Help to create a sustainable development in Istra, Slovenia




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    Hey guys,

    We are looking for 12 people from EU, age 18-30, who would join us for two months and help local communities in Slovenian Istria. 1st group supposed to join us already in September 2019, second group in May 2020.

    All the costs are covered (transport, food, accomodation). Beside that you get 120 eur per month of pocket money. The costs are covered through Erasmus +, European solidarity corps program.

    More about the project:

    This is a charity project in a beautiful Istria peninsula. Our primary objective is to help the local community in Istria region. We support them in any way we can, especially their sustainable activities such are sustainable tourism, ecofarming and preservation of local natural and cultural heritage. There is a huge potential for sustainable development in the region, but new knowledge and young energy is needed to move forward. This is exactly what we would like to bring here.

    In the last four years we have hosted more than 800 volunteers from 51 countries and created an inspiring space of cooperation, creativity and harmony among volunteers and the locals. In 2017 our project received Energy Globe Award, one of the most important international environmental awards, as the best environmental project in Slovenia.

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

    In October we moved to our new volunteers'center located 30 min by bus from coastal town Koper. We finished renovation of one of two houses. Till november we will finsh with renovation of the second house.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work

  • 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...

  • Help


    In 2019 we will finish with renovation of our new volunteers center, that is a volunteers' home and our project's headquarter. Volunteers will be welcome to help and learn some basic construction skills in the process.

    Besides that, we will continue to help people in need, help locals with farming and renovation of traditional stone houses, organize workshops for kids, help in an animal shelter, help local Red Cross organization, participate at local cultural events, clean overgrown terraces and paths, organize clean-up actions...To do all that we need many helping hands.

    Our work is really diverse, so 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 a day towards the costs of their food.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Slovenian

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will stay in volunteer house in village Kastelec. We have a dorm room with 6 beds for volunteers, toilet and shower, a kitchen and beautiful surroundings. Till summer we are going to renovate a second house of volunteer centre where we will be able to host up to 20 volunteers.

  • 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 in the coast. Istria is one of the Europe's top locations for culinary experiences.

    Adriatic coast is near.

    There is a regular bus to Koper that takes 30 minutes.

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

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

    For our volunteers we organized charity discounts for some of Slovenia's most interesting activities, such are Soča Valley's rafting and canyoning and hiking in caves of Postojna and Škocjan.

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    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours, 4 days a week

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    €5 contribution towards food permitted
Renovating a roof
Helping a local to renovate this old house
Clean-up action
Clay plastering
Istrian villages
One of the waterfalls nearby
Beautiful Istria
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