Participate on a permaculture farm in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Bosnia and Herzegovina


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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Our organic farm and permaculture project was initiated in 2016 by Centar za izgradnju mira in Sanski Most, BiH, to hopefully become a model for sustainable ecological and community living.

    We are a grassroots NGO, working for reconciliation of Bosnian people after experiencing civil war in the 90ies and the complex situation of post-war Bosnia. A development towards diversity and actual democratic structures is what we promote - rather than the ethno-nationalist status quo in politics and many communities in Bosnia.

    We initiated this little farm in rural Sanski Most for people to meet and learn from each other in the context of environmentalism, applied sustainability and agriculture, because we think those topics concern
    all humans, regardless of ethnicity.

    With this project we want to establish an interesting and enjoyable place of great diversity, concerning not only plants that are growing here and creatures using them, but also regarding spontaneous and long planned gatherings as well as the creation, exchange and implementation of ideas and relationships, of jokes told, languages spoken, lessons learned, and topics discussed.
    It is a living space for many interesting creatures, but also an open space to be at, learn from and experiment with.
    Currently -besides one human living and working on the farm (Jasmina) there are sheep, some goats, chicken, geese, a donkey, cats and a dog living here.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Since Bosnia and Hercegovina is a really beautiful region with an exciting and complex, but also sad history as former part of Yugoslavia and now a post civil-war country on the EU's outer boarder, there's tons of stuff to see, experience and learn here.
    This country always was and still is shaped by different cultural and political influences.
    You could meet local people who experienced the Balkans during Yugoslav times, the end of cold war, what followed it and what people made from that. But also younger people, a generation that partly did not experience the developments of the 90ies, but is still challenged by structures created at that time.

    Just to get a glimpse on the kinda slow way of living that is typical for this region of Europe, is already an interesting experience. Which can be shared with other international volunteers also helping out on the farm.

    So there's a lot to learn about history, post-war societies and organisation of society in general, migration etc. and of course about sustainability, gardening, taking care of animals and working on a community project.

  • Help


    Since this is a very young project and we are trying to establish a permaculture farm, we are still busy planning and creating basic structures.
    There's always a lot to do regarding the construction of garden beds, seeding, planting and maintaining what's growing (meaning weeding!). Also constructions like fences, a compost toilet, DIY-furniture etc. are still to be built.
    Our animals are always happy to get some attention, but it's not necessarily your task to care for them!
    You should bring willingness and in some sense also ability to care for a garden (for example endurance is kinda important for our work and you definitely shouldn't be afraid of outside stuff, like dirt or bugs).
    Anything else we'll figure out together!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    local language, english

  • Accommodation


    The volunteers house has two rooms and a kitchen, to accommodate up to 4 volunteers. If there's not enough room, we have a lot of space for setting up tents to accommodate larger groups from about end of May on. We can provide tents, sleeping- bags and pads.
    About nutrition: please note that we can't provide full board.
    We'll of course provide the veggies growing here for volunteers to cook with, but since we are not funded the way we wished it was, the farm is not yet self-sufficient (and won't be for some time) and we don't have enough staff, we are not able to provide you with meals.
    So it's relying on veggies and going to town (we do that once a week by car, but there's also a bike) when you need stuff from the store..

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The small town Sanski Most is located on the beautiful river Sana at the edge of Dinaric Alps in a hilly, green landscape. Hiking, swimming, visiting caves and waterfalls are some things to do in spare time here.
    The farm is outside of the city in about 40min. walking distance from city center, where a market, stores, coffee places and a bus station with regional and international connections are located.
    The farm itself has a ten minutes walking distance to the river Sana and is surrounded by pastures, hills, woodland and only a few neighbours.

    It's a calm atmosphere here, which some might find boring but we don't, since we've got enough exciting tasks : ) Our daily life starts early with caring for animals and ends late in the evenings with watering plants (for example). That means especially during summertime -when it can get quiet hot- there's a need for one or the other siesta in between.

    Since this is a quiet new project and a big experiment for us, a lot that's happening is kinda improvised and we are learning new stuff every day.
    There's a lot of room for creating little as well as huge projects and contribute to the development and sustainability of this farm!
    But also if you just want to be physically active in a productive way at an interesting place - here's your opportunity..

    We think it would be good for volunteers staying with us to have an actual interest in gardening and a certain level of self-reliance and self-consciousness, meaning we will gladly spend time as a group and also give directions on what to do etc., but we are not able to provide a fully scheduled program for work, entertainment and so on.
    You can expect a loosely structured working day of physical (and satisfying) activities. Also, you should be able to communicate your needs and enjoy yourself without being dependent on others.

    If that sounds fine to you, we would be glad to welcome you in this garden (preferably long-term, meaning one month and more..) get to know you and learn from each other!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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