Friday, April 24, 2015 -- VolunTOURism

The idea is "Voluntourism"

If you love to travel and want to see the world as it is - not through tourist eyes...HAVE I GOT A SITE FOR YOU!

I read a great article by a mom/travel writer Alice Griffin. She begins the article thus...

"In return for a few hours’ work each day, volunteers have the chance to take the holiday of a lifetime"

Well, I was certainly intrigued! My son has been wanting to tour Europe upon graduation and this seems to be a way to stretch the length of time he can stay, by volunteering his way around!

It reminds me a lot of our site, hosting families but with a twist! A working vacation, this might be the thing that many of our members and readers would find beneficial!

Spend some time there! You will most likely be inspired or at the very least intrigued!

Here are some places you might go...

Villa on the Cote D'Azur, South of France

We are a British couple ( three grown up chidlren) who live 6 months in France and 6 months in California. Our place in France is in the heart of an absolutely beautiful medieval village approx 4 kms from the Medierranean. We bought the house 3 years ago and we have been renovating the grounds which contain a large old established garden which was very neglected when we bought it. There is always a lot of work to do in the garden and we need help from volunteers with some experience of gardening. There are many lovely beaches within a few kms for swimming and sunbathing. We are currently signing up volunteers searching for a working holiday ( 2 weeks) on the Cote D' Azure


Cote D'Azur, France

Type of work

Helping with Tourists,


Basic gardening tasks, weeding, clearing, digging flower beds, pruning, watering plants, shreeding garden waste for compost. Knowledge and skill with skilled activities like paving, dry and wet walling etc useful.

Languages spoken

English, French


Self contained studio apartment ( with shower + Kitchen) with sun terrace and great sea views. Short walk to village centre. No meals provided but all other outgoings ( e.g electricity) paid for.

What else ...

Between mid September and March we would like to find a volunteer for an extended stay -suit someone ( or couple) wanting a 6 month stay in France . Between April and September, we are interested in volunteers who can stay at least twp weeks but we will consider shorter stays. Please bear in mind, that we do not provide meals - you will get good quality self catering accommodation and you will need to show us that you have your own health and accident insurance.

A Smattering of Other Offers

  • Come and help on a working sheep and cattle station in The Outback
  • Great escape to Italy come and enjoy the incredible experience that is Tuscany!
  • Help in a hostel in the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean
  • Help at chateau guest house in Normandy, France
  • Volunteer with a family on the Big Island of Hawaii

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