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It is the norm for a landlord or his/her agent to have a key to an accommodation they own or rent. Landlord/tenant laws often include an access condition to the effect that they have to give the tenant advance notice before they enter. Were you to deny them access, locking them out by whatever means, you may violate your lease agreement. Depending upon ...


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My initial thought was along the lines of 'but Maori are just part of the community' - but while that's true, there are still some options that are actually pretty awesome. And to time with the Rugby World Cup, Qualmark now has a Marae Stay Experience rating - maraes being traditional community ancestral house or meeting venue. There are some good options ...


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I don't have any experience on the Eastern side of the Himalaya, but I did some travelling on the Western side in China, in areas with high numbers of Tibetan people. As usually I did not plan or book anything but mostly stayed in hotels in towns, but a few times I also just walked in the mountains through some villages and when I asked people for a place ...


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A tiny village on the central east coast of the north island is beginning to put together a native culture program, and while it is not really off the ground just yet, you could be one of the first to go and live with the Maori people of Porangahau and further this project by showing that there is interest. I will send your information to "Doc" whom I just ...


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The top-known one that I've heard of is Home Exchange. It's international. However since I'm renting out my house, I've not done it, personally.


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Some suggestions from Comments (all mentioned by @WGroleau): couchsurfing.com Link is to Stockholm but there is also a page for Gothenburg. Airbnb Link is for first half of March. BeWelcome "Step inside and invite travelers to your home, find hosts all over the world, and become part of our multicultural hospitality community. We are not-for-profit, open ...


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As a UK citizen and a visitor, you're required to obtain an electronic visa that allows you 90 days in Turkey. This should largely cover the time of your stay, which you mentioned was a couple of weeks. Turkey defines work, the criteria for a work visa, as being a paid activity. It doesn't have a specific volunteering visa, and you'll note that work visas ...


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There is also the Tamaki experences Run by two of the Tamaki brothers. (Not their brother Bishop Brian Tamaki of Destiny Church) I went to the one in Christchurch at Ferrymead historic park it is very touristy apparently the one in Rotoura is less so. They also offer a (two/three) part interactive performance spread across their sites chronicling the family ...


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There are a variety of home swapping sites, some examples of which are listed in the article 10 things you need to know about home swapping: Love Home Swap Knok Homelink Home Exchange Intervac IVHE (geared more around second/vacation homes) Every one works slightly differently, but many have options that range from simultaneous exchanges (you stay in their ...


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Time. I lived in both Zone 2 and Zone 3 in London (4 years on and off, in Putney, Southfields and Colliers Wood). Generally (as a guy) I felt safe walking most places in London at night, and on public transport. Zone 2 doesn't feel safer than zone 3, or less safe. It's more the certain areas that some people might say to avoid (but that's a different ...


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Formal sponsorship letters in Germany are called Verpflichtungserklärung. They mean that the sponsor is posting a bond and they are only used if the visa would otherwise be denied. If you did not need a Verpflichtungserklärung to get your visa, you probably will not need one now. Your visa had both a duration of stay and a validity period. You can stay at ...


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As with all mechanical devices, there are differences between different items of the same basic design. If you are around the same toilet a bit longer, test out the different buttons and the different ways to push them. Most of the time you press the smaller, pointy, button for the smaller amount of water. One firm press and a short hold should do it. The ...


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I am wondering if it's possible to travel to New Zealand as a tourist and immerse in Maori culture. Yes. definitely. You may get something closer to what you see in the film "Whale Rider" than the 19th century images, but there are some "exceedingly hard core enclaves of Maoridom" that make substantial efforts to preserve the language and the culture. If ...


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I am not 100% sure about the Organic side of things but I've heard that ProjectsAbroad has this kind of things popping up now and then. At WorkAway they at least have some organic stuff going on in Portugal. More extensive search might reveal opportunities elsewhere. I know of Portugal because I've searched for that myself. Never been in contact with anyone ...


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There are 60+ home exchange sites, and which one is best for you depends heavily on where you live, and where you want to go at the moment. There are big general sites, and lots of country or interest specific ones, like one for LGBT people or Waldorf parents or Aussies. My own project, https://exchangemouse.com is to navigate all of them. Search in one ...


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Some others you may try are: Digsville IHEN Intervac GTI Swapnow Each has a somewhat different flavor. GTI, for example, has an eco-friendly appeal.


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Another alternative is www.knok.com . This is a new alternative with thousands of homes. I joined last year and I already swapped twice: France and Italy, and everything was ok in both cases.


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I think swapyourhome.net is another best home exchange website.


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I'd suggest my site, ExchangeMouse where you can search among all 60+ home exchange websites, and find matches for a Cyprus-UK home swap. There is an option for long term exchanges, a "few months" is regarded such.


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There are actually many cheaper options in Probolinggo than the ones visible on internet or in lonely planet Indonesia (edition 2013). I stayed in a guesthouse for 80'000 IDR per night, for a double bedroom with shower (cold water only). It was clean, not far from the train station, and staff was nice. The guesthouse is called "female guesthouse", although ...


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couchsurfing.com may facilitate your aims by putting you in touch with people with travel accommodation requirements. However from a friend who has used it, the impression I get is that it's more about being present in your house where people come to stay. But check it out.


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I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Marae with Maori living in the traditional way they would have before European settlers arrived, however Google provides plenty of results of Maraes offering accommodation up and down NZ. You may or may not get the traditional cultural experience you are looking for, but no doubt you will meet some friendly characters ...


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