Looking for summer season volunteers!
Our family runs a small LODGE (with a small restaurant and a sauna) at 1300 meters high on a mountain near Sarajevo, Bosnia. We have 3 rooms and 3 tiny huts at the lodge. We also run nature oriented, intentional RETREATS between June and October.
We are a bohemian FINNISH-BOSNIAN family, with 7 and 4 (turning 5) year old kids. Our kids are homeschooled: We love to see them climb trees, play freely in the garden and take care of the dogs and cats.
Chores of volunteers (we share the workload with our volunteers, and often there are 2-3 volunteers at the same time):
- keeping the house and its surrounding tidy
- feeding the resident dog and cats in the evenings
- helping out with waitering
- helping out in the kitchen (making coffees, doing the dishes)
- changing the guest rooms
- heating the sauna
- playing with our kids
- generally seeing that all things are running well with the guests and the house
In order to enjoy life here, one needs to be:
- happy with her-/himself & the world
- willing to learn another way of life, push one's comfort limits
- ready to live close to the elements as forests and meadows of the mountain start from the door :)
Some of our volunteers choose to spend some of their freetime with us and our kids, which is greatly appreciated. Others like to go hiking and visit Sarajevo on their days off, which we also really recommend.
--> The idea is that everyone who joins us, is genuinely interested in having a MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE and enjoys the idea of a SLOWER, less glamorous lifestyle for a while.
We gather herbs, berries, and mushrooms seasonally, and have our own vegetable garden. We buy as much as possible locally on the mountain, from other small farms around us. Our lodge is heated by wood only. Our freetime activities often involve hiking with the dogs, doing crafts, visiting neighbours, and simply chilling.
We DO NOT have WIFI at the inn where volunteers stay (a mobile network operates here, so a slowish internet via sim card is an option). All food is cooked from scratch, there's no public transport to Sarajevo (but taxi is cheap!), we have NO microwave, NO street lights, and our nightlife is the starlit sky :) It is very basic and rural, and it can seem rugged, if you're used to the vibrant city life.
We have space for 2-3 volunteers at a time. We offer a private room, all meals, great hiking areas, and plenty of beautiful experiences and freetime. Days and weeks differ here, but in general it's a fun, easy going, Balkan way of life.
We hope our volunteers stay with us minimum 8 weeks, longer stays are welcome!
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Experience rural mountain life in the Balkans! Learn how to make jams, juices and soaps, learn to pick herbs, berries and mushroom, and to take care of animals and to heat a sauna. Live in over a 100 yrs old wooden house in the middle of nowhere, yet relatively close to the capital town. See how a homeschooling / unschooling family lives :) Experience village festivals or lots of snow, know what it's like when alarm clocks (or any watch whatsoever) are not needed, and get to know the old ways of life :)
The chores include taking care of the house, the animals, and the kids. We need our volunteers to help clean the rooms, wait for the guests, heat the house + sauna, feed the animals, go hiking / walking with the dogs, play with our kids, chop the wood.
Depending on the season there are different tasks to be done. Some of them require physical work (wood chopping, carrying the wood indoors etc.).
English, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Finnish, Slovenian
We have 2–3 rooms for our volunteers. The rooms are very basic with shared toilet / bathroom. (No internet connection, but you can get online couple a times a week by visiting our own home, on the other side of the village.)
There's plenty of free time also. We've got beautiful hiking areas around us. Sarajevo is only 18 km away. During winter season there are a few good ski resorts around Sarajevo, too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week