We are Josh (From the UK) and Gabi (From Hungary), a couple in our mid 30's who, after many years of 'rat race' type existence decided to try something new. In November 2018 we bought a partly restored 150 year old farmhouse in the stunningly beautiful Aggtelek National Park in Northern Hungary. We are located in a picturesque small village, surrounded by rolling, forested hills and networks of hiking trails. We are very busy at the moment continuing the restoration of the property and garden. We are hoping to turn our property into a guesthouse when this is completed. Neither of us have ever done anything like this before, so we are learning a lot everyday!
In our free time we love going for long walks into the surrounding wilderness, exploring the local area, reading and watching good movies. We have a large friendly dog, Maci, who adopted us upon our arrival in the village. He takes up quite a lot of our time and also loves long walks into the forest.
We eat a healthy mainly vegetarian diet, although are not strict about this. We are interested in sustainability and try to have a low impact lifestyle as far as possible. We enjoy meeting others and sharing stories and experiences with them.
Although relatively new to workaway, we're not new to the concept. Josh grew up on a small wwoof farm in rural Ireland, meeting hundreds of different volunteers from all over the world. He also spent two years wwoofing in Europe, Canada, the US and Australia in his early twenties.
Help in the house
Volunteers staying with us will be able to experience life in a remote part of rural Hungary. You will be able to learn more about Hungarian culture, language, traditions and customs. We live in Aggtelek national park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park includes vast cave systems, one of which stretches over 25km into nearby Slovakia. Many guided tours are available within easy walking distance of our property. These include tours into the caves and wildlife tours. Bears, lynx and wolves have all been spotted in the national park, as well as a plethora of other amazing species.
People coming here to help us could benefit from spending time in nature. There are many different learning opportunities working here with us. A few minutes walk from our property is a regional museum of rural life and there are many other fascinating historical buildings close by.
We would really value help from anyone with carpentry knowledge or experience working with electrics / plumbing. We need people who are enthusiastic, have initiative and who won't need micro-managing in everything they do.
English, Hungarian, Finnish
Volunteers have their own bedroom within the house. We are fairly informal with meals and mealtimes, sometimes eating leftovers or sandwiches and sometimes cooking a big meal.
Our village is easily accessible by public transport - there is one direct bus from Budapest everyday. Unfortunately this leaves at 6.30am! Other options are train from Budapest to Miskolc, then another train to Aggtelek-Josvafo. We may be able to pick volunteers up from Miskolc or Kazincbarcika by arrangement - we normally go to town on a weekly basis.
Free time can be spent in many different ways; hiking one of numerous nearby trails, taking a tour into the nearby UNESCO world heritage cave system, exploring picturesque nearby towns and villages. There is a fantastic small authentic Hungarian restaurant a few minutes walk from our property, as well as a local shop, post office and pub. Our village is home to a herd of Hucul ponies, a tough and very hardy breed originally from the Carpathian mountains. Horse riding can be arranged locally and the Huculs can also be seen roaming in the grassland nearby - great for horse lovers!
Please note: we are located in a rural area - people coming here need to bring appropriate footwear and clothing for wet, muddy conditions and cold (down to -15C) in the winter.
It is important to us that people coming here have an interest in the local area and Hungary in general. If your reason for coming is that the cheapest flight you could find was to Hungary, maybe we are not the right host for you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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