Longmeadow

Current availability from 13 November until 5/6 December
I will have availability from 17/18 February, but I cannot confirm too far in advance.
In the winter months (November - February) we can only take one volunteer as there is not enough to occupy two people as we are spending much less time outdoors gardening etc.
We are Charlie and Joanna and we live in the countryside near to Cambridge. Our 2 daughters after time spent travelling (and volunteering) are now living in London (one of them recently returned from studying in Japan), so our household usually consists of two people and various dogs. I often have dogs to stay, so you need to be relaxed and happy around dogs. We go for long walks with the dogs every day so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the countryside and depending on the season to join me in foraging for fruit, berries nuts or fungi.

We have been hosting volunteers for over nine years now (positive reviews on 3 other sites) and thoroughly enjoy getting to know new people and share our way of life. Both our daughters have enjoyed being volunteers in Portugal, Australia, Peru and New Zealand and their experiences have given us a greater insight into both sides of the relationship. We lead a fairly quiet life, but enjoy travelling (most recently to the Greek islands, Japan and Georgia (the country not the state)) and always enjoy chatting and sharing our travellers tales. We are happy to help you develop your spoken English - we always enjoy chatting and in the process can explain matters of grammar, pronunciation, context etc. but we are not qualified teachers.


Reviews

5.0
6 reviews6

Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Brazil

5

Foi uma experiencia incrivel, Joanna e Charlie sao incriveis, muitos solicitos e muito simpaticos. Estao sempre de bom humor. Conviver com a natureza do local e com os cachorros foi uma vivencia muito especial. Obrigada Joanna e Charlie pelas comidas gostosas e por me mostrar um pouco da cultura local. Amei the "pudim" sempre maravilhosos. E obrigada por me ajudar com o idioma ingles e as varias dicas de passeio.
Estou fechando um ciclo de viagem com chave de ouro!!!!

5 months ago

Spain

5

Volunteering here was really rewarding. Walking dogs helped me discover the stunning landscape, also visiting Cambridge was very easy. Charlie and Joanna were excellent hosts, making me feel at home. I also learned a lot about British culture from them. Thanks to their hospitality, the beautiful surroundings, and my time in Cambridge, this experience became truly unforgettable.

7 months ago


Joanna replied

We loved hosting you both - you fitted in so well and felt like part of our family from the start. We very much enjoyed the food you cooked - and next time I am in Spain I will ask for Summer Wine! You are welcome back any time! Hope all goes well with your studies and future career and travels! XX

Spain

5

Volunteering in Longmeadow had been one of the most intesting experiences of my life. Joanna is such a nice person, her cooking skills are awesome and she makes sure everybody is feeling great. Charlie is also a great person, funny and outgoing. The dogs were very nice and I could definately improve my english skills and connect with nature. I'll love to go to Longmeadow again soon!!!

7 months ago


Joanna replied

We loved hosting you both - you fitted in so well and felt like part of our family from the start. We very much enjoyed the food you cooked - I wish we had found lemon leaves! You are welcome back any time! Hope all goes well with your studies and future career and travels! XX

Colombia

5

It has been one of the best experiences I have had so far, learning more about the culture of this country, nature in general, and especially contact with puppies.
If this is what you are passionate about, it will be a good experience for you.
Thank you Johana and Charlie for being so kind, and opening the doors of your beautiful home to me.

9 months ago

Colombia

5

My experience was absolutely lovely! Joanna and Charly where great hosts! The dogs were very friendly and was a very nice way to work, it felt like a home and Joanna’s food was amazing! Definitely recommend this experience!

11 months ago


Joanna replied

We enjoyed Martins company very much - and his cooking! He and Mariana speak excellent English and we learnt much more about Colombia. wishing you both happy travels and good luck in the future.


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