Area: CaliforniaMy husband, Ken, and I live in the hills above Silicon Valley. Ken works as a computer chip designer in the valley. I am a writer and work from home. I am also a Cambridge University certified English Language teacher. We are about 40 miles south of San Francisco, close to Stanford University and Palo Alto. We have a home on the central California coast also, and it is possible that we would take a guest to help us there and enjoy beautiful Big Sur. We are empty nesters and miss having the girls around. We feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area and enjoy sharing our home with guests. We love meeting people. We are world travelers and have enjoyed the many experiences we have had while traveling. Ken is American and I am English. Ken is an endurance cyclist and if you can keep up with him he can show you some nice rides. We are young and energetic mid-fifties. We have cats and you must enjoy being around them. We are a non-smoking household. You must be able to drive in order to get around and enjoy this area.
Area: Languedoc RoussillonYoung carefree English couple with a 3 yr old & 1 yr old setting up a retreat near Carcassonne, and running the house as holiday lets in the summer season. We would love some help minding the kids whilst we manage the daily business of running a large house. Some help turning around the house - ie cleaning and bed changes would also be great, in addition to plenty of gardening, and general DIY as there is an ever growing snagging list if that's something that interests you get in touch ! Saturdays will mostly be hectic with easier days through the week and a couple of days off to enjoy the countryside. Whilst it is quite rural we are happy to take you out and about with us to see the area, and we have plenty of Mountain Bikes to use. Looking ideally for a couple that wants to learn / enhance their French (a bit!). Whilst essentially taking on an aupair role / general helpers, or someone French to help with our little one's bilingual upbringing that would like to improve their English.... Short or long term availability at various stages throughout the year. ** Mostly looking for help at the moment from March / April 2014 onwards. Will give good lodgings and great food in return for any help!
Area: North Western US"Resident volunteers" have been a Godsend to our non-profit working ranch serving children and animals on our 15 acre ranch. When we lost our site development funding the day after 9-11, we thought the ranch would go under. But the children who had been coming to the ranch during after school programs and summer camps refused to let that happen. They gave up their fun time on the ranch riding horses and driving go-carts to work every minute they could to keep the ranch going. They hand dug fence posts, built shelters for the animals and did whatever was needed. In as much as they loved the ranch, they missed their fun times on the ranch until we got our first "resident volunteer" The ranch has continually progressed forward thanks to some wonderful help from around the world. When a new resident volunteer arrives here on the ranch, I warn them to get their feet well planted on the ground because they will be knocked over with kids running to hug and greet them. The kids are so very grateful for all who have come and who have left them with wonderful memories as well as fences, buildings, repairs, etc. The kids are fascinated by the different stories resident volunteers bring from around the world and they love listening to the different accents. Resident volunteers who come here work hard but go away knowing they made a difference in the lives of children, animals we care for and in our environment. Your help is considered to be a great gift to all of us and has given more free time to the children so they can go back to riding horses, go-carts, and doing the other wonderful things this ranch was built to provide. However, you will also find the kids to be a great help on the ranch as well because they believe in the ranch and in themselves. They know they have, can and always will make a difference. If you are looking for a worthwhile experience and enjoy children and animals, this is the place to come.
Area: Lower SaxonyWe are a 'young' couple, Milton (Swedish, 37) and Hanne (German, 36), who have recently decided to move to the country side in Germany and have bought a beautiful old watermill with a lake and some land in a small village (80 people) in the Wendland, a rural area in Lower Saxony. It is a little paradise but still needs a lot of love and care. We have started renovations in and around the house, set up a veg patch and greenhouse and got our first animals. So far we have ducks, chicken, sheep and cats. In 2014 we will get two pigs as well. Slowly we are aiming towards self-sufficiency but it's still a way to go for us. We also run a little trout fishing business at the lake. We are part of a lovely and interesting community and often people come over for a chat and a coffee and a slice of Hanne's cake. We love life, laughter, adventures, music, good food and animals. Would you like to share this with us?
Area: Bayonne, Biarritz. Basque Country.Property-Ranch near Bayonne and the famous resort of Biarritz. We are raising and training American Quarter Horses. Dogs and cats at Home !!. Living in a 15 acres Estate. 10 minutes from the Ocean ans superb beaches. I am offering nice commodities, wifi, Family living, Full board (3 Meals per day)