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    Welcome to our friendly haven! Situated in a village within lovely countryside, it's a mellow atmosphere with a variety of activities. Placements usually last 4 weeks- but can be shorter or longer.

    We receive students looking for a vacation or part gap year or internship wherein they can explore England and it's culture, develop new skills, meet others and enrich their outlook.

    The unusual landscaped garden comprises various 'rooms'/plant collections which receives visiting groups; teaches horticulture & conservation; runs community projects, offers skill training for the young unemployed, and is a resource for young adults with learning difficulties.
    We are also linked to 5 regional universities 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

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    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.

  • Aide


    As a charity we do not employ staff. It is a study-volunteering opportunity. Some of the activities include:
    1. General gardening.
    2. Wildlife/conservation.
    4. Garden crafts & decorating.
    5. Vegetables & fruit areas.
    6. Being a steward for visiting groups.
    7. Digital platforms/social media
    8. Video making & photography.
    9. Journalism/newsletters/marketing

    ALL our work is charitable & educational and not-for profit. We seek to enhance individual life skills & experience and improve jnternational friendship

  • Langues parlées

    English: Courant

  • Hébergement


    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.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    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.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, mornings Monday to Friday.

This is the Workawayers room. There are 4 shelves for personal items and a wardrobe in the hall. The bathroom is just a few feet away. There is wifi-fi.
This is the Kitchen & Dining Room. Again carefully coded subject books abound (as they do everywhere). There is on tap beer and wine. The stable doors lead out to the utility/cloakroom and side garden with kitchen herb plants,
Two of our recent Workawayers: Simon from Germany, and Jung from South Korea.
View of: Sitting Room (in the house). Here we relax for a couple of hours after the evening meal to talk, read, watch some tv, listen to music. The tv is also connected to the internet and to skype (useful to stay in touch with family).
A view of the Gymnasium: this comprises twin weight stack fixed weights with 3 separate seating positions and wide range of exercises/work stations. Plus free weights and a cycle machine. It's also good terrain nearby for jogging and for cycling. The gym is freely available to Workawayers at any time.
View of: the Summerhouse. Here we relax during the day , have lunch, take regular breaks, read, study, plan/prepare projects , listen to music etc. There are about 1000 books here (and another 9000+ in the house!).This Garden Library covers all aspects of gardening, landscape, ecology, conservation, wildlife, garden design and histry etc.
Me with the Cat and a view looking down section of garden towards the house.
Life size marble statues of Graeco-Roman deities adorn the various gardens- which are separated by huge wooden arches, pergolas, and paths and walls. There is even a small beach! A large pond has many species of fish. It is fed from a series of pools and waterfall.
View of the summer house which is beside the large pond and beach with an exquisite view down the length of the garden. Beside is (rhs) is an Exotics Garden and patio/dining area.
The Pond is quite large and additionally has a wetland extension for newts/frogs etc. In the Pond are: goldfish/blue orfe, honey orfe, green tench, blackamoor, blue panda, silver rudd, golden rudd, sarassa comets, canary yellow, three different species of shubunkin, and koi. There is a bridge across the pond and seating areas around it. A large waterfall with three separate pools/falls feeds into the pond.

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