things (cultures, history, notable people, ...) but specially about animals. Sole and Martí, the parents, we are teachers in primary school and Martí, at university too. She loves read and to talk with people. He likes practice all kind of sports and meet people to talk about their culture.
Área: PopovoUnfortunately we had a barn fire on the 13th of June which spread to the house and destroyed the work of the past 2 years. We hope the roof will be back in place by mid July but we are currently camping out in gardens without electric or hot water. We still have cooking facilities and hope to have hot water and electric within a couple of weeks. Priority is being given to getting our home liveable again. UPDATE 6/7/2014 - Builders are currently putting a new roof on the main house. We plan to put an artisan roof, reusing some of the old timbers, on the extension under guidance from a craftsman friend. In addition to mud plastering, lime rendering and general decorating, helpers may get the opportunity to dismantle and rebuild a kerpitch (adobe) wall. These walls and floor needs to be rectified before we can reroof the barn area - giving the larger animals more living space. Update 19th August 2014. We now have electric, trailing sockets from a few power points but at least we have power tools when necessary. Running hot water is still a dream, hopefully within the next few weeks. Work is progressing more slowly than we hoped but we are only human. Whilst we are looking for people to help us rebuild our home we accept that not both people in a relationship may be enthusiastic about these tasks. General garden maintenance and catering still needs to be done and we are happy for someone to tackle these areas. Our main criteria for helpers is enthusiasm and a general willingness to 'muck in' Sadly after weeks of running on adrenaline we are both tired, physically and emotionally, those bringing laughs with them have gifts we will welcome Paul and myself are living on a (mainly) organic small holding attempting to be self sufficient. We are growing our own fruit, veg and animal feed, have lots of fruit trees, preserving food by various methods, making yogurt and cheese (when the sheep decide we can have some milk), a lot of what we are doing requires us learning as we go. We have volunteered ourselves, during which time we learnt a lot and met some great friends. Having experienced the other side of the coin we offer to provide you with good wholesome food, the opportunity to join us on trips out, the use of our bicycles, internet access and most importantly - an enjoyable experience. We have sheep, rabbits, chickens, geese and cats. Plans include more poultry and getting pigs, BUT only when we have improved the animal housing, possibly something you may be interested in helping with. We have a long drop toilet as opposed to a flushing loo, which we use when working outside but we now have a fully functional (inside) bathroom, and washing machine. It is really good fun and hopefully you will learn many life skills, mind you hopefully you can teach us a few also.