Notice: Greece is in lockdown until December... it may be extended then. Travel is restricted. We cannot accept further volunteers at this time. We will keep you posted as things change... watch this space. Be well
We are an ambitious eco rejuvenation and self-sufficiency project on the island of Samothraki, Greece. Our aim is material self-sufficiency. We are in our infancy and have only been on Workaway since 2017 but thanks to lots of hard work from our guests and workawayers we began irrigation and planting vegetables which we now eat from. We have our own clean mineral water supply.
Total self-sufficiency is still an objective, not yet a realisation, but we're on our way.
That's where you can come in.
We start as early as possible, work till it gets hot, then laze around our ranch or beautiful Samothraki. If more needs doing we continue when the sun cools off a bit. We have cats, dogs, kittens, goats, sheep and chickens, and we also help our neighbours.
Our lifestyle is one of strong community values: Helping without being asked; eating together; using one's initiative to take care of the place; these kind of things are a big part of our ethos.
To work away with us you need to have a positive attitude. Belieeeeve me when I say that if you stay on Samothraki for a few weeks and avoid junk food, alcohol and smoking you will definitely leave here feeling much healthier than you've ever felt in your life. All Samothraki water is mineral water, you will even shower with mineral water. No chlorine or fluoride. The island's produce is volcanic organic food. All that, combined with the daily exercise you will get from working means you will feel great when you leave and you will definitely want to return.
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This is a community project and we rely on positive forward thinking people to come and get involved and where possible teach what beneficial knowledge they've learnt to others. Our guests all have a great time and make many new friends.
If you think you've got what it takes, then drop us a message and I'll explain how you can get to us.
All the team
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
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Main focuses at present are:
• Making the island green again:) Re-greening and regeneration of land
• Soil erosion work to stop desertification.
• Repairing damaged terraces and old stone houses.
•Garden and crops maintenance. General farm duties. Animal care. Dog walking.
• Projects animals.
•Day to day chores. Dealing with problems that pop up unexpectedly: invasions from neighbours' goats (so we have to chase them out before they destroy our baby trees), fixing things that strong winds may blow off... Dealing with a burst pipe... Capturing an escaped animal.... That kind of thing.
•Shepherding with local farmers who we work with. Will also include soap-making and other oddities.
• Helping with a small local women's cooperative who make over 100 different food items.
Seasonal activities include:
• Goat-milking in spring and in autumn
• Wood collecting in the winter to stay warm.
• Seasonal harvesting of fruits
OLIVE HARVEST THIS OCTOBER
We are very communal. We try to do all of our activities together. You will not be expected to work alone if you feel uncomfortable or incapable doing a task.
A variety of stone houses and a 150 square meters of yurt space. Usually spaces will be shared with other workawayers.
Guests are welcome to bring their own tents if they wish. This may be more preferable for couples, etc.
We have also accepted a number of workaway guests who brought their own camper vans, even a converted school bus! You can also just hammock up a couple of trees.
You will need:
• strong waterproof boots, but I recommend bringing off-road trainers (such as merrel trail gloves) for hopping around nimbly. But even regular good quality trainers will do for times when you're not working.
• a sleeping bag and camping mat.
• a torch / head torch.
• eco friendly toiletries, such as olive oil soap etc. Towel.
In colder months, (November to April):
• full body rain protection (in the winter/autumn).
• winter sleeping bags are a MUST for the assurance of a good night's sleep, 4 season, synthetic, not down as down is not good in wet conditions. We burn wood to stay warm, but can't do that all night. (Comfort rating of 0°c to be sure when we have cold windy nights).
We have mattresses but we have a limited amount and often our guests are many, so ask if a mattress is a necessity for you. There are sheets which are always washed after each use. We try to keep sleeping and communal spaces as clean and welcoming as possible. Samothraki does have a warm climate so be prepared for some bugs. . . they are about but not all over the place so don't be worried:)
We have a communal kitchen and we cooperate daily to prepare breakfast and lunch. We serve as healthy food as possible. We can cater for vegetarian and vegan happily.
On our land we don't have around-the-clock electricity, and we like it that way. One of things guests enjoy here is the return to simplicity, the heart-healing vibe and the slow rhythm of daily life. There's usually enough solar power to charge phones though.
The nearest town is 20 minutes walk, with cafes, restaurants, Wi-Fi (for internet), supermarkets etc. We walk up there almost daily, so can show you the way. 🦔
There's plenty of awesome natural wonders to enjoy: waterfalls, ancient forests, beaches and other natural attractions here on Samothraki. Simply the air and the smell of Samothraki is always very refreshing and beautiful. A mixture of the smell of lots of old trees, the smell of the mountain, combined with the smell of the sea.
We also have a deal with a port town scooter shop for discounts on scooter rental, so you can explore the island on two wheels as well as your two legs.
Local restaurants and tavernas serve fantastic food. We will always recommend the best ones.
Art and cultural activities to partake in during the summer.
Things to google:
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
3 hours a day, 5 days a week. (food not provided)
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