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Area: SicilyOur beautiful farm is situated in a small canyon created by the continuously flowing river inside a natural reserve. There are an incredible number of wild plants and flowers, animals and migratory birds. The river is full of fish and is lined by huge trees including walnut trees. Through the wildness we have found an ancient jumping platform where possibly children and adults through the centuries have enjoyed jumping into the deep pools. The farm has been abandoned for the the last 60 years, nature took back all the buildings, which we have started restoring. Me (Sicilian) and my wife (UK) after 6 years of off grid life in yurts in England decided to move back to the warmth of Sicily to continue our lifestyle here. This was the first place we found ( or what we feel is that it called us). Last summer we decided to embark on epic journey transporting our yurts, tools and materials from England to Sicily. We arrived on the 10 August 2013. We ran a conservation organisation in the UK and we are artists, entomologists, and doers. We work hard but believe in living life well and enjoying life's simple riches. We have already created a vegetable garden here (completely chemical free), planted friut trees and are preparing to welcome chickens, geese, ducks, sheep and donkeys as well as set up craft/, educational workshops.
Area: Rural, andean mountains rural life style.Our organisation is a family-based and very small ecologist Foundation, we contribute to protect andean mounts (east side of colombian andean system), its ecosystem and biodiversity, for as much as we can (which is just a bit from what is needed). The volunteer program we offer is for either (1) interchange with some farm work -different options- at one lovely rural place we have in Gámbita -Santander, Col- at 1,900 m of altitude, surrounded by great mountains and the east Andes mountain chain, waterfalls, rivers and basically a pure nature spot, close but not affected by urban life; or (2) cultural interchange, teaching (languages, arts, music and/or different skills) to rural kids from the village, in the same nature spot previoulsly stated -Gámbita-. In both we expect 4 hrs of daily work, and there is a small weekly cost involved (USD 70 for option 1, and 90 for option 2), this helps us to cover some administration costs to keep our Foundation running, and to fund periodical investsments we do in the spot to make it better for visitors and volunteers. We expect a minimum stay of 2 weeks (ideally 4+). In exchange, we offer accomodation and food (3 meals, traditional food from that region), and of course the chance to be connected to an espectacular andean ecosystem, and at the same time to disconnect from modernity and urban-like life style, having this unique chance to share cultural backgrounds with locals, to touch their lives and be touched by them. It is compulsory for candidates to have a basic spanish (to communicate with locals).
Area: AndaluciaHello, we are a young American family living in Spain. We have 4 daughters ages 7-newborn. We love living here on the beach, surfing and traveling.
Area: Addo, Eastern CapeIf you are looking for a great time while on holiday then contact us about our work away experiance. We run a 44 bed backpacker on the border of the Addo Elephant National Park. We prefer volunteers to stay at least a month and longer. We are looking for folk to help out in our backpackers. Part of your duties will include a reception work, interacting with guests, little cooking and bar work in the evenings. Getting the veggie garden ready for spring planting and helping us with a bit of building, plumbing, woodwork etc. Day duties is reception work, answering emails, checking housekeeping. Always looking for someone with artistic flair. We also do a bit of community work in the township creches.
Area: BavariaNEWS UPDATE: Thank you for applying! We are full until the holidays in July. I'll place an update here as soon as I know the exact dates for the next slots in September (probably from around the 20th of September until end of October and on until shortly before Christmas). You can send applications in the meantime, but I can't fix anything yet. Thank you for your understanding. WHO WE ARE: I'm the head of foreign language team at the Montessori-School in Penzberg, Upper Bavaria. We are a family of four, but I can't promise that we'll be the host family. Look at accomodation. GENERAL FACTS: We've had the volunteer programme running since January 2013. So far we've always had one to three workawayers at a time working at school. We are taking on natural (not necessarily native) English speakers who are ready to come for at least 5-6 weeks, preferably 3 months (including a week or two of holidays in that case). We also offer positions for native Spanish and French speakers (please no strong accents or dialects) with good English and/or German, but they won't have as many lessons as the English speakers and more other work. AREA: Penzberg is home to 16.000 people from 74 nations (at the last counting), an active and open-minded town. Check out the various activities you'll be able to endorse in (skiing, ice-skating, cross country... in winter and hiking, climbing, mountainbiking, swimming, sailing, rafting etc. in summer). Culture is also strong in the area and if that's not enough: Munich, Bavaria's capital, with its 1.6m inhabitants, isn't far away: just one hour by train or half an hour by car. The breathtaking landscape around the town of Penzberg make it a worthwhile experience for any teacher or teacher-to-be who likes sports or music, theatre, crafts or gardening with kids and teens.