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Come and help grow our community project right beneath a medieval castle in Kraljevo, Serbia

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: No minimum

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcome to our unique project in central Serbia! Our place is surrounded by abundant nature with no neighbours but the mountains, and sits in the shadow a medieval fortress that has been inaccessible for 50 years. We now provide access by driving the boat and maintain the fortress so that tourists can see this exciting part of history.

    The project began when we acquired the land in 2022. We make our living from tourism, and put effort into making this a magical place to visit. There are two parts to our project: the commercial tourism and the Rural Cultural Centre.

    This year we are focussing on opening a Kafana (a tavern) for visitors, developing the Cultural Centre and continuing to renovate accommodation.
    Around us, in the famous Lilac Valley, we have a cooling waterfall, a beach watching the green river curve into the distance, and an animal farm home to goats, ponies, with sheep and donkeys soon to join us.

    We are now looking for strong-spirited volunteers who are keen to get on board with the idea. Above all, you will be part of an initiative to bring cultural life back into the rural area. You will see how we can respect the land and bring it to life.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    You will be living as part of an ever-growing, international community. In the summer, there is a big mix of crowds living with us and helping us. We cook and eat together, and relax in the waterfall after work. Many lasting friendships have been made, and you can get to know the locals that come and share rakija with us.

    We are uniquely placed under the fortress, a significant part of Serbia’s rich and turbulent history. Our very own archeologist will chat will you about what this place was like in yore.

    Our friends from the surrounding villages make delicious young cheese, kaymak, ham, blackberry wine, plum rakija and many other delicacies. We sell them to visitors and treat ourselves.

    We run regular events and workshops in our Cultural Centre. We offer mushroom foraging, traditional drumming, making rakija amongst others. If you’d like to share a skill, we can gather the troops.

  • Help

    Help

    Paid positions

    - Carpenter
    We are building bunkbeds out of driftwood for our accommodation. Our construction manager, Marko, will be working alongside you. If you have any experience, drop us a message!

    - Raft driver
    If you are strong, fit and with nautical inclinations, this is the one for you. We need someone responsible to cross visitors from one side to the other. You will become stronger and possibly get on TV.
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    Regular

    - Refurbishing kafana (Feb - Apr)
    - Working shifts in the kafana (May - Aug)
    - Garden maintenance
    - Kitchen help
    - Renovating accommodation
    - Animal care
    - Preparing events
    - Working on the bar
    - Painting (signs, walls)
    - etc.

    Self-motivated volunteers thrive here and make this place flourish. If you are keen to get involved, give us a message and we’d love to meet you.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Serbian: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Russian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Improving our Spanish would be great.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Winter:
    Two traditional mountain houses with furnaces and a modern bathroom. Accommodates max. 5 volunteers.

    Summer:
    Volunteers house (old railway guard house) near the waterfall. Very basic amenities. Accommodates max. 8 people.
    Cosy attic of a stone barn in the cultural centre. Next to communal kitchen. Very basic amenities. Accommodates max 6. people.
    Campsite under the plum trees. Those with tents can pitch here.
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    The nearest shop is 6 km away, but if you need anything we can always grab it since we do go to a local town daily
    3 meals per day

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We work 5 hours a day Wed - Sun.

    We provide 3 meals per day. Vegetarian options available.

    Electricity and drinking (hot)water are available.

    Mobile data 10G is about 5 euro on Yettel prepaid SIM cards.

    Nearest shop is 6km away. We go to town regularly for supplies.

    The property is just 22km from the town of Kraljevo, half an hour away by bus available during the whole day if you feel like having a draft beer, meeting some locals, or partying for the weekend.

    On the way to town, you can check out the grand XII century monastery, where our 7 Kings were crowned in medieval ages, and it's just 10 min of walking from grandma's house.

    For hikers, there is a 7/8 hours trek starting from a property that leads to the peak of the mountain Stolovi where wild horses freely live for decades, as well as a medieval trek up the creek throughout the untouched nature with waterfalls and natural pools.

    Lots of natural swimming pools, gorgeous creeks & waterfalls.

    Tubing and rafting are available too, and we are loving it.

    We tend to work hard and enjoy life in the same manner when a proper opportunity arises.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 138113516476

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