We are a young couple from England/Serbia and the Netherlands (with a little dog) and work in theatre. We have a house/small-holding on the edge of the Fruska Gora National Park in north Serbia. Next year we will start running a producing house and retreat for theatre-makers. Until then we need to do a lot of building, renovating, cleaning, clearing and gardening. Our place is situated in a tiny village in a valley, a 1 minute walk from the forested hills of the Fruska Gora and a 10 minute walk from a beautiful lake. We are also situated only one hour from Belgrade (the capital), one hour from Novi Sad (another cultural city - home of Exit Festival) and 25 minutes from the motorway. We are in the middle of the village and the National Park.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We need help with odd building jobs, gardening (digging and mowing), collecting and chopping wood from the forest, cooking meals and doing the dishes and cleaning our own house. The tasks depend a bit on whether we'll be able to work together or not. Hopefully you get the hang of things and you are able to work autonomously. We have room for one person, one couple, or two friends (who don't mind sharing a bed).
The first time you visit Serbia (as a Westerner) you might expect Eastern European poverty, signs of a recent civil war and NATO bombings. This is true and it is false. People have mobile phones, there's wifi everywhere, most people drive mostly modern cars, but yes, some vehicles wouldn't be allowed on the road in Germany. Roads can be bad, roads can be really bad, but new roads are also being built. Although Serbia lies in the heart of Southern Europe - in between Italy and Greece and South of Hungary - it is not even a candidate member of the EU. Being outside of the EU means you can still smoke cigarettes in cafes and restaurants, it means that 16 year olds can sip their first glass of beer on the terrace, it means that every farmer can still sell their own goods at the market without having to have the right permits and paperwork, it means that there's a little less regulation, a little bit more of an accepted anarchy, in short: a lot of things in Serbian life make a little more sense.
English, Dutch, Serbian, German, bit of Spanish.
We can offer stay in a renovated baker's house (almost completed). Alternatively, you can camp outside on our land or at the lake near us!
Apart from taking a dip and a cool-off in the lake down the road, you can take walks or cycle routes in the forest, discover the caves and monasteries of the area, go on a wine-tasting tour around the local vineyards, take a bus to the local town (and cheap taxis!), and from there you can get buses and trains to Belgrade and Novi Sad which have all the usual attractions of cultural cities. The local town has Roman ruins and a river with a beach and fishing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week