I keep an open house so all through the year you can encounter people from all over the world.I know what it is like to travell and need somewhere to stay or even be homeless and just need a break so you can get benefits,wash your stuff,see a doctor and dentist and get back on your feet.So sometimes my guests are travellers sometimes they are homeless.I have learned much from them on life and how many different ways there are to get by.Most of all I have learned that willingness to learn or be taught can overcome almost any obstacle.Here I will put links and resources for people travelling or just on the road.I will update it from time to time and appreciate any links sent by you that can be included 🙂
“same concept as the sites mentioned below, the big difference is that is completely free (no fees, no memberships, no money). Volunteers can contact projects directly. It works with all sort of projects. If you like the idea please show your support by promoting, it is a new site and it has 280+ volunteering opportunities listed so far (03-2014). It will always be FREE or it will die trying.”
Hospitality site for anyone, anywhere in the world wishing to participate in or start their own sustainable self-build project. It promotes the exchange of labor, knowledge, skills and community values and encourages sustainable self-build projects to offer food and accommodation for volunteer members. It’s free.
Short for “help exchange”, this website puts willing volunteers in touch with people or businesses who need help with their farms, vineyards, ranches, hostels, sailing boats etc. throughout the world. After signing up for premier membership, which costs €20 (£18 approx) for two years, volunteers can search the current vacancies noticeboard and reviews and sign up for work, usually unpaid but in exchange for free board and lodging. Free membership gives access to basic information about some vacancies.
Similar to Helpx, Workaway puts travellers in contact with homestay hosts who offer food and board in exchange for work. It costs €22, or roughly £19 for a 2 year membership.
WWOOF is an exchange – In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
Many countries have national WWOOF groups. Each national organisation has its own membership arrangements and a separate membership fee.
Volunteer for free or low cost in South America
SE7EN encourages social and environmental volunteering around the world. They list free and low-cost volunteering opportunities world-wide that have social and / or environmental aims. They also list volunteers with time and skills to offer. Volunteers and hosts can make direct contact with each other to arrange a volunteering stay. Membership costs €15 (£13 approx) for 2 years which gives you full use of the site, and makes available the hosts contact information.(Not all opportunities on this site are free)
www.idealist.org – need more info
www.openhouses.de/Internationales – need more info
www.fhinz.co.nz – need more info
Looking after and living in people’s homes while they are away. Membership costs $20 per year(£13, €15).
An international house sitting service for home minders, Caretakers & house sitters since 1999.Sitters wanted for Caretaker and Home minding jobs inUSA, Europe, London, England, Paris, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Australia, Canada, New Zealand.
THE CARETAKER GAZETTE is a unique newsletter containing property caretaking and house sitting jobs, advice, and information for property caretakers, housesitters, and landowners. Published since 1983, it’s the only publication in the world dedicated to the property caretaking field.
Trustedhousesitters is the most expensive of them all these sites asking 59€ per year(£50): really too much for a budget traveller. It is well spread around the world, with a huge presence in UK.
Strangely it is the cheapest of them all with 10$(£6.50, 7.50€) per year, but the number of announcements is much lower than the rest. Still a good idea to give a look from time to time, and spend a free vacation in a luxury house
VOLUNTEER IN CHINA
If you want to visit China, CSETC is a UNESCO partner. There are opportunities to work at World Heritage sites. Also, you can teach English to school kids. The flexible program runs all over China. You have to pay for your own travel to China and the Visa fees. Local travel, food and accommodation are taken care of by the organisers. Here is the link
YOUTH IN ACTION –
Youth in Action, is financed by European Union and it’s often restricted to people below 25 years of age, even if some of the projects have no age restriction, so it’s still worth to try. The organization is paying for food and accommodation, plus 70% of the travel expenses to reach the place. Sometimes there is aparticipation fee, others it is completely free. It’s during one of this workshop that me and Oti met for the first time. – www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/
Grundtvig programs are similar to Youth in Action, but without age restriction. Plus you have free food, free accommodation, free transportation and even the program fee is completely financed by the institution! Too good to be true, that’s why you can apply only once every three years. – www.ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/grundtvig_en.htm
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people’s active citizenship. It’s free for volunteers, and you receive free accommodation and food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part (maximum 10%) of your travel costs. Usually volunteers must be 18 – 30 years old on the application deadline. – http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/european-voluntary-service_en.ht
some other useful links
It is written for and by dumpster divers, freegans and others of such kind. Here you will find plenty of trash-related articles: you can search by specific countries, by places like markets, by food types, etc. We already have 816 articles on trash and living for free. You can find precise descriptions of how to get rid of your trash in a sustainable manner, how to sensibly recuperate trash, how to share and get stuff for free, and much much more…
“One person’s trash is another’s treasure
http://www.vagabond101.com/first-things-first.html Vagabond 101
excellent read and lots of tips
“Join the world’s fastest growing alternative economy …
- Save money. Learn new skills. Reduce your carbon footprint.Meet new friends locally. Get help with projects for free.
- Share skills, tools, and spaces through freeshare.
- Share advice, information or ask freeconomic questions inour forum.
The Freeconomy Community’s aim is to help reconnect people in their local communities through the simple act of sharing.”
This site has been set up as a comprehensive resource for intrepid travellers everywhere. Within the site, you’ll find information on every aspect of backpacking and low cost travel.
For those Living and Traveling Full or Part-Time in a Van, Car, or RV (or have aspiraitons ot do so)
This site has forums on ‘camping/outdoor living’, ‘communal living’, ‘travel talk’, ‘living sustainably’, and many more.
“BookCrossing is a social network where members release books back into the public by leaving them on park benches, at the gym or at school. One part social network and one part social experiment, BookCrossing lets you participate in giving back to the world of literature by passing on your favorite books.”
“Craigslist is a network of online communities for free classified advertisements (with jobs, internships, housing, personal advertisements, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, and pets categories) and forums on various topics.” Craigslist operates in 70 countries worldwide.
german page where you can give food away if you have too much or don’t wanna use it anymore http://foodsharing.de/ / another one, where you can find a map full of fruit trees that don’t belong to anybody: http://mundraub.org/ /and the same international: http://www.fallingfruit.org/about?locale=en
sleepinginairports.net – tips on where and how to spend the night at various airports
Eattheweeds.com is a guide to foraging, eating wild plants, edible wild food and other things. Hosted by Green Dean.
On this site you will find a compendium of information about individual herbs, herbal remedies, essential oils, home / natural remedies and more.
- WarmShowers is a network for bicyclists. Great if you’re on a bike trip.
- Trustroots was started in December 2013, mainly (but not exclusively) directed at hitchhikers.
Deep Web | Freenet Project | I2P | Tor | Webp2p | Invisible IRC
This is a great place to learn and teach about how to use computers anonymously in order to protect yours and others privacy.
Anonymous Lesbian Gay Bisexual Pansexual (LGBT) (QUILTBAG)
This group is for both anonymous and LGBT activists to work together and find common ground.
Here is their youtube channel
Charity Coin (The official name will only be known when released)
Although on the face of it nothing is happening the reality of it is that this is a new crypto currency that is being built by feminists specifically to promote equality. The programmers work on this every day.
Here is their page
LGBT, EVERYONE is welcome
Is a nice space to hang out and meet new people
LGBTQ Artists, Artisans & Allies
Is a space for LGBT artists to share their art work.
Feminist Language Exchange (women and non-binary learning space)
This is mostly just a language exchange group for lesbians and bisexual women even thought it was founded on feminist principles.
LGBT Au Pairs (lesbian aupairs support group).
as far as I know this is the only support group for LGBT Au Pairs.
Inclusive Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Support Network
Is a safe space for LGBT people to help each other.
A site for unblocked music,torrents and TV : http://unbanthe.com/
Notes that will self destroy after sending : https://privnote.com/#destroyed
Presurfer interesting page of stuff ,safe for work and kids :http://presurfer.blogspot.com/
Reddit ,everything nerdy and nerds to discuss it with: https://www.reddit.com/
Huge picture depository and you can store your own free: http://imgur.com/
Freedom,Campaigns,legal links,alternative stuff and more
- Activists’ Legal Project: “The Activists’ Legal Project provides information about the law to people who are thinking of taking direct action, or who have taken direct action”.
- Arboricultural Information Line
- Archaeologists and Development: Saving archaeology and heritage from development
- Campaign for Better Transport: formerly known as Transport 2000.
- Campaign for Planning Sanity (CfPS): planning advice and support for community groups and campaigns
- Centre for Alternative Technology: Renewable energy and low-impact technology
- Chapter 7: The Lands is Ours Planning Office: Good material on rural sustainability, sustainable woodlands, and low-impact developments
- Christian Aid: Christian charity campaigning to relieve poverty
- The Civic Trust: Improving quality of towns and cities and preserving urban heritage
- Climate Law: Enforcing climate change law
- Common Ground: Celebrating “local distinctiveness”
- Composting Association: Promoting composts and composting
- Council for British Archaeology: Supporting British archaeologists
- Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE): Countryside campaigners
- Earth First!: Radical environmental campaigners
- Ecological Design Association: Designing buildings with the environment in mind
- Eco-Village Network: Supporting sustainable eco-villages
- FARM: The independent voice of farmers
- Forest Action Network: Campaigning to save forests from logging
- Friends of the Earth: Environmental pressure group based on network of local groups
- Future Forests: Buy and plant trees in conservation areas using the Internet
- Green Party: Political party based on environmental values
- Greenpeace UK: UK wing of international pressure group
- Greenpeace International: Environmental pressure group
- International Rivers Network and European Rivers Network : Restoring rivers, decommissioning dams, opposing diversions
- Internet Rights: Helping people to use the Internet to increase democracy and to campaign on social justice issues.
- The Land Is Ours: land rights issues
- Liberty: promoting civil liberties and human rights
- Marine Conservation Society: Sea conservation issues
- Mast Sanity: Campaign against badly sited mobile phone and Tetra masts in the UK.
- National Park Portal: Links to groups working on national park issues from Oliver Tickell
- National Society for Clean Air (NSCA): Campaigns on air pollution and toxics
- National Trust: Conserving environment and heritage by buying threatened places
- No New Nukes!: Opposing construction of new nuclear power plants in the UK
- Pesticides Action Network: pesticides and chemicals issues
- The Ramblers: Walkers who support footpaths and rights of way
- REVOLT: Fighting powerline proposals and pylons
- Road Alert: Campaign against road building and airport expansion
- Road Block: Networking information about UK anti-road campaigns
- RSPB: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- RSPCA: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- School Energy: Energy saving grants for schools
- Society for Ecological Restoration: Conservation by regeneration and restoration
- Soil Association: Promotes organic farming
- Surfers Against Sewage: UK campaign against sea and beach pollution
- Trees of Time and Place: Planting native trees for the millennium
- UK Rivers Network: river campaigns and community action across the UK and Ireland
- URGENT: Urban Regeneration Greenfield Environment Network of UK housing campaigns
- The Wildlife Trusts: County-based wildlife conservation groups
- The Unofficial Wildlife Trust page: comprehensive links to wildlife and environment groups maintained by Oliver Tickell
- The Woodland Trust: Buying land and creating/managing woodlands.
- World Development Movement: Relieving poverty in developing countries
- World Voices: International environmental forum for young people
- WWF: International conservation organization focussed on threatened wildlife and habitats
- Using the law to challenge a planning decision: an EarthRights briefing
- Campaign Strategy.org: free campaign planning advice from Chris Rose
- Environmental activism online useful tips from WWF
- Free Range Activism website: (formerly Paul Mobbs home page)
- Campaign for Planning Sanity
- The Campaigning Handbook by Mark Lattimer. DSC Publications. Tel +44 (0)207 209 5151.
- Environmental campaigners guide to archaeology
- An Introduction to Campaign Strategy
- Roadblock: How people power is wrecking the roads programme by Alarm UK.
Other useful resources
- Introduction to water pollution: A background briefing from the UK Rivers Network
- Finding out about water pollution: A comprehensive page of links, also from the UK Rivers Network
- Finding out about air pollution: More from the UK Rivers Network
International environmental law organisations
- Center for International Environmental Law
- Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-LAW)
- Environmental Law Institute
- FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development)
UK law and the Courts
- British and Irish Legal Information Institute
- Courts Service
- HMSO – The Stationery Office
- HMSO Statutory Instruments
- The Hedgerows Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No 1160)
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Law Centres Federation
- Law Commission
- Law Society
- Legal Services Commission
- Local Government Ombudsman – Digest of Cases
- Lord Chancellors Department
- United Kingdom Environmental Law Association
- Weekly Law Reports
- YAWS — The Civil Procedure Rules
European law and Courts
- EUR-Lex – European Union law
- European Court of Human Rights
- European Court of Justice and Court of First Instance
- European Environmental Law Home Page
- European Environmental Law: includes treaties, case law, documents, legislation, recent ECJ judgements, etc.
- European Commission
European directives on environmental law
- Ambient air quality (Council Directive 96/62/EC of 27 September 1996 on ambient air quality assessment and management)
- Bathing water (Council Directive 76/160/EEC of 8 December 1975 concerning the quality of bathing water)
- Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC concerning protection of wild birds)
- Drinking water (Council Directive 98/83/EEC)
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (Council Directive 85/337 of 27 June 1985 as modified by Direcive 97/11/EC of 3 March 1997) on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment)
- Environmental Information(Council Directive 90/313/EEC, of 7 June 1990 on the freedom of access to information on the environment)
- The Environmental Information Regulations 1992, Statutory Instrument 1994 No. 3240 – the UK law implementation of the Environmental Information Directive.
- GMOs (Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms)
- Habitats (Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitatsand of wild fauna and flora )
- The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, Statutory Instrument 1994 No. 2716 – the UK law implementation of the Habitats Directive.
- Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPCC) (Council Directive 96/61 of 24 September 1996 concerning Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC))
- Nitrates (Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources)
- Strategic Environmental Assessment and Biodiversity: Guidance for Practitioners: a comprehensive, 94-page guide to the new SEA directive, from English Nature and others (803 KB PDF file)
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Studies, guidelines and reports: definitive guidance from the European Commission.
- Water: summary of European water quality directives, legislation, initiatives
- Water Framework Directive (Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991)
- Charity Commission
- Environment Agency
- Local Government Ombudsman
- The Planning Inspectorate
- Stationery Office: Official Documents Home Page
General legal advice