A selection of our feedback from hosts and workawayers
We stayed here for three weeks and it was an unforgettable experiance! Savon and Savuth were great hosts and the other workawayers were amazing!
Everyday we would bike to the school through the Cambodian countryside. It was an incredible way to experiance Cambodian life. Not to mention the adorable children!
This work away would be especially good for someone willing to stay for a few months and really build a relationship with the students.
Thank you very much for everything! We miss you all
alvin and nike were incredibly warm and generous, fully embracing me and fellow workawayers into their daily lives- the work largely consisted of renovating/building, cleaning house and pool, which was interesting and educational for me every step of the way. they have great friends around so on various nights and weekends we would be invited to lively social gatherings, meeting wonderful, new people. we felt like adopted children in the best way, and i couldn't have asked for a better first workaway experience. a thousand thank you's!
Where to start... The hosts, Karen and Matthew, are amazing people. Both are incredibly intelligent with copious amounts of knowledge to pick from while staying there. Not only are they happy and well versed, but inspirational as well. It is rare that one comes across someone who truly follows their dream. Especially when the dream, at the time of deciding to follow it, seems far-fetched. Karen and Matthew are a remarkable duo who were able to say goodbye to their professional lives, and live sustainably and successfully amongst nature.
This success is strung together with plentiful organic and vegan foods, prepared by 5-star-chef-Karen (my rating) that even the most fastidious eater would enjoy. (For anyone reading this... If you hear the words "Peanut-Butter Lentil Burgers" during your stay, prepare your pallet for a good time.) While Karen is cooking away, the other half, Matthew, is helping the workers as well as giving the chance for new skills to be attained and answering any questions about the project at hand.
Finally, the atmosphere of the place is so peaceful and tranquil. Between the snow-capped mountains, doing yoga in town after a days work, or just admiring the view from the house, one really gets a full dose of fresh nature that leaves the body revitalised.
I would like to thank both Karen and Matthew for an amazing stay, and the people that I worked with as well. I can walk away, or rather take many busses, trains, and a plane, from this place and know that I have made friendships to last throughout the years.
I had an incredible three months with Karen and the Boys! I can't believe I got so lucky with this lovely Irish Family! I would recommend them without a second's hesitation. Karen is an amazing host. I felt like part of the family almost immediately. Their home is warm and I felt a real Irish culture, which Karen and the boys made a point to share with me.
Karen is a very kind and generous person, even with her sarcastic Irish humor. Charlie quickly became like my little brother and best friend, and most of my fondest memories of Ireland involve him. Lee was mostly away at school while I was there but when he was around (and awake haha) he was good for a laugh. And Joey the Dog was always up for a good cuddle or a quick walk to the beach.
The family and I were a good match for each other, and I never felt that I was working more than was fair. Additionally, county Cork is Beautiful, and we traveled a fair bit while I was there seeing many parts of it. The best part of county Cork is the coastal town of Kinsale. There is Irish charm brimming through the small town. There is history to be found everywhere and the amazing Irish coast and countryside is just beyond the town. Karen's home has a great location and is within short walking distance of town. Kinsale is an artistic town that always has something to do, filled with coffee shops, bookstores, galleries, and pubs with live music. I made friends easily as there is a large population of young people, especially au pairs, in the area.
In short if you are lucky enough to stay with Karen and the boys, you will love your time in Ireland. Within my short three months with the family I became so close with them that I didn't want to leave, and definitely hope to visit them again in the future! :)
When I first received a message from Gahsri about helping his daughter with her Mandarin homework, I never imagined I would be living in paradise for a wonderful 8 days! This has to be one of the best beaches in all of Langkawi where you can relax on a hammock, swim in the clean water, go exploring on the kayak or just do what you choose. Waking up to the waves lapping on my doorstep as the sun rose above the islands felt truly surreal and is picture I will keep ingrained in my memory.
I had a wonderful experience on Tuba Island with Gahsri and family; most of my time was spent with his 7 year old daughter, Melor, helping her to improve her Mandarin and also teaching her how to swim. She is a lovely little girl who learns quickly! In saying that, I still had a lot of spare time to do whatever I liked. Gahsri's wife Nanik is also very kind and a great chef! Gahsri has many interesting and inspiring stories to share as well which I really enjoyed listening to. Another highlight of my stay was having the chance to join a boat trip to Pulau Payar marine park where we got to swim with and feed some beautiful tropical fish.
Thanks for welcoming me to your family and sharing this slice of heaven with me! I hope to hear about Melor's swimming and Mandarin progress in the future.