Area: Pays de la LoireWe are a family and we live on an island in the Loire valley, wich is beautiful and salvage. (there are two houses on a land of 5 kms longer) but it's also very near of the town center of Angers, wich is a middle town (and one hour from Nantes). (Actually, we move and change house on the 29th and 30th of december. We move by boat and we really need help on these days: 26,27,28,29,30,31 december 2013). Once you cross the river, you can find public transport on the river side to bring you to town center in 10 minutes.If you like canoeing, fishing and swimming in the river but you need sometimes go shopping and visiting, it's the place to be. If you want to see the castles of the Loire Valley, you can visit easily from our place. (We move only to the other side of the river in an other house, where we'll need help for restructuration). Summer time, we can cross the river by feet on the sand because water goes down, but during winter time, you have to cross by boat or Canoe. Our house is huge (you can have your own room) but not very confortable We warm up with a wood stove and the bathroom is very rudimentary). If you are affraid of spiders and flying insects, it's not the lace to stay.Winter time, we pass by boat (bark or Canoa) ( which can make you dependant sometimes)and during summer time, we pass by feet, on the sand. We have two child (5 and 12).We have cat, dog and chicks. We are both artists. My partner is a drumer I'm an artist. I make shows with pictures and actors and work with others as a comedian or graphist I can speak Italian because I used to live in Italy for two years. We have also exchanges with a musician family in Rajasthan in India for more than ten years and we made a travel there in family and we used to hospitate them at home many years because of the tours. So we know a few about this culture.My partner is very interrested by indian music and in general by world music. He likes to have exchanges as well on politicals topics, History. My partner is a smoker and I try not to smoke, so I'd prefer to hospitate no smokers.We used to be vegetarians but we are not any more.we don't eat much meat but it can happens.
Area: Washington StateWe are a rustic resort and retreat center in the San Juan Islands in WA state. Located on 35 acres of coastal property on Orcas Island, our community serves as the cultural and social hub of the Eastern portion of the island. We operate a bourgeoning seed to table program from our on-site garden that provides many of the ingredients for the vegetarian/pescatarian menu served at our cafe. The cafe garners a reputation in the region for delicious seasonal and local fare and is a unique gathering place for local islanders, folks from the Pacific Northwest, and guests from around the U.S. and the world. In addition to the garden and cafe, our resort is perhaps most famously known for its hot tubs and sauna. These relaxing amenities overlook Otter Cove and provide bathers a unique view of the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound. We also offer on-site yoga classes, therapeutic massage, and a unique library open to staff and guests. As a WorkAway volunteer you would have access to these on-site services and experiences at free or discounted rates. While the resort is a unique and magical place, the location and people of Orcas Island are another reason to consider spending some time with us. Orcas is home to Moran State Park - the largest park in the San Juan Islands and the fourth largest state park in WA state. With over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails and four lakes that are great for trout fishing and swimming, Moran offers a host of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Widely considered one of the world's best panoramic views, Moran also contains Mt. Constitution - the largest mountain in the San Juan Islands. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the people of Orcas Island make the resort what it is. As a small island culture, the people of the San Juans look to one another for companionship, happiness, and goodwill. As a center of island culture on the East side of Orcas, the resort and retreat center functions as a meeting place where friends gather to organize activities, enjoy each other's company, and explore the rich opportunities Orcas has to offer.
Area: TuscanyThe LIBERERIA was born on 12-12-12 Volcano Amiata. We have a self-managed library that serves as a motor for many other projects: 1- we are working in a "secret" valley not reacheble by car 2- we run a free-shop 3- we are preparing a project of urban garden in the village 4- we run the "free hospitality" of th Libereria 5- we run the biblioteque IN THIS TIME, THE MAIN ACTIVITIES ARE: -The requalification of two houses in nerest villages on new Libereria -Restailing the Libereria -Clay balls -Preparation of product for the free shop -eco-soap; food, others.. It is a non-profit initiative, so all the activities carried out are open to all and free. The main objectives of the project are education of children and adults, antispecisism, the creation of alternative socio-economic and management of environmental resources, annihilation of chauvinism (sexism), communal transport, permaculture, natural cures, search the purpose of life and the true nature, self-sufficiency, etc. .. We believe that through the work of the earth, you can learn a new way of life, that is more satisfying and offers healthy habits that contrast with the impersonal "modern" lifestyle. Being in contact with nature and fresh air helps us rediscover activities considered "old" such as the importance of healthy eating, the joyous beauty of nature, the proper use of NATURAL resources. We always cook, organize evenings of poetry and collective readings, multi-ethnic cultural meetings, food preparation with antispecism orientation and run a free shop. We also do gardening (experimental-sinergic and basic Fukuoka permaculture) and ceramics. We are open to organize courses, and art, meditation, or any other things you are willing to propose. The services are "eco-style" - we are creating a sustainable-energetic system!
Area: British ColumbiaWe are Quennell Lake Livestock Conservancy, a conservation breeding facility for endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. We currently work with 5 breeds of chicken, ducks, goats, and horses. This is a social enterprise with the following goals: • To maintain viable breeding populations of selected endangered breeds and promote these breeds to the farming community and the general public • To develop and promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable farming practices that are well adapted to our local landscapes and climate • To provide learning and training opportunities for children, young people and those with challenges QLLC is a 20 acre farm, located just south of Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island, off the West Coast of Canada. The farm has an orchard, pastures, a creek and a little bit of forest. We are close to the ocean, as well as a lake, forests and many hiking trails. Caring for the animals, upgrading the existing infrastructure, as well as establishing a year-round market garden and farm shop and farm teaching programs are the main priorities. Please be aware that this is a farm in a rural area. The nearest bus stop is 3 km away. Once you are here, you are pretty much stuck here unless you like to walk or are bringing your own transportation. We can offer occasional rides into town etc. The farm is not suitable for people with any allergies to animals, hay, pollen etc. We have a no smoking policy.
Area: Las AlpujarrasPlease note: we prefer volunteers over 25, otherwise we end up feeling more like parents than hosts! We have an old moorish style stone house set in a small olive grove some 20 minutes walk from the small but cosmopolitan town of Orgiva. We are a couple with a son of 18 and a daughter of 20 both at Granada University. We are a friendly family, live a fairly quiet life, but like a laugh and some fun.We are early nighters mostly but guests are seperate enough that they can stay out or in late as they want as our daughter used to!. We have lived here for12 years so know the area and can advise on walks etc. Chris does some mountain biking and canoeing. Orgiva is between granada and the coast, about a 1 1/2 hr bus ride from Granada. The higher mountain valleys are easily accessible by bus and some fantastic walking