Area: CataloniaHi. Hubby and I are an English couple who live with our 3 dogs in a beautiful rural area of Catalonia surrounded by mountains in an eco friendly house that we built ourselves. Our farm is around 8 acres (40,000 sq metres) growing predominantly Olives (harvested in the wintertime) and Carobs (harvested in the summertime). At present our garden is a work in progress but it is our aim to grow as much of our own food as possible in the very near future. Our home lies not far from the River Ebro where giant cat fish swim and wait for you to try your hand at catching them. During March/April you can watch dozens of birds of prey circling our home in an aerial display which will leave you breathless. The Ebro Delta lies 45 minutes from our home where you will see Egrets going about their business, Storks and Herons abound and if you are very lucky you may see a turtle or two climb onto the beach to lay their eggs. Wild Boar roam the mountainsides as do Wild Goats there is even a few Wild Deer hereabouts and we have been lucky enough to see a couple early one morning. Historical sites surround our home and the beach is but a short drive (45 minutes) so your free time need not be spent on the farm. Barcelona is but a couple of hours on the train north of here where the fantastic sights, architecture, culture and atmosphere will blow your mind! And for the big kids in us all Portaventura and Salou are about an hour away. France is but a short hop, whilst Ferries to Italy can be caught in Barca for those of you who wish to combine your stay with us in with a trip around Europe.
Area: UtahTRAVELING TO THE STATES? TRADE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN AMERICA'S PLAYGROUND, UTAH!!! ***I AM LOOKING FOR PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: Japanese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Russian*** Hello! My name is Austin Earley (25 yr old). I am an entertainer, educator, world traveler, aspiring musician, and avid language enthusiast. I graduated last May with my bachelors in Foreign Language and will be looking for opportunities to practice my languages of study and start to learn new ones before grad school. This year I may be applying to a school in Europe, Uppsala, and would like to learn a bit of Swedish and/or Norwegian. I dabbled in both but haven't committed to one or the other. I also have a brother who speaks French and is looking for practice and a younger sister who is learning Chinese. I also have interest in Russian, Spanish and Portuguese (Brazilian). I have done a few studies abroad and love to travel! During these trips I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. I value the international experience and want to share it with others. I even did Workaway in Ireland so I know how wonderful an experience this can be and will do my best to pay it forward. I love animals and also have a degree in Zoology. I work for a very interesting local company that deals with education, outreach, and entertainment using large, exotic reptiles, scorpions, tarantulas, alligators, tortoises, birds and other fun creatures! We visit schools, libraries, birthday parties, state and county fairs, you name it! everyday is a party! If you want to tag along once in a while all you need to do is ask! ***DON'T WORRY THE ANIMALS LIVE IN THE COMPANY BUILDING, NOT IN MY HOME*** If you decide to stay with me then you will have the opportunity to accompany me to my place of work and interact with some of these amazing animals and learn how to handle them and how to hug a giant snake! This is only an offer, if you are not interested in that sort of thing no worries! However the option is there! For the really enthusiastic workawayers you may have the chance to assist me on one or two of my performances! My company wants to branch out and start doing videos for YouYube and other similar video projects. We want to put together a series of fun instructional animal care videos, etc sooooo.... VIDEO EXPERIENCE IS A HUGE PLUS!! :) I live with my brother in the green, relaxing suburbs of South Ogden City Utah just a 40 minute drive North from Salt Lake City. We are at a higher altitude so the air is fresh and invigorating! My home is situated at the base of a beautiful mountain range and there are plenty of places to hike and camp nearby. I have my own car and can take you where you need to go (depending on distance I may ask for a little gas money but locally I would be more than happy to take you no problem at all!). It is the college part of town so there is a very relaxed atmosphere, tons of cafes and restaurants and I can show you around some of the neighboring cities and take you to some of the interesting things to do. I also know the manager of a local movie theater so needless to say movies will always be free during your stay! If you want to pick up a bit of English, cinema can be good practice. I also visit my family in Syracuse on occasion during the weekends. It is located only 15 minutes away; there, you can see acres of marshlands and one of the world's largest migratory bird refuges. Depending on the time of the year you can witness wild swans, hawks, red-faced ibiss, and even the national bird, the bald eagle among dozens of rare and exotic species! On the way you will notice the wide variety of landscapes in such a close proximity, a few more hours south and you will see red, sandy desert and sandstone cliffs. Should you decide to visit during the winter months we are surrounded by top notch ski resorts! If you are into Winter sports this is the place to visit, Snow Basin ski resort is located only 30 minutes away and hosted some events for the 2002 winter Olympics! Summer visitors can enjoy outings on the lake with my family and our boat, great opportunity if you want to learn how to wake board! for days you want to relax we have almost every videogame console under the sun and an entertainment center so you may be asked to join a round or two of Mario Kart, Call of Duty, or Halo! Welcome to the family! To summarize, there is lots to see and do year round and I want to share these experiences with you and learn more about world language and culture.
Area: UmbriaA small country resort set in the middle of a natural park overlooking lake Trasimeno and the surrounding hills. From March to November guests (max 22) from allover the world are welcomed in a casual and informal atmosphere. Beautiful historical towns such as Cortona, Castiglione, Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Gubbio, ecc. are only 20 to 40 minutes away by car. Florence is 1 hour by train and Rome 1 hour and 40 minutes also by train. I run the resort all by myself with just a cleaning lady and an occasional help by a gardener. Help needed mainly at breakfast and cleaning indoor/outdoor.
Area: BorasMe and my daughters are running a pony farm were we breed shetland ponies. We need all kind of help with various things, from waterfilling for the ponies to plumbing, capentry, strimming, you name it and we need your help!! We have dogs , cats and some other smaller animals.
Area: Pays de la LoireWe are an English and French couple living in 10 hectares (25acres) of unspoilt natural countryside. Our property is a protected site for birds and butterflies. Our lakes and woodland support a wide range of wildlife and we aim to upkeep this natural balance. The largest lake is one hectare (about 2.5 acres) and has been used as a fishing lake and a swimming lake. Our farmhouse is partially renovated (roof, 2 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs finished), although there is plenty left to do. We use a maximum of ecological materials (lime, hemp, straw, wood etc) and are aiming to complete further rooms downstairs this spring. We constantly maintain the grounds and organic vegetable garden. There are trees blown down in the storms to cut up, outlets to the lakes to survey, brambles to cut back, grass to cut, and of course chickens to feed and eggs to collect. Alongside our daily work we have other projects, such as renovating a lakeside observatory and building a floating island for our wild visiting ducks, building hedgehog shelters, and many more.