Experience rural Bulgaria and get a touch of a pioneering alternative life

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  • Description

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    Hi
    I am an Israeli guy. At home in the Land of Milk & Honey I live in a small farm which I transformed into a big tropical garden, with the help of many volunteers who have come to help during the last few years. It is a wonderful place now and you are also welcome to visit me there, during winter months.
    I am, apparently, a person of beginnings and have just bought a farm in Bulgaria - the land of Banitsa and Yogurt, to start all over again.
    The farm is situated at the end of a small village in the hills of northern-central Bulgaria. It is a heavenly quiet and peaceful place in a virginal milieu which has not changed much since a hundred years, may be more.
    If you like nature, quietness, solitude and peaceful environment you will enjoy it, If not - it might not be the place for you.
    I bought the house furnished and my plan is to conserve it as it is, as much as possible.
    So, it may be a unique opportunity for you to stay in a traditional Bulgarian country house. Nevertheless the house, as common in the Bulgarian country side has no bathroom, no proper kitchen and the toilet is a latrine in the yard.
    So, first mission was to build a proper service and shower room, which is already done. Now I am into arranging a proper kitchen.
    I will need your help with this. The house also need new rendering and I think of redoing it with mud, the same method it was done originally.
    The yard has quite some fruit trees and berries, and I'm planning to plant many more. We will plant an organic vegetable garden and try to be as self-sufficient as possible, without becoming fanatic.
    I'd also like to get some animals to the farm: chickens, geese, a donkey, goats, may be a horse. If you have experience with farm animals - you may be my teacher.
    Further plans may be to create a deck, pergola, a biological pool, mud-built outside-oven, make a solar water-heating system and may arrange the stone barn to be the basis for a center for alternative way of life...

    If you feel attracted to this you are welcome to be a part of this adventure and join me to this pioneering journey for the time convenient to you, Preferably not less than one week.
    We will live together (you'll get your own room) and share the same conditions, challenges and food. I'm a good cook, but if you also like cooking I''ll be glad to taste your creations.
    i'm a very easy going person, non-conventional, cheerful, quiet and may be funny with the right partner. I get along well with different kind of personalities and expect to have here internally clean, positive, helpful and joyful people. As long as conditions are pristine as they are now, you can't be a too spoiled person.
    I hope it will be possible to install WI FI here, but if not we'll have to use cellular Internet, This is easy to get.

    I plan to arrive to my new home in the 13th of March, so you are welcome to join me, then.
    I speak English and Spanish well. Also French and some Italian and am learning Bulgarian. Can already maintain a simple conversation wit the locals and have become friends with the nice people in the village,
    Food will be mainly vegetarian, tasty, healthy and non-industrial as much as possible.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    I expect some 5 hourse help daily. Weekend you'll be free to hike, travel or rest.
    Work is not too hard and doesn't require a special skills. Mostly good wil and a passion to learn and experience. Still, you cannot be the type who is afraid of physical work. Any doubts or questions - please consult me.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English. Espanol, Francais, Hebrew, Bulgarian,some Italian.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A small traditional Bulgarian room for you. Just like mine..(:
    The property is situated in a small and not well known village called Paisiy, north-east of Veliko tarnovo. Silence
    here is almost audible..

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We will be able to explore the area and discover the sights and tracks it offers. There are few small lakes nearby, and I heard about some waterfalls not far, but still haven't seen them.
    The city of Veliko Tarnovo, whic is not far, is a very beautiful one and it has many interesting sights, good and cheap restaurants, bars etc.

  • 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?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Get to know Bulgarian rural way of life. Explore physical culture of days past. Get to know local people, visit their homes and have a free cute translator...,😁
    Learn about slternative way of life and have an oportunity to meet themselves.

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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the yard to the south of the house. I plan to make here a small pond a waterfall using the water from the well. Will need some help..(:
This is the basement. It is quite spaceous. I thhink I'll convert it into kitchen.
A corner in the patio. You can see me in the mirror...(:
In the basement.
One of the walls which need rerendering. I hope it will be possible to do it with mud as is now.
Inside the house there is no water yet. Water is outside, as can be seen here. It's here where we will wash our faces in the morning... And our hands after working - installing the new bathroom.
Front garden. shall it be a vegtable or a flower garden?
This is one of the rooms. An opportunity to see how a rural Bulgarian house looks from the inside. I think it's cool.
Here the house is seen from the south. And the walls that have to be rendered. Believe it or not, but the little hut on the left is the toilets. No other yet. But we can make a compost toilet until a proper one is intalled.
This is a photo of Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient Capital of Bulgaria which is not far. a real beautiful old town.
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