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Amazing place, brimming with good vibes- thank you so much. such great people, really warm and loving environment, with much opportunity for learning and personal growth. food is excellent, and very nice accommodation also. much spiritual wisdom to be found here. my most sincere thanks. love
feedback left for Happy Healing Home - 17/05/2013
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I really enjoyed my time spent here. Everyday seemed to fly by and I really didn't want to leave, but a perfect opportunity ride came along for me to hitch over 1000km. Zane and Andis were both so hospitable and cared for me really well, Andis even teaching me authentic \"Latvian face\" I shall definitely be making a return visit, hopefully sooner rather than later! Thanks again!
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What to say about this amazing school! I helped at the beginning of the school being built. I helped register kids by walking alongside coco and the owner Mannuel and stopping anyone in the Milagro area with a kid and writing their name down. Then told them about the new school that was being set up. The faces of the kids and when they heard their name and school put together were indescribable. These kids deserve an education. Coco does a great job of providing each volunteer with all the teaching materials they need and advice. Coco has the visionary ideas to never stop help improving Milagro. This school can only grow; and with each new volunteer it does. Mucho amor para esta escuela <3
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I had a really good time at the castle. Ingrid and Jimmy are just amazing. Living in the castle is kind of like living in a different world and I can definitely say it does have healing powers. If you are looking for an extraodinary experience and are not afraid of work or ghosts its the perfect place for you! There is always a lot of work do be done but I did it with joy. Looking forward to seeing you again some time. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!
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We couldn't be happier that we chose to stay with Gill and Alan for our first workaway experience. We were warmly welcomed and quickly felt like part of the family. Gill is an excellent cook and in the whole month we stayed, we hardly had the same meal twice, which was quite amazing! With all the delicious cakes Gill makes, you definitely won't go hungry here! Alan was happy to tell us all about the history of the kiln and the surrounding area and we had many interesting conversations around the dinner table. The work was sometimes physical but always fair and varied, and we were never pushed too hard. They always drove us to nearby towns at weekends so we could do some sightseeing... and rescued us when we got a flat bicycle tire! We fell in love with Molly the dog, and Fudge and Snowy the cats, we miss them already! We would recommend them to anyone and we wish them all the best in their future projects! Anna and Martin =)
feedback left for Volunteer to help restore our ancient home - 22/10/2012
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We spent 5 weeks at Michel's in the secluded stillness amongst the hills. We quickly felt at home and got in to the \"go with the flow- routine\". The vegan diet made us feel energized and light in our bodies and we are grateful for having learned many things about making vegan food and cakes. Michael is lovely, intellectual and a creative musician! He was our first host and we are very happy to have visited Perugia first and we would highly recommend him to anyone. The animals are also very friendly and have contributed to make our first workaway experience a joy! Thank you Michael! See you in the spring! Love Carl and julia
feedback left for Volunteer with a musician in Umbria, Italy - 21/11/2012
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Alex and Jan are fantastic hosts! I had an amazing time with them on their farm learning new things everyday. I enjoyed feeding the animals, gardening, learning new recipes and have discovered an interest in metal music! Thanks for an amazing experience guys. Please stay in touch :-)
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Susy and I staying with Ged, Karen and Izzy and we are very happy. We having a great experience. Ged: thank you very much for your patience with our english level. Thank you for your good advices at work, but next time, I would like to work with a plastic pick and spade ;-) You are a great person. And a great chef! Karen: the sweet and loving Karen. You are a great person!! And Izzy... our litle Izzy... \"I don´t like the boys\" and \"Susy, Susy, come on!\" Phrases that we never forget. And Jasper Jasper!! A playful and loving dog. We love family!! And we never forget you. Thank you for your attention. Susy & Jordi.
feedback left for Help on a beautiful smallholding in France. - 03/08/2012
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Judy and Mike really welcomed Jay and I into the family although we were there for a short period of time. Their home is a beautiful place full of love and laughter and lots of delicious food. I feel very honored and blessed for the chance to stay with them and hope one day to go back again. Thanks so much for everything-you guys, and your entire family are wonderful!
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Przepraszam, I should have left feedback when I left in April 2012. I stayed in the first farmhouse that Konstancja had, not the new one, but it was a great experience. Good company, good work and a lovely dog. I was very well-looked after and they did not exploit me in any way. The work was sometimes hard, but rewarding and I had the opportunity to try lots of things, such as helping to fit a shower and putting new clay on the walls, as well as the permaculture experiment in the garden. Wolimierz is a sweet village with lots of kind-hearted people and I recommend it to all. Hope to see you again next time I'm in Poland!
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Staying with Zane and Andis for 3 weeks has been my first workaway experience and it was plain awesome! They made me feel like being part of the family since the very beginning, therefore I felt definitely at home there. Work wasn't too hard as well. We (the girls) did a lot of gardening, painting and housekeeping, but there was always time for a tea break (or juice break as it got warmer ;), because as they said “This isn't a workcamp, we don't want you to die out there.” :) I learned quite a lot and they were really patient explaining how the work should be done. Zane and Andis are also very flexible, when it comes to working hours. When we had plans to go to Riga or to make a trip, it hasn't been a problem at all. Further, Zane provided lovely dishes for lunch and dinner almost every day and sometimes my all time favourite Latvian dessert “Kārums”! After-work hours were also always lots of fun - doing canoeing and boat-trips, playing card games or having movie nights! Further, I enjoyed our barbecues with their family and friends and I got really addicted to playing croquet! I basically told everyone in Germany about that! Love it! So it got never boring at all! Those 3 weeks passed by so quickly and it was kinda hard for me to say goodbye. In Zane and Andis you'll find humorous, gentle, kind and easy-going hosts and it was surely great staying with you! Miss u all! xxx PS.: While staying with them, you should absolutely sleep at least one night in the floating cottages!
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Erna and Terry are simply wonderful, no words can describe how grateful I am to them for the amazing time I had in Normandy. Every meal was hearty and delicious, they never wanted me to work too much and they were so kind to show me the surroundings driving me everywhere (Normandy beaches, Domfront, Bayeux, Mont Sain-Michel and more!) and never accepted gas money! The farm is really nice and there are a lot of animals: dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, kune kune pigs (btw, how are the seven piglets?), rabbits, and eighteen (plus one) bl**dy sheep; but Pip and Meg are definitely my favourite, I miss them a lot! If you want to workaway, have fun and visit Normandy, you definitely have to come here. It will be hard for me to find better hosts! Terry and Erna thank you very very much for everything (and sorry if I took so much to write this feedback), I really hope to see you again!
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Donna and Nik were the perfect hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they went out of their way to ensure that Richard, my fellow workawayer, and I were enjoying our holiday. We were very much made to feel part of the family and were included in evening activities. The work was enjoyable and varied and we got to spend some time making glass jewellery which was great fun! Also, the food was fresh and fantastic! I would definitely recommend staying with this family.
feedback left for Building experience in rural northern France - 22/07/2012
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Had a great time here, treated just like one of the family. The countryside round there is beautiful and had lots of time off to explore it (often with a dog or two) Was great seeing the countryside come into life in spring, even if the weather did see me getting sunburned one week and snowed on the next
feedback left for Help on a ponyfarm, Sweden - 27/03/2012
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Liz is awesome. I had a really good time staying with her. She makes really awesome espresso and the accommodation was great, best bed I stepped in in Colombia. Minca really is my favorite town I would love to go back one day. Thanks Liz!
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I've stayed at Kat & Henry's place for two weeks and apart the prompt response to my requirement and their great welcome, I need to say they are two wonderful, generous and reliable persons that helped and encouraged me so much to speak and get a better level of English, sharing a lot of their time with me. They showed total disposition to make me feel comfortable in every moment. I enjoyed a spacious, fantastic, cosy room; healthy and delicious meals; useful advices with any doubt I had. And gave me a lift to the villages in the surrounding at any moment I asked them. Their dog, Lebowski, is such a huge ball of dark hair always willing to play. The work is not difficult at all with them, you don't feel you are working but having fun. I was helping them to refurbish their mansion with another workawayer and made a great team, working the four together most of the time. I can say I had a marvelous experience, learnt so many things (like polyfilling) and spent a very good time, so I would warmly recommend them as hosts to any workawayer.
feedback left for Volunteer in the Cotswolds - 21/04/2013
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This was my first Workaway and it was a fantastic experience. Debbie and Daniel are great hosts, they really put in the effort to make sure the helpers are enjoying themselves. They are always up for a laugh, and good at clearly explaining the task at hand. The work is varied and you are left with plenty of free time. The fellow helpers are a lot of fun and very friendly. There were around 8 others whilst I was there, and you get to know people really well and have some great times! On days off you can relax in the lovely rural surroundings or take a day trip to one of the nearby towns, there is always something to do. I couldn't recommend this enough, thank you Debbie and Dan!
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I had a very nice time in December 2011 (5 weeks) and it is definitely one of the best places I volonteered for. I always felt like a part of the family and community. I worked with Carolyn and Hans in their Studio on art works, helped to renovate a kitchen, create a christmas float and renovated old furniture - which was a good experience. ... hopefully I\'ll find old stools and cupboards when I\'m back home ;)
feedback left for Design in Ontario, Canada - 30/01/2012
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I recommend everybody this place. Ilona&Grita welcome you and make part of family. They get me from and to airport. I enjoyed with them most evenings. Bindow is so calm and beautiful village located close to lake. Thanks a lot for everything!
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This was our first workaway experience and what an experience it was... We couldn't have asked for a better host than Ann and her partner Stephen! We were welcomed so warmly. It felt like a home away from home. Our room was extremely comfortable, not to mention spacious. The work was varied and the meals were fantastic. We never went hungry, that's for sure. We had lots of time to explore the area. It was such a relaxing experience and one we'll treasure. The animals were fantastic to play with and have a cuddle with. We miss them very much and can't wait to see them again soon for more cuddles and play time. Thank you so much again for having us for three weeks. We would come back in a heartbeat. Give the animals a hug for us. Love, Jaclyn and Susan P.S. Hope the water pistol is working well!
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Roberta was a wonderful host! I felt more like a daughter than a WorkAwayer. Roberta was so welcoming and provided an excellent taste of life in Terni in exchange for basic housework help and English practice. I really enjoyed meeting her friends and family - and she is an excellent cook, no matter what they say! Roberta is very proud of her culture and eager to show off all that Terni and Umbria have to offer. Plus, her experience as a travel agent means that she is very knowledgeable about visiting Italy and beyond. Thank you for all the memories and I hope we can meet again in the summer!
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This was my first workaway experience and it couldn't have been in a better location. Miguel and Pedro were very laid back, understanding, and provided a pickup from the airport, which was much appreciated. By the end of my stay, I understood why they both loved it here. It is truly an enchanting place. I worked 3 days of 8 hour shifts. Work included housecleaning, setting up the kitchen for breakfast, checking guests in and out, and promoting the guided tour that the hostel provides. I will definitely pay them a visit when I return...and would consider working there again. Obrigado Miguel and Pedro! Ciao!
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There is an incredible amount of love in the Gelli Family. Tonja and Simone are fantastic - I felt like a part of their family from the first day. The extended family is great as well; I was a welcomed addition to dinners at the grandparent\'s, aunt\'s and uncle\'s houses. The children are full of energy and have incredible spirits. The older two girls, Vera & Anna, are eager to help with the younger two kids, Lea & Folco. I am the oldest in a big family, and I am used to the dynamic and the chaos of a house with many kids. However, four children at any age in any country are a lot to handle. I recommend that a WorkAwayer have some experience with children. The work schedule is very flexible and in my time off I explored Pisa & Lucca as well as many small Tuscan villages in the area. I was also able to take several days \\"off\\" to go to Venice. Tonja is very accomodating to your desire to travel in addition to work. If you are looking for a true Tuscan experience, you will find it here. Thank you so much, Tonja, for welcoming me into your family!
feedback left for Volunteer in Tuscany - 22/07/2011
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I had an absolutely lovey time staying 'au ferme de Chenaud' with Genevieve, Erick, Helouise, George and Mathild. It was very easy to settle in and feel at home. The work was pleasant and the 3 cats, numerous goats, 2 horses and Pony, 1 dog and plenty of chickens are adorable. I learnt a lot in terms of agriculture and cooking/ baking (though I still didn't get the tarte tartain right) and defiantly had the opportunity to improve my french. The second time I visited I got sick for a few days and they were lovely, bringing me tea and checking up on me. If you want to spend some time living light and reading or just relaxing Erick has an amazing library and there is ample free time to do so. Thank you so much for having me stay, I thoroughly enjoyed staying! Best wishes! xx
feedback left for Help in a community in Southern France - 27/02/2013
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A wonderful host with warm hearts and open arms. I loved packing pet food and the ride around to deliver was really pretty. the villages are small and neat and the pub life really inviting. Merilyn and Paul are a friendly and easy-going couple with lovely animals. Baking was fun and the work easy. If you like the countryside with green fields and bunnies, this is a good place to be: no stress or noise from the city, just pure serenity...
feedback left for Experience the Lincolnshire countryside - 01/03/2012
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My first workaway experince and a nice one. Coleta is a charming warm welcoming lady with a nice place i spent 5 days there and had a good time in the fresh country air thanks coleta and see you again !
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I didn\'t expect to stay more than few weeks and stayed there for 3 months in middle of winter !(unfortunately I cleaned the pool but didn\'t had the chance to use it of course... an incredible experience for ever. I met a lot of different people, discover Elisabeth\'s philosophy and learned a lot from her. I recommend here. Mature and open mind people. It\'s also a really good place for yoga practicers in the middle of the countryside surrounded by wood ... peaceful, quiet and wise. I will go back, I found there a new close friend. Cheers.
feedback left for Volunteer in central Italy - 14/04/2012
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I just spent a very enjoyable 2 weeks with Paul in his beautiful mountain retreat. We worked hard, but the work was varied, interesting and rewarding. In addition, the fantastic wildlife, ice cold beer breaks, intelligent conversation and amazing food made for a thoroughly worthwhile visit. Cheers Paul!
feedback left for Help in Slovenia - 03/05/2013
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Javier and Alejandra are very open and kind people. They, together with Alejadra\'s nice family in Jerez, always made me feel welcome and gave me the feeling that I belonged with their family. This experience has been a big step for my personal development. I\'ve learned so much about a culture, opinions and ideas, different than mine because we\'ve exchanged a lot. Lourdes is a child with a pure heart, just like her parents. She is very smart, and she picks up English very quickly. Once you find out what kind of thing\'s she likes to play with, time will fly by. I\'ve learned a lot from her and she has reminded me that playing is a lot of fun. The hours you work are in the morning so I had a lot of free time the rest of the day. I spend only three months with this family, but they will always have a special place in my heart.
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WOW! What a great experience , we couldn t have asked for more! Our first workaway adventure has enriched us so much. We spent a month in the lovely and warm company of Hendrik ,Christine and their friendly cats at Raspberry Hill and we enjoyed every moment of it. You can just sense the positive energy from miles away and we really felt like part of the family. We loved all our tasks and delicious dinners sprinkled with lovely and rich conversations about life. Eberholzen is a beautiful and very friendly village with amazing surroundings, we also enjoyed our free time in Hannover, Hildesheim and Kassel. Likewise, we had the opportunity to attend our first meditation workshop together and we must say it was a wonderful experience. We were so excited to be part of the Raspberry Hill project. It is the perfect place for couples to retreat , relax and raise their awareness and love with the help of Hendrik and Christine. We are deeply grateful for such a magnificent encounter and wish them nothing but love and success. As for you workawayers, we assure you of a very good time working on a beautiful project with lovely hosts.
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Staying with Sarah and Nigel (and Chris, Emma, Eve, Molly and Tess, Willow and Spike, Leah and Kara...) was one of my best experience! I spent nearly a month with them, and they were the most fantastic hosts I could have asked: I enjoyed every second with them, and I felt part of their family just after few days. The work in the stable was great and it gave me satisfaction. I enjoyed the house, their style of life and generosity, the musical events, their english lessons and conversation! Devon is an unbelievable land, and I hope to return as soon as possible. Really, I miss them very much. I definitely aim to come back here one day. Thank for all!!
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I made my first workaway experience at this backpackers and it was awesome! William and and Steve were very good hosts and the other volunteers were great people with whom share the job and hang out! Work hours are long but the job is really easy, even it can be a little bit stressful during weekends with the hostel full, but you have a lot of free time to relax and enjoy the city and Northern Ireland. One day, we rented a car and had a beautiful tour on the coast. Belfast is a small city (and that's why I really like it) but if you look well you can find a lot of things to do. Thanks to CouchSurfing I met a lot of cool people and enjoyed pubs and night life, including really good languange exchanges. I also spent a week in the other hostel on Giant's Causeway and it was relaxing and lovely.
feedback left for Help in hostels in Northern Ireland - 09/05/2013
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It was a pleasure to stay with Rosmarie and Josef. They have a very nice family and I always enjoyed having conversations with Rosmarie and tring to communicate with Josef and Simon (I do not speak German, although I was able to learn some with them). The food was great, and much of it was very traditional which was fun to try! The work was not very difficult. They went out of their way to make sure that I had a good experience with them, and I really did! Winden is a very small town and the house is mostly surounded by farm land, but it wasn't too difficult to make day trips to Munich. I recommend staying with this host if you are seeking a Bavarian experience!
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This was my first workaway and Alex and Ricardo made it a wonderful experience. They were very friendly and welcoming and made me feel right at home. They were also patient as i tried to string together words in spanish. I stayed in a lovely little caravan and every morning, woke up to a beautiful view of the mountains. I was fed like a king in the restaurant, and the work was very reasonable and enjoyable. This workaway was great for getting my fitness up as the work was always outdoors and often involved climbling from one end of the campsite to the other. :) Access to the bikes also meant i made the most of my free time, enjoying the beautiful winding roads. Thanks to you and all the gang, i had a great time!! :)
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John and Sarah were one of the very best workaway experiences i have every had! They were welcoming and friendly and always made us feel welcome. The work was diverse and John made a point of moving around tasks so that nothing ever got too tedious. The food was great and the land was beautiful. Truly a life to admire!!! Thanks so much guys!!
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This was my first workaway experience, and it was the best, Gerry is a great host with lots of good stories, I would rccommend this stay to anyone! Say Hi to Timmy and Toddy too! Lots of love
feedback left for Help out near Tomar, central Portugal - 24/03/2013
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I came at Antonio's villa in Balestrate for two weeks. I loved it, so I stayed another two weeks. And after that, two weeks more...After 4 months I returned home with beautiful memories of an unique experience. I recommand it for feeling the true spirit of Sicily. It is a perfect place for those who love nature and the sea. Antonio is friendly, flexible person and he tries the best to make you feel comfortable.
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Jan was a warm and welcoming host. She took good care of us and made sure we felt part of the family. We worked around the unseasonaly inclement weather and had to change our plans a few times when jobs got rained off. We had a great time and on our time off Jan was generous enough to take us round and show us the sights. We met loads of Jans wonderful friends when we helped host an Easter luncheon and everyone we came into contact with made us feel very welcome. This was our first workaway experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Our grateful thanks to Jan and her friends for making our arrival in Italy so memorable. We will definitely keep in touch. Warm regards Karon and Alex :)
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Our time with Sharon, Dick, and Maia was amazing. We ate great food, enjoyed interesting conversations, and received invaluable advice pertaining to travel. Regarding accommodations we couldn't have asked for better quarters. For the amount of work asked the reward was more than fair. We hope to see them again on our travels.
feedback left for Get involved with farm life in Costa Rica - 12/11/2012
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So Monica is the new manager at this wonderful place! It was my first experience with workaway and a very great one I am glad to say! It was great to discover this place with someone like her who knows the place and the people so well. She was always willing to share her knowledge and help me to discover the surrounding area. I am really thankful that she shared my passion for birds. Her little 2 year's old girl is sweet and learned me a lot of things ;) I will miss our talks, the beauty and the natural living that I found here! Maybe we'll meet again in the future ;)
feedback left for Come and volunteer at our eco guest house - 20/06/2013
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I had a wonderful week on the language immersion programme in Poland. The co-ordinators are lovely, friendly people and I made some great friends who I will stay in touch with for a long time. The place is very relaxing and despite becoming slightly tired by the constant social interaction, I would highly recommend taking part in this programme. Thanks for the great experience.
feedback left for English language immersion programme in Poland - 07/09/2012
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Muy buen experiencia! Gracias a javi y raki por su hospitalidad. Tambien hay voluntarios que estaban alli por mucho tiempo, nick y felipe y lauren- gente muy sincero y divertido.. gracias a todos. Apprendi muchisimo! Javi estoy mucho mejor con la cierra ahora! Tambien me diverti creyendo los senderos del bosque con randall. Si puede hacer la finca algun dia, por lo menos podria hacer un pizzeria. Que rico!! Espero que puede volver. Abrazo!
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This was my first workaway experience, and I loved it! I stayed for a week and enjoyed working in the sun, learning some Italian and playing with the dogs. The mountain location is beautiful, the food was wonderful and Gabriele is a great host. I'm definitely coming back one day. Thank you Gabriele, Maria and Paulo, and see you again someday!
feedback left for Mountain house in the Abruzzi National Park. - 03/04/2013
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This was my first workaway. Is was was a great experience. I got many new ideas on vegetarian cooking. Everyday we ate excellent fresh vegetarian food. It was a great fun to make italian pasta from scratch. I will never forgot the taste of fresh made Ricotta cheese. We worked a lot together. I liked that. But we also visited nice villages and the see, places you would never find as a regular tourist. The farm was really, really nice. Watching sun set and sun down was something really special. Thank you Barbara and Maurizio.
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If you decide to Workaway for Luisa and Joan, you are sure to be treated very well, have a comfy bed to sleep in, a lovely house to rest and work in, plenty of nice food to eat and lots of laughs. Luisa is a real Catalan character and loves to live life, laugh and receives her workawayers with a positive attitude and is generous in spirit and warmth. She enjoys company and is very eager to spend time with her guests, be it at dinner time or at the beach. Thanks again for everything Luisa and Joan. :) :)
feedback left for Volunteer needed near Girona in Catalonia! - 07/06/2013
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I spent around 3 weeks last summer here and I had a wonderful time. I miss them all. Great week-ends activities!! Amazing food (always nice when you\'re far away from home, believe me!) Thomas and Hanna are wise, smart and ambitious persons. They gave me a lot of inspiration for my future project.
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How does one leave feedback for a family that weren't just hosts, but have become enduring friends. I cannot overstate how enjoyable my time on Lismore has been. From the beautiful island itself, to the amazing Campbell-Paine family, every day was truly incredible. Yorick and Sarah were brilliant hosts, very easy-going and fun to be around. Also both excellent cooks! The work was also very interesting, always something new to be done every week. I think the best recommendation I could ever make is: when it came time to leave, I wish I never had to leave at all. I hope to see you guys again soon!
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Joanne, Ross and their daughter, Brianna, are wonderful people! They made me feel really at home here and have a lovely house in a quiet corner of Sydney. They have hosted lots of travellers in the past and are always happy to help - plus the dogs are hilarious and soppy as hell!! I hope to stay in touch in the future :) xxx
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I was volunteering here for three weeks in November of 2012 and I think I had a best time of all my travelling in Guatemala there. Hotel is in a very beautiful setting, there are hiking possibilities around area. You can visit other villages around the lake and see the real life of Guatemala. Hotel managing was very organized. The working hours gave me enough time to relax and see the area around the lake. Job itself was enjoyable and time passed by really quickly. It was never boring. I met amazing people - other volunteers and travellers who were staying there.
feedback left for Volunteer at a traveller hostel in Guatemala. - 15/05/2013
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I spent around two weeks with Silverio, Caty, Nora and Omar and I loved their place: they really made me feel welcome, gave me very good accommodation and food, work I enjoyed (lots of painting but every time a different colour;-)), I could take part in family life, go to interesting places with them, but also had my own space. Outstanding house, tranquility, great scenery...Thanks for everything!
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i have spent 3 amazing weeks at Iringa. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I worked at the nursery school where i teach maths to the kids and play with them in the garden. They are very sweet and cute and they understand almost everything that i said them in english. I love all of them, they're very cheerful and playful. The teachers waited me with opened arms and we were sad when we had to say goodbye, cause they helped me in everything and got close to each others. So Iringa is a really good place to stay, everybody is helpful. Rashid, the \"volunteers boss\" and also the head-teacher is a really good men, if i had some problem he was always there for me and at the weekends he is very outgoing, that i liked anyway :) Safari, playing with kids, teaching experiences, new friends, new culture, nice parties... I would recommend everybody to go there!
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Julie, Damien and their 5 kids make a great family and a perfect host. Its been a pleasure staying and working with them. Being so friendly and open-minded made us feel like home. We would definitely suggest them to any workawayer who would like to live in the french countryside. We hope that our shed will make it through many many winters and we may meet again sometime in the future. Iokasti-Antonis
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I had a great time with Margaret and co. I spent 3 months over the winter there and had a really amazing time. I would consider Margaret as a good friend now, just like family, I was part of the household for a fairly long time and I would love to one day go back and visit for sometime in the warmer climate that Bulgaria boasts in the summer that I have yet to experience. Thanks for everything Margaret, I learned a lot on so many different levels and I think your art project is inspiring, best wishes and I will see you again sometime :)
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I spent 1 month in September with Lukas, and then another 3 from January to March. I can honestly say that so many of my experiences there will be hard to beat! From spending time with the 16 wonderful huskies to being able to participate in a sled race with a team, there are so many opportunities for those interested and dedicated. Lukas is a great guy with excellent humour, very welcoming and relaxed but passionate about his work and dogs, always excited to see what you have to offer. If you have any special skills (or hidden cooking talents) be sure he will find and encourage them! The dogs are some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and I miss them all very much. There are so many personalities and fascinating dynamics, the opportunity to work and spend time with such good natured, skilled and fascinating animals is a must for all interested in animals. Seeing and being part of the progression of the dogs has been a unique and hugely satisfying experience for me that I will never forget. Life in Gnadendorf is full of scenery, great walks with the dogs and surprising opportunities (like mysterious beach volleyball courts!). If you need a lot of partying, you should think before coming here, but if you are motivated, adaptable, excited and dedicated to work with the dogs and other projects then pack your sense of humour, love for the dogs and get on a plane! Thanks for the memories, Lukas, and I'm looking forwards to visiting everyone again!
feedback left for Help with huskies near Vienna. - 19/03/2013
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Who thinks all the great feedback the chocleros received must be a lie, is totally right! Because all the feedback that could be given wouldn't describe how increible it is! It was simply awsom: we had lots of fun, learnd much spanish in a short time, the athmosphere was always welcoming and familiary, we met a lot of really great people t and had simply a amazing time. The work was hard, never to hard, fun and completely satisfying. If you'll ever got the chance to spend some time with these crazy and lovely people, just do it! Thank you all for a unforgettable time! Hugs, Lisa and Maximilian P.s.: Wusstest du schon, dass nacho.....
feedback left for Volunteer in Uruguay. Punta de Diablo. - 17/02/2013
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I had a really nice time staying here, Anjo is a great person and I had a lot of fun getting to know her and her friends. I have a lot of respect for what she does for the dogs, she is a very warm and generous person. Asturias is a beautiful place, the dogs are a lot of fun, the work is not hard, I had a nice warm bed and ate very well- she is an excellent cook. I would highly recommend staying here, you will not regret it!
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I had a wonderful experience staying with Patrick, Anna and their family and would highly recommend them to other Workawayers. The work was well planned, varied and very rewarding and worthwhile. But mostly - what a fabulous, fun, creative, inspiring and open minded family! We shared great discussion and laughter, delicious homegrown food, a welcoming and very comfortable home, and a lifestyle that I aspire to. I had a great experience of French hospitality in a beautiful environment and the opportunity to really learn about other cultures. Thank you. I wish I could have stayed longer. I look forward to keeping in touch with the family, and next time I'm in France I will definitely visit and help in the garden! :-) PS Hi to Buddha, the cats, the chickens, the sheep and those cheeky donkeys! I hope the garden is thriving as the weather warms up.
feedback left for Learn about organic gardening Rennes - 16/05/2013
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I had great workaway at Quinta. I really enjoyed time there helping out in the kitchen, around the pool and keeping cottages clean. Ted is very welcoming and easy going, makes your stay a pleasant experience and keeps you entertained with various tasks such as cutting palm tree. I liked the idea of dinners with the guests and flexibility so you can plan your time to discover local area or just chill by the pool. Wish you more bare bums each year!
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If you have the chance to be a part of the lovely crew of the Posada San Francisco, do not hesitate to go there, you won’t regret it. I couldn’t have asked for a better first workaway-experience: I spent a couple of months in beautiful Old San Juan mainly helping with the late night check-in’s. As it was my very first experience of being abroad on my own I was a little anxious when I got there, but as soon as I’ve met Virginia & Christiane all my concerns were gone: they are truly awesome; the whole family is incredibly warm-hearted and I felt happy being a part of the crew for a few months. Working at the hostel was great for me as I got to know so many amazing people from all over the world of which a few became close friends, I wouldn’t want to miss. Further I had countless unforgettable memories, which make me smile. Thank you for everything, Virginia & Christiane, I will never forget you!
feedback left for Welcome to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean - 08/04/2013
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Tommy and Marieke are fantastic work away hosts, really caring for their work awayers and welcoming them into the family. Dispite it being a complicated time for them my stay was absolutely brilliant and I can't thank them enough. There were moments when I thought: \"I don't want be anywhere else right now!\" I already miss you guys, all the best for the future!
feedback left for Volunteer in Pays de la Loire, France - 04/08/2012
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With Jos you can experience the real spirit of Workaway! Travel finding that you can be mutually useful, meet new, interesting and friendly people, share and exchange interests and friends; this was my experience, long about 7 weeks in company of Jos and her little and sweet daughter Ros. Much of the work that Jos will propose to you it's on your autonomy and responsability to do it, in fact she is often very busy with her work; anyway see that part of her work in the College is to train and to valorise Human Resources Jos is always able to find for you the best solution considering your skills. When she is free she is very happy to work with you side by side in particular in the outside and in the hardest works. Jos's social life is very rich, so you will never risk to be bored, she is always ready to suggest you a pub music session, watching a movie, go to a friend's party, a backgammon or table tennis match, a walk to her chalet, or simply chatting with the warm of the wood stove. Woodhouse Heaves is a little and quite village in the countryside, there are a lot of path where you can walk or run that takes you in very beautifull places like Bradgate Park or Beacon Hill. If sometimes you need the town life you can join the close town of Leicester, seat of a beautiful University, a lot of shops with a nice fruits and vegatables market and some interesting monuments. Thanks to workaway i have now a very important friend in UK!!!
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BEST WORKAWAY EVER !! Workaway chez Elise et Mathieu a ete pour moi une experience memorable ! J'y ai rencontrer deux parents formidables ! Mon experience de travail s'est tres bien deroule, le travail est un peu difficile physiquement, mais tres bien structurer et se fait toujours dans la bonne humeur ! Les repas etaient EXQUIS, et nous avons passer des soirees autour de la table a refaire le monde ensemble. C'etait un echange sincere entre la charge de travail et ce qui me fut apporter ! J'ai vraiment eu l'occasion de faire partie de leur famille, qui compte deux jeunes enfants enjoues, plein d'energie et, je dois le dire, magnifiques ! Ce fut un sejour parsemme d'echanges et de bons moments ! J'ai vraiment eu le sentiment de participer a leur projet de vie ! Je ne vous remercirai jamais assez pour ce que vous avez fais pour moi ! Un vrai plaisir de vous cotoyer, si je le pouvais je resterais dans le Gers !! J'encourage tout le monde a passer laisser sa marque dans cette partie de la France, vous ne le regretterez pas j'en suis persuader ! Que ce soit pour votre premiere ou derniere experience workaway, c'est l'Endroit ou aller ! Je ne vous oublierai jamais les amis, Vous avez a coup sur marquer ma vie !A tres bientot j'espere !! Bonne continuation et longue vie a vous !!!
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Wow. What can we say that hasn't been said already? Awesome, immersive jungle experience, the opportunity to see and learn about all types of flora and fauna, not to mention countless other skills. Highly recommended to any Workawayer. Thank you Tom and Mike, and Emily our fellow volunteer - not to mention all the lovely guys in Poring. It was an experience of a lifetime, and we hope to come back someday soon! :) Kaaj & Tom
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Mario was a really kind host! I spent Christmas with him and met his neighborhood friends! I stayed for about a week, this was my 1st Work Away experience. He made my stay comfortable. It was unstructured and you learn to relax and be present each day. Some days you have a lot of free time and other days you are doing a bit more work! But it's all good and chill. Even with my basic spanish we had some interesting conversations! I enjoyed my stay and will miss Sara the dog as well! Be sure to bring reading material if you can't read spanish! You're in a little country bubble and get the chance to disconnect from city life! Thank you Mario!!!
feedback left for Volunteeron a sustainable farm in Chile - 29/12/2012
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My boyfriend and I just finished our first workaway experience here and couldn't have loved it more. The location of the hostel itself is breathtaking. From the moment we arrived we felt at home and knew we had found a wonderful place. The owners are both delightful to work with which really makes your stay here very enjoyable. Minca itself is a beautiful little town with many great things to hike to such as waterfalls and swimming holes and is filled with the friendliest people. While we were at Casa Loma it was high season so there were many things to do but also plenty of down time to relax or go exploring. It's hard to say what our favorite part was but if we had to pick one it would have to be the friends we made at Casa Loma that hopefully we will see again when we come back to visit.
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We're very sorry for our late reply, because we have to thank you a lot! We had a great time in your home that we'll probably never forget and we hope you're all well. Now some details: We made some carpentrystuff and a lot of gardening and both was of course work, but we enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Besides work the guestroom is very nice and the family could not welcome you more warmly and care better for you. And - to top it all - they cook veryveryvery well :) Nesoddtangen is a good place, if you like nature AND would like to visit oslo. So all in all - GREAT! Dear Anne-Beth, dear Leif, thank you, our first workaway-experience was really \"untopable\" and we were really sad the day we left you.
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My three weeks at Asalanta were amazing. Anke and Soi are the best. Their project of suitanable life is awesome, and they are really happy to share this life style! It's hard work, but we had so much fun. I miss it very much! See you soon guys !
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A fantastic Workaway experience! Sharon, Richard and Maia treated me oh so well for the two weeks I lived and worked with them in August 2012. They opened their home to me and made me feel sincerely welcome. For that, I can't thank them enough. I felt comfortable and at home. Sharon has great (often hilarious) stories, Dick is a very smart and hard working man, and Maia is an intelligent, budding novelist. I built raised garden beds, fixed a gate, stained/treated wood, and yes, scrubbed the floors :). Work was--of course--work, but was not backbreaking and was always a reasonable amount. Sharon's food is AMAZING. Sharon's food is AMAZING. Yes I wrote it twice, it's that good. I hope to have the chance to see Sharon, Dick and Maia again someday. Thank you guys for a great two weeks and I wish you all the best.
feedback left for Get involved with farm life in Costa Rica - 16/08/2012
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Had a blast here. Don't expect a party city but do expect a small village with deep Catalonian history and unbeatable surroundings. You'll eat and sleep well here.
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I volunteered in Korvala from mid-february till the 23d of march 2013. It was my first workaway experience and definitely an amazing one ! First of all, Jaana, Seppo and the kids are a super kind, warm, and welcoming family and made me feel right at home. Then by extension all the \"korvala family\" members (other volunteers, and neighbors) were really friendly too, so the atmosphere here was really good ! Concerning the \"work\", if you love being outdoors and take care of dogs and stuff, then you won't feel it's work at all :-) Plus I learnt tons of things concerning the kennel, the sledding, Finland, and also new specific pieces of english vocabulary too while I was there ! Jaana was always ready to teach and explain us almost anything, without any stress and always with a smile ! (and so did Amanda helping me with recognizing all the dogs at first :-), big help !!). To be short, I really enjoyed my time there, it went by too fast and I miss all of it !! The good times with the children, the safari days, the doooogss... So THANK YOU again for everything !
feedback left for Help with huskies and more in Finnish Lapland - 09/04/2013
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I had a fantastic time with Sue and Mike who are both lovely people and excellent hosts. This was my first experience as a workaway and i couldnt have picked a better place to start! I had a lovely room and Sue is an excellent cook and i was made to feel very welcome and at home. Sue and Mike introduced me to their friends and showed me around the local area. I worked hard in the garden clearing an area for new lawn to be laid as well as a few other jobs but it was a pleasure to do it and nothing seemed like a chore. I would recommend Sue and Mike as hosts to anyone wanting to visit the area and i now consider them both to be my friends and i will definitely keep in touch and be back in the future. I am very grateful to both.
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The school offers foreigners the opportunity to work at Colombia’s Lago de Tota and teach locals about the importance of water and wetlands. Each volunteer will be immersed into the culture, have unique experiences with the locals, and positively impact the surrounding environment. Overall, the opportunity to work with them is an incredible experience. You will learn about a new culture, speak better Spanish, and have a dramatic impact on preserving Lago de Tota and the surrounding wetlands. Felipe and his family are very accommodating and will make you feel at home. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone interested in Latin America, Spanish, the environment or education. I learn so much about the Environment and Spanish during my time. Speaking Spanish helps, but even if you know a minimal amount Felipe is happy to build a teaching program (such as teaching English) around what your skills/passions are. If you have any questions about what the experience is like, please feel free to send me a message. Saludos, William
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Judy, Mike, Katy, Paddy, - You all made me feel like a home. Generosity and kindness are never ending. Work is always interesting and fun. Excellent meals (thanks to chef Katy). 3 amazing dogs, wonderful horses. I had an amazing first experience at workaway. Judy is an amazing and special woman i was lucky to meet. I will miss all of you loads!
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Great place. Planned to stay one month, and I stayed 2. Best workaway conditions I had until now in central america. Good food, great accomodation, fun partys. I can only recommend the place. Have fun.
feedback left for Volunteer at party backpackers in Guatamala - 31/05/2013
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Marie is a wonderful workaway host. She is kind and generous. She sets clear expectations for the work which is very helpful. On warm days the outdoor work was a little more challenging but it was rewarded with a cool glass of lemonade. This was my first workaway experience and it was very good!
feedback left for Discover the hidden Algarve - 22/05/2013
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Hanne and Milton were everything you'd want in Work-away hosts. The experience on a whole was exceptional and I'd recommend anyone to stay there and help out with their blossoming farm lives. The food and accommodation were great and I felt instantly accepted by not only them but by their community of lovely friends as well. The work was never over demanding but there is always something to be done from manual and domestic chores to larger projects. Milton and I (with Hanne's help) built a new greenhouse during my stay which was a very satisfying project. Both Milton and Hanne were extremely socially generous, in the evenings we would often watch movies or go out to dinner on occasion, though I was there as a lone work-awayer, I never felt alone or an outsider. I was given my own space when I needed it but was included when ever I wanted to be. I borrowed a bike from Hanne and Milton on Several occasions too and rode around the surrounding countryside which was very picturesque and very bike friendly. If you are an angler, i would recommend this place as Milton could do with some fishing lessons as well!
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Working at the hostel in Zakopane was a fantastic experience! The work is what you would expect to encounter at a hostel and the atmostphere is great! I had a blast working with the staff/other workawayers and getting to spend time with all of our guests. The hostel itself has a warm and relaxing atmosphere with a great location, just perfect for getting out for skiing/snowboarding or hiking. I definitely enourage anyone who thinks they might be interested to come stay and help out for a while!
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As my first host, I couldn't have asked for a more welcoming or friendly couple. Brian and Jeanette have set the bar very high for what to expect from a workaway host. The food was great and plenty. The work was never too long or too difficult. The farm is nice, the animals are all friendly, and there is plenty to explore in the surrounding area. A really great experience.
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My work away experience here was fabulous. My experience here in GENERAL was fabulous. Salem is a great host, and he manages to reel in only the best guests to stay at his hostel. Its like a big family there. I was really sick for about half my stay and everyone took such good care of me! The work is generally super easy. There are almost always several workawayers, so you'll be tag-teaming the cleaning with them, and it gets done so fast! I would highly recommend going to stay with Salem in Mazatlan, and going to Playa Bruja, and stuffing your face with tacos, and all the other amazing things that Mazatlan has to offer.
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I spent two weeks working and staying with Lukas and have nothing but positive experiences from my time in Gnadendorf! Lukas is a great guy with genuine concern for others, a positive attitude, and a great sense of humor and adventure! He is flexible and understanding with the work that he gives you and is extremely hospitable. The dogs are all incredible, and so affectionate. I highly recommend this Work Away experience to anyone that enjoys animals, the outdoors, and good company!!
feedback left for Help with huskies near Vienna. - 05/02/2012
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Really good people, good food, work was amazing, wish them all the best with whatever the future holds and hope to see them soon!
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Me and Sam spent just under 4 weeks with Eric and Caroline and had a great time with lots of fun experiences and memories to take with us. We felt welcomed right away in their beautiful little hotel in the tiny town of saint donat. Caroline and Eric are generous people and both have a great sense of humor, we enjoyed a some meals together (caroline is a great cook) poker night and a few movies in our spare time, we also enjoyed the company of two dutch workawayers. We got to go on some lovely walks reccommended by Eric (climbing super besse is a must) and walk the two gorgeous dogs (we miss Charlie and Truss!). We experienced our first european snow!! luckily our rooms and inside was always warm and cosy. Work never started before 10am but there was always lots of fun and interesting jobs to do. I enjoyed spending time in the kitchen with Caroline, always laying and joking along the way, well except for the 4kg of chestnuts...i still have nightmares. ;-) I helped out in the restaurant and got a tip from an old french lady! Unheard of! Caroline didn't mind me flirting with the bosnian and turkish customers either ;-p. one of the best days was a special 7 course lunch with 50 locals, we all worked hard but had a lot of fun (apart from the poor australian that ended up being the main course R.I.P ;-), Other tasks involved cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, which after a couple days it was easy to see what needed doing, so I could go about my day without needing direction. We were also helping Eric renovate one of the hotel rooms, Sam spent a majority of time doing that - painting, plastering, electrical work, sanding etc and enjoyed being able to do some physical work after lots of travelling. We would recommend working with Eric and Caroline to anyone, we will miss them and their beautiful piece of French paradise. Ps thanks for the ride to Paris! And have the best time in America :-) Ella and Sam
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Fantastic! Thank you for hosting me and letting me work on your beautiful farm. Apricots, tomatos, peppers, pumpkins, basil, oranges, lemons, limes, olives, grapes and persimmons. Mangia, mangia!! I felt like family in a matter of days. Over the top hospitalilty. It would help knowing a little more Italian, but lucklily another workawayer named Pepe made my life a lot easier, translating for me. I will miss all the wonderful cooking and company at the dinner table. Pizza, pasta, salads, steaks, wine and cokes!
feedback left for B&B in Basilicata, Italy - 05/12/2011
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Thak you about this month!This has been an excellent month and I have no doubt that I would return to it again! good atmosphere, sympathy ... all!. Children are great, and Helen and Ian are wonderful! ... very different from my city, but amazing ... Ireland is beautiful and the area north even more! So thank you very much for helping me know! A kiss to Lily, George, Helen and Ian, and another to my two friends, Ben and John! thanks! and hope to see you! nagore.
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It was great to be there, i enjoy a lot the company of everybody, i really felt secure, loved and supported when i was there. All the people that i met where so kind and respectfull, i make a lot of friends and i learn a lot about agriculture with dear Prema Murti and how to milk a cow with Alberto el vaquero. Francisco and her adorable wife Pushpa were always there to talk about spirituality and life, i miss them a lot. Food was super great and the place is beautifull. I hope that the seeds we planted can be harvested soon.
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I really enjoyed the time in this pleasant family. Alfonso and Micòl are really interesting and generous people. I loved to hear all their stories about their moved life, about their points of view in relation to the society, about trying to build up their life in Sicily... And it was really interesting to experience the way of family life with the two \\"cude-chaotic\\" kids - different to my life in Germany, but nevertheless with many common points and lots of things to learn! Thank you for this nice experience and thank you for welcoming me so warm and kindly!!!
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Stephen, you are such a good host. Thanks for everything and I am sure I will come back!!
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Lovely time we´ve spend in Brokeloh. We´ve been there almost three weeks, and we learn a lot of things and visited a lot of places with the bicycles that Karsten and Nicky lend us, if you go on summertime you even can swim in the lake nearby!! We\'ve worked by the mornings and then just relax and have fun. Thank you very much for all:)
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A lot of good things have already been said about this lovely family, so my leaving feedback here is just my deepest wish to say: THANK YOU. I had an amazing time with all of you and I'm sure I will come back sooner or later. Kari, I think you are amazing and I'm very happy to have met you and I learnt a lot from you. Please say hi to all the kids and Rob and of course Elyse and Chris! Big hug from Sherwood Forest! Gesa
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I stayed at the hacienda for 5 weeks and it was great! The location is beautiful, I lived in an earth-built dome, and Ed and June were very good hosts. They were also very open to ideas I had for projects, and I ended up being able to head up the construction of a greywater system there. The bolivian workers are also really great people, and I\'ll miss hanging out and joking with them during breaks and after work over a beer or a bag of coca. Awesome first workaway experience!
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We have been volunteering in India for 3 months, and this is most definitely one of the best experiences we have had thus far! The first few days were spent at Desert Adventure Camp near Jaisalmer. We did a little bit of cleaning and cooking in exchange for one of the luxury tents and a camel ride. The rest of our time was spent at the Shri Ram hotel in Bikaner. Here, along with another volunteer, we set to repainting the front of the hotel. Just as we left one volunteer was preparing to paint a traditional Indian style mural on the wall. This is a pretty big project, and I'm sure any help will be appreciated. If you are an artistic type, this could be a good place for you to visit! Yogi, Vicky and everyone else are all incredibly welcoming to their volunteers. The work is relaxed and enjoyable, and the traditional food incredible. Highly recommended!
feedback left for A home away from home, Rajasthan.India - 06/02/2013
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I had a brilliant time with Fiona, Kelvin and the boys (who are gorgeous and very helpful :-)) I enjoyed the privacy of staying in one of the motel units, but I felt also welcome in their home. They made sure I don't work too hard and get to see the area as well. Thank you so much!
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I had a great time in the mountains at Yovovski yetts thanks to Lynda! She is a great host and makes any normal situation anything but dull!! The atmosphere at Yovovski's is cheery and fun and volunteers have freedom to participate where they feel best. There are always new projects too, so the chance to learn new skills is on your door step. Exactly what i was after! :) The hostel is a little out of the way of busy Bulgarian life but we went to the village every couple days for supplies. So you don't really feel isolated at all! The nature surrounding the Yetts is awesome, not to mention the best thunderstorms and full moons I've seen in a long time!! Thanks for a Great workaway Lynda!! And Yes I'll be back :) Cheers!!
feedback left for Eco hostel in the mountains of Bulgaria - 28/11/2012
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Paul is such a great and interesting person!! He was so friendly and patient to me. Every weekend he took me to another trail in the National park of Cazorla by car and it was the most breathtaking nature I've ever seen. The town is so amazing, the house is so comfortable and homely. I was about to cry when I was leaving him. Paul is the ideal person to be his workawayer! Thank you for everything, I'm very appreciate all the things you did.
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I stayed with Peter and Lya for almost two months in August and September 2012 and it was a great experience. They welcomed me as part of the family and they hosted me in a cozy apartment. Lya happily involved me in all the aspects of running a B&B and I feel that I learnt a lot from this experience. Moreover I \"took over\" the kitchen and baked cakes and cookies for the guests and for friends and that was also very nice. Besse is a beautiful mountain village with great walks all around and beautiful views wherever you turn. I would definitely recommend Peter and Lya as hosts for a workaway experience. They are caring and ready to do stuff together but also give you a lot of own space and time to discover around on your own. Thanks Lya and Peter! Un abbraccio, Elisa
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Keith & Torsten are absolutely fantastic hosts!! We had lovely accommodation and delicious, healthy food. A lot of the food comes from the garden right outside the home. You can collect oranges and make your own organic orange juice. The surrounding area is stunning! They are laid-back hosts achieving a healthy balance of work and play =) The work was just what we expecting when coming to help restore a cenutry + old manor home. Keith & Torsten are very open to talk to and great for conversation. We learned a lot about Portugese culture. Highly highly recommend a workaway with Keith & Torsten!!!
feedback left for restoring a Manor house in Central Portugal - 14/02/2013
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I volonteerd at Mickael and Maya s retreat in Feb and March 2012. It was an extremely busy season at the retreat but they are brilliant hosts and look after everyone very well. The three girls and fun, independant and easy to get along with, I miss Sonia´s singing! The workload is reasonable and leaves a good part of your day to do other things. I was also able to join in alot of activities such as snowshoeing, skiing, northenlight wathching, husky sledging, feltmaking, breadmaking, and Maya even lent me a yoga mat and some of her books for me to discover yoga, as there weren t any classes going on during my stay. The food is excellent and like many others, I have taken a few recepies home:) Finally I would just like to add how breathtakingly beautiful this part of the world is, from the multicolored sunsets and starlit nights to the healthy relationship that the people have with silence. Would definitely recommend Aurora.
feedback left for Retreat/Family in Lapland - 23/04/2012
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We stayed with Vicky and Mike for over 2 weeks and we had a great time with them. We felt part of the family from the beginning! We did differrent things around the house and in the garden. We felt our work was very appreciated, we learned a lot and we were always well rewarded with Vicky's great cooking and Mike's asado! The place is wonderful and we fully enjoyed the extensive library of books!! We highly recommend this place!!!
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Maybe what makes the Smiths family more unusual is what makes them more lovely. They have taken us as a part of their family and have relied on us a lot. We think this kind of experience is what makes workaway a worthy place. We hope everyone going has as much fun as we had. Our first experience has been awesome! Thanks for everything, Nuria and Ferran
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We could not have asked for a better first-time experience as Workaway newbies! Sharon, Dick and Maia immediately made us feel welcome and comfortable in their home; the food and accommodations alone made us feel like we came out on the better end of the deal. The tasks we completed weren't too arduous (floor and wall scrubbing, along with some light lifting) and still allowed for time to explore their lush finca and Ciudad Colon. We especially enjoyed Sharon's hysterical story-telling, Dick's good-natured humor and ever-present smile and Maia's superb horseback riding guide skills. Be ready to work...but if you can follow through on commitments, know how to alphabetize and enjoy lively dialogue with your meals, you'll want to experience Finca Saramandaia!
feedback left for Get involved with farm life in Costa Rica - 25/08/2012
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I stayed here for nearly two weeks and I would like to say thank you to these very nice and friendly families. The place is ideal to discover the Coromandel area, beside the work is enough time to make your own way. Thank you Kelly and Dawn that I could do all these adventures. Stay well and keep going Maxi
feedback left for Childcare in Coromandel, NZ - 21/03/2012
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Just finished my 2 month stay here for my first workaway and would definitely recommend! The family Tom, Belinda, Sam and Lulubell are all very welcoming as are all the other volunteers. Weather is great, food and accommodation good, and everything generally pretty cheap!
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Who wants the best hosts of 'la douce france' must keep on reading; Patricia and Rob are the most hospital and gentil english persons who give workawayers the feeling they're coming home in the most beautiful and best concerved part of france. Being part of the family and doing general maintanance of their beautiful landscaped garden have been a rare and rewarding experience. They guide you through work, the french way of life and their huge range of interests (cooking, nature and music) and ideals. Thanks a lot to both of you and I'll try to visit you guys next year to check out the hedge we planted.
feedback left for Stone farmhouse in Aquitaine - 31/10/2012
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Wonderful experience with Ciara, Anthony and their three very friendly and adorable children. They were all generous with their time and went out of their way to make me feel very welcome. There is plenty of varied and very interesting work, both at the chateau and at their restoration project. Would love to visit again, and definitely recommend this workaway as an exciting and very rewarding experience.
feedback left for Help required in the beautiful Gers - 22/10/2011
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Kerryn, we can't thank you enough for our fantastic week with you! We had so much fun together and wished we could stay for a longer time. To all other workawayers: definitely stay with Kerryn. She is a funny, intelligent and generous person! You will also love her adorable cats! Kerryn, we miss you, Millie and Muff ;-) and hope to see you very soon! Stay in touch!
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I had a wonderful two weeks here, and only wish I could have stayed longer. From our first contact, Ruth and Walter have been the most responsive, welcoming hosts. I could not have asked for a better way to experience Margaret River. Ruth and Walter were incredibly communicative and easy to work with. Their home is beautiful, comfortable, and filled with delicious food. The children and animals are adorable, and the work is very reasonable. You will have plenty of time to experience Margaret River, the nearby beach, and the lovely countryside around the house. It was a particular thrill for me to see wild kangaroos on my walks in the bush! I would be happy to visit this family again, and hope to do so soon. Any Workawayer would be lucky to stay here!
feedback left for Workaway in Margaret River, WA - 03/06/2013
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My boyfriend and I stayed with Vera, Arnd, Anna & Louisa this past May for 3 and a half weeks (our first workaway experience), and I wish we could have stayed the entire summer! Time went by so quickly on the farm, and I am in complete agreeance with Vera that there are time holes that come and eat up the days, even though the sun sets after 10pm : ) We immediately felt welcomed and apart of the family life. We did a variety of things from cooking to wood construction & planting. The farm is beautiful and there were often other people working with us on different projects. We made it a habit to go to town on the regular as it was so easy to bike and take the train in less than a half hour. Vera and Arnd are so genuinely kind and each of them has a interesting outlook on life. Anna & Louisa became our good friends, even though they are only 6 & 9. We learned so much from them. It doesn\'t get much better than this workaway experience. You\'d be hardpressed to find something better!
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This was my first workaway experience, and it was wonderful! The family is very generous, warm and friendly. The Island itself is a interesting place with beautiful views and the people show great hospitality. Work was sometimes hard, but interesting and varied. I got treated with good food and shared some wonderful musical experiences with the family and their friends. I will for sure return to see you soon again!
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Laura: the 10 days we lived at Barranconi were just wonderful and I felt very welcome from the beginning. The three were the best hosts i can imagine for my first workaway experience, with their openhearted characters. Also living in the natural surrounding and with the dogs, cats (specially Schnupp ;)) and the horses did really good to me. I enjoyed every evening eating together and the talks, also the work was fun. I am more than thankful for these awesome days and I already miss it so I hope to come back sometime :) Max: Christoph is the most friendly and tolerant host you can imagine. The dinners with him and his family were a wonderful opportunity to have some interesting conversations about different lifestyles. The work was easy and we could decide on our own when to work, and when to drive to the beach ;-). Also the flat was quite comfortable, so we really had to left a second home when we got to go on. Stay with them, work for them, have fun with them, you won't regret it.
feedback left for Helping out in Sardinia. - 24/04/2013
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What to say?? I had such a wonderful time I can't even describe it, but say: Thank you! Patricia and Wim are living their dream, and you can tell that from the very first moment you step into Le Moulin. It's a wonderful place, with such a magical atmosphere, it was really difficult for me to leave. I also learnt very useful skills and met amazing people. It was a wonderful experience, in perfect time and place with the right people. Thank you for all the love!!
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I have had a good time in the farm with Douglas,Nicola and family, I have enjoyed very much, I was two weeks. They are a lovely family and funny. I liked know the others workawayer. I want you to say many thanks. See you someday. Best whises.
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I had a great few weeks staying with Claire, Dennis, Fin and Jack! They're all very friendly and I immediately felt comfortable, and like part of the family. They work was varied, which kept it interesting - everything from chopping wood, clearing paddocks to plastering and painting the house. Hours were great as after lunch each day I had free to myself, either hang around the house or explore the local area. The kids were great fun, and I'll miss them both! Jack (7 years old) made me some beautiful paintings as a goodbye present which I will hang up on my wall when I get home! :)
feedback left for Volunteer with a family in Almeria Spain - 23/03/2013
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Thanks Mary for this fantastic week we spent together! It's been a pleasure to help you with the preparation of the winter season and would like to come back again because it's been too short! Thanks for your hospitality, warm welcoming and your patience ;). Now we know how to prepare coffes, scones and teas!!! You're a great cook and a fantastic person, we wish you the best and you're welcome to come to Tarragona and visit us :). Thanks for make us feel like at home!! Marta and Albert.
feedback left for Help at guest house, gallery in Scotland - 07/11/2012
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Joyce, Scott and Ched are really uncomplicated persons. I felt comfortable very quick in their house and I had nice encouters with some of their friends during my 2,5 weeks stay. The Halloween party they organised was something special... The work was great: I started working on a trail, I transported wood in the basement and I piled it, I helped with dump commissions and I liked to use your ATV Scott ;)...they have an old gypsum mine in their \"backyard\" and I made some tours to carry some loads of it in their garden... I shouldn't forget: fishing oysters with waders on and beeing surrounded by great nature is really cool! Thank you for all! Lorenz
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I had a wonderful experience living and working with Paul and Bianca and their animals for 3 weeks. As soon as I arrived I was impressed by the beautiful countryside, especially the far reaching views of the Pyrenees and the forests - a truly idyillic location. Paul and Bianca are friendly and relaxed and made me feel welcome right from the beginning of my stay. I found the work itself rewarding and enjoyable to such an extent that it almost didn't feel like work - for me it was great to be outside doing something physical and having a sense of achievement at the end of the day by being able to see the progress I'd made. I did a whole range of tasks including cleaning out animal sheds, taking down/repairing fences, cutting back hedges, clearing brambles, helping to move livestock, digging/filling in trenches, mowing lawns, strimming, milling corn, doing some prep work for renovation of the gite and locating 'escaped' donkeys!; various tasks on the tractor including cutting the grass in the field and spreading fertiliser. I also removed a gate with the tractor ....but that wasn't planned!! (sorry Paul and Bianca!) But it wasn't all work: sitting down together to have Bianca's very tasty home cooked meals was very enjoyable, especially when were able to sit outside on the terrace. The opportunity to have a siesta after lunch was always welcome...and often taken up. The dogs are amazing and we went on a few long walks together - very therapeutic. The public transport links are reasonable and Paul was good enough to give me a lift to the pick up point at the local village so I was able to spend the weekends visiting my friends in Toulouse. Thank you Paul and Bianca for helping me make some great memories which will stay for me forever. I wish you all the best for the future and hopefully see you again!
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Julia is an excellent host – very welcoming and relaxed, with the work well-organised and flexible. It was good fun working on the kitchen redecoration in a team with Kate and other Workawayers and then eating together with Julia, swapping stories, learning new card games and having a glass or two of wine. In my second week, I was able to enjoy the fine late-November weather while putting up new fences in the gardens. My room was luxurious and, with the Chateau’s stunning views over the Canal du Midi and vineyards to the Pyrenees, I found this a great place to stay and relax in my free time. Visiting historic cities like Carcassonne is easy by train. I had a car and took a couple of day trips - to the wild and beautiful Mediterranean coastline just across the border in Spain, and through stunning mountainous countryside less than an hour to the north of Ventenac. Julia creates a great atmosphere at the Chateau. I thoroughly recommend being a volunteer here.
feedback left for Help needed in a beautiful Chateau - 06/12/2010
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I was able to spend three fabulous weeks here. Roger has been an amazing host, who, at all times, made sure that the workawayer is having a great time. His focus on making sure that I am enjoying the beauty of Normandy as well as get to work on my French language skills were so motivating that it was an ease to perform any duties in the house - and I even got to learn new skills :-) Roger is an absolute joy to be around with – he is so funny and always has great stories to tell. And Veejay – the dog – is definitely the most special and cutest one I have ever met :-) Anybody that can enjoy a stay there is certainly very lucky.
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Zeer zeker voor herhaling vatbaar. Een geweldige open en vooral eerlijke vrouw waar ik heel goeg ontvangen maar tevens ook goed verzorgt ben. Mijn werk voor haar was verschillend maar absoluut niet te zwaar. Na een beetje klussen heeft ze me de mooie plaatsen laten zien en een overheerlijke traditionele pizzaria laten proeven. En dit alles onder het genot van een heerlijk glas wijn. Janice thanks for the time I had whit you. You're a lovely woman whit the hart on the right spot. Give the dogs a big hug for me. I hop we see you again in oktober for a few days.
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Bernie and Isobel were such fantastic hosts! They welcomed us into their beautiful home built into the side of a mountain on their ranch, overlooking the valley and their Bison roaming in the field. We had such a great time working on the ranch, clearing the dead trees for the Bison to have a greater area to graze. We even got to see ten new born babies! On the weekends Bernie and Isobel took us sightseeing to the beautiful Loon Lake which is crystal clear, blue water and then to Nicola Lake with the fantastic views and all around Merritt. We met their wonderful family and some of their friends and even got to watch some rugby at the local school. Our trip was something we will never forget and are so grateful we got to experience! Bernie and Isobel are the most wonderful couple and you will thoroughly enjoy being around them, sharing stories and eating fantastic home cooked meals by Isobel! Thank you so much for having us, we will definitely come and see you again when we are back in Canada one day.
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Hi all, We've just finished a three week stay at the Estacion Biologica las Guacamayas and can only describe our experience as truly amazing. The only thing more special than the station, the jungle and the rivers were the people......... Jeovani senior, Cornelio, Romulo, Miguel, Juan, Jeovani Junior, Elizabeth and Maria.....these guys are not like staff they are like family .... Big love...see you again soon....Haste Luego Amigos
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I felt very welcome by Allan and Maja. They treated me as though I was a very special guest. They are very friendly people who were always on watch as to how they can make my stay more pleasant. They literally read my thoughts as to what I would like. I took part mainly in building the inner walls of the house. I was a total beginner and Allan and another volunteer patiently showed me how to do everything, and they appreciated all the work I did. I got to do the whole process of building the walls, so it was interesting. Also Allan, Maja (and Tobija) took us volunteers twice to the top of the nearby mountains and we collected plants for the green roof of the house and of course had a great hike in the beautiful surroundings. All in all it was a great adventure both for experiencing the Slovenian people and culture and for building a straw bale house.
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This place is probably one of the best places one can choose for a workaway-stay. Jenny and Bruce are very caring and warm hosts and always make sure the stay is as comfortable as possible. Although there is plenty of work to do, the delicious food, the stunning view and their interesting stories more than compensate for it. I had a wonderful time and also met lots of other workaways who stayed in the area. Thank you again for your hospitality and for sharing your piece of paradise with me! :)
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Hello Bobby, is was a wounderful time with you, full of experience and getting in contact with interesting people and a beautiful area. Working with the books and discussing literature with the customers was a wonderful way to explore English language. It was the best that could happen to us... Thanks for your hospitality and the trip to the Skellig Michael, it was an impression of natural beauty and history of mankind never to forget. It was nice to do some wood work and painting and to see things done. Hope many guests and \"willing workers\" will find their way into your hospitable house And!!!!!! Please don't forget to tell all the customers about the real treasure in your house, in the wifi-room at the end of the corridor: A real piece of the original transatlantic cable, laid by the \"Great Eastern\" from Valentia Island to America 1866... Best regards from Leipzig Michael and Rafael
feedback left for Help us in Knightstown, Eire - 12/10/2012
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I could write a thousand words to express the perfect experience I had during my time here! The location is excellent, mountain view and close to the local town. I owe a huge amount of thanks to Jo, Nick, Ash and Jade for everything they have given me, I left feeling so much happier than I arrived.
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Laura is a wonderful host, very welcoming and I felt like a family friend, also welcomed by her delightful mother as well as her son and nephews. I really enjoyed my stay and time with this warm and caring family who go out of their way to ensure that you enjoy your time in LA. Laura has sold her house so I think that I was lucky to have time in her character house but her lovely Mum, Sarah, may continue to take workawayers so if you get the chance to stay there, grab it! Thank-you Laura, Damien, and Sarah.
feedback left for Help around are place in Los Angeles - 11/12/2012
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A crew here is very kind and made me feel comfortable, like a part of a team from the beginning. The whole project is well-made and its results are obvious and beautiful! Even though work sometimes took longer than expected, there could be always time found to take a bike and explore lovely french countryside around! It can be also a nice language experience, either French and English. This project is a good match for everyone not too difficult to accommodate but willing to meet any kind of demand in exchange to great food and nice conversations. Thank you for accepting me, guys, and hope to see the results of your effort one day!
feedback left for Build a culture of beauty in the Loire Valley. - 10/08/2012
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I had a great week working with Delboy and everyone at Trotters. It is a very relaxed friendly environment and it's a very good company. We were treated extremely well and got taken into the desert for safaris and sunsets,what a great place to work! If you have good computer skills its a bonus as there are things on the website they need help with as well as emails etc.
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Emma and I had a great time with Clare and Sarah! We did some organizing and cleaning and got to explore Limerick, Galway, Ennis, and the Burren. I know that we will probably be back sometime! Clare immediately made us feel completely at home! Thanks for being so great!
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Anna and Eamon were great hosts. They and their daughters made my first workaway experience exceptional. They made me feel like part of the family. They looked out for me to make sure I was ok and always asked if I needed anything. They were open to new ideas when it came to the work that needed to be done and were also open to trying new foods! I had a great time at their house(which is a mansion, by the way) and made many great memories. Thank you so very much, everyone. I look forward to seeing you all again!
feedback left for Outside help in the garden in Co. Offaly - 02/05/2012
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Richard, Sue, and the girls were lovely hosts. The food was amazing, the work pleasant yet satisfying, and the surrounding area was beautiful. There was plenty to do and discuss in our off time and the casita where we stayed was new and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this family as hosts. Thanks Rick and Sue!
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Alessandra and Massimo are wonderful people, and their home is just as wonderful too! I stayed for a month and it was great to share their company and work together. You can tell from the beginning that they are open, relaxed and friendly, and their home is always open to friends and family, and guests for the B&B. It's kind of like everything you'd imagine in a rural farmhouse, with modern amenities as well. There's always something to do, and you take away as much as you put into it; mainly I spent my time gardening, translating and helping with housework. But they are both very creative, so it's the perfect place for the more creatively inclined. They also travel a lot... I guess I can just summarise and say that they are interesting to get to know :) I really hope you continue to do this sort of thing in the future! I enjoyed it very much and I think other people would too. I would recommend it to anyone who is open and willing to learn new things. The landscape and Sassello are lovely, and if you want to see more, it's no problem to get a bus (or lift with one of them) to Savona and from there you can go travel anywhere you want to with the train. Genoa, Cinque Terre, the Italian Riviera or Turin aren't too far! Savona's nice too, also for a splash in the sea. I wish you the best of luck with il bimbo and Cascina Granbego! Maybe I can come again in the end :) Simon P.S. It must be mentioned that Settembre (the dog) is the most beautiful dog in the world :D
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First of all, if workaway.info would let us give ten smiley face to a host, we would. Phil and his family are great workaway hosts and our experience with them was an unforgettable one. Phil has numerous tasks and projects going on, that he could do with some help with, so if you are a skilled craftsman or tradesman, a good cook, gardener, tutor etc, any potential workawayer will have plenty of opportunity to get stuck in, as long as you are hard working and conscientious. They are also very accommodating and very quickly we were made to feel like part of the family. We originally applied to stay or five week, but ended up staying for three months. There were enough exciting projects in the pipeline (such as building a swimming pool, installing a wood burning stove and a solar heating system to name a few) for us to stay a lot longer, but we had a travel itch that needed to be scratched. Phil and Shema are more than willing to pass on their DIY and cooking skills/knowledge to those who are interested and serious about it. We did have a great time and we were rewarded with a few trips to beautiful spots in Southern Greece (which included the highly memorable Dog Tourism Day!), so it was very difficult to leave the whole family, their two gorgeous dogs and picturesque village. We can't wait to go back!
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Me and a friend stayed 4 weeks with this Organization in Moshi and really enjoyed it! Joseph, the coordinator, is so nice and helpful. He made our whole trip perfect, helping us to organize our travels after volunteering and all the other little things. Also our stay in the host family was very good! A real cultural experience. All in all I can absolutely recommendyou to stay with Joseph in Moshi. We are really glad, that we did it! Marco and Hannes
feedback left for Volunteer for an NGO in Tanzania - 14/04/2013
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I was planning on staying for one month in January, but I'm still here in March. It's a lovely family, very easygoing. There's loads of things to do and see around Galway.
feedback left for Help a family in Connacht, Ireland. - 03/03/2013
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This is my first workaway experience and I ended up staying for 2 months in the retreat. I had a really wonderful time in this beautiful place. I enjoyed working with other volunteers and staff a lot, as well as meeting guests from all over the world. And I really appreciate the effort that Mikael and Maya put in to make me feel like home here. The girls are adorable and talented in music and handicraft and I really enjoyed spending time with them. I also helped in the kitchen and was glad to have chance to work with different people. It was really fun to join the activities, too. I learnt a lot about the climate and the nature. Huskies-sledding, cross-country skiing , snow-shoeing etc are definitely one of the best experiences in my life. I will never forget the amazing Aurora and the stunning scenery we saw. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!!
feedback left for Retreat/Family in Lapland - 02/02/2013
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I don’t have words to describe how good this family has been with me and how positive this experience has been in many different ways. Gary and Tag were very welcoming and made me feel at home from the first day. I’ve enjoyed every second with them, and I feel so lucky to have stayed there that I’m sure this workaway experience will be impossible to beat. They were so kind showing me Andalusia and their lovely children are very sweet, I had a lot of fun playing with them. If possible I would like to give them more than 4 stars, because they are the very best. Thank you very much for everything!
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WOW! I have just come back to home now from this farm after three weeks and it was absolutely breathtaking not only because of the variety of animals (exotic and also typical for a farm in France ) but mainly because of Karan´s family! They treated me like a family member. I have lived in some families in England but this family in France was the greatest in many aspects and I am not exaggerating at all. I particularly admire Karan, she seems to have infinite patience for virtually everything ( with me- I was sometimes very clumsy, and not very smart with DIY, with children, dogs, animals and with house problems such as a broken dishwasher, problem with a sink, et cetera) The big surprise for me since beginning was that her children have got a new-found respect for volunteers. ( probably the countryside in Burgundy, healthy environment, delicious food and nice sleep makes people better. ) Food was absolutely excelent, we ate like a lords – Karan´s excelent pasta, pork dishes, and luxurious summer picnics next to a nearby lake or just under a farm´s pergola – I was feeling sometimes if I really deserve such a big dinner when we did not work a lot, in summer we ate outside with a spectacular view of the near village with typical french boulangerie. Sleeping: You have to experience sleeping in the countryside- It was the best sleeping I have ever had and I did have neither my pillow nor my own mattress – quiet place, full of stars, moon and your room in totally dark – I have now a new dream! Type of work : First days I was very sad we worked only very little and with a big breakfast, dinners I thought I am just a parasite on a farm :). It took time to me to realize that the work on the farm is a lot but you have to work on your own cooperative initiative and help where you can – and I am sure that every person in the world can help there. One day I weeded, another day repaired bikes or building with another volunteer a pergola, watering, feeding animals The family is very kind to everyone – one example : they gave a bike to a one great volunteer for traveling throughout France. There are always someone new, volunteers, travelers, visitors for seeing animals, students who Karan teaches, children´s friends. I could not have better time – thank you very much indeed Karan, Joseph, Jacob, Emilie, Callum, Sherlock, Gaya, Aggy, The Jacks, Alex, Ettiene, :D!
feedback left for Camelid farm in France - 11/08/2012
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What can I say? This was my first workaway experience, and Chris went above and beyond anything I expected. With Chris, having fun is at the same level of importance as work, each meal gets more delicious than the last, and the accommodation provided is 200 steps above the backpacker ghettos I\'ve gotten used to! The paradise location doesn\'t hurt either! Thanks Chris for a fantastic stay!
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Thank you for the wonderful time at your home! Right from the beginning you were so helpful and friendly. That was an easy start in Australia for me, thank you so much. Unfortunately it was only a short time, but maybe I come and visit you in my second year in Australia ;-)
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Johanna, you're amazing! I admire your work ethic and your creativity, and your ambition! I enjoyed staying in the house and am looking to go back sometime! Thank you for the experiences and for your trust. I felt extremely at home in Leipzig, and I see is as my home away from home! Anyone who wants a unique experience and is looking to go to Germany, Georg-Schwarz 10 is the place to go :)
feedback left for Babysit Children in Germany - 08/04/2013
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Staying in the countryside with Claudia was beautiful! It was a pleasure to work in the garden with her, and to wake each day to find new flowers, or discover new fruit trees or simply watch the sun set. Claudia is lovely and funny and a great cook, with two gorgeous dogs Nana and Beige. And she let me draw on the walls of my caravan. I am curious as to how everything is going! See you sometime in the future :)
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This is a beautiful place to experience costa rican daily life. During my stay I worked as a mathtutor but got a lot more than that; I found a place to feel like home, visits to san jose and a sugar factory and also got the chance to look at the puriscal festival! I got to learn a lot more about riding and horsecare during my stay and the family really made me feel welcome. We created a holiday, I got to try aikido, made popcorn pie (surprisingly good!) and learned some necessary words in spanish from Abel (gum for example!). You never have to feel alone here with all the horses walking around freely, the dogs and cats with their own personalities and all the awesome volunteers that stay here. I couldn\'t have found a better place to start my travels in costa rica nor a better family to live with and atmosphere to live in. And if you feel like going for a swim, hey, there\'s a waterfall close by! I love this place and would recommend it for everyone; young, old, tall, short, inexperienced and experienced riders, animal lovers, hiking lovers or whatever. A word to describe this place is awesome. Pura vida
feedback left for Help with rebuild a driveway in Costa Rica - 16/03/2011
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I spent 1 month with Julie in her B&B in the monthof July 2012. Together we did the household chores, taking time out together/separately in our down time. I found Julie very easy to work with; very hospitable and couldnt do enough to make my stay very pleasant and comfortable. Julie spent a lot of her personal time showing me around the local markets and villages. She was flexible regarding the type of work we chose to do, and very easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend her workaway and hope I can return in the future. Thanks very much Julie.
feedback left for Join me and help out in Languedoc Roussillon - 15/10/2012
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Staying with Arun in Baluti village was a gem of an experience. Arun may be 63, but he is young at heart and wonderful company. He picked me up from the town center of Kotabagh and we ascended up lush green hills until we reached his cottage. Baluti village is a fresh breath of air from all the chaos and crowds of Indian cities. Friendly villagers smiled and waved whenever I would meander through the mountains to explore. There are a lot of activities to do as well. During my stay, Arun arranged a local villager to guide me through the Sitibani forest reserve on a horse. The forest was silent and pristine and overlooked the hillside villages of the area. We stopped at a hidden temple and conversed with other villagers while drinking chai. Another day, Arun’s helper Puran and I went for a 3 hour hike up the mountains to the Devi Temple. The hike was exhausting but the views at the top were spectacular. Other days, I simply read in the sunshine and enjoyed the views from Arun’s cottage. Arun told me how many guests end up staying weeks at a time, and it’s no surprise why. Baluti provides a calmness that is hard to find when bouncing from one backpackers place to another. Arun’s helper Puran sells liquor as well for rowdy nights. You can find everything here… Be it a quiet retreat, or fun-filled night… or a bit of both. Contact Arun, staying at his cottage has been my best travel decision in India thus far.
feedback left for Helping on a farm in the Himalayas. - 04/02/2013
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We had a wonderful time staying with Angelo in Sicily! His property is close to two sweet little towns, and a bus ride from both Catania and the beautiful Mt. Etna. Angelo gave us great advice and even lent us cold weather clothes to climb the volcano. During our time we him we worked on clearing his property after some renovations, some winter gardening and chopping firewood. The work wasn't difficult, we could do it on our own schedule, and it was enjoyable to help him get the property in order. We enjoyed his company and that of his lovely old pup, Asia. Recommended!
feedback left for Organic gardening on the slopes of Mount Etna. - 27/12/2012
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We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Work was varied, including decorating, gardening and looking after the cats. Excellent host and family, left you to your own devices managing the work. Superb send off.
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We stayed with Rosa and Pompilio the whole month of March and what a month ! We enjoyed every bit of it; discovering the Italian way of life with them is an unforgettable experience. Rosa went out of her way to make us feel welcome and Pompilio is really keen on sharing his knowledge. We learnt so much about farming and nature, as well as cooking the Italian way ! The area is just amazing and it's very well connected if you want to travel around in your free time. If you are thinking to stay with them,just do it !
feedback left for Organic farm in Sabina (Rome) - 12/05/2013
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I was very happy living with the Schmitz! The kids are cute~ The hosts were super nice! They are patient when I have lots of cultural questions; They showed me how to cut the glass; They had many good suggestions for me to explore the district. Thank you for involving me, I enjoyed these 2 weeks very much!
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My friend Evan and I stayed with the Wallaces for 5 days, and it was a great way to start off our Costa Rican trip. Sharron, Dick and Maia are a great family, and very easy to work for/with. We were fed more than we could eat, although we managed to fit it in, and their knowledge of the country helped us plan our next week out a lot. Many good converstions were had around the table, and I think we solved some major world problems there. The only surprizes were good ones, and I recommend them to anyone in the area.
feedback left for Get involved with farm life in Costa Rica - 09/07/2012
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This was my first workaway experience so I didn't know how everything is going to work. However I felt very welcomed right in the beginning and Andy picked me up from train station with their cool Spitfire! Food was extremely delicious and Andy and Tracy both have a great sense of humour. Along with guesthouse work I got to do various jobs, for example to photograph Tracy's antiques, which was interesting! The area is quiet, but I really enjoyed the peacefulness. I had a lovely time, thank you all: Andy, Tracy, Molly and Jack! And of course Buster and the Cat!    
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I really had such a wonderful time at the farm with Beate and Hubert. They are the most kind and candid persons I have ever met. We could talk and laugh a lot together during feeding and training the lamas, the walks with their two lovely dogs in the morning, or during cooking together. Beate was more like a workaway-mum than a host; she is very caring :). It felt more like having a home. And it was a great experience to work with lamas; actually I did not know that much about them before, but they are absolutelly fascinating; calm and quite and very friendly. And they did not spit once on me ;)! For my first workaway-experience it could`nt have been more perfect, I would love to come back :). Thank you so much!
feedback left for Volunteer with llamas in Denmark. - 28/12/2012
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I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my first workaway - I had a brilliant time. John and Sarah are both excellent company and treat their guests very well, supplying great accommodation and delicious food. They've fully embraced the ethos of workaway and integrate all the volunteers into their lives so that you really feel like part of a family. Their cortijo is set in paradise with beautiful views and interesting places to explore. The work itself is interesting and provides lots of opportunities to learn because it is so varied. I've come away feeling fantastic, both physically and mentally. My only regret is that I couldn't stay longer. Would love to do it all again!
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I stayed for one month with Francesco and Laura, and had a really wonderful time. I enjoyed cleaning the rooms with Laura, and working in the garden (when it was not raining) and even went to the house by the sea to work for a week with Francesco. The hosts are wonderful people, who are kind and flexible and giving. Thank you for a very interesting and pleasant visit, Laura and Francesco, I hope to see you again someday!
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Awesome isn't a word I like to use too often but there's no other way to describe my work away experience with this family. I spent a month in Dome Creek during autumn. Most of my working time was spent with Dave and a couple of other work-awayers doing firewood, gardening, digging, berry picking and any other general outdoors work that needed to be done. We tended to work for around five hours a day with weekends off. The work is pretty physical, however, the atmosphere while working was light and fun with many a song and story shared. Dave has a talent for making people feel appreciated which is no more evident than when you're covered in dirt from head to toe and sore all over! The rest of the time we spent with the family (though there was no pressure to if I wanted time to myself) playing with their two young rascals, helping in the kitchen, attempting to play guitar with Dave, taking trips into the local surroundings, playing board games, playing with their wonderful dogs and enjoying each other's company around a campfire. To sum my experience up: the atmosphere is warm and fun, the surroundings are stunning and the work is tough but rewarding.
feedback left for Off the beaten path. - 20/11/2012
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We had a wonderful time with our little saffron family in the beautiful Marche region! Work was a little exhausting and mind-numbing when harvest reached its peak, but we had plenty of time afterwards to explore the area and visit some wonderful sights. Anne and Caspar were great hosts and we enjoyed all of our shared lunches and candle-lit suppers. They were always helpful, taught us a lot about the area and culture, and were very welcoming. Being surrounded by a lot of other helpers made the stay even better and it was great to be a part of a big family. Best of luck with everything and hope the harvest next year exceeds this one!! Hope to see you in the future and await Lo Zaff saffron on the shelves of New York supermarkets!
feedback left for Help a family in Italy - 26/11/2012
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Kong is the best host and his daughter a real gem. I was able to help him start a hot 18 day compost for his gardening plans as well as a worm farm to produce natural fertilizer. He has so many plans which we turned to perma culture to give ideas for sustainable ventures. I think I tried most of the local delicacies in the five days I was there and saw so many local spots of interest. I highly recommend Kong and his family as a great spot and anyone who loves gardening can be a real help to this budding gardener. Good luck with the sunflowers, Kong.
feedback left for Come and volunteer with us in Malaysia - 19/04/2013
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Brigitte and her family are some of the kindest most intelligent and thoughtful people I have met. Brigitte really took me under her wing right away, so helpful with language, meals were always delicious and plentiful and I would always learn something new and interesting in conversation around the table. She went well above and beyond my expectations when she took me to the moulin rouge to learn the charleston. That woman can dance! Location is great, it\'s three minutes away from everything you need, including the train station for your days off exploring Versailles and Paris. The work is different every day, which I like a lot. It was really great to just bop my head along to the music while painting, cleaning and gardening. I really liked the other work away-ers there with us, I think we made a great team. A+++ hosting!!! Stay and work here, you will love the whole family right away!
feedback left for Help us decorate and get to visit Paris - 20/03/2012
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Thanks all! To you prospective workawayers: Anyone who loves the country, or loves the mountains (Garbet is pleasantly situated between both), or gets more pleasure from a hard day's work than from not working at all is advised to check out Barry and Virginia. You work hard, but the work in an ends in itself. Logging, butchering, working in the garden- if this is the stuff you crave you'll have come to the right place. All you need is a little grit, a little vinegar, a will to roll up your sleeves and get sweaty. And even when the weather's nasty - and it was - you can always count on an evening of good company and a good dinner. Thanks again
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This was my first workaway experience and I will never forget it. I have learnt a lot, not just practical skills but also about ecological living, organic cooking and esentially about life. I feel like I have grown up two years in only two weeks. I recommend to everybody the experience, you will enjoy the most amazing and healthy food you've ever tried and the most interesting conversations. The work is not hard, it can be very varied and creative, weather permitting. Thank you very much for everything and hopefully see you soon!
feedback left for Come and help us on our land in Catalonia. - 21/05/2013
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Andrea and Anke are great hosts who pay attention to the helpers. They always asked me if I have had everything I needed. The animals are also friendly including the sheep and chickens :) There is always something to be done and enough free time is given. In the evenings I was tired (but not worned-out) and satisfied, because I could see the good result of our work. They took me to the cities nearby, and were ready to help me with patience when I had some difficulties.
feedback left for Work at a horse farm in Germany - 31/01/2012
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I worked on the farm in Alausi for 2 weeks and had a brilliant time there. We would usually work for around 8 hours per day, Monday-Friday with the weekends off. The work was tough but it kept us busy and I helped with a number of tasks including: the rebuilding of a wall, the digging of trenches, the feeding of animals etc. Victor is a really awesome guy who made me feel welcome as soon as I arrived. His cooking skills are top notch which is nice because he was usually the one preparing our meals. I would highly recommend this workaway place to anyone who is travelling in Ecuador. You won't be disappointed! Take care Victor :) Lots of love Michael
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I loved to workaway with Cristian and Melania, they are really friendly and helpful couple, with a lot of useful advice of what to see in Bucharest and Romania. The work to do is easy they are really flexible and you get to know travellers from all around the world. The location of the hostel is great, walking distance from the main atractions and the old city (where the bars and nightlife is) Bucharest is a beautiful and safe city, people is friendly, it has a lot of things to see and its easy to travel around Romania from there. I wish you all the best with all your plans! See you soon!
feedback left for Volunteer at a hostel in Bucharest - 14/05/2013
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This was a great place to stay on our first trip to New Zealand. Marianna has beautiful horses and a wonderful farm-stay. She was very generous is showing us new experiences in her adopted country, especially the trip Matakana Island. I recommend that if you are staying try to go on the trip, you won't regret it. Lakes Ranch is also another great place to visit with Marianna; the lake is amazing, as are the hot springs, the property itself and the horses! Thank you Marianna and Brian for showing us around Katikati!
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Michelle was a great host and we had a fun together on her ranch and with the neighbors!!! It was difficult to learn all the names of animals at the start but it's really really harder to leave these animals when you leave the ranch and this little paradise!!! I really want to go back again in this place and to see again Michelle! So thank you for all of experiences I knew here!
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What can I say...GREAT Workaway place. Working with Ian was very educational and fun. We did lots of different things...the best maybe, making the paradise terras where we had after work wine and beer with a great view of the Midi Pyrenees. Nina cooks (more than) good nosh and the cookies are fab! We had nice conversations at the dinner table and lots of laughs. The whole atmosphere is relaxed, working hours are evolving as the day goes by and depending what there is to be done (pottering about..). It's a quiet place, and there are some nice walks in the area, passing horses, cows, sheep, goats and donkeys. Nina loves doing crochet and Ian is into woodturning. Both are more than willing to teach you a bit of that if you're interested. I had a great time....we might meet again!
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My stay with Nava and jonathan was Absolutely lovely AMAZING! I would strongly recommend this project to anyone wanting to volunteer in Israel.No words can describe how wonderfull Nava and jonathan ARE see you SOON love ALAN xxx
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I stayed 17 days at the beautyful chateau. I felt very welcomed. according to many guest and bad weather I mostly cleaned the rooms, helped with breakfast and did a lot of laundry. we worked a lot and I almost forgot do take my free days off :) mostly in my freetime I took care of a little ducky which was alone and took a big place in my heart. there are also chickens and cats which wanted also to have some attention. I enjoyed to go to flea markets, classical concerts or for a beer in the evenings or for a walk in the hills and forest. I had a great stay and would love to go back once. thanks for all!!!
feedback left for Come and help out with a chateau in Burgundy - 19/05/2013
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Amaaaaaazing Place! We went there for working, but we found a new family. We did some working with cley, tried to build the solar shower and helped with the greenroof, but most of the time, we just enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Hope to see you soon beautiful people!

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