A selection of our feedback from hosts and workawayers
What a true pleasure it was to stay with Dave and Kath. We could not speak more highly of their hospitality. . . especially the cooking. :)
The work was fun, structured, and we always had the best tools and toys to do the job. We were lucky to get some great weather over the 10 days we stayed in early March, so a majority of the tasks were based outside in the sun which suited us just fine.
The accommodation was lovely and comfortable beyond expectations and the room included a private ensuite.
Work aside though.... to get to know David and Kath was the highlight. Every meal time was highlighted not just by the most delicious food imaginable. ..but great conversation around the table. We also loved the company of their adorable Collie dog Lucas and his favorite deflated football toy. :)
We believe we have made some mates for life and will try to repay the hospitality when they make their voyage to Australia!
We would highly recommend to anyone looking to experience the beautiful peaceful quiet and scenery that France has to offer, to head to Dave and Kath's.
Hot tip: make a cheeky request for Dave's super prawn curry, and Kath's Duck Shepherd Pie with Choccie Pudding.
Thank you again to you both!
Sarah and Danial xx
Hold the phone! Shut the front door! These are two of the best workaways ever! Over the past three weeks the weather has been difficult but having Theo and Phoebe with us truly brightened up each day and their incredible positivity, which was highly contagious, lightened everyone’s spirits. They are the most wonderful workaways and we would highly recommend them to any hosts. They are two of the most helpful, hardworking, caring, generous, genuine, interesting and interested people we have ever had to stay.
From the moment you arrived in the pouring rain, we were struck by your wonderful attitude to life. Whether you were entertaining Alfeo, moving rocks, cutting canes, playing or designing games, sharing recipes, telling us tales about adventures in New Zealand, NZ native plants, politics, making breakfast or indulging in chocolate, banana pancakes or peanut butter, you were exceptional company and I think we and the other workaways who were here will miss you greatly. We thank you so much for all the you contributed. Your presence will be felt for a long time, not only in the work you did but in the food we eat and the attention you gave to everything you did, whether making breakfast or setting up washing lines to name but a few. As new friends we hope to keep in touch and one day hopefully we will come to find you and your dream projects of the Stone café and the Adventure educational centre in the wilds of New Zealand. Wishing you heaps of luck for your life adventures.
Four weeks have flown by in a flash. Over all an awesome challenging experience that has pushed us both in many different ways, allowing us to learn more about each other and ourselves.
Right from the beginning Jesse and Carlo made us feel welcome and started to show us the ways of the yurt. Jesse is an amazing mother, cook, host and friend. Always juggling a million tasks but doing so with a smile and a twinkle in her eyes. Carlo, wow so much energy (heeeeaps of energy) he works hard and expects you to do the same but won't ask you to do a job he wouldn't do himself. Make sure you bring a saying along for Carlo to collect. Alfeo has grown so much since we arrived, we wish you guys all the best in your promising future, we hope to see more photos.
The work has been physical but in a good way, being able to see change everyday is incredibly satisfying. The food... wow... has been amazing, soo many new and inspiring recipes we will take with us on our journey. Not to mention Carlo's lovely father who brightens up everyone's day.
Working alongside other work awayers has been the icing on the cake, working with each other is the best way to get to know each other and form awesome new friendships.
What an awesome first work away, we will stay in touch. Until next time.
Theo and Phoebe
Volunteering here has been some of the best days of my time in Asia if not my whole life. The family atmosphere at this place makes you feel instantly at home and completely supported in any aspect that you could want from your time here.
The work is never really complicated and if there are extra projects that you want to work on for fun or by way of learning/practicing. You can go with a specific skill set otherwise there is general hospitality work such as cleaning, front of house, bar work, cooking, etc. I found it incredibly insightful into understanding how to manage a hostel which could very useful to me if I decide to set up a similar thing in the future.
The set up/accommodation is basic but that's part of the experience and you would be surprised at quickly you fit into the space. It's only a couple minutes to the beach and Lanta itself has enough to keep you busy without it being too quiet or sleepy.
Lovely guests, tastes food, beautiful islands, friendly people, magic tattoos and living the dream.
I joined them as a last minute volunteer and had planned to stay 2-4 weeks but am now about to leave after 11weeks in total! So a word of advice is keep you plans flexible as you might not want to leave.
Lots of love to them all.
Michael and Aida are such nice people. For me the workaway concept is about connecting with people and sharing good times, and ideally it's a healthy balance between this and getting some productive work done. My time spent with Michael and Aida was more than just a healthy balance - it was a life enhancing experience that will stay with me forever. The boundaries between host and guest almost instantly melted away and it soon felt like hanging out with good friends. Since their visit our relationship has continued beyond our time spent together despite the physical distance. Their contribution through their hard work, cooking, music, conversation and positive honest company will remain forever rooting in the ambiance of this place and they will always be welcome to return anytime.