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My wife and I specialise in alpaca breeding and alpaca products.
We have a poly tunnel and there is some tourism.
The small farm is eco friendly and our power is off grid.
The area is peaceful and full of natural beauty. The alpacas are interesting animals that have a calming effect on people.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You will learn about farming tourism self reliance.... and about the culture.
We can help with the language and are both patient listeners.
We always have interesting conversations and we can learn as much from you as you will from us.
The volunteers could help me on the farm which would include general farm work including fencing, pasture maintenance, grass cutting ,animal husbandry especially on shearing day. Also tending the vegetable area and polytunnel.
Help would also include some DIY such as painting.
We have 2 bell tents which would need tidying now and then.
There may be some minor computer work helping with the accounts.
English and French.Learning basic Japanese and Chinese.
The accommodation is self catering and is a lovely studio in the side of the barn. The room is lockable and just for one volunteer. It has a sink and gas hob and grill. It has a lovely view out to the farm. There is a hot shower and toilet and fridge very near. I would prefer non-smokers as the barn and it's contents are highly flammable. (we provide all the food,bedding and towels ) There is a sitting area outside. There is a calm beautiful atmosphere here. Sometimes we could eat together but mostly you will be cooking for yourself. You will have plenty of breaks and spare time to enjoy the view.
We can pick up the volunteer from Winkleigh bus stop. You can get a bus to Winkleigh from Exeter. There is a carp fishing lake half a mile away. The villages of Dolton and Winkleigh three miles away have good pubs and small shops. Dartmoor is 10 miles away which is good for hiking. The North Devon coast is 35 minutes drive.
The studio provided is self catering with a gas hob and grill . There is a nice sitting area outside with table and chairs. We are happy to socialise but you will have your own space.
We would hope the volunteer would leave here having gained some experience and also thought the experience was worthwhile
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week