This is a charity project in a beautiful Istria peninsula. Our primary objective is to help the local community in Istria region. We support them in any way we can, especially their sustainable activities such are sustainable tourism, ecofarming 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 four years we have hosted more than 600 volunteers from 46 countries and created an inspiring space of cooperation, creativity and harmony among volunteers and the locals. In 2017 our project received Energy Globe Award, one of the most important international environmental awards, as the best environmental project in Slovenia.
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!
In October we moved to our new volunteers'center located 30 min by bus from coastal town Koper. We finished renovation of one of two houses. In March we will continue with renovation of the second house.
Special invitation to those who already have some experiences with renovation and to all those, who would like to learn more about it.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We help local communities and NGOs in different Istrian villages, so we have warm and pristine relationship with local population. This enables volunteers to experience real Istria - its people, nature and traditions.
Our work is diverse, so you will learn many useful skills, from easy construction work to cooking. After work, everyone is encouraged to share their skills and talents, so there are frequent workshops, debates, movie nights...
In 2019 our main focus will be to finish with renovation of our new volunteers center, that will become a volunteers' home and our project's headquarters. Volunteers will be welcome to help and learn some basic construction skills in the process.
Besides that, we will continue to help people in need, help locals with farming and renovation of traditional stone houses, organize workshops for kids, help in an animal shelter, help local Red Cross organization, participate at local cultural events, clean overgrown terraces and paths, organize clean-up actions...To do all that we need many helping hands.
Our work is really diverse, so we are not looking for specific profiles, but we are searching for volunteers who have enthusiasm, motivation and will to learn new skills.
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.
In volunteer center in Kastelec volunteers will stay in a dorm room with 6 beds, small kitchen with dining room, toilet and shower. There is a basketball court in front of the house and a beautiful nature all around us. Till summer we will finish with renovation of the second house where we will be able to host up to 15 volunteers.
In the free time after lunch and in the evenings we share with one another our knowledge, play social games, walk on slackline, go swimming, rock climbing (there are great climbing sites nearby) , play volleyball, basketball, read, watch movies and talk.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4 hours, 4 days a week
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.