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Our farm is located in the mountains of the beautiful Nahar Ibrahim Valley. The house belongs to Raed's family and I'm (Joanna) a French architect. The house is surrounded by an orchard (mainly apple trees) and we grow vegetables between the trees. We have a spectacular view of the Nahar Ibrahim valley from the house !
Our aim is to create a place to promote an eco-friendly way of living. We try to live a sustainable life as much as possible in many different ways : eating and transforming what we grow, reducing garbage, experimenting permaculture principles and natural building, reducing water consumption etc.
We converted the orchard into an organic orchard a few years ago, we were the first in the valley to do so. Little by little we changed from an apple orchard only to a diversified orchard with vegetables, berries and even chicken and goose between the trees !
Part of our work is also to transform the products we have in the garden. We make apple juice (and many other apple products), rose water, Arak, liquors, Kombucha, Kefir, jams, tomato sauce etc.
Raed works in the orchard taking care of the trees and of the vegetables. He sells our products every week end at Beyrouth's farmers markets. I'm organizing workshops and events at the farm for Lebanese or foreign guests. When we have time, we try to experiment natural building with eco-friendly material ( earth, reed, straw,...).
This year, because we are expecting our second child, we only need help to take care of our 20 months old son, Nour. We need the volunteer to help from the beginning of February 2019 until the end of June 2019, so for 5 months in total.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
At our place you will learn about the Lebanese culture and from the life of the mountains, Raed's family is from the village. We also use many traditional recipes when we cook or in our products.
Our farm is unique in the country, by living with us you will have the opportunity to discover a very special way of living.
For languages, we usually speak French but if you want to learn Arabic, we can speak Arabic (I'm currently learning).
Apart from that you will of course learn a lot about organic gardening, cooking and about eco-friendly building.
The volunteer will have to take care of our son 5 hours a day, 5 days a week with two days off, probably Mondays and Tuesdays.
With Nour you can go for walks, play in the garden, paint, play music or whatever ideas you have. We usually try to apply Montessori principles or activities with him but we are open-minded if you have any ideas !
During your stay with us you will be considered as a member of the family, we will share all the meals and live together in the house. In the house everybody helps cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning.
During your free time and your days off you can go to Beyrouth, have a walk in the area or discover the rest of the country.
We have been hosting for four years now and its really an opportunity for us to travel (through you !) exchange and spend nice moments together. It's the first time we host a volunteer to help us with the children.
Usually we like volunteers to be curious and interested in what we do here and we're happy to learn new skills or new recipes from you ! If you are a musician, you are welcome to share your art with us,
English, French, Arabic, Spanish
You will be living in the house with us. You will share your bedroom and your bathroom with a teenager who will be doing an internship at the farm
We are all vegetarian and we try to be as self-sufficient as possible. We eat fruits and vegetables from the garden (sometimes wild edible plants) and also dairy products from shepherds of the valley.
There are many nice walks to do around. The Afqa spring is 1 hour walk from the house and from there you can hike on the LMT, a beautiful trail going from North to South Lebanon through the mountains. There is also Jabal Moussa's reserve not far from the house which is a beautiful protected area with many endemic plants where you can easily spend the day walking.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week