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I came to the The HoBB after five months of traveling around Europe. It sounds like a cliche, but as soon as I arrived, I did feel right at home. As an Australian with British ancestry, I felt I was pretty familiar with the set up of the house, the kinds of meals I was eating and the general lifestyle. What I now know is that in many respects I was wrong.
When you travel, staying in hotels or hostels, eating out or cooking pasta with pesto in a poorly equipped YHA kitchen, it often feels that you are skimming the surface of a country; a spectator on a game other people are playing. When you volunteer at a place like The HoBB, you are right in the game.
Because I was living day-to-day with local people, talking with Helen and Grant about the shire, the country and the world, I came to see how many interesting differences there are between life at The HoBB and my own life at home. Differences that I would certainly have missed had I just been passing through on a tour, or even roaming around under my own steam.
During my stay at The HoBB I also learned more than I could have imagined about Chinese culture from talking to Yan. Working with other volunteers and learning about their backgrounds is like a fantastic lucky dip. You don't know who you will meet or what they will teach you, but you will always end up a better-informed, more well-rounded person on the other side.
So, do you know the history of the borderlands between England and Wales? Do you know what badgers and hedgehogs do at night? Can you fire up a forge? Have you looked out over two countries from the ruins of a bronze age castle? Can you tell when a wild blackberry is ripe? Do you know what hydroponics is? If you are traveling, have you had a proper conversation with someone from a different culture lately, that went beyond "Where are you from?" or "What did you see today?" Since visiting The HoBB, I can proudly say 'Yes'.

Lucy Mackay-Sim
Guest Blogger

Posted by grant at 10.05 AM on 10/Sep/2014.
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What is a "Project House"?

000250We help Projects along their way - spending just hours on some and years on those that are on-going.

And annually, many visiting students from around the World help us to grow the HoBB Project House into an ever better place of useful action.

By keeping this balance of helping and being-helped, we make happy progress. We never know or pre-judge what project is around the next corner so it could be your project.

If your project is yet to start, some way along its progress, or even on-hold, you may need some space to do some fresh thinking on it. You can find this at the HoBB Project House by ‘dropping-in’ for a cuppa and a chat or by taking a break for a couple of days to concentrate on your Project, away from the distractions of regular home-work-life.

Whatever stage your Project has reached, you will find it of interest to receive new input, new ideas and new insights. We’re great at providing all three and more. [We are happy to sign a non-disclosure form - see a FREE example by clicking on 'non-disclosure form' link at the bottom of this page]

There are several Project Houses in the World but nearly all of them are linked to large city companies and therefore, situated in large cities.

Our Project House, The HoBB, is hidden away in peaceful, beautiful countryside where time ‘stops’ long enough to allow your project to surface fully, without distraction.

So when you need a break and really want to concentrate on your Project away from the distractions of everyday life, come to The HoBB, a traditional stone farmhouse with open fires and a host of fresh country creature comforts – a very green location for your ever greener shoots to grow.

Contact me - let’s:

* compare diaries
* book a time and date and
* get ready for your first cuppa and think-over.

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