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Area: CreuseBonjour! We are Alan & Sheila, a down to earth English couple who have retired to France and are enjoying life. We are in our early 70's, we have a family of 3 daughters and 1 son and 10 grandchildren, all living in the UK. We originally come from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. We bought this Bungalow in France in Jan 2006 as we waved goodbye to our rented accommodation for the over 55s in the UK. Living there was the wrong move, we are not ready for the box, it was like waiting for God! Ever since we upped Sticks and made the big move, we have loved every moment and have put all of our energies into making this beautiful patch of land and house in France our home. This is a very beautiful and quiet area located in the department of Creuse in the Limousin region of France. The countryside is quite calm with lots of woods, rivers and lakes for long walks and exploring. This isn't the place to be if you like lots of noise, bars and clubs, but if you enjoy the countryside, the fresh air and good company then you will enjoy this work away job. You will not have to work on weekends, so the surrounding countryside with its French hamlets will offer you plenty of scenic area to go for a walk, have a picnic and explore. You can visit the Claude Monet Trail which was a point of inspiration for his paintings with breathtaking landscapes of the woods and river. We are also very close to Ruines du Chateau de Crozant, an astonishing ruin site overlooking rolling hills and the River Creuse. You can also visit Lac du Chambon, an artificial lake on the River Creuse. There are plenty of tasty restaurants to have a bite to eat and if the suns out, you can hire pedalos, kayaks, canoes or go water skiing. There are also some artificial beaches at the end of the lakeside, perfect for soaking up the afternoon sun. There are plenty of quaint French villages dotted around the area as well as some larger towns like Limoges, La Souterraine and Gueret where you can find a cafe to spend an hour or two and even do some shopping. If you prefer to stay in one place with lots of nature and wildlife, we have a 5 acre pasture next to our bungalow where your accommodation will be a 16' caravan. The caravan has a refrigerator and everything you need to prepare your meals. There is a toilet in the caravan and the bathing facilities are located in our bungalow. We spend most of our time outside in the Summer as it can be very hot at times. Our garden is for lazy afternoons which we would welcome you with good conversation and a cup of tea if you would like. We hope you will come and join us in our little paradise, the wine is cool and the sun is warm at the moment... we will save you a seat!
Area: Kolkata, West BengalThe orphanage was founded in April 2001 in response to the high levels of homeless children and street children in Kolkata. The orphanage provides a safe and secure environment for these vulnerable children. We strive to create a loving, family atmosphere, dedicated to helping the children build character and advance in academics. The children attend English Primary School Monday through Friday, with additional tutoring in the evening, where the boys study and complete homework. The children have formed a close-knit living family and have adjusted well to school, as well as maintaining high standards and good discipline. Another objective of our Orphanage is continue to run an on-site medical dispensary, offering medical care for the sick and the destitute. The medical care is offered free of charge to people within our community. We have 8 boys in our care, between the ages of 5 and 12. The boys are like brothers and know each other very well. The boys are friendly and love learning about the volunteers and their experiences. They are always eager to play football or cricket. We are looking for volunteers to help the children in their studies and English language skills, share quality time, and play with the children. The children attend an English Medium School off site, so our volunteers would be required to teach/tutor the children. It will help our boys achieve good grade. Update: URGENT CALL FOR FUNDRAISING EXPERTS! We are in urgent need of someone with skills in fundraising. Our program has been very successful in providing the boys here with healthy childhoods, good education, and a loving environment. However we are currently in a dire economic state, and in order to continue with the program we must seek funding from outside sources. If you have any knowledge or expertise in low-cost fundraising/publicity, we request your assistance in helping us to raise funds andhelp this valuable program stay afloat! You are welcome any time.
Area: LungauWe are an organic farm in the middle of Austrian Alps. We are a family of 8 people and occasionally willing workers from all over the world. We have milking cows and milking goats for making different kinds of raw-milk cheese. Crops and vegetables for self-sufficiency. We are engaged with the idea of "slow food" - regional, good quality and organic food. The surroundings of our farm give many opportunities for hiking in the mountains.
Area: Languedoc RoussillonWe are an Anglo/French couple in our early 50's with a 15 year old son. Irena and Bernard and our son Christophe. We enjoy people visiting from all over the world. This is a wonderful exchange and appreciate workers that can give their best, work hard and also enjoy what they are doing and have some fun and good exchanges at the same time. We enjoy sharing ideas and being a contribution to each other in some way. We run a B & B, plus Gites, on 7 acres of land in a beautiful part of south of France, in Le Gard. We do organic gardening, growing all kinds of veggies from tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, beans, to salads and often need help, in the garden, planting, weeding, keeping it tidy. We also have lots of soft fruits, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries etc. so in season we need help with picking soft fruits, making jam. We need help and to maintain the grounds, bringing in cut (Autumn) wood, storing it, clearing the overgrown areas, watering the garden, weeding etc. We are particularly keen on someone that can assist us with updating our web site, ie add a calendar and links to face book, etc... and help to create a facebook page and keep it updated. Anyone who is good at sorting out paperwork, we are having a big clear out. When we have guests we need help with cleaning rooms, making beds and serving up breakfast and clearing up afterwards. We also have a donkey, our pet dog Djoulou who loves being taken for long walks, and 3 cats. We take all our meals together except breakfast, as Bernard works outside as well and gets up really early. Anyone who can use a strimmer, would also be much appreciated and who has some knowledge of painting and decorating and plastering would also be a great asset. I have recently stopped tour guiding work and traveling all around the world and have trained as a Yoga teacher. We appreciate anyone one who has some kind of skill, including being organised, and working as a team or on your own, so that the work we need doing can be done effectively, with some fun, enjoyment and great memories along the way.
Area: South Carolina***UPDATE: We are full and cannot accept anymore work-aways through September 2014, but are now taking request for October 2014. Due to the large request volume please forgive a slower than average response time from us. We will answer all requests as soon as possible. Thank you for considering us as a host! We are Maxene & Aaron, a young married couple in our 20's who work with exotic animals. The animals live with us in our home and on our property. We are slowly building new enclosures for our exotic animal education center, and hope to have our new location open to the public by Fall 2015 We like to go hiking, kayaking, and camping on the weekends when given the chance. We also enjoy movie nights, bonfires, walking at parks, star gazing, visiting art museums, shopping at local fairs and going to the zoo. We try to eat at a new restaurant once a week and are constantly searching for unique places in our hometown. We like to do arts & crafts. Maxene studied art in college and would love to create a masterpiece with a creative work-away. She also loves to bake and try new recipes. And if you need language help, Aaron is a linguist! We have hosted exchange students and work-aways from Australia, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Morocco, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and South Korea. We are open minded to all cultures and lifestyles. If you love animals, are passionate, enthusiastic, easy-going, and want to make life long friends in the heart of the South then we are the host for you! Additional information: We have three house cats and a wildcat that live in our house most of the day. If you have allergy's please bring the proper medications so you can enjoy your stay sneeze-free. We are open to cooking family meals to your needs and are willing to make vegetarian dishes, pork-free dishes, but will have trouble with a vegan diet. If you have any preferences please let us know! We eat everything. If you smoke, that's cool with us. We just ask that you do so outside and away from the bird's aviary. We have a lovely gazebo that makes for a perfect outdoor spot. If you have any other food or medical needs please inform us so we can best prepare to host you!