If you love exploring forests and mountains, have strong DIY skills, and enjoy meeting new people, this might be the Workaway opportunity for you. While tourism in Armenia is at a low point, we're looking to the future – and so our mission is to build a community hub for hikers and outdoor lovers in the heart of Dilijan National Park, ready to open in the spring of 2021, or as soon as conditions improve. You'll be living privately in the hostel while you're volunteering for us, and it won't be open to the public during your stay. Our future goal is that guests, members and local partners will help maintain the hiking trail network, either by generating funds by staying with us, or joining work crews on the trails themselves. We are co-founders of the Transcaucasian Trail, a long-distance trail network being built across the Caucasus, and this will be the first dedicated hikers' hostel on the trail. Join us!
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
You’ll be based in the heart of Dilijan’s old town, within easy reach of the National Park’s extensive network of trails, making this a perfect base for exploring northern Armenia and spending time in some of the best mountain and forest wildernesses in the country. We have strong ties to many local businesses and entrepreneurs and can connect you with almost any opportunity you might imagine.
The project is to convert an old townhouse into a functioning hostel. This will involve a wide variety of practical and creative work – renovation, construction, decoration, upcycling old furniture, creating furnishings from discarded and donated materials, and creating a friendly and warm atmosphere for hikers by whatever means we can think of! Examples include plastering and painting interior and exterior spaces, DIY and carpentry projects to create communal spaces for relaxation, maintaining and improving paths around the property, weeding and planting garden areas, processing firewood, and improving the exterior appearance of the property using donated and found materials. We will expect each volunteer to contribute 25 hours a week on a flexible weekly timetable, and we’re looking for people who can commit to a stay of at least one month. We will strongly encourage you to go hiking in the area as often as possible so that you can share your experiences with other volunteers.
Persian (Farsi): Fluent
This host offers a language exchange
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We have private sleeping spaces for two volunteers in bunk-beds in the future hostel dormitory. You’ll have the private use all of the communal facilities at the hostel while it remains closed to the public, and you’ll also have access to a storage room and workshop with a large range of tools.
We’re long-time international travellers, as well as experts on the local area and the hiking opportunities in the national park. We can help you arrange local transport to explore the region more widely during your free time. We speak the local language and are here to help you get the most out of your time here!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a 50mbps unlimited internet connection with WiFi, and we both work from home on our own projects. Dilijan is a pretty relaxing place to be for this kind of thing!
There is a public parking area 50m from our house for larger vehicles, and we have a private driveway on which we may be able to accommodate a small van (Sprinter/Transit or similar). It might be necessary to move it occasionally for deliveries or construction vehicles.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week