Help local communities in Istria, Slovenia

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    This is a charity project in a beautiful Istria peninsula. Our primary objective is to help the local communities in the Istria region. We support them in any way we can. We help people in need, work on local sustainable projects and preservation of local natural and cultural heritage.

    In the last ten years we have hosted more than 1200 volunteers from 56 countries and created an inspiring space of cooperation, creativity and harmony among volunteers and the locals. In 2021 we were nominated for Salto award as one of the top five volunteering projects in Europe.

    In 2019 we moved to our new volunteer center that hosts about 15 volunteers all year round. We are located in the village of Kastelec, 30 min by bus from the coastal town of Koper.

    Next group - dates of arrival and departure:

    6.5. till 5.7.2024 (only EU citizens, age 18-30, all costs covered through ESC project).

    There is a great variety of things to do, so if you want to bring out the hero in you, come and join us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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 help local communities and NGOs in different Istrian villages, so we have warm and pristine relationship with local population. This enables volunteers to experience real Istria - its people, nature and traditions.

    Our work is diverse, so you will learn many useful skills, from easy construction work to cooking. After work, everyone is encouraged to share their skills and talents, so there are frequent workshops, debates, movie nights...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Our work is really diverse. We help people in need, help local eco farmers, organise workshops for kids, help in an animal shelter, help local charities, participate at local cultural events, clean overgrown terraces and paths, organise clean-up actions and much more...To do all that we need many helping hands.

    Since our work is really diverse, we are not looking for specific profiles, but we are searching for volunteers who have enthusiasm, motivation and will to learn new skills.

    We decided to dedicate our work to non-profit charity activities only. This makes us different from most other hosts, but also means that we do not create profit to cover volunteers' costs. Therefore we kindly ask volunteers to contribute 5 eur per day towards the costs of their food. In case you are coming through ESC project, all the costs are covered through the program.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Slovenian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are offering short Slovenian language course.

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will stay in volunteer center in Kastelec village. We have simple shared rooms that can accommodate 18 volunteers (3 rooms for 2 volunteers and 2 for 6 volunteers), 3 shared toilets and showers, big kitchen, living room, relaxation room and beautiful surroundings. Just behind the house we have a basketball court.

    There are three vegetarian meals per day. We only cook vegetarian food, as we want to promote sustainability, not only in our volunteering but also in our daily life.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the free time after lunch and in the evenings we share with one another our knowledge, play social games, walk on slackline, go swimming, rock climbing (there are great climbing sites nearby), play volleyball, basketball, read, watch movies and talk.

    Our surroundings, Istria, is a fine region to practise hiking, biking and climbing, as much in the mountainous inland as at the coast.

    Adriatic coast is near. There are unfrequent buses to coastal town of Koper that take 30 minutes.

    About half an hour car drive from us are:
    - A beautiful old town of Piran;
    - Škocjan and Postojna caves.

    Towns of Venezia, Ljubljana, Pula, Rovinj, Croatian islands and Julian Alps with Triglav national park are 1 to 2 hours away.

  • 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

    Yes, wifi available.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space for your camper/van.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a male dog that doesn't like other male dogs, but loves females. We have a cat and 10 chickens. All the pets that can harmoniously coexist with ours are welcome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

  • ...

    This host charges a fee

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    €5 contribution towards food permitted
Host ref number: 126446771921

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