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Area: SardiniaAs Willie Nelson said: "One person can't change the world but one person with a message can." As human beings, we have always wanted to do something, to in some way create a positive change along this Earth. For several years we have collaborated with different NGOs and associations in different parts of the world in order to satisfy this profound desire inside of ourselves. Working with associations and NGOs taught us so alot and brought us some of the happiest and most meaningful times of our lives. But it was frustrating too because real change was hard to achieve and no matter how hard we tried or how late we worked into the night it was never enough to really change the way things work on the ground. So, three years ago we decided together to take a radical step to bring about the change in our own lives that we wanted to see in life itself. It might seem kind of corny, like a good sounding slogan from an advertisment but simply this is all that we need. We decided to make life itself our first priority. We live in a semi-abandonded hamlet, some of them houses that are falling to pieces. We have decided to give a voice to a place like this, still uncontaminated, where peace and silence still reign over the hearts of human beings. It brings sadness to think many have left behind this place for an apartment in the modern cities of Milan and Turin. Each day we try to discover new aspects of life and we spend our time building a living and subsistence based on a respect of mother nature. The society that we live in seems to place priorities that tend to divide people and bring one even to deny life itself. We have said basta! and we have decided to start from here our adventure. We want to bring people together in a celebration of life here at La Casa Verde and we treasure the opportunity to share it with you. As part of our project, Our Big Experiment as we call it, we grow our own food, milk our goats for milk, cheese and yogurt, make honey and dedicate ourselves to recuperate old traditions and crafts that are becoming ways of the past like basket making, weaving, manual labor, carpentry and much more. Our dream is to give an example that its possible to live today without depending on the outside, exploiting mother earth or being trapped in a job that we don’t like, all you need is a little bit of creativity and a lot of hard work. My partner Sara is Sardinian and I am an American. As we continue along in our Big Experiment, we realize that sometimes its a big responsibility to keep the whole ship running and need some help with our projects. We hope that workaway puts us in contact with volunteers from around the world that are interested to see for themselves how an experiment like this works and maybe take the idea and make their own someday. Our home is open to all and we love the chance to share with visitors this simple lifestyle we live and why we think that living this way is special and important.
Area: England*********************We have no availability until September************************* We are Jill and Phil, a relaxed and friendly couple who have recently moved to a large property near the Norfolk Broads where we plan to expand our Yurt making and wedding venue business. We also do a little bed and breakfast. The spacious living accommodation is part of a barn conversion the rest of the barn is the workshop, it is set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens, orchard and woodland. Jill works full time as a nurse, Phil makes yurts and Phil's dad Jack, who lives with us, is usually reading or busy in the garden he also makes all our bread. He has a small dog -Jess. Situated half way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth we live in a rural village in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The area is wonderful for walking, cycling and generally getting back to nature. There is a bus service to the city of Norwich and we are only two hours from London by train. This is rural but we will help with transport when possible and are happy to arrange work hours to allow free time to relax and explore.
Area: PopovoUnfortunately we had a barn fire on the 13th of June which spread to the house and destroyed the work of the past 2 years. We hope the roof will be back in place by mid July but we are currently camping out in gardens without electric or hot water. We still have cooking facilities and hope to have hot water and electric within a couple of weeks. Priority is being given to getting our home liveable again. UPDATE 6/7/2014 - Builders are currently putting a new roof on the main house. We plan to put an artisan roof, reusing some of the old timbers, on the extension under guidance from a craftsman friend. In addition to mud plastering, lime rendering and general decorating, helpers may get the opportunity to dismantle and rebuild a kerpitch (adobe) wall. These walls and floor needs to be rectified before we can reroof the barn area - giving the larger animals more living space. Update 19th August 2014. We now have electric, trailing sockets from a few power points but at least we have power tools when necessary. Running hot water is still a dream, hopefully within the next few weeks. Work is progressing more slowly than we hoped but we are only human. Whilst we are looking for people to help us rebuild our home we accept that not both people in a relationship may be enthusiastic about these tasks. General garden maintenance and catering still needs to be done and we are happy for someone to tackle these areas. Our main criteria for helpers is enthusiasm and a general willingness to 'muck in' Sadly after weeks of running on adrenaline we are both tired, physically and emotionally, those bringing laughs with them have gifts we will welcome Paul and myself are living on a (mainly) organic small holding attempting to be self sufficient. We are growing our own fruit, veg and animal feed, have lots of fruit trees, preserving food by various methods, making yogurt and cheese (when the sheep decide we can have some milk), a lot of what we are doing requires us learning as we go. We have volunteered ourselves, during which time we learnt a lot and met some great friends. Having experienced the other side of the coin we offer to provide you with good wholesome food, the opportunity to join us on trips out, the use of our bicycles, internet access and most importantly - an enjoyable experience. We have sheep, rabbits, chickens, geese and cats. Plans include more poultry and getting pigs, BUT only when we have improved the animal housing, possibly something you may be interested in helping with. We have a long drop toilet as opposed to a flushing loo, which we use when working outside but we now have a fully functional (inside) bathroom, and washing machine. It is really good fun and hopefully you will learn many life skills, mind you hopefully you can teach us a few also.
Area: Lower Normandy**PERSON OR COUPLE NEEDED SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER TO HELP WITH DOGS AND GARDEN ** We are Murray and Julie, a middle aged couple who have lived in Normandy for the past 10 years. We run a dog grooming business situated in a small town and live in a traditional colombage house in the countryside. We are 5 miles from the town of Lisieux where there is a railway station. We are about 1 hour from the landing beaches and 35 mins from the coastal towns of Deauville and Honfleur. We need some help at both our home and business. The work will include helping to look after our 6 large dogs and 2 cats as well as general maintenance, cleaning and gardening.
Area: East Central British ColumbiaHi All...My husband David and I (Debby), grow much of our own food, and spend much of our time exploring the wilderness. I am a Herbalist/Reflexologist/Irigologist. David is a Registered Professional Forester and we love to paddle, hike, mountain bike, snowboard & ski. We hold to peace and communication at the highest level in our lives. We are interested in a single person who is looking for a cabin in the woods, independence and willing to weed and tend large garlic gardens, summer and/or fall 2014. We have two big dogs and feeding and walking dogs if we are away paddling may be necessary.