We want to get to know other Cultures and have time for personal reflection without the rigors of day to day society getting in the way. We expect and look forward to hard work and the satisfaction that comes with it.|
In reguards to my husband, he does have some experience with machinery and tractors, but will probably need a refresher course as it\\\\\\\'s been a while. The last one he was on was a small rental earth mover type tractor (obviously I don\\\\\\\'t have much experience...I don\\\\\\\'t know what they are called!) He has a background in FFA, 4H and medium to small scale farming. My husband has over 10 years of construction, maintenance, repair, and landscape experience. He worked with his father\\\\\\\'s do-it-all company for several years before venturing out and trying his hand at his own company. Sadly it fell through because of a long winter and lack of funds.
While I may not have the experience he does, I am willing to learn. I am also a good cook, and what I haven\\\\\\\'t tried cooking yet, I could learn quickly. Growing up on a farm/ranch I witnessed and assisted many tasks that could come in handy. I watched the butchering on cattle and swine, I assisted in the butchering/plucking of chickens, I fed and cared for cattle, swine, and chickens; I built and maintained electric fences, and I worked in the family garden from start to finish every season.
aims: To gain experience in organic farming, permaculture, and alternative living. To experience life outside the USA and get to know other cultures. To support and gain insights into alternative living. To learn, have fun and meet new people.
the kind of food we eat: As most Americans, we are trying to eat healthier, but it can be difficult when the healthy food is expensive and the junk food is cheap. We both eat meat, but are not opposed to vegetarian foods. We prefer poultry and pork to beef.
do we cook: Both-Yes
Do you drive? My husband drives, but I choose not to.
Where are you at right now? We are in Arizona.
What is the ideal situation that you are looking for?
· length of stay: At least a month, possibly several if we feel an affinity for one another.
· degree of independence: We are both highly independent and able to work without constant supervision. We are also both very literate and are able to work from written instructions if need be.
· monetary needs and availability: We are not expecting to make a profit while we are volunteering/interning, but will need money for basic needs. We can save and allocate for travel costs to and from and hopefully save for incidentals. Worst case scenario, one of us can get a small part time job while we are there.
· Interest in relocating outside the USA: We both have a very strong interest in relocating, which is partially why we want to volunteer/intern outside the USA. However, we do plan on traveling for the next few years off and on, so unless an opportunity arose where we could make a good enough living to save for such adventures, we must remain in Arizona.
If you have any questions or comments, please email us.
"I think maybe needy people are just people who don\\\'t feel needed. Well, I say to you: Feel needed. Feel needed, because you are."|
-- Daniel Quinn - Providence
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surroundings: village (We are interested in anything from wildernes to small village.)|
communal meals: most meals are communal (We prefer interning at a ecovillage where most of the meals are shared)|
communal food: all food is communal
spiritual diversity: We would prefer to not have a set religion, but rather everyone have their own beliefs. We are ecelctic and earthbased with an interest in native american and celtic.|
meditation: a group of people meditate together regularly (We would prefer to have the opportunity to meditate, but not have it mandated.)
eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions): some people practice this faith (We would like to be around others who are ecelctic.)
common political theme: no official theme (We would prefer to not have a political theme.)|
rules: a few maxims which decisions and agreements must respect (We would prefer to not be bound by a set of laws, but rather guided by common sense and integrity.)
self-grown food: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.|
organic food (grown+purchased): We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
self-produced energy: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
energy from renewable sources: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
self-produced fuel: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
waste which ends up being recycled: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
sewage which is treated ecologically: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
|income and money|
income generated within: We would prefer to not have to have outside jobs for personal expenses, but will do so if need be.|
|agriculture / garden|
livestock: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.|
permaculture methods: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
biodynamic methods: We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
fukuoka (natural farming methods): We are interested in Particpating and learning about this.
common diet: some diet restrictions apply to all (We would prefer it if different diets were welcome, but we are willing to try new things such as vegetarianism.)|
raw non-vegan (with raw animal products)
vegan (plant based diet)
vegetarian (plant based and non-flesh animal products)
omnivore but only home-grown animal products
|love and sexuality|
bisexuality: respected and welcome|
homesexuality (male): respected and welcome
lesbianism: respected and welcome
heterosexuality: respected and welcome
monogamy: respected and welcome
celibacy: respected and welcome
|parenting / children|
attachment parenting: open / personal choice|
home education: open - a personal choice
home birth: open - a personal choice
cloth diapering: cloth diapers encouraged
corporal punishment: parents personal choice
childhood vaccines: a personal choice - equally open to all
need capital to join: We would prefer to not have to pay to join, but will consider it if it is a reasonable amount.|
|drugs / stimulants|
marijuana: in private room or designated areas only (We are both Drug Free and prefer to not be around those that do drugs.)|
tobacco / nicotin: in private room or designated areas only
liquor: special occasions only (We do not oppose to indulging on special occations or during ritual. We do not drink to excess.)
wine: special occasions only (We do not oppose to indulging on special occations or during ritual. We do not drink to excess.)
beer and cider: special occasions only (We do not oppose to indulging on special occations or during ritual. We do not drink to excess.)
|dress / tidiness|
nudity: We do not wander about in the nude.|
tidiness: reasonably tidy
cleanliness: reasonably clean (We believe that it is every person\\\\\\\'s reponsibility to take care of their personal hygeine. Filth can spread sickness.)
last updated 2008/12/04