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Welcome to our friendly haven! Situated in a village within lovely countryside, this placement is only for: male students (18 to 26yrs.). It's a mellow atmosphere with a variety of activities. Placements usually last 4 weeks- but can be shorter or longer.
We have two options:
A) Helping 25 hours a week (5 hours a day Monday to Friday) with accommodation and 3 meals day. All other time is your own.
B) Helping 10 hours a week with accommodation but buy your own food. Ideal if you want to do lots of sightseeing.
The unusual landscaped garden (Registered Charity #1174239) comprises various 'rooms'/plant collections which receives visiting groups; teaches horticulture & conservation; runs community projects, offers skill training for the young unemployed.
We are also linked to Bath Spa University, Bristol University, University of Bath, and the University of the West of England for student volunteering so you might meet UK students.
TUITION: No previous experience or skills required as training is given. But you need a reasonable standard of spoken English.
Large LIBRARY: on wildlife, conservation, art, history, horticulture, heritage, mythology, landscape design, etc.
SPORTS: Free use of Gymnasium (twin weight stack/fixed weight/3 seating position system + free weights). Small Pool. Good countryside for jogging. Use of a bicycle.
In the village there is:
post-office, general store, village hall, 2 pubs, church, golf resort, sports field, woodcarving club, football club.
Chippenham (8minutes by bus) has:
2 night clubs; lots of pubs; good range of shops and sports facilities.
Calne (2 minutes by bus) has: skateboard/bmx park; good restaurants; motor museum.
YOUR HOST STEPHEN: "I was a professional painter/sculptor; art & history teacher; interior designer. Now retired, I write & teach on wildlife, conservation, history. I am also an expert on English history/ heritage/customs."
PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY: Many interesting things including Stonehenge; Roman Bath Spa; Bristol; Malmesbury; Longleat House; Lacock Abbey; Salisbury Cathedral; Avebury Stone Circles; Bowood House & Gardens; Cotswold Water Park; Somerset coast; South Wales castles & mountains.
The main railway station (direct from London) is Chippenham. Bath is only 11 minutes by train. Nearest airport is Bristol
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Gaining a wide range of skills & insights in horticulture, landscaping, garden crafts, art & design.
Improving self reliance, initiative, confidence.
Developing an understanding of English heritage, traditions, history, society.
Explore this part of England and its wide range of historical and cultural attractions.
We would like some help please with any of the following:
1. General gardening.
2. Wildlife/conservation & improving animal habitats.
4. Garden crafts/diy/decorating.
5. Improving vegetables & fruit areas.
6. Being a helper for visiting groups.
(7. Web design if anyone is so inclined/skilled)
(8. Making a garden film/video)
Accommodation is in a traditional old English semi-detached rural house (built 1885).
Simple vegetarian meals 3 times a day, but cheese/milk/eggs are used. (You can eat pre-cooked meat in the house house if you buy it yourself). Tea/coffee breaks during the day.
BEDROOM: Small private room. Little study table. Wifi.
OTHER: There is a cat. Large fish pond in garden + aquarium in house.
No smoking household. Low energy usage & ecological living.
You can also use the acoustic guitar, and bicycle. Very good collection of contemporary and classical music, blu-ray films, books, Satellite tv + Netflix. Unlimited wifi/internet.
Nice big fully equipped summer/study house & additional library at bottom of garden. Vegetable & salad & fruit gardens.
Bus from Chippenham & Calne stops outside the house every 20 minutes. At Chippenham you can get a bus to many other places; or use the main-line railway direct to: London, Bristol, Oxford, Wales and all over England.
Many interesting walks and lovely English countryside with views of the Avon Vales and the Wessex Downs, & River Marden Valley on the doorstep.
The famous Bowood House & Gardens (and its acclaimed Golf Resort) is a short walk away.
Many historical and cultural sites. Football teams/contacts. Night clubs. Old English traditional events.
Locally there is also:
Fishing. Cycling. Jogging. Basketball. Tennis. Museums. Golf. Bmx bike & skatboarding park. Cycle Track Chippenham to Calne. Several Football pitches. Football clubs. Swimming. Friendly church. Walking groups. Pub quiz nights. Wood-carving club in the village.
If you have any particular hobbies/interests we will try to find connections/outlets for you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, mornings Monday to Friday.