Join us for the olive harvest and discover the local village life in Mani, Greece

  • Bisher 460 mal gespeichert
  • Letzte Aktivität: 3 März 2024



 Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer:  mindestens 1 Woche



  • Beschreibung


    *We are currently looking for help to do some pruning and cleaning in the fields, as well as complementary works such as painting, taking care of our 2 dogs, etc.*


    My name is Alexandros! My partner, Claire, and I live in the South of Peloponnese in the village of Lagkada between mountain and sea. We moved to the beautiful area of Mani a few years ago with the will to create a village life and we fast started working with olive trees.

    We have olive groves located in steep terrain and I'm looking for volunteers to help in the harvest. We have been hosting volunteers since 2020 and the great experiences we have had mobilise us again this year. The olive harvest is a physical work - in a difficulty level similar to the grape harvest - that requires commitment, teamwork, and physical readiness.

    The oil produced is for our own consumption and small-scale sales. My main activity is the restoration of Byzantine churches and historical monuments, and Claire's main activity is being an office manager in an architect office. But the olive production is a crucial part of our life as it allows us to be connected to our food consumption. That is why I take a break of 3 months during the winter to dedicate myself to this activity.

    We will do our best for you to have an holistic experience of the harvest and local life!

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
  • UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    Keine Armut
    Kein Hunger
    Gesundheit und Wohlergehen
    Hochwertige Bildung
    Sauberes Wasser und Sanitärversorgung
    Bezahlbare und saubere Energie
    Menschenwürdige Arbeit und Wirtschaftswachstum
    Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur
    Weniger Ungleichheiten
    Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    Nachhaltige Konsum- und Produktionsmuster sicherstellen
    Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
    Leben unter Wasser
    Leben an Land
    Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und starke Institutionen
    Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    You will have the opportunity to learn about land regeneration and maintenance, olive farming, and how to distinguish a good quality olive oil from another.

    We both speak English and Claire, being originally from France, speaks French as well. We will be happy to share all about the local food and culture and to recommend our favorite spots in the Mani.

    The area of Mani is a peninsula that gathers charming villages on the coastline and the mountain. With its beautiful beaches, hiking paths, and a community of Europeans who live here permanently, it has the perks of being both wild and dynamic and you are of course free to go and discover it by yourself!

    Lagkada is located 1h15 by car from Kalamata, where there is an International airport and bus connection between Athens and Lagkada.
    In Lagkada, you will find a cafe that gathers villagers at multiple times of the day. In the next village, 15 mins from walking distance, is a good local taverna (our personal favorite).

    The closest beach is 11km away by car. On this coastline, you will find other beaches but also the main villages (Agios Nikolaos, Stoupa and Kardamyli) where the local community congregates. There is public transport every day but we will gladly drive you ourselves whenever it is possible.

  • Arbeit


    Volunteers help 5 hours per day and 5 days per week with days off in exchange for meals and accommodation. The days off will not necessarily fall on the weekend (or on sunny days), the harvest being a dynamic activity that depends from the weather.

    Although the fields are not certified organic due to the small scale of our activity, we produce exclusively organic extra virgin olive oil. Most of the fields have been abandoned by the owners and I work to bring these fields back to life, first by clearing the jungles of high weeds, then by pruning the trees, and finally by harvesting the olives, which is the only way to ensure that the trees will keep on producing. After a period of 5 years without being harvested, the tree stops producing and it is a part of our gastronomic heritage that we lose because it is a very high quality olive specific to the micro-climate of Mani.

    The olive harvest includes the following tasks: pick olives / lay and move nets on the bottom / put olives in bags / burn branches and collect wood / prepare lunch & dinner.

    The team spirit is a crucial part of the harvest: when an individual person joins into one team work, the daily effort becomes easier and more joyful.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Greek: Fließend
    Englisch: Fließend

  • Unterkunft


    We offer accommodation in a cozy studio located under our house. It is fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and double bed and has a courtyard outside. It is suitable for couples, friends or individuals. We ask everybody to be responsible for the good running of the house and keep it a clean and livable space.

    Food will be provided for breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as for days off and will be cooked by team members. Breakfast includes bread, butter, jam, oats, and fruits. Extra beverages (soda, beer, others) and special requests are not included.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    - We ask people not to smoke in the house or while working.
    - Social drinking is accepted but not drug or alcohol habits.
    - If you have any mental or physical health issues please let us know so we can assess if this is the right place for you (including allergies, special dietary requirements etc.)
    - The minimum length of stay requirement is 1 week.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    The house having WIFI, we can host digital nomads but only if you can follow the same schedule as the rest of the team. Please note also that the house does not have separate rooms to offer you full privacy.

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    You are more than welcome to come in your campervan but please note there are no parking on the premises. The closest parking is 50m from the house on the side of the road. Otherwise you will find parking spots at the square of the village, 5mins by foot from the house. 

  • Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Dieser Gastgeber ist bereit, Reisende mit Haustieren bei sich aufzunehmen.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


  • ...


    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 143282326854

Feedback (9)

Weitere Bilder


Dies sind zusätzliche optionale Bewertungen, wenn Mitglieder Feedback hinterlassen. Es wird die im Schnitt hinterlassene Bewertung für jede Option angezeigt.

Korrekte Angaben im Profil: (5.0)

Kultureller Austausch: (5.0)

Kommunikation: (5.0)

Help our non-profit community project and dog shelter in Kakovatos, Zacharo, Greece
Dog-Sitter/Haus-Sitter gesucht, während ich im Winter verreise, in Skopelos, Griechenland