Area: VictoriaAhhh open space, fresh air, animals, mountain views - that is us! We love au pairs and other travellers, and we are a family of four living in the countryside on a farm ... far far away from a city! On our farm we have sheep, cattle and crops ... and always lots to do. Volunteers have become a special part of our family - the exchanges work so well. We appreciate help keeping the house clean and organised, and love having a happy, responsible and friendly person share our life, help on our farm, and care for our boys. We love sharing cultures and exchanging experiences, languages, life and laughter:) Common sense, initiative and energy are really important! A little about our boys. A (7) is sensitive, loves building lego, he likes care and attention, and for things to be organised and tidy. F (4) is a real character - an outside boy, usually covered in dirt and creating trouble :) Spending time outside with Rob offers an opportunity for our visitors to experience a real Aussie farm. Here you can really get your hands dirty and make a big difference to the smooth running of our farm! Our visitors are expected to speak a little English, and to actively contribute to daily life in return for meals, accommodation and an interesting 'taste' of Australia. We expect a happy smile, a willing hand, and a sense of humour and adventure. Volunteers are expected to be safe, kind and honest, with NO SMOKING. References, working holiday visa and insurance are required. Good luck with your search for a family, a farm and for a new adventure! With best wishes, Georgie (and Rob and the boys)
Area: Tahmoor New South Wales 90k from SydneyHi, We live in a house that is nearly 200 years old and when we purchased it the garden was very neglected, house still needs work too. We need a hand to get the place looking good. We currently need help with painting, gardening and rebuilding a deck. By Australian standards it is an historic old home and we would like to do the setting justice. We have recently retired and we need a hand in the 1 acre garden and round the house inside and out to get it the way we would like. We try to make your time here fun with trips to a local animal sanctuary and the occasional weekend down the south coast.
Area: Andalucia, Southern Spain.Restoring organic olive farm that was destroyed by forest fire in 2012. Situated in the mountains 40 minutes by foot, 20 minutes by car, above Lanjaron, the Gateway to the Alpujarras, near Granada, Southern Spain. Part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, beautiful scenery, a great place for walking, bird spotting, nearby horse trekking centre, good mix of rural Spanish village communities alongside many people of various nationalities and backgrounds. The main languages spoken by ourselves and in the local area are Spanish and English. Good local bus service to Orgiva, the mountain villages of the Alpujarras and an hour away from the city of Granada or the coastal town of Motril. I live and work on the farm and also teach Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation locally. My son of 29 also lives and works here, the farm has become a joint venture. He also works as part of a catering team at the big music festivals alongside being an accomplished builder using natural building techniques and materials. We are asking either 25 hours work per week spread over 5 days in exchange for accommodation and all meals. 20 hours work over 4 days exchange for breakfast and one main meal daily. 16 hours work exchange over 3 days, for accommodation plus breakfast. Meals are mainly vegetarian. Exchanges vary throughout the year depending on the type of help needed and the weather.
Area: BasilicataWe are an English couple who decided to leave the UK and sail to Italy 8 years ago to start a new life. After a journey of 5000 miles we eventually found our dream house, a beautiful old farmhouse in the mountains of Basilicata in southern Italy. We are web designers and have our own business which we run from home. We are about two thirds of the way through renovating the house and have only just made a start on our 3 acres of land which is in need of some tender loving care. We have made patios and lawns, done some terracing and half-heartedly started a vegetable garden. We never seem to have enough time to give the land the attention it needs and we have a large part of it which needs 'rescuing'! We would prefer a couple as this seems to work best for us. We are unable to accommodate pets and are a non smoking household so do not want smokers.
Area: VictoriaPassionate about Europe and house renovation, I lived in France for 25 years and have now retired to return to my native Melbourne. I also love the beach so have bought a little house at Rosebud, on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour from Melbourne. Kite surfing is really popular here and we are close to surfbeaches, cafés, restaurants, shops and wineries. It's a fabulous place to be in the Summer and is very popular with travellers.