Natural clay building, upcycling on a homestead near Szarvas, Hungary

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Call for autumn 2023:
    • Building a cob sauna

    We are Csongi, Ágota and baby Misi (37&29 and born in July 2023) a Hungarian family on the countryside of Eastern-Hungarian big flatland.

    Csongi is a chef and furnace-builder, and a handyman. He has a dayjob, so not always home.
    Ágota loves traditional handcrafts, and learning about wild edible- and medicinal plants among others.

    Our village is very-very small (~20 people), 8 km from Szarvas, 10 km from Békésszentandrás. It is a request that volunteers are also able to spend some of their time by themselves and organize their time on their own. We have extra bicycles you can use to explore the area.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    We can teach you for example:
    • working with clay and adobe (seasonal: from April to October, and depends a lot on the weather)
    • making bread, pasta, cheese, yoghurt, ferments and other beautiful foods;
    • collecting wild edible herbs and mushrooms when in season;
    • fixing clothes by hand;
    • basic felting

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Help we need depends on the current projects, your physical strength and abilities, and most of times on the weather.

    Building and fixing things, cutting wood, preserving fruit and herbs; taking care of animals and garden, yearly maintenance (painting with lime, fixing the walls with clay).
    There’s place for creative ideas.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Hungarian: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Our life is very simple, nothing fancy or perfect.
    Small guest room in our house. Kitchen and bathroom are shared. Composting toilet both inside and outside. We have limited mobile data, no WiFi.

    We eat meat, can absolutely
    cook vegetarian dishes, and cannot support very special diets.
    Shopping for groceries we go maximum once a week, but you can borrow a bike if you need anything extra.

    One pig, 9 ducks, 8 chicken, 3 rabbits, usually 4 cats.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There’s a direct BUS from Budapest to Szarvas (3 hours). The TRAIN is a bit shorter in time, but then you have to change from one line to an other.
    We can pick you up at “Szarvas szivattyútelep” bus station, which is 2 km from our house.

    Körös river at 10 minutes walking distance, where you can swim in the summer.

    In Szarvas (8 km), there is a botanical garden, a wild animal park, cafés and shops, and a mini mock-up park of Hungary.
    In Békésszentandrás there is a small handcraft-brewery.

    Bigger cities: Békéscsaba (55 km), Szolnok (60 km), Kecskemét (75 km), Szeged (85 km).

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, they can stay outside in the garden, not allowed in the house.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 2 days off, meals provided

Host ref number: 115128187124

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