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Area: Languedoc RoussillonThank you for your interest in joining us. We are full up for this summer now, but still have some space in September and October this year, or from March next year. If this fits with your plans, and you're happy to help with the work described below, then do get in touch. Hello, we are Ruth and Peter (plus our 6 cats, 3 chickens and 2 guinea-pigs). We moved two years ago into a lovely house with 6.5 acres of park and woodland in the Languedoc. Our aim is to turn it into an inspirational example of sustainable, abundant living. We are creating an organic kitchen garden, planting fruit trees, keeping chickens, building a compost loo for camping, and constructing a small "eco-glamping" site in the meadow. Over the summer we have a small number of bed-and-breakfast guests staying, and also let out a self-catering studio apartment. If you would like to be part of this experiment in sustainable living, and are happy to help with looking after the organic garden, doing practical projects, helping with cleaning and laundry for guest change-overs, and generally creating and maintaining a beautiful environment, then we can offer a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and vegetarian food in beautiful surroundings in exchange for about 5 hours' work a day, (2 days a week free). We are an English-speaking household, although we can also speak French, German and Swedish. If you are interested in joining us, please let us know why you would like to volunteer here, and what skills/ideas/enthusiasm you think you could bring. We look forward to hearing from you!
Area: Malaga AndaluciaHello, we are Brian and Barbara. We retired from our hectic life in the UK in 2003 and came to live on this dilapidated almond farm in a beautiful valley, 35 minutes from Malaga airport. We brought with us various animals, cats, dogs a rabbit and our collection of ducks, chickens, geese and turkeys. Since then we have lost some of them, but gained many more including 3 horses. We made many improvements to the property when we first arrived including installing electricity, drains and water as well as turning what was a four-roomed empty building into our now nice home. We did pretty well all of this ourselves. We continue to work on the place improving and updating. Projects for the future are building a stone wall and creating an area where we are able to foster abandoned dogs waiting for a home. Another project is to clear a further area of land of rocks and scrub so we can plough it and sow seed to produce good forage for the now 3 rescue horses. There is always a list of jobs big and small, inside and out, that need doing.
Area: AlicanteSTOP PRESS: WE ARE PARTICULARLY LOOKING FOR EITHER TWO VOLUNTEERS (OR A SINGLE VOLUNTEER WITH TRANSPORT) TO START DURING THE LAST 10 DAYS OF AUGUST FOR A LONG-TERM STAY. From the beginning of September all of us will be out at school during the day (teaching or learning!), so the volunteer(s) will need to be happy to work independently, enjoying the beautiful space on our mountain property, during weekdays. Tasks would include looking after home, animals and the garden, and preparing evening meals for our large household. We are an English family living in the mountains of Spain about 30 minutes inland from the Costa Blanca Mediterranean coast (midway between Valencia and Alicante). Phil and Jo are in their mid-forties, a teacher and musician, and both speak 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Russian). We have five children between the ages of 18 and 8. We live in a solar and wind-powered wooden house at 800 metres altitude, with fantastic views out over the Mediterranean to Ibiza and in the other direction towards ridges of high mountains. We have a smallholding, consisting of goats, horses, a donkey, chickens, rabbits and extensive vegetable garden. We also have cherry and other fruit trees.
Area: Byron BayI live 20 minutes from Byron Bay, and a ten-minute drive from the beach. I have a 22-year0old son and a 13-year-old daughter, and we have six horses, two dogs and a cat. At the moment I can't take couples, and the helper accommodation is a small single room in the house. We are on 13 acres, surrounded by macadamia forests. Work includes helping with horses, gardening, walking dogs and housework. Helpers work four-five hours per day with one day off per week. We prefer people with horse experience - or at least with country experience. We have a lot of fun and helpers come with us to Byron and other places. Food and accommodation provided but if you like to drink you will need to buy your own alcohol or special dietary foods. Nobody under 20 please and no smokers. Horse riding is at our discretion, but I also teach natural horsemanship.
Area: MassachusettsWe are a large family of seven that are always traveling. We have a son, Tarek, who is in college, but he is spending the summer in Lebanon. Our daughter, Leila, is in Norway on a Workaway. Our other son, Adam, is at our cabin in the Catskills of NY, our eldest daughter lives in Chicago, IL and our youngest daughter, Samara, is at home. I am an English as a Second Language teacher and manage my husband's medical practice. My husband, Adnan is a physician who practices locally. He speaks five languages and loves politics. We also have two dogs and a cat. We love current politics and reading and walking on the beach and seafood. We enjoy learning new things and recipes. We have had plenty of international visitors in the past and love to share our warm environment with our guests.