We are Ian & Kate. We are English (late 60's going on 35!).
We have wi-fi internet access.
We have 3 dogs who win the hearts of everyone they meet! We also have 3 cats, also very friendly and we have 2 pet ducks.
We do not have TV. We love music and there is usually something playing. If you play an instrument and/or sing that would be great.
We can accommodate vegetarians. Food is good, wholesome with multi-cultural roots.
We offer flexible hours - agreed between you and us: 25 hrs per week.
We live in a small village with 2 shops/pubs. It is 4km from Dobrich, a town of 65,000 people; 30km from the sea, including either quiet beaches or lively resorts - a bus ride away.
Help wanted from April 2019 onwards.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will see life in a rural village (a main method of transport is a horse and cart) but is only 4kms from a city. You can explore farther afield, buses are very cheap. You can learn some Bulgarian!
We have spent 2018 working on the garden and it is now largely landscaped but there is a long way to go yet. We have planted new trees and bushes around the garden. Loads of trees (cherry, apple, plum, peach, pear, apricot and hazelnut) have to be pruned every year. We have extended the lawn area but have not laid any lawn seed yet.
We have a new garage to put up. We also are partly restoring a very old building, so there is work there!
There is much painting and varnishing to be done, inside and out; building, woodwork, bricklaying and fencing jobs to do.
We also have seating areas to build, decking to make, pathways to lay and tile, raised beds, planting, etc. We aim to use wood from the pruning/cutting in projects around the place, e.g. carvings/sculptures/whatever!
There are other areas of the garden requiring less skilled work: digging, planting, weeding, lawn mowing, etc.
If you are artistic, we would love to incorporate some of your ideas to make a special garden with places of tranquility.
We have had lots of help in 2018 from a total of 10 volunteers of various nationalities. All in all, it has been a good and very enjoyable year.
Ian is a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher so can give help and guidance with your English, if required.
English, rusty Spanish, rustier French, limited Greek, Bulgarian - work in progress
Accommodation is in a modernised, separate building: two double/twin bedrooms (your own front doors}, each with en-suite toilet/shower, or a room in the main house.
You can stay with us AND stay/work with other people in Bulgaria or elsewhere, or explore the country and then come back to us. There is no obligation. The beaches are a bus ride away: take your pick from loud, busy tourist beaches to quiet places.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
max 25 hrs, 5 days a week - flexible