Area: south - coastalHello, Advice: If you are couch surfing or just want a "free" place to stay while in Brasil read this profile no further. Doing so would be a waste of everyones time. Saying this we are a community based project and if you want to do something interesting which benefits nature ( the rain forest) and also benefit the local people..then CHEERS! read on.. Thank you for expressing interest in coming to assist us on our island. We are located off the coast of Sao Paulo State. To find background information on the area you can research online using: Ilha das Couves..Sao Sebastiao..Sao Paulo Brazil We are a private island and have no fulltime residents. We usually have between 2-4 volunteers with us at any given time. To date we have had over 40 volunteers come to us from over 16 different countries. While you stay with us we will provide sleeping accomodation either in side our two bedroom home, in a tent or in a hammock under the stars. The choice will be yours. We are improving living arrangements and currently live off the grid and as naturally as possible. This is a primative life style. You need to want to get away from all the hussle and stress that the modern world offers. We do suggest a minimum stay of 1 month, but can accommodate shorter stays as well. We believe 1 month is optimal because it will take a week or so for you to adjust to your surroundings and then you will really be productive for the next two weeks. Your final week will be most fulling. As a foreigner you will be able to stay in Brazil for no more than 6 months. We can discuss longer stays than 1 month..based upon availability. For those volunteers that are interested immersing in the Portuguese languauge you will have ample time to exchange in discussions with the locals. While on the island we will expect 5-6 hours a day of physical participation. We have many mini projects that need to be done. Most of what you will be doing is outdoor: clearing hiking trails, cleaning beach and coast, working in our permaculture gardens, gathering fruits and vegetables, minor building and construction, working with bamboo, art work, and daily house hold duties (washing, cleaning, keeping things organized). We prefer that volunteers pick tasks that they enjoy doing rather than us telling people what to do. We treat everyone as adults. We provide basic food and we expect everyone to share in preparation and cleaning. We will have items available for purchase. As you can imagine because we are an island food and beverage here is expensive to purchase and transport. You will have the option to travel back to the mainland as you need to. The cost is 40 reais ( 20$ ) and this service is provided by local fishermen. We do not profit from the boat service. We are a short distance from land..about 1.5 miles. Not far, but too far to swim..we will help you communicate with the boat taxi as necessary. Weather permitting..safety comes first. While on the mainland you will be on your own for food, transportation and lodging. Upon your request we can recommend services. From Sao Paulo you can reach us by bus. It is about a 4 hour trip. From RIO it is about 8 hours. If you are interested in experiencing life on a prestine private island and you want to get involved with an ecology project then we would like to discuss things further.
Area: QueenslandWe are a small hobby farm on 42 acres of picturesque open forest in a quiet bush setting 80km north of Bundaberg, 50km east of Miriam Vale and 50km south of Agnes Water/1770. We are originally from Melbourne and have spent the last 6 years establishing ourselves. There's 2 of us plus Sam and Max, our Maremma sheepdogs. We are currently looking for couples or two women to mainly help with outdoor work such as looking after our heritage breed Berkshire pigs, maintaining and expanding the gardens, construction and general property maintenance. Occasional household chores are required too. We are also interested in a cultural exchange and want helpers who are keen to socialise during their time off. Unfortunately, we cannot help with second year visa's. Short stays of up to a week or so are preferred. Helpers can expect to do up to 4 hours work each morning and have Sunday's off. We provide 3 good meals per day (we are big meat eaters so vegetarians may find it difficult!). We can pick people up from Miriam Vale and Agnes Water and also when we go shopping in Bundaberg, which happens about once a week. Accommodation is a cabin with a double bed and three single beds, outdoor shower and toilet and shared kitchen and laundry facilities. There is a television and PC in the cabin and wi-fi with data limited internet access. We have large dams suitable for swimming and can take people to the beaches and river. Bicycles and kayaks are also available for use.
Area: LaplandWe run a small-scale tourist business in a small village in Lapland. We offer retreat holidays including peaceful accommodation, experiences of the nature, snow, Northern Lights and midnight sun. We are a couple with three children (9, 7 and 4 years old).
Area: Castilla la ManchaI´m a friendly girl, around 30, living with my cat Mickey in a small town in the center of Spain, 200 km from Madrid, Spain. At weekends my boyfriend, Jose comes and live with us. We live in San Clemente with our cat, is a charming historical town, where you could enjoy the quiet of nature, typical Spanish food and historical monuments. The village is about 100km from Cuenca,(which is a wonderful city to go sightseeing) and 200km from Madrid, if you would like you can take a bus from this city and we will pick up you. Sometimes we go to Madrid, so we could pick up you there. Our flat is comfortable and pleasant, we have 2 free rooms. We like cooking, reading , traveling, talking, doing exercise, meeting new people and having enriching experiences, so we make your stay as amazing as possible, we will enjoy together. We are studying English pretty hard, we have a good level on English but still need to be improved, so we are looking for a nice experience which help us to develop our English as well as Know other cultures and new amazing people.
Area: Central AmericaI was a US Peace Corps volunteer in this village 10 years ago and returned four years ago to continue to help the community. I created an Education Center and need help in training villagers in sewing and crafts, English language, tutoring students, helping with the demonstration of an organic, integrated agriculture system consisting of trees, gardens, fish, and small animals. Need help in running the internet cafe for the students. We build low cost, hurricane resistant homes with used tires and ferro-cement . I am a birdwatcher.