Help our association to raise awareness and protect donkeys in the village of Madzhare, Bulgaria



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    Hello everyone, we are a couple (Italian -Bulgarian) of donkey lovers, living in the small nice village of Madzhare, located in the beautiful Rila mountains. We have started a project to save some donkeys destined to certain death and to give them a new role by organizing sustainable excursions with children and families (slow and responsible tourism). We also try to make our village more ecofriendly and sustainable. There is a lot of work, but also many opportunities for being creative ! Last year, we were successful in several cleaning and embellishing campaigns in the surroundings, thanks to our volunteers. This year, besides our many projects with our donkeys (like renewing a barn, making our place more inclusive also for people with disabilities, etc), we would like to help the village by building a pedestrian eco-path for the children in the forest nearby. If you love nature, this place is for you. We welcome everyone willing to express his/her talent!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Working in contact with animals especially with donkeys, taking care of them, taking them for a walk in the various mountain paths in the area is truly a beautiful experience that can give you a lot. Also, as we organize ecofriendly campaigns to improve the life of the village, your help is a true and concrete added value.
    Madzhare is a village located 60km south of Sofia, with convenient connection by bus. A few kilometers away form us, you can find the ski resort of Borovets. In the summer you can choose various mountain trails that will take you up to peaks up to 2900 meters high but above all to the beautiful and famous 7 Rila lakes. Bulgaria is a perfect place for hikers, from beginners to experienced ones!

  • Help


    Do you like working with animals? Would you like to participate in concrete ecological and sustainable actions? Are you good at carpentry ? Are you a person with precise artisan skills? Do you love to draw and paint? Working with children?

    We are looking for people willing to help us in the daily care of our lovely animals (feeding them, cleaning the place) and in the management of the farm. Besides our 16 donkeys , we also have 9 chickens, 3 goats, 3 cats and 2 dogs.

    Your help will be needed as well for several renovations planned for the spring/summer of 2022, like a new chicken coop, fences, new barn etc. etc. A special focus will be put this year on the construction of our new barn, and transformation of the old one into a polyvalent space where we can welcome everyone, including children with disabilities.

    Also we want to improve the conditions of our small village Madzhare (350 people), in order to make it more ecological friendly and welcoming for everyone. Last year we were active in different projects to clean and embellish it, this year we continue with the construction of an education eco-path for children in the woods nearby.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bulgarian: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    Our house is at the end of the village, isolated in a beautiful panoramic position. We have 3 bedrooms and for the moment (only) a shared bathroom. We share the kitchen/living room and a large outdoor garden.
    In the summer there is also the possibility of sleeping in the old barn, or with tents in the garden.

    You will work 5 hours a day, usually from 9.00 to 12.00 in the morning and from 14.00 to 16.00 in the afternoon. You have 2 days of free time, usually during the weekends.

    The meals for the lunch time and dinner are cooked in turns, by the volunteers and by us (we are very curious and love to try different types of cuisine). The expenses for food (except for alcohol) are at our expense during the 5 days of work, and at your expense during your free time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can pick you up from the city of Samokov (1h15 from Sofia - autobus station "yug/south").
    In your free time there are many things to do in the surroundings: hiking in the Rila National Park, MTB, downhill, visiting the famous Rila monastery (100km away), the Bulgarian capital Sofia (60km away), etc.
    Our village is well connected by a minibus to the city of Samokov, from where there are many buses to the region.
    By staying with us, you will experience the rural life in a typical and quiet Bulgarian village, close to many hiking trails and treasures.

  • 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

    We provide an excellent and fast internet connection & possibility to work alongside nature .. as long as you are not disturbed by the crowing of the roosters or the braying of our donkeys: o)

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    possibility of caravan parking and discharge of Black water

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    small dogs or cats are allowed, large dogs could be a problem as there are 3 cats and a small dog in the house

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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