Area: AndaluciaMy husband and I retired from work early to move to rural Andalucia where we have been now for 3 years. Our cortijo was mostly reformed in the 4 years before we moved in but there are now further works which we wish to carry out including the development of some outbuildingsl. Our house is situated at the top of the stunning Rio Castril valley with a panorama of mountains , the sierra nevadas being visible in the distance . The area is agricultural with traditional methods being employed in the farming of olives and almonds mainly but the self sufficient locals also grow a wide variety of fruits and veg and produce their own wine . There still remains a few locals who work the land with their donkeys ! The region is know geographically as The Alti Plana and offers a wealth of land for walking, trekking, biking , bird watching , fishing etc.
Area: Canoa, manabiWe have a 14 hectare small holding situated in a stunning valley, 12km inland from Canoa. We have not been here for very long and so we are just setting out to establish our business which in the future will be a mix of horse riding and breeding, tourism and small scale organic farming. We are looking for happy, positive, people, who respect animals and each other and are able to work independently and use their heads. We have a flat available for volunteers with a double and single bed. However we only take one group at a time, so you will be the only volunteers here whether you are one, two or three people. The flat has a kitchen and volunteers provide their own food. There is an amazing market near by or we can sort something out for you. We are not around all the time and when we are, we are often very busy with our own work so We need people that are happy to work by themselves and who do not mind mucking in and getting dirty with whatever tasks we need doing as every day is different and can include clearing vegetation with machetes, digging irrigation trenches, moving earth, harvesting vegetables and fruit, sewing seeds, digging, planting, animal sitting, housework, construction, painting a mural, painting a room, etc etc. There is always something to do. People with equine, carpentry, construction and building skills are especially welcome. Please note that you will need to really like dogs as we currently have 11, from Chihuahuas to mastiffs and everything in between. We are an English couple and so we speak English day to day but we can arrange Spanish lessons for you if you are looking to improve your language skills. Life on the ranch can be pretty quiet, but you can always go into Canoa if you wish to socialise and enjoy a fiesta. If you send us an email please let us know about yourselves and your experience, the dates you wish to come, and what you can contribute.
Area: Phibun Mangsahan Nothern ThailandWe are a high school located in rural North Eastern Thailand. We have a staff of around 27 teachers and students aged 13-18.
Area: Northern IrelandI AM VERY SORRY I HAVE NO MORE AVAILABILITY FOR WORKAWAYS UP TO SEPTEMBER 2014. "This is the type of place where no one knows the time of the month, or what the gold standard is. The type of place where pedlars still come to...." My famous great great aunt once wrote. My name is Louise and I live in a unique location - a farm which many visitors tell me is always an amazing and sometimes life changing place to visit. It could be the peaceful and tranquil setting in a rural valley in County Down, or it could be the special atmosphere created by my wonderful ancestors who lived in the house before I inherited it from my great aunt. Whatever the reason, I am asking you to be a part of my world. The house I have been restoring for 5 years and the 5 acre garden is always in need of some TLC. The work is varied and satisfying. I am a furniture maker/teacher but spend most of my time on the farm, in the garden or restoring the house and outbuildings. The closest town, Banbridge is 4 miles away and very easy to get to by bus from Belfast or Dublin.
Area: British ColumbiaWe live in a municipality just outside of Victoria and have a spare bedroom and bath which we offer in exchange for help with the kids during the day and help around the house. Our boys are 1 and 3 (turning 4 and 2 this spring) - full of energy, as you might imagine. We are up early and bound for the park or preschool by 9 on most days. You should be prepared to get an early start on the day. We back onto Thetis Lake Park, a wonderful place to swim in the summer. We are a very active family and rarely spend a weekend at home. Whether we are camping in Tofino or a back country skiing (both examples of trips attended by our helpers), we encourage you to join us. Looking forward to connecting with someone who is fond of little ones!