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Area: Penamacor Central PortugalWe are looking for help now to get ready for the coming season help with putting up tipis, planting our veggie plot, painting gates and other bits and pieces. We bought a Quinta in Central Portugal in August 2012. We have 270 olive trees and lots of vines, peaches, pears figs, apples, oranges and more. We have inherited the farm dog and 6 laying hens plus several ferral cats! We have also adopted a stray puppy and have 4 ducks. In June last year we opened our tipi campsite - we have 2 x 6m tipis on raised wooden platforms and this year we are renovating our 300 year old stone house ready for this season. We have been busy planting a large vegetable patch and herb garden using companion planting techniques wherever possible and currently have lettuce, tomatoes peppers, winter spinach, radishes, parsnips, peas, broad beans, garlic, strawberries, raspberries and more being planted as the weather permits. - our garden is an ongoing project so anyone with organic gardening/permaculture experience would be especially welcome. We are looking for helpers who don't mind mucking in and helping in the garden and with the various building projects building skills also welcome! We have had quite a few people come and help who have loved the area and have bought land in this area we have lots of contacts and can help if this is something you might be interested in exploring. We can provide a caravan or comfortable roof tent with mattress and bedding plus compost toilet. We have a large communal kitchen area and a beautiful wooden deck with stunning views. We ask for a minimum stay of a week and currently we are not looking for long term helpers so as we are not really ready accommodation-wise for that. We are walking distance from the village and 5 minutes drive from Penamacor where there is a grocery store. 30 minutes away is Castelo Branco a large town and Fundao another lovely town is around 20 minutes away. We do have a good mountain bike that can be used but if you have your own vehicle it would be much better and give you more freedom to explore the area as the local transport system in our rural area is not that good. We have a good telephone and internet signal and unlimited wireless. If you think you might be interested get in touch and I can give more info.
Area: ColoradoWe are a middle-aged couple with 3 daughters from each of our previous marriage. Our two youngest girls are seniors in high school and will be going to college in the fall. Francie is a business professional currently doing consulting work for nonprofits. I am a private client jeweler. We both work at home office/studio and have a busy calendar. We also have a dog and a cat. I love to cook and tend to do a larger share of dinner preparation. We are all on our own for breakfasts and lunches. We frequently host and attend dinner parties. We are early risers (6:00- 7:00 am) and enjoy our quiet time together, reading the paper and walking our dog before jumping into our work day. I love to work in the garden but find it difficult due to joint problems in my knees. Our home is adjacent to open space on the edge of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. From our home you can access many dozens of miles of beautiful hiking trails and bike paths. You can also walk 2/3 mile and catch a bus anywhere. Denver is a 40 minute bus ride away. Forty minutes north of us is Rocky Mountain National Park and hiking trails, camping, fishing and skiing. There are also 15 golf courses within a 30 minute drive. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, wonderful restaurants and a vibrant recreation and art scene. It's a beautiful place. Over the past 10 years, we have hosted Rotary exchange students from Denmark, Belgium, Romania and Croatia and greatly enjoy meeting new people and traveling the world. Life with us would provide some time with our family and lots of independent time when we are out at social and community engagements which generally have us out 3-4 nights/week. We hope that our workaway guest(s) will join us for dinner when we are home and, otherwise, as with breakfast and lunch, prepare and enjoy their own meals. Our needs for workaway visitor(s) are 1) 1-2 weeks in late April/early May and 1-2 weeks in late October/early November. We understand this is very limited and would appreciate only hearing from interested workawayers who can match these timeframes, and who are qualified to help with our work requirements.
Area: Just outside Pucon, Chile.We are an English family living in Pucon, Chile who need help with an exciting eco build. It is an earth bag house that is earth-bermed, (partially underground) with many eco and permaculture design principles such as solar alignment for passive solar heating, sustainable local materials, rocket stove and living roof. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help and learn about eco building. It's a great time to join as we have finished the foundations and are starting to earth bag the walls. It is a fun project, it can be hard work but we play hard too. We have a mix of professional eco builders and volunteers with at least 12 workers on the site Monday to Friday and a short day on Saturday. It is a great group and we have a big mix of nationalities...so on site is a good place to practise your Spanish (English, French or even Swedish!). You'll also learn a lot of eco building techniques from our professional crew who show that anyone can build and have fun doing it too. We have fun too with regular football matches, games nights, film nights and occasional trips to Town or the hot thermal springs. We prepare all meals for you, a varied breakfast choice (with usually something hot), Mechada (beef) for lunch, afternoon cake and a filling super (usually with wine). Also if anyone wants to help with cooking instead of, or as well as building then that would be good too.
Area: OntarioApril 1, 2014 update: We are now full until May 1. There may be a spot for May, but June and later are possible. We are a 8-person vegetarian community house in Toronto. Toronto is a great place to visit with vibrant neighbourhoods, bike-friendly streets, lots of festivals, farmers' markets, waterfront parks and an island park you can reach by ferry. etc. We are a house with a current age range of mid 20's to early 50's. We prefer to have visitors that are similar in age, say about 23 or older, so they can fit in nicely. We are especially open to people who are keen to try a plant-based diet. Most of us are experienced vegetarians who are open to helping new people. Every week there are 4 or 5 dinners (feasts) and several smaller meal preparations. We typically shop at farmers' markets and food co-ops. We are very interested in spiritual activities like meditation, chanting, yoga and/or prayer. We also have an environmental focus -- we are into natural building, avoiding plastic packaging and products, and not wearing/using chemically-scented products. Are you OK with a chemical-free home? i.e: no perfumes, or scented soups, shampoos? Unless natural and organic. We have two chemically-sensitive people here. Includes high speed internet, house phone and laundry soap. We have guest bikes available. To support a peaceful atmosphere, we are looking for those wanting to live without the distraction or temptation of TV and radio, cigarettes and alcohol. Our house is owned by one of the residents, who uses most of the proceeds to support the Veggie Challenge, an international charitable project that assists people who want to try a vegetarian or vegan diet. We are located on a quiet street (1 block from the subway and very close to downtown). We have a large tree-shaded front porch and back deck. Our three storey house has eight bedrooms, a guest room and two bathrooms (soon to be three). We have an infrared cedar sauna and workshop in the basement. Ecological features include using Bullfrog Power (green energy provider), front load washing machine, clothes lines for drying, low flush toilets, efficient fireplace insert where on cool nights we can burn scrap wood, a vegetable garden, and a low-on-the-food-chain vegetarian/vegan kitchen with an emphasis on organics and locally-grown foods. Help: We looking for about 4 hours per day in exchange for a sunny room, full use of the house and basic food ingredients. Our shared food is cooked from scratch, so the more help we get the better we all eat. :-) We can provide some training, and timing of work is flexible.
Area: Canoa, manabiWe have a 14 hectare small holding situated in a stunning valley, 12km inland from Canoa. We have not been here for very long and so we are just setting out to establish our business which in the future will be a mix of horse riding and breeding, tourism and small scale organic farming. We are looking for happy, positive, people, who respect animals and each other and are able to work independently and use their heads. We have a flat available for volunteers with a double and single bed. However we only take one group at a time, so you will be the only volunteers here whether you are one, two or three people. The flat has a kitchen and volunteers cook for themselves with the food that we provide, as we are not keen on cooking or very good at it! We are not around all the time and when we are, we are often very busy with our own work so We need people that are happy to work by themselves and who do not mind mucking in and getting dirty with whatever tasks we need doing as every day is different and can include clearing vegetation with machetes, digging irrigation trenches, moving earth, harvesting vegetables and fruit, sewing seeds, digging, planting, animal sitting, housework, construction, painting a mural, painting a room, etc etc. There is always something to do. People with equine, carpentry, construction and building skills are especially welcome. We ask for a two week minimum commitment. Please note that you will need to really like dogs as we currently have 11, from Chihuahuas to mastiffs and everything in between. We are an English couple and so we speak English day to day but we can arrange Spanish lessons for you if you are looking to improve your language skills. Life on the ranch can be pretty quiet, but you can always go into Canoa if you wish to socialise and enjoy a fiesta ? If you send us an email please let us know about yourselves and your experience, the dates you wish to come, and what you can contribute.