Area: British ColumbiaEnjoy the best of the city and country! Relax in our friendly and modern backpackers inn while enjoying food & drinks from our Cafe Lounge. Tour our historic city that’s got everything you need in a compact center- Chinatown, nightlife, museums, etc. Access to ocean beaches, fantastic forests, lakes, rivers and mountains is minutes away by walking, bikes and public transportation. Our Inn is a fully renovated 1891 heritage building close to all the action of the city as well as wonderful parks the beach and hiking trails. We are a family-owned business with approximately 30 employees, and our mission is to provide a friendly and welcoming home away from home to a wide variety of travelers from around the world. We enthusiastically welcome people of every age, race and religion. Some of our amenities include: - Free WiFi in all common areas and most rooms - 6 shared bathrooms on every floor - Modern facilities - Great guest discounts at all kinds of things around Victoria - The inside scoop on everything to do and see in Victoria from our Victoria guide and every helpful front desk - Fully equipped shared kitchen - Cafe, serving up delicious food, music & drinks 7 days a week. We also sometimes have paid positions available for night cleaners, food prep, maintenance and other jobs if you are staying longer. Languages spoken: English, German and French Learning opportunities at include: housekeeping practices, organic gardening, learning about Canada and other cultures. What to bring: nothing! Your clothing and personal items and a smile! We ask you to please not bring your own linens or sleeping bags (so as not to bring bedbugs from the wild): we will provide you with sheets, blankets, etc. If you must bring a sleeping bag, it can be stored in our secure storage are until your departure. Hang out and work with all kinds of people from our 30 person staff and 100-200 guests from Canada and all over the world. You can probably find someone who speaks your language but it’s also a great place to practice your English. We’ve got weekly events in our cafe lounge including Bluegrass night, Open Mic and Jam night.
Area: OntarioWe are a start-up family farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Northumberland County in southern Ontario. We are a couple with 3 or our 5 children living with us (ages 13,14,23). Our goal is to transform the property into a self-sustaining, permaculture farm, growing our own vegetables and fruit, raising our own meat and running an education centre to get people closer to the land. We traveled the world volunteering on farms and are excited to get started. We are also building a strawbale, eco-friendly home so we are very busy!
Area: Adenta, Accra Ghana (West Africa)** We are fully booked through the first of the year. If you are interested in volunteering with us from January 2013 onwards please get in touch!** We operate a day center for young people (ages 5-18) with learning disabilities. We are very excited about our project, as we are able to offer educational and recreational opportunities to young adults who have been denied access to mainstream schools because of their learning difficulties. * Volunteers will be supporting local staff in teaching basic skills to our students. This will include academics (literacy and numeracy), life skills, and leisure activities. Volunteers will be expected to engage with children in the classroom and support them in recreational activities, often accompanying students and staff on outings. We are also anxious for our volunteers to teach new skills to our students; can you help them practice yoga or teach them to play a musical instrument? Volunteers will be asked to work approximately 30 hours a week: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday with weekends free. We are very flexible with this, as we want you to have plenty of time to enjoy the country. You will have a room either here at the centre or in a private house nearby, depending on the number of volunteers we have during your stay. Our project aims to enhance the quality of lives of children and young people through a structured intervention and advocacy programme that offers opportunity for development. Working closely in line with National, Governmental and International Organisations, NGO's and Volunteers, the programme aims to empower children and young people achieve their potential in life. For more information please see our website: yapghana.org Volunteers don't need experience working with people with learning disabilities. We are looking for people who are compassionate, patient, and willing to learn. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team! *We require a minimum one month commitment. Priority will be given to volunteers who are able to stay for the entire 3 month term**
Area: Languedoc RoussillonAfter moving to the South of France in 2008 Chris and I finally found our dream property! But it needs a lot of work! Chris is a cabinet maker/joiner. He is very good humoured and patient. He is a keen cyclist and in the summer of 2010 took part in the Etape de Tour, which involved over 180km of hard cycling up some of the toughest mountains in the Pyrenees. I (Emma) am a wine lecturer! I teach both professionals and enthusiast amateurs to all different levels of wine knowledge. I am also a keen cook and specialise in wine and food pairing, particularly of the wines and foods of the Languedoc Roussillon. I do my best to keep up with Chris on the bike, but so far have found the only way to do that is by being on the back of a tandem!! We have a great mix of friends of all ages, nationalities and creativities. Life in le sud is both social and peaceful.
Area: TurnovoI have a large property that is being developed as an arts project which will eventually provide accommodation, studio space, gallery and performance space. The project is not-for-profit and will offer short courses and small, weekend events. I am a Scottish woman in my late 50's and I live here permanently with my 2 dogs and 3 cats (all Bulgarian). I am a poet and also have some experience of video-making. I love meeting new people, am easy-going and enjoy sharing good times with others. I offer food and accommodation in return for 25 hours work per week, 5 hours per day, monday to Friday. I live in a lovely, quiet village where people are very friendly. The small city of Veliko Turnovo is only 35k away and I have a Bulgarian friend there who runs a great hostel - so time away from my project is easy and inexpensive - many volunteers have spent an occasional weekend there.