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Paul & Monika

Saul was our first long-term Workawayer and it was not without some trepidation that we went to pick him up at the heliport this past July. ‘What happens if we simply don’t get along?‘, we said to each other. After all, we couldn’t just put him on a bus or a train and send him off to the next Workaway gig down the road. There are no roads connecting any two towns in Greenland anyway (or trains for that matter, either). In fact, we were the only hosts for thousands of kilometers in any direction (!) — and Saul was planning to stay with us for nearly three months. ‘That’s a quarter of a year,’ we said to ourselves. If we didn’t get along, it was probably going to be hell, we thought.

Well, we very quickly realized that we had been blessed with a gem. Saul has so many wonderful qualities, it’s hard to know where to start.

It goes without saying that he’s a determined ditch-digging, paint-scraping, rock-shoveling hard-working man. And we have never seen anyone so eager to wash dishes! A dirty plate didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell in his presence.

But what made our time so special with him was not so much the dirt-under-your-nails grinding labor that we threw his way — and that he tackled with unbridled enthusiasm — but rather his ability to come to terms with so many different social situations. We were working and living together at times under pretty close quarters, but things with Saul always went smoothly. There was no subject that was taboo with him and he was very easy-going. We enjoyed cooking together, talking about our favorite books and movies, sharing recipes, and so on — and we took him along to birthday parties and evenings with friends where communication was somewhat hampered by loud music, somewhat copious amounts of alcohol, plenty of laughter and smoke — and at least three different languages (occasionally) being used simultaneously around the dinner table. Saul always did remarkably well, even if he doesn’t speak more than a smattering of Danish and Greenlandic.

It was also a joy to show him around what we refer to as “the neighborhood.” He was visibly awestruck by the glaciers and fjords and icebergs and mountains. You could see him just soaking it all up. This was obviously the trip of a lifetime for him and that was a pleasure to behold. His ardor for adventure also gave us an opportunity to go on a hiking trek that we’ve been planning for some time now. Even when the going got tough out on the trail (or on the boat, for that matter), there was never a complaint from Saul. Au contraire! He was up for anything and everything — and you should have seen the joy on his face when he witnessed a huge glacier calve into an ice-filled fjord. Wooow! Wooow! (We’ve never heard anybody say ‘wow’ so often.)

By the time he was getting ready to go back to South Africa, it felt like he was almost a member of the family. We even shared a number of bad inside jokes, e.g.., “What would Chris do?” (Don’t ask, it’s an inside joke, remember?)

Saul was also (eventually) accepted into the pack by our (rather picky) late dog, Trotzki. We’re very glad that he got to know the pooch before he died suddenly only two weeks after Saul’s departure. That way we all got to share in some of Trotzki’s antics.

Saul is always welcome back here in Narsaq. Perhaps next time he may even come here with his ‘significant other’ in tow. You never know. In any case, he has certainly inspired us to take a trip down to South Africa. Maybe we’ll meet up there, too.

We wish Saul all the very best and would like to express our thanks to Workaway for paving the way for this great summer with him. Wherever the road of life leads you, Saul, may your days be pleasant and your nights filled with magic and dreams.

Love and ‘qujanarsuaq’,

Monika and Paul

Paul & MonikaHow about spending a Workaway summer in the Arctic?
Saul

I spent almost 3 months this year (2015) living in Narsaq, hosted by Paul and Monika, who were both extremely gracious and hospitable.

And for a first-time Workaway experience, I couldn’t have wished for better hosts or a more incredible location.

Paul and Monika really welcomed me into their home and virtually took me in as a member of their family. They were beyond generous and really went out of their way to make sure that my time in Greenland would be the epic adventure I was hoping it would be.

And oh boy, was it ever the adventure!

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Icy Blue Arch

Glaciers, the Greenlandic ice cap, whale and seal sightings, centuries old Viking and Inuit ruins and of course icebergs galore!

These were just some of the amazing highlights of the truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that was my summer in Greenland.

All I can say after this unforgettable journey is that any future Workawayer would be extremely privileged to be able to spend some time in Greenland (which is such an incredibly beautiful country) with this amazing host couple.

I can hardly begin to express adequately my gratitude to Paul and Monika for this experience and for the immense warmth and kindness that showed me throughout.

Thank you guys so much!

The moon over Qaqortoq

The moon over Qaqortoq

SaulHow about spending a Workaway summer in the Arctic?
David and Austin

Thank you, Harim. I feel enriched by the opportunity to have spent such special time in Morocco and at your school.

I (David) spent an initial 3 months with Harim and Austin spent about 3 weeks. We then returned for another 3 weeks one month later, in large part because we liked everyone at the school so much.

I travelled with a group of 33 people including Harim, the school director, students, teachers and other volunteers to the Sahara Desert to spend a night under the stars and ride camels. Although the industrial city of Berrechid isn’t necessarily a holiday destination, I enjoyed spending time there, buying produce from the local shops, drinking coffee at Cafe Dream and being invited for couscous with local families. Harim also assisted me in arranging trips to other cities including Tangier, Casablanca, Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Mohammedia, El Jadida, Bouznika, Rabat and Fes. In Fes Harim arranged for some other volunteers and I to stay with a friend of his who even had a driver pick us up at the train station (we were all impressed).

Most of all I enjoyed talking with the Moroccan students, learning about Islam and Moroccan culture and helping them practice their English. Many interesting conversations were had in class. I learned quite a bit during my stay and feel enriched by the experience.

It may be helpful for volunteers to recognize that Moroccan culture is different than that of the west and some cultural confusion around expectations and communication may occur. From my experience the culture is very welcoming and warm and I was treated as a guest of honor by the majority of Moroccans who I met. On the other hand, because I was considered a guest and the Moroccan style seems at times to be less direct than I am familiar with in the west, there were times when I was unclear of exactly what was expected of me and how I could help most based on my skills. This was especially true when I first arrived. The pieces all fell into place though and things made more sense as I spent more great time there.

David and AustinWorkaway Host Profile: English and French speakers needed

Hamid

David and Austin stayed with us twice and for different periods of time and each time we wished they would have stayed longer and each time we parted in tears.

They are so nice, extremely modest and helpful.

I really can’t find the adjectives to describe how kind, friendly, sociable and helpful they are.

Workawayer
David

They were always offering to help with the teaching,the cooking,the cleaning,the painting and even showing other volunteers the country and taking them from and to the airport.

David and Austin,you are GREAT.

You’ve learnt a lot about Morocco and you have gained Moroccan hearts.

Workawayer
Austin

We’ll always be waiting for you.

Thanks

Morocco
Morocco
Morocco
Morocco
HamidHost Profile on Workaway: English and French speakers needed
Josiephine

Natalia and Diego came to us somewhat last minute and all I can say is thank heavens the people who were supposed to come cancelled. These guys were absolutely fantastic. Hard working, willing, enthusiastic and more than happy to get stuck in.
During their stay they experienced wall building 101, as in from scratch. This is not something that happens everyday on my farm but what these guys built stood up to the kick test and then some. Which is fantastic, especially seeing as neither had done anything like it before.
No matter what the job, digging in the rock hard soil of my mountain top they threw themselves into the task and Diego in particular (we nicknamed him ‘Diego the Determined’) used the pick to dig out rocks that would have scared some into submission.

Workawayers Natalia and Diego

Workawayers Natalia and Diego

They painted poles with recycled engine oil, they cut trees down for new posts and so much more.
Both were great to be around, to talk too and both ate my pasties and said they liked them, what can I say. You are the bees knees with sugar sprinkled on top for that, thanks guys.
I could go on but I think by now you have gotten the drift that these guys are great to have come to your place and help you out so if they offer then seriously give them a whirl.
I know I have said this before but you know what, I am going to say it again.
If their travels ever bring them this way again then they are more than welcome to come not only as volunteers but as friends also.

JosiephineWorkaway Host Profile: Help on a farm beautiful rural area of Catalonia
Sioned
Alessandra

Workaway host Alessandra and family

My time in Pesaro with Alessandra, Emma and Dalia was my first workaway experience. I really couldn’t have asked for a better one. On my first day, Alessandra picked me up from the train station, made me lunch and took me for a beautiful bike ride followed by a walk on the beach. She made me feel at home introducing me to all her lovely friends and family. She also encouraged me to join the Pesaro Language Exchange group which opened a fantastic social network! I was constantly being invited on cool day trips. Alessandra was kind enough to give me every weekend off which allowed me time to explore!

Emma and Dalia are two of the most delightful girls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Emma is shy, caring, intelligent and always checking you are ok. Dalia is full of energy, hilarious, inquisitive and constantly buzzing about the place doing cartwheels. I stayed with the family for about 7 weeks. In this time, the girls finished school for the Summer holidays. While the girls were at school I’d help with breakfast, take them to school by either bike or car, do a little job in the morning or have a few hours off. I’d then collect the girls from school, prepare lunch and take them back. This gave me a few hours in the afternoon free also.

Alessandra and I would take it in turns to take the girls to gym, dance and violin lessons in the evening (the girls are so talented!) I think flexibility on both parts makes this an ideal situation. During the summer holiday things are very much the same but the girls go to Summer camp in the morning. All in all my time in Pesaro was unforgettable. I’ve fallen in love with the family, the place and the Italian culture.

SionedWorkaway Host Profile: Live Laugh Love in Pesaro, Italy
Azamat

Robbie and Eleanor were the first Workaway volunteers to set foot on our farm and also in Kyrgyzstan, because our farm is the first one to participate from Kyrgyzstan.

My parents were at first hesitant about letting total strangers to come and live with us, so Robbie and Eleanor were experimental group for us. My parents called me after they have left and wanted me to send them more people like Robbie and Ellie!

Workawayer Ellie

Workawayer Ellie


Workawayer Robbie

Workawayer Robbie

So, nice job guys, and thank you very much from my parents for helping out at the farm enthusiastically doing any chores and working hard! I have intentionally stayed out of the picture, so that it would be a cultural exchange for both you and my parents. We will look forward to seeing you again on our farm.

We hope that we will start building our new house soon, so that you can enjoy the scenery from the balcony next time you visit us!

AzamatKyrgyzstan HostWorkaway Host: Stay in a yurt and help on our farm in At-Bashy
Erika

I definitely want to try more workaways after my first experience with Becky and Martin. I immediately felt comfortable with both of them–as well as their three amazing dogs!

Workaway hosts in Spain

Becky and Martin’s place in Spain


I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, because it was so pleasant working in such a beautiful place. Gathering oranges, helping with meals and clean up, weeding, fighting with brambles, looking after chickens and taking the dogs on walks were all jobs I had.

We had some great life (free-range life!) and business talks, got new music, saw new movies, met new people (In Portugal!), and ate delicious fresh food. Thanks for having me guys, I couldn’t have wished for better!

ErikaWorkaway Host: Volunteer at a self sufficient homestead in Spain
Brendan
Workaway hosts in Napa Valley

Hosts in Napa Valley, California

Holy moly. As a first step with workaway and towards giving to something larger to myself, this was a dream, a beautiful dream. Rolling hills of dry grass, fields littered with thistles, morning glories, chicken trailers and marauding adorable, mischievous Italian guard dogs. Pigs, water buffalo, ducks, hundreds of baby chicks, adjacent vineyards, outdoor kitchen, hay-bail couch, oh and the organic garden!

Now if you’re on workaway, these are all parts of the benefit of giving your time towards something bigger than yourself with little material benefit. developing the land, caring the animals, and enhancing the customers’ knowledge of what good food is like and what john brings to the table with his vision and farm can change your life. This place can use some enthusiastic bodies with a desire for educating themselves about the connection between animals living a more unrestrained life with a healthy diet and a humane death and how the respect and caring of this process all enhance our own lives.

Trevor is fantastically knowledgable, especially around permaculture and gardening, and is a real character. Trevor was super flexible with how I was comfortable helping and was very verbal about his gratitude for my contribution to his carefully organized and highly intention-oriented plot of land.

Frances is a bundle of spunk and fun. Certainly a great communicator and a hard worker, she has life experience and wisdom that allows her to open up to, teach and share with whoever is able to be vulnerable and upfront with her as well. Frances does a little everything, and is fantastic company:)

John, the mastermind will blow your mind with his vision. Not just of the farm, but his vision of how to change the world. The key; start locally, with you. John brings out the inner entrepreneur in me and is a natural motivator. His ability to wrangle help and sell an image without the selling is a gift, one you can learn from if you pay attention. His work ethic is a reflection of his energy and his love for developing what we are given and changing into an image that facilitates a more enjoyable, mutually beneficial life; it’s off the charts, so to speak 🙂

All in all, there is more to contribute to, tinker with, observe, learn from, and give to here. The people are people, passionate and honest, driven and focused, and so solid. If you’re up for it, give them a shot.

BrendanWorkaway Host Profile: Grass Farm Your Life Into A Better Food Culture
Tamara

I spent a wonderful two weeks with Elaine and Patrick (and cute Rags and Daisy, too!) It was a magnificent experience in the beautiful mountains. Elaine and Patrick took me many places that were wonderful, including the lovely Serra D’Estrella, the mountain of stars. Here, we got to snow sled, have snowball fights, and even make snow angels – IN APRIL! What a blast!

They have SO many friends in the beautiful village of Nogueurinja and the people there are incredibly welcoming. There are two small pubs, one called the cafe, where we had amazing wines for only 2 euros a bottle. There’s also the social club, which is so much fun – sports, beer, nuts, chips, cute dogs, and several generations of warm company and laughter!

Elaine and Patrick are amazing hosts and their home is adorable and quaint, with arched doorways, stone walls, and a cozy wood fire (on chilly nights).

Workaway Host in Portugal

Workaway Host in Portugal

They have orange trees nearby, so we were able to pick (AND EAT – yum!) FRESH oranges right off the tree. Then, we carried them home, where Elaine let me help make fresh marmalade! It’s SO amazing and delicious!

I have to say that Elaine makes the most wonderful meals, too. She also stocked my room (which has a fridge and coffee) with cereal and a few snacks, in case you don’t want to go upstairs at night.

The room they provide is absolutely gorgeous, very Moroccan. I felt like I was on vacation.

Elaine and I went shopping, got our nails done (what a treat) and had coffee and dessert on several occasions 🙂 What a fun hostess she is.

She is now a wonderful friend, as well and I do hope to go back one day 🙂 to visit. I can not say enough good things.

About the work, enjoyable and never felt like I was a hired servant – it was more like teamwork on pleasant projects. They’re great.

I highly recommend. You will love it here.

TamaraWorkaway Host Profile: Volunteer at our Quinta in Nogueirinha, Central Portugal