Area: Midi PyreneesWe are Francis & Linda White. We have lived at our current home since 2008. The garden could be both beautiful and productive, however the previous owner who developed the garden let it slip a bit in recent years. We are seeking help with getting the garden back into good order, and some DIY ability would help. We run a bar restaurant so work long hours, especially during the summer. We are located in a village so you would not be isolated, and you would get plenty of opportunity to practice your French.
Area: quintaWe are situated in the mountains of Chile Valparaiso Olmue, we work in an agricultural ecological project and our life is dedicated and based on sustainability, we produce our own food, and we are a very loving and gently family... our farm its a quiet place, horses, chickens, cats, dogs, trees, fruit trees, and native people around us... we just enjoy life... We have a pizzeria in the town where we sell our products. Estamos en un proyecto ecológico agrícola en las montañas de Olmue Valparaiso Chile , nuestra vida esta dedicada a ser sustentable y fuera del sistema. Con nuestra propia producción de los alimentos, nuestra granja esta muy tranquila, perros, arboles frutales y nativos en fin vivimos. Tenemos una pizzeria en el pueblo donde vendemos nuestros productos.
Area: EnglandCome and play music with us! We invite you to join in with all kinds of (classical) chamber music in our house. I'm a housewife (professional maths tutor, amateur horn-player, violist) with a working son (professional French/German translator, amateur violinist) and a schoolboy son all living at home; my eldest daughters live in London and Leeds, and I have 2 children away at university. We are an academic family, who enjoy maths, sciences, languages. We are not very sporty, though I swim most mornings to keep fit.
Area: Asturias (N-Spain)* We have found our reinforcement for February, Workaway really works well - thank you all for reading our profile and thank you volunteers who wrote to us! Asturias is a beautiful part of Northern Spain, great for hiking! We have mountains and the sea is nearby. My house is a foster home for dogs for a small local animal welfare organisation I am a member of, Animales de Oriente. We also have four donkeys, two of them are foster donkeys for the donkey paradise. I live in a farmhouse (2 houses) with 2 ha of land, taking care of a varying population of our own dogs plus dogs to be rehomed from the local shelter (8-10 dogs) The four donkeys are: Yoana, who was born here and Jack from the donkey paradise. Besides there is Romero and Fito, donkeys to be rehomed. There is a lot to be done in and around the house: cleaning (first of all, dog hairs that stick to anything but the dog...), dog walking, scooping the dog pooh, repairs, fencing, the vegetable garden and the other gardens. We usually do cleaning and other jobs in the morning, the afternoon is off (so you could combine it with studying) until late afternoon when the donkeys and dogs are fed and there may be another dog walk. The most important is of course taking care of the dogs and the donkeys - and keeping the fences and the surrounding land in good shape. It would be good if you have a driver's licence -(you can also use the van if you want to), but it is no requirement I do welcome volunteers for longer periods, preferably 4 weeks or even several months. In July and August the situation is a bit different: I will probably be away most of the time and your host will be Bob (my "neighbour"). This means you will be house sitting my house and it means you will have to be quite independent. You can use the van (driving licence is a must in July and August) and I am looking for preferably two volunteers each month so you can keep each other company. If you speak Spanish it would be good, as the other shelter volunteers speak Spanish. Accommodation: In summer, 1-2 volunteers have their own bedroom and mini bathroom in the annex to my house. The main living/kitchen is in my house. The property consists of 2 houses and usually the volunteers use the available bedrooms in the second house (except in summer). They share a bathroom - there is also a kitchen you can use. I always welcome enquiries by e-mail - and I will reply quickly! Volunteers have to like dogs and the outdoor life as the finca is quite remote (1 km from the village, shops 4 km). I am Dutch, and I speak English, Dutch and Spanish. Asturias is in the North of Spain, between Galicia and Cantabria (and then Basque country). This region is called the Costa Verde and as you can imagine it looks more like Scotland or Wales than what most people expect when thinking of Spain. It's an ideal area for hiking, mountain walking (Picos de Europa, Redes, Somiedo), mountain climbing, canoeing and of course we also have beaches (no sun guarantee though). Oviedo is at 30 km and Gijon at 45 km. Of course you can arrange to take a few days off to go hiking in the Picos or walk part of the Camino de Santiago - I am very flexible. You will find stories about the volunteers the blog - I will send you the various links where you can read more! If you want to see more of Asturias while volunteering, you can combine your stay with the Donkey Paradise (23 donkeys, mules, horses, dogs - min stay about a month) or the ecological project Fontebona (off the grid in a wooded area). Volunteering and hosting should be a fun experience, positive for both parties. You are part of the household, and you will be living with the 7 dogs in my living and probably have a new dog to take care of yourself, so being a dog lover is a requirement. Or should I rather say you have to be a little dog crazy. We take turns cooking and the food is mainly vegetarian. It is no problem if you are vegan or need a gluten-free diet. The food is basic, healthy, does not come out of a cardboard box, and is plentiful. Being in Spain we tend to have a glass of wine or beer with our dinner. I try to recycle as much as possible and do not like to throw away food or waste materials. You will get to know the delicious "tortilla de ayer" ;).
Area: midlandsWe are a family of six Barry and myself then two under 12yrs and two over 20yrs. We share our home with our dog , two cats, and chickens .We keep pigs some months of the year.The eldest two kids come home some weekends both study one in galway one in cork .Myself and Barry moved to ireland from england 16yrs ago to raise our family and have our own small- holding. Barry skills are horticulture and basketry and general maintainence work and Sarah Jane works part-time as a Health care worker and full-time as a homemaker. Our home is warm, friendly and welcoming. We are developing a vegetable garden as well as growing and using all of our own willow for use as baskets, willow structures and fencing. We have expanded our growing and workshop space so now we hold willow workshop courses every month and educational tours with more diversity in the future.We supply irish and english willow to the whole of ireland. We can offer help with learning English (if required) or any other skill that we can share. In addition, I can offer one to one tuition on the techniques used in basket making and organic gardening. We play a lot of music here our son Reuben and Barry play guitars and sing and Reuben is in a band and we do have music evenings around the fire. When we take time out we socialise with other families & friends hillwalking, cycle, canoe,soak in our hot tub, camp and occasionally surf. You would be welcome to join in with our recreational activities .If looking to plan your route here are bus links to help you buseireann.ie or kearnstransport.com or jjkavanagh.ie. Have fun exploring Ireland everyone!!!!