Work hard and play hard in Stará Živohošť :) near Prague


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Please note, we only accept Workaways older then 25 year:-)

    We live in Prague, but when possible, we stay in Stará Živohošť. Stará Živohošť is a little village on the bank of water dam called Slapy, which is just 40km from Prague. It is popular holiday destination, and especially in Summer season, it is very alive. We love to spend our free time here, which is usually divided between work and relaxing by the water. As we don´t live here, we are not able to pay enough attention to this beautiful place, as we would like to. Therefore we would appreciate help of others, who would work 5 hours a day in exchange for accommodation, some food and amazing surroundings.
    At the times that you are present, we will probably be partly in Živohošť and partly in Prague. It would depend on our schedule.

    To confirm you read our profile, enter the word: Zivozije at the beginning of your message. Unfortunately we are getting many requests from people, who just cope and paste to everybody:-( So we save ourself energy:-)

    We are open minded couple, who likes nature, sport, culture, fun, food, wine, travelling...
    We like to meet interesting people, discuss world and space with them:-) We both speak English, Martina speaks a bit of Italian and Jirka German.

    Jirka is an architect, so he is creative and always full of new ideas. Martina likes when her hands get dirty and she can be in touch with nature and soil.
    We like to be around people, who are positive, energetic, friendly and interesting.

    At the times when we are away, you will have enough food in the fridge to cook the main meals for yourself. We will however try to be present. We like to eat together, especially lunch. Usualy me- Martina would cook. I cook vegetarian meals. Jirka is a good cook, but he only cooks when there are people around who would eat meat:-)
    If you like cooking, you are more than wellcome to cook:-)
    Breakfast and dinners are simple, we do not cook hot meals. Everyone helps themselves for breakfast from what there is provided. If there are more volunteers, they would cook one common meal for dinner themselves too. But quite often, we would make open fire ad sit by it. In this occasion, we make some meal on fire:-)
    Please note, there will be always something in the house for breakfasts and dinners. But do not expect hotel style. So if there is something extra you would like to eat, simply go and buy it for yourself. Also think of others...if you eat full box of cereals for dinner, others will have nothing left for breakfast. So just think of others a bit:-)

    If there is something you would like to snack on during the day, or you would like to eat something what we don´t have, you are kindly asked to provide it for yourself.
    There is a little store in the village or bigger store accessable by bus.

    We would like you to feel relaxed at our place and enjoy it as much as possible. We will be happy to show you around and help you if needed. We like things clear and fair, so yes, apart from lake and beautiful nature, there is lots of work to be done:-)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are many things you can learn, everything to do with garden and building. You can also use your free time to travel around. Or you can visit Prague, which is close. Jirka is running an art gallery in the centre of Prague, so you can visit vernissages and meet many interesting artists and go places. You can talk to him about architecture and art. Martina can take you for sport such hiking, climbing, via ferrata and many more. She can also teach you massage.
    Ones we know your interests, we can suggest you places to visit.

  • Help


    We are looking for independent volunteers, who are happy to fulfill tasks on their own. We will be around, but please do not expect us to stay with you all day long. Sometimes we will be with you, other times you will be alone. At times, when we will not be there at all (will be in Prague), be prepared to stay at place on your own.

    There is big garden and lot of work to be done:-)

    - Most of the land is a hill. Half of the land is garden and half is forest. There is always some help needed with the wood from forest or with cultivation of land.

    - We will probably also need help with building of terrace by the water and fixing water marina (pier).

    - There is also an old greenhouse, which we partly restored last year and need to finish it by connecting to rain water.

    - We are trying to be vegetable sustainable as much as we can, so we will be creating some extra plots for veggie this year. If you have knowledge of biodynamic agriculture, you are more then welcome to come and help us:-)

    - There is need for new composting system to be created:-)

    - We started restoration works on old wooden house which is on the property. We would like to continue with that in order to be able to use it.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Czech, English, German, Italian

  • Accommodation


    There are more options.
    You can borrow our tent - please have own sleeping beg. And you can choose any place you like in the garden:-)
    Or when the weather is good, you can just sleep outside, which we often do in summer.
    There is also an old beer barrel, which is converted into bedroom. There is electricity and water connected. Barrel is located in the woods looking onto the water dam.
    And last option is to stay inside of cottage, where there are few places to sleep on either bed or sofa.

    In the cottage, there is kitchen, toilet and shower. There is also another dry toilet in the forest.

    We don´t have internet access, but there is local pub/restaurant, where you can have something to drink, eat and catch internet. It is 5min away.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many possibilities and ways you can spend your free time. You can visit Prague and enjoy this amazing city. If you prefere more quiet time, there are many castles and interesting places to visit in the area. We are happy ho suggest and help you with that ones we know what your interests are. Czech Republic, and this location especially are amazing to discover. You can also spend hours and hours at our private water pier and just enjoy water and sun. It is so private, that you will not be seen by anyone if you don´t want to be, but you can also be in the middle of action in few minutes if you wish. We have a canoe and paddle boards, which you can use.

    Stara Zivohost is accessible by bus from Prague. The shortest option takes 1,5hour. Or you can get a lift by car with us, which takes 1hour.
    If you are looking for bus connection:
    Departure bus stop in Prague: Smichovske nadrazi
    Cottage bus stop is: Chotilsko, Živohošť
    If you will be arriving on the weekends, the bus stop is: Chotilsko (from here, we will pick you up by car or you will walk-1hour).
    There are restaurants and pubs in the village from late spring till autumn.
    The closest bigger grocery store is 5km away, the smaller one is 400m.

  • 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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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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