Join our countryside community with special needs members - Rapla Maakond, Estonia

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Estonia

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    18/01/2021

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a community for adults with special needs, their co-workers and international volunteers. Our aim is to strive for living and working together to create an atmosphere of equality and mutual respect. This is done in harmony with the surrounding nature. The domain has a farm, providing dairy products and vegetables, as well as a community workshop house where handicrafts including carpets, candles and herbal teas are made.

    Everyone is involved in the village activities (household work, stable work, handicraft community workshops,village meetings, cultural activities, etc.), resulting in a shared feeling of appreciation and interconnections.
    We try to be self sustaining, producing our own food, firewood and other household tools.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Estonian culture is very lively in our village. If you are interested in learning Estonian language, there is no better place to do so! Same applies to Estonian food and outdoor culture.
    You might notice very soon that living at the countryside, being surrounded by nature, is wonderful! Also you get the opportunity to engage with adults with special needs (our 'villagers' have learning difficulties). They need little care since they are already very used to this way of living. It is more about bringing new friendly faces into their lives. If you are interested in construction and farm help, we have plenty of that as well!

  • Help

    Help

    Life at our domain (we call it 'village') is characterized by seasonal work. In spring and summer a lot of time is spent outside, planting, harvesting and processing fruits, vegetables and hay. In autumn and winter time is spent cutting firewood and creating candles and carpets in the workshop house. The farm and milk kitchen run throughout the whole year.

    We can always use an extra pair of hands, as well as social company and new impulses. If you have decided to join us, we will decide together what fits your interests and skills. At the same time we encourage trying out new things and stepping out of the comfort zone. We have had many volunteers over the years and are used to explain how things work around here.

    Tasks could be:
    - picking fruits & processing them into jams
    - cooking lunch for the people working on the field (about 12 people)
    - cleaning the roofs, taking off the moss
    - helping with milking the cows
    - processing vegetables (pickling, cutting & freezing)
    - cutting firewood and stacking them into the barns
    - cutting the grass & taking care of overgrowth
    - organizing leisure activities in the evening (games, arts, music...)
    - helping to build a carport

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Estonian: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We can host you in our guest flat or in one of the houses where other villagers live. The guest flat has room for 3 people, a kitchen & a bathroom. In the village houses you'd have a private room, shared bathroom, prepared meals 3 times a day and a possibility to go to sauna. There is wifi in all the houses.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is not a profit focused organisation. Products produced are mainly for own use.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We could always use a hand in finding sponsors and (project) funding

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There are several places on the domain where you could camp your van. Possibility to connect with electricity. In the houses there are kitchen and bathroom facilities.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    animals are welcome and can even find shelter in our stables. Dogs might however need to be on leach or in a dog park because some members might fear dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 112614824446