Zdrasti! We are a small family and friends run horse stables in the beautiful Sakar Mountain area of South-East Bulgaria. We'd like to welcome volunteers to visit us who not only have an interest in horses, but those who have experience in (and a passion for) establishing and running eco-tourism activities, organising and running outdoor activities for kids and any interesting and applicable community regeneration projects.
On the farm we have 7 horses, two mini-goats (who think they're dogs), pigs, chickens, rabbits, and Zippy our Jack Russell.
The Sakar region is depopulating rapidly, and remains one of the least explored regions in Southern Europe. The area boasts hectares of nature reserves with over 300 endangered species of flora and fauna and an abundance of Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Bulgar monuments.
Our small business is based on ethical animal care, (horses live out 24/7 according to recent scientific research, they're all barefoot, with well fitting, humane and modern equipment, feeding based on locally sourced natural products etc.), but it is also to develop environmental projects around our village- with the aim of encouraging tourists (Bulgarian and those from further afield) and new residents to our village and, in the process- strengthening our local community.
If you think this is something you might like to help with, or you have ideas and experience you'd like to share with us, please write and we will get back to you.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Explore beautiful rural Sakar.
There's vineyards, fishing on the Tundja river, hanging out with our amazing self-sufficient neighbours, plus cycling, walking and of course horse-riding.
We're moving into the summer season now and as well as the usual activities listed below, we're also looking for people who have experience working with children in an outdoor activity setting. We offer archery, arts and crafts, children's eco-projects, horse-care and management, English language programmes, and numerous other farm-based activities- and we'd like to offer more. If you have experience teaching this type of programme or think you have the skills- we'd love to hear from you...
Helping with the animals, feeding, cleaning etc.
General farm maintenance and cleaning.
If you speak Bulgarian, basic communication/translation with clients and language practice.
Helping with horses, to whatever level you are comfortable (brushing, feeding, training etc).
Helping to develop eco-tours, (route planning, SOPs, marketing materials, training, etc), plus community development ideas for our small village.
There will also be the normal shared cooking and cleaning of your room and communal spaces.
English, Afrikaans, Bulgarian
Off season we have a spare room in the house, with a heater/fan and double bed. Kitchen and bathroom are shared. During high season, we have two-single beds in our gorgeous recently converted barn. This also has a shared mini-kitchen and all-new outdoor toilet/shower complex.
Main evening meals will be with us, and based around simple local produce, however please note, this is not veggie friendly! There is also a large stone BBQ area and smoker available to use.
As part of Natura2000, the area is packed with amazing flora and fauna. Our area is covered with Thracian/Roman remains and monuments, plus its home to numerous eagle and bird reserves. We also have regular buses to the local towns of Elhovo and Topolovgrad.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week