Helping at the beach in Qeshm ,Iran. Help us build bridges between cultures..

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    Update: we can't host anybody before October 2017

    Hello, we are Alireza and Annelie, an Iranian-German couple living on the wonderful island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, very close to Dubai, but belonging to Iran. We are running a restaurant and a little shop right at the beach with a wonderful view. The main season is from October to April, (wintertime, is just beautiful here, around 25°Celsius) cause in the summertime it is just too hot to stay outside during the day (around 45°Celsius). That is why we only host workawayer in winter from October to the beginning of April, even though our restaurant is open all year.
    We are also planning on opening a camping site. And we are always open for new ideas.

    Qeshm is a pretty big island, around 120km long with some fantastic areas. Iranians like to come here for the fresh air, the nature and the tax-free shopping. In our spare time we like to dive and snorkel, watch dolphins, ride the bike or go hiking a little bit.
    We decided voluntarily to live in Iran cause the people here are very very friendly and have a nice sense of humor. We are very interested in meeting people from all over the world and build bridges between them and the Iranian people, cause Iranians are not allowed to travel everywhere. Thats why they are very happy to meet people from other countries.

    If you are interested in meeting and helping us, we would be happy to be your host. The minimum time for a stay is one week. We are happy to meet people who are a bit experienced in travelling and should be not younger than 22 years.
    Sometimes people ask us if Iran is a safe country to travel to. Please understand that we don´t think it is our job to convince you that Iran is a safe country. If we would not think it is safe, we would not live here. But like all the time in life, we can just speak for ourselves.

    Since the work is often a bit hard (like using sanding or milling machines) we prefer guys or couples to apply. We don't have extra rooms for single women. And in Iran that is a bit of a problem. For all it is important to know that due to sanctions international credit cards DO NOT WORK in Iran at no ATM. So you will have to bring enough cash to exchange money at exchange offices. We do not supply invitation letters for visa. You have to apply for a normal tourist visa and please DO NOT MENTION your volunteering at our place.

    We prefer non-smoking people. Vegetarians will have some hard time in Iran, cause all the restaurants do serve meat, so do we. But of course you can cook veggie-style for yourself, too and use our kitchen ;-)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    Sometimes we need help in the kitchen and service, but mostly its more general maintenance, so you should be a bit flexible on this. Cleaning the site is one repeating duty. Since we expand all the time we also do have some other tasks like painting fences or some construction work to do. If you know how to paint murals on walls or have other creative ideas you are mostly welcome here.
    We like people who are motivated to do something and not need to be asked for every little thing every day again, cause it is not fun to beg for the help over and over again. In that case we rather say goodbye early (I add this, cause we did have the experience that people thought they can stay with only helping like one hour a day and then just sit around and have fun.)

    I also want to mention, that Iran is a country where smoking any kind of drugs or drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited. We follow those rules and expect that from our guests, too. It might seem strange that I write this, but we did have some trouble with people who did not understand this. So please respect our perspective on this.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Persian (Farsi)

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will stay in a shared room with other volunteers right at the beach. Bathroom and WC is outside.
    If you wish you can also stay in a tent next to the ocean, bathroom and laundry is provided there, too.
    You can borrow a bicycle if you wish to look around the city. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SLEEPING BAG!!
    Food is provided three times a day. It's nice if you can help with cleaning up afterwards.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week, we can talk and be flexible


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