Help to create a sustainable development in Istra, Slovenia

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

  • Description

    Description

    We are a charity project in a beautiful, but socially underprivileged part of Istria. Our primary objective is to help the local community in our region. We support them in any way we can, especially their sustainable activities such are ecofarming, sustainable tourism and preservation of local natural and cultural heritage. There is a huge potential for sustainable development in the region, but new knowledge and young energy is needed to move forward. This is exactly what we would like to bring here.

    In the last two years we have hosted hundreds of volunteers from 42 countries and created an inspiring space of cooperation, creativity and harmony among volunteers and the locals.

    There is a great variety of things to do, so if you want to bring out the hero in you and experience living in luxurious simplicity, come and join us!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work

  • Help

    Help

    Our work is really diverse, so we are not looking for specific profiles, just for positiveness, dedication and enthusiasm. We will help people in need, help in an animal shelter, help local Red Cross organization, participate at local cultural events, help locals with farming and renovation of traditional stone houses and dry walls, help with farm animals, clean overgrown terraces and paths, organize clean-up actions...

    In April we are organizing a volunteering camp in Elerji. We will help Soncek, charity organization for people with disabilities. We will stay at their beautiful center in Elerji, about 3 km from the coast, where we will help them to take care for their six horses and other animals they use for animal therapy, help them with spring work in their gardens, help them fix playground for children and assist them with other projects. At the same time we will still continue with our charity work for local communities, Red Cross, Karitas, animal shelter… You are welcome to join us!

    In May we are moving to beautiful Osp valley, the most famous climbing area of Istria, where we will help locals with their projects till the end of June. From July till September we will be helping local communities in the village of Smokvica and around. Last year we had a great time there - check out the blog on our web page :)

    We decided to dedicate our work to non-profit charity activities only. This makes us different from most other hosts, but also means that we do not create profit to cover volunteers' costs. Therefore we kindly ask volunteers to contribute 5 eur a day towards the costs of their food.

    Minimum stay at our place is three weeks.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Slovenian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Elerji (April): Volunteers will stay in resort. Volunteers will sleep in separate wooden cottages for three volunteers. Kitchen, bathrooms and living room are in a building nearby. Center in Elerji can host up to 10 volunteers.

    Osp valley (May, June): Volunteers will live in a big community house that can host up to 15 volunteers. From the house, there is 10 minutes walk to the nearest climbing site.

    Smokvica (July, August): Volunteers will stay in an old Istrian house that belongs to the local community or in tents next to the house. We can host up to 15 volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the free time after lunch and in the evenings we share with one another our knowledge, talents, play social games, walk on the slackline, go swimming, rock climbing, play volleyball, basketball, read, watch movies and talk. You are welcome to share your talents, skills, stories…

    Our surroundings, Istria, is a fine region to practise hiking, biking and climbing, as much in the mountainous inland as in the coast. Istria is one of the Europe's top locations for culinary experiences.

    Adriatic coast is near.

    There is a regular bus to Koper that takes 30 minutes.

    About half an hour car drive from us are:
    - The old Venetian town of Piran
    - Škocjan and Postojna caves.

    Towns of Venezia, Ljubljana, Pula, Rovinj and Julian Alps with Triglav national park are 1 to 2 hours away.

    For our volunteers we organized charity discounts for some of Slovenia's most interesting activities, such are Soča Valley's rafting and canyoning and hiking in caves of Postojna and Škocjan.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    4 hours, 4 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    Why does workaway.info allow listings of hosts who charge money?

    In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer's stay.  (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
    We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
     

     

     

    €5 contribution towards food permitted

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Volunteers' building
Nearby village
One of the waterfalls nearby
Permaculture gardening
A view from our village
Clay plastering
Clean-up action
We are helping locals to renovate this old house
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Renovating a roof
Grape-picking
Our winter location at the Adriatic sea
Host ref number: 126446771921

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