We are needing some help with our garden, clearing and tidying various garden areas, and the same in our paddocks. Strimming, weeding, cutting back hedges, and other outdoor tasks including caring for hens, general maintenance etc. A little help with the ponies sometimes would be required.
Basic diy skills could be useful for various projects including restoring a summerhouse. We might appreciate a little help cleaning in the house, to a high standard, but the garden is more important! We don’t need any help with cooking.
We are a semi-retired couple - we were gigging musicians (traditional/folk) although we don’t do much now, just the occasional pub session. Home is the South Hams of Devon, 3 miles from the sea, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are currently self employed in musical instrument repairs and also host a couple of small holiday lets. We live in an old cottage in a village.
We have 2 dogs - a terrier and a large white Shepherd (both rescued), a Lusitano horse, a Dartmoor pony and 6 hens!
We ask for help from 8.45am - 1.15pm weekdays and sometimes a little help at the weekend, although most weekends will be free.
In return, we can offer you a comfortable room, meals, help with the English language ( although a basic understanding is helpful) and showing you around this lovely part of the Uk. You can learn basic animal management skills ( poultry keeping, horses, dogs) although we can’t offer riding as no suitable horse.
One person only - we do not have accommodation for more than one volunteer.
If you are interested contact us for a more detailed description of the volunteer help needed at the time.
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
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We have a wealth of knowledge of this particular part of the UK and love to share it with travellers, and we are always happy to take our guests out and about to show the 'sights'.
We can also help with English, although we do ask that our guests have a basic ability.
Of course, you will also learn about basic animal husbandry.
We would love to meet someone who is able to offer an extra pair of hands with gardening, tidying the garden areas and outbuildings, looking after the hens, and some clearing of overgrown areas, firewood, hedge cutting etc
We might also need help with cleaning in the house.
You must be prepared to help in all but the worst weathers, and also be flexible as sometimes there are different tasks required.
We don't need any help with cooking.
Own bedroom . Wifi available. Bathroom with shower. All meals / food for meals provided - breakfast, lunch and a good evening meal; however we don't supply alcohol.
Volunteers must be OK with dogs and generally respect and like animals.
Please note- we eat a healthy diet, with some fish and a little locally produced meat, but predominantly vegetarian, so you must be happy with this. Also we love spicy food! ( but can offer alternatives)
We try to do our little bit to help the planet, so are careful with what we use and we recycle as much as possible, so we ask that you do not take long showers or be extravagant with water / electricity etc.
Volunteers must be physically fit and willing to help in all weathers (being England and often wet) and have suitable clothing / footwear for outdoors , and must be able to get up and ready to start work by 8.45 am.
Breakfast (cereal /toast) and lunch (sandwiches, soup, light meals) are usually do it yourself meals unless I have prepared something, but we do provide a good evening meal when we try to eat together. We will of course provide tea and coffee, soft drinks, biscuits etc.
All volunteers must have their own insurance against illness and accident.
There should be an opportunity to experience some traditional English Morris dancing and traditional music sessions in local pubs. We love to take our guests out to local pubs, but please don't expect us to buy all your drinks!
We appreciate our guests understanding that we may want to have quiet times to ourselves occasionally.
We are 3 miles from Kingsbridge and there is a limited bus service, hourly through the day, other than that you will need to walk, cycle or have other form of own transport if you want to get out and about independently. We can offer a lift into Kingsbridge some days. We have a bike you can use.
We love to show our guests the local sights and you will have ample free time for exploring yourself.
In Kingsbridge you can hire a kayak or go paddle boarding; there is surfing 15 mins by car; other water sports; great walking (coast path 4 miles); boat hire. Kingsbridge offers cafes, pubs, a wonderful small cinema, a nightclub, live music, a market twice weekly.
As well as the volunteering work agreed, we do expect our volunteers to muck in with everyday household tasks like washing dishes, keeping their bedroom and bathroom clean and generally tidying up after themselves.
We do not acept heavy drinkers or drug users, and if you want to smoke, it’s outside only.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
Possibly a well- behaved friendly dog.
20 - 25 hours per week
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