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Area: childcare, art, farming, architecture, animals, health, foodMy husband and I are founders of an association in Senegal for art and artists. We have 4 hectares of land in the rural coastal area of the country where we are building a Holistic Art Center. We are helping the local people to become self-sufficient by developing their sense of creative initiative. The project involves international artist residencies, agricultural development and green building practices. I am looking for someone to help home school my three trilingual children in English and OR french. We are also interested in other subjects. There are many other aspects to our project as well that may interest a volunteer such as art, green architecture, farming, animal care, etc.
Area: New York StateI moved around a lot growing up while my father worked for the military. My husband and I have both traveled extensively throughout Europe and visited Africa when we were younger adults. Now as parents we have not been able to travel as much as we would have liked (though we were able to bring our children to France last year). I remember how kind people were always to me when I went from city to city and hope to be that same person to someone else. I have my own business as a writer/public relations and marketing consultant as well as author of two Adirondack Family Time guidebooks, featuring easy hikes and family activities in the Adirondack Park in northern New York. My husband is a math teacher in the public middle school (Jr High) as well as an outdoor expedition guide taking families hiking and camping in the six-million acre Adirondack Park. We are a non-smoking, dog-owning family. My children are 10 and 14 and we have a golden retriever puppy. She'll turn one in May. My children help around the house as well as with the guiding business, garden and projects. Our goals are to provide people with healthy activities as well as converting our 1800s house into a alternative energy B&B for people interested in hiking, nature and organic gardening. We love being able to introduce people to our area, going on picnics, listening to outdoor concerts, attending museum, art and theatre openings. We get up early and get our work done so we can enjoy the day. Meals are casual, but healthy. I am a vegetarian, but the rest of my family is not so we have a variety of options always available. Lunch is usually a picnic or sandwiches as we are out hiking, canoeing or sailing in the summer. Dinner is casual in the summer as we eat outside as much as possible. During the other months we eat together inside family style. We want someone to feel comfortable in our house. If you play an instrument, we have a piano and guitars here. My son plays trumpet and my daughter is learning the clarinet. When we purchased the property the 1/2-lot had been poisoned and unable to even grow grass. In the three years that we've been in our house, located in a small rural village, we now have planted apple trees, blueberry bushes, strawberries, raspberries and arctic kiwis plants to use on the table. We've planted milkweed to attract monarch butterflies and flowers for bees and birds. We tap maple trees in the spring to make our own maple syrup (an organic sweetener). We have a small organic garden as well as a natural swimming pool (filtered with plants.) We hope our 1800s house will become a place of education and relaxation for people that participate in our guided outdoor treks or as a destination for those interested in finding ways to convert their own house to passive solar or other energy efficient means. We know the Adirondacks (I wrote a book about it ;-) ) and get the most pleasure out making sure other people get to see how very special and unique our part of the world is. Thank you for reading!
Area: Languedoc RoussillonTerry and I (Sue) moved to France 10 years ago and live deep in the beautiful Aude countryside with open views to the Pyrenees in a converted stone barn (all our own work). We have also renovated the original fermette which we use as family holiday accommodation and as a gite. We love the outdoor life and regularly walk the Pyrennean foothills along with our lovely chocolate labrador, Freddie. We have about 2 acres of grounds, including a lovely swimming pool.
Area: ScotlandI have a small guest house and gallery in the North West Highlands Over the busy months I offer a guest room in exchange for the same value in working hours (normally 25 per week) to travellers wishing to stay in the area for a few weeks. Looking for an independent individual /s willing to offer a high level of service and can cope with the repetitive chores involved in day to day running of a guest house. Post would suit someone with very high standards, a creative approach to any task and an eye for detail. The gallery sells coffee as well as paintings and someone with barista skills would be an added bonus. We keep to strict working hours - 5 hours a day , 5 days a week with breakfast and lunch provisions included. Evening meal not included. Gallery closes at 5pm and evenings are your own. Village of Dornie has a shop, pub and hotel. We are only 5 minutes from the main bus route to Edinburgh / Inverness/ Glasgow and Isle of Skye , however please be aware that we do not have regular public transport and the post would be best someone with their own transport and/or enjoys walking and cycling. Please only apply if you can offer two references and feed back from previous workaway posts.
Area: North CarolinaThis is the farm's 4th year hosting volunteers. Fifteen countries represented, and over 100 folks visiting, all have helped make the farm a better place. Looking forward to another year of great helpers! Now accepting volunteers for 2014...all months after Apr 2014 are available...3rd week of July is full, only 1-2 openings for rest of July..Autumn and winter months are slow times on the farm and the need for volunteers is reduced to no more than 2 persons at a time... **for folks who wish to learn about farming methods, it would be better for you to apply during the spring and summer months** ...see ya soon!!! Located in the Carolina Lowcountry, on the NC/SC border in the lower coastal plain, the farm is 30 miles NW of Myrtle Beach, SC, just outside a small rural town. I own 120+ acres of mixed pine/hardwood forest and fields, and a large 2-story 1880s farmhouse--the land has been in our family since 1827. Would like to get it back to the level of self-sufficiency of my great-grandparents' day. The property has a small pond, an extensive network of trails(several miles), fruit(plum, persimmon, nectarine, loquat, cherry, serviceberry, apple, peach, pomegranate, pear) and nut(pecan, chestnut, hazelnut)trees, grapevines, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, vegetable and flower gardens, a dog(Snoddy Dawg!), friendly barn cats, poultry(Chickens, geese, ducks, guineas, turkeys, bantams), lots of wildlife, as well as a zone 8 growing season(4 season garden). Current projects include organic raised bed & field mixed veg gardening, mixed flower and herb(edible & medicinal) gardens, high tunnel, straw bale & traditional cold frames, exotic plants-ethnobotany, permaculture, mycoculture, wildcrafting, hugelkultur, drainage projects/ditching, trail clearing and construction, pallet and bamboo construction, remodeling the 1880s farm house, pecan, blueberry, blackberry and grape harvesting, chickens, geese, guineas, landscaping, composting and a small nursery. Open to trying any new ideas, and always have something going on. Times when we really need volunteers(from 3-8 people) are during the spring & summer season when things are the busiest. I accept folks during the off-season, but in limited numbers(2-3). I have a library of 6k+ volumes, covering a myriad of topics, plus most friends refer to me as a walking encyclopedia. An old hippie (48yo) from the Rainbow Family, I moved back to the Carolinas to run the farm and help my mom who has Alzheimer's--she lives on her own still but I look out for her. Still in the beginning stages of reshaping the property to self-sufficiency after a couple of decades of neglect. The farm contains a quail habitat conservation area, as well as Prince Bay, one of the many Carolina Bays that dot the southern coastal plain, a truly unique ecosystem. -------------- >>>***Helpers must have a completed profile and a photo posted prior to contacting me. Please send links to your Facebook profiles for each person wishing to volunteer. If several people are wanting to help here together, do the same for each person. When writing as to availability of positions, include the dates you wish to help on the farm and your mode of transportation to get here. I prefer that folks arrive on a Saturday. Keep this in mind when you contact me for a position. A questionnaire will be sent to all prospective volunteers.***>Looking for helpers wanting to learn as well as helping out, 2 week minimum. If you contact me for a long-term stay, please follow through. Long-term stays are preferable only during the slow months. For long-term helpers, I will sit down with you after a week to discuss how things are working out.>***I am an omnivore, thus volunteers eat what I eat. Will accept folks with food allergies/special diets(veggie, vegan, lactose intolerant, paleo, all-organic/all-natural, etc) as long as you supply your own food. If someone with dietary restrictions wants to come here, that is fine with us but we will not alter our eating habits to suit someone else, nor buy special foods for you. Facilities will be provided for you to prepare your own food if you have a special diet. If you prefer all-natural foods, all-organic, etc, be sure to bring plenty with you. Btw, I buy my groceries at a normal supermarket, but all farm produce is organic. ***