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Area: HawaiiWe are a family of 4 living on the island of Oahu. Our girls are 10 and 11 years old. While my husband, Mike, works full time, I stay home with the girls. We are a homeschooling family and typically study at home from 8am-3pm. The girls have activities such as gymnastics and guitar lessons in the evenings and we go to church on Sundays. Miam speaks Spanish as a second language and the girls understand a lot of Spanish. They are learning to speak it with the help of workawayers!
Area: EnglandSORRY, we have no availability left for summer 2014. I wish everyone well in finding great places to visit. We live on a smallholding in the Yorkshire Dales. We keep a small number of hens, ducks and geese aswell as rare breed pigs and shetland cattle. We are a couple of miles from the nearest town up a very rough track and we do not have mains services (gas or electricity) although we do have broadband!! We have a wind generator - with a diesel back up - and woodburning stoves. We have 2 daughters now away at university and our 17 year old son will be at home for some of the summer. We have some experience of visitors from all over the world and would love to have help around the smallholding in the spring and summer.
Area: TasmaniaOur hotel is a family owned and run business. Serving both locals and tourists with water front accommodation, drinks in the front bar, meals in the restaurant and games of 8 ball on one of the two tables. Located on the waters edge at Beauty Point, situated on the West Tamar River (just a short drive to Launceston, Georgetown & Devonport). Beauty point is famous for Seahorse World and Platypus House, as well as hosting the Three Peaks Race and the finishing line for the Launceston Rudder Cup Ocean Classic. Other attractions nearby are: Beaconsfield Mine & Museum, Wineries, Beaches, Penguin tours.
Area: Dordogne/AquitaineA BIG thank you to all the volunteers who stayed with us in 2013. Please read our feedback to get an unbiased view of how varied the work is. Strong, fit and healthy volunteers, for building work, wall building, gardening etc. No experience necessary bu common sense however is essential. Our main building project is reaching the stage where we will be needing to construct and add the roof to our barn conversion next Spring. Please make sure you read our profile in full before applying. We ask for a minimum of two weeks stays but you are welcome to stay longer. We are an Anglo Franco family (English is spoken most of the time) living in an isolated, large rambling house in the middle of the stunning Dordogne countryside in South West France for the past twenty one years. Our main building projects are now at a stage where we are looking for experienced builders and or competent DIYers and volunteers who wish to learn new skills, to help with a number of building projects. We have walnut, apple, pear, cherry, hazelnut and plum trees. We have about 10,000 sq. metres of land. Our daughter and her French husband and their two daughters live nearby. Our middle son and his French Fiancé and their new baby boy are renovating a town house near by and our youngest son is studying at Bordeaux University and comes home most weekends with his French girlfriend. Our eldest children are frequent visitors to the house for dinner and the odd cup of tea. Our part of the Dordogne is spectacularly beautiful. Wild boar, deer and wildlife are abundant and Buzzards and Black Kite are to be seen circling on the air currents on a daily basis. There are rivers and lakes to swim in, as well as canoeing and two great swimming pools about 30 minutes away. Rock climbing, walking, horse riding at local stables, picnics and caves (about 2 hours away) to explore as well as historic towns to visit. There are local markets as well as historic town centres and buildings to interest everyone. During the summer months there are music concerts everywhere and we help organise La Fete de la Musique in our Village at the end of June. It would be fantastic if volunteers that stay with us in June can play and perform there. There are also lots of village fetes and lots of local things to do. We live in the middle of the countryside, miles from anywhere with no public transport , but we will try to ensure you get the chance to visit some local attractions and do fun things locally on your non working time. Better if you have your own transport as we are working people and bound by our shop hours. People with their own transport would be particularly well suited as we are out in the country and we can not always promise to take you on exploration trips. There are usually other Workawayers here or in the immediate vicinity We have had several volunteers here at a time and have had some wonderful times together. The work can be hard but the atmosphere is terrific and most people have really loved being here. Please note: Not suitable for couples or families with children. We provide three main meals per day (we are meat eaters )and plenty of it. No one leaves the table hungry. We do not provide wine or beer as a staple and we cannot cater for anyone with special dietary needs. We also have cats and dogs and can't take people with any allergies , including hay fever, this is a very rural area and hay fever sufferers will be very uncomfortable . Nor can we cope with other health issues.
Area: ScotlandWe are a family of four with teenage sons who are now mostly away. We own a beautiful 40 acre croft on a Scottish Island called Lismore. It is a long, slim island situated at the mouth of the great Glen in loch Linnhe and is easy to get to; (5 min from Appin and 50 min from Oban by boat). This is a lush, fertile island with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and waters. Our vision is to create a beautiful and inspirational nugget of Scotland where we can live self sufficiently and gently on the land, however we have a lot to do to get there and need plenty of help. I am a textile artist and run my business from a studio on the croft. I run textile retreats as well as make products and commissions for sale. My husband is a house builder however he will soon turn his focus to all the things that need attending to on our land. We have 38 Shetland sheep, 3 hens, 3 cats and one dog so if you're allergic to animal hair or dust, best stear clear! We are easy going, sociable and both love and play music. We are non smokers and we do eat meat but lots of salads and vegetables too. The community of Lismore is a vibrant and sociable one with a population of around 180. There are lots of activities including cinema nights, country dancing, house ceilidh's, concerts and more but be warned, there is no pub on the island and only one shop. Sarah runs the community choir so singers are always welcome. Everybody knows each other here and it is a bit like a very large family.