Our place is a horse riding school with a hotel at the foothills of Rila - the highest mountain in Bulgaria. The ranch is placed on a sunny hill next to a river, forming a true paradise in the forest. This is an all year round resort for tourism, holidays and most of all horse riding! We host team-buildings and children camps, we practice archery, ski, snowboard and rafting.
>> Not everyone here speaks English, therefore good skills with google translate app come in handy!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Learn and practice horse riding for free
Taste the incredible local dishes and a possibility learn to cook them
Live in nature and work outdoors
Enjoy an evening camp fire under the stars
Meet new people from all over the world
Learn new language
Learn cultural traditions
UNESCO sites in the area
Visit Rila National Park
Visit the Dancing Bears park in Belitsa
Many hiking trails to enjoy the beautiful nature deep into the forest, mountain rivers, astonishing views of the peeks of Pirin mountain (another UNESCO site)
This host offers accommodation and payment.
This summer we have three main positions to fill:
>> Riders - our horses are good but we need them exercised to keep their level up. Also take our international customers riding. We have horses for all levels - the sleeping ones that teach beginners, and the never-getting-tired running ones. If you are a good rider with common sense, love nature and diverse riding in the National Parks - this is the place for you!
>> Horse hiker - our horses are free ranged, they go grazing every day and we need a sporty person to accompany them and keep them out of any of the restricted fields around. Here you don't need much horse experience and they don't go super far so no extreme physics is necessary either. It is a rather calm and easy job, being out in nature for most of the time, read a book, observe the horses playing and sometimes see wildlife.
>> Housekeeping - apparently to clean a room and change sheets is not a simple task and we need volunteer(s) with good experience with cleaning rooms in hotels or hostels, who work quickly and to a high standard. This position will include keep the restaurant and common areas tidy as well.
Other small tasks are check in/out guests, take them horse riding or do archery, help our chef prepare meals and serving. Some maintenance work of fixing fences and animal enclosures, painting, accompany the horses in the forest to graze - an easy and chilled job.
Of course we do not expect everyone to be a brilliant multitasker and will assign you where you fit best. But work here is diverse and we ask everyone to be flexible and be willing to learn and help in more than one place.
We try to stick to the 5 hours a day, 5 days a week frame. However on a busy day we appreciate if you stick through the whole day or weekend. This way when work chills down you get the next several days off to relax and travel.
Marketing - volunteers with real great skills in marketing (not just posting on Facebook and Instagram) are highly appreciated!
>> Paid position - for an experienced horse rider, with good skills as a groom and to look after horses we have a longer term paid position that lasts at least 12 months.
We accept volunteers for the minimum of 3 weeks, preferably a month and more.
> Single or double rooms, depending on the number of volunteers. Shared kitchen and bathroom, wireless internet.
> All meals provided, mostly we cook for you but sometimes you get to help with cooking. You will never go hungry here.
Any additional or specific food you can buy in any of the cheap shops walking distance in the village, or supermarkets in town - a bus away, but we drive there almost every day and you can get a lift or drive yourself.
Drinks and special orders you can enjoy in our restaurant at the current prices.
>>> Of course you get to ride horses and try archery for free as much as you like in your time off or even during help! We provide riding lessons and will make sure you had a great experience with our equestrian friends before you leave!
>> To the volunteers that have proven to be in good help we grant the use of a car to go and explore towns and sites around on days/time off. It is mostly free and we share gas with you is you wish to go far. <<
There are local nature sites and UNESCO sites, mineral swimming pools located in the forest and the towns near by, hiking and horse riding in the beautiful Bulgarian wilderness, rafting, skiing, snowboarding and paragliding in the local resort of Bansko.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Good and reliable WiFi Internet access. Plenty of quiet space for work.
Enough parking space for large vans.
Well behaved and clean pets are welcome to the team.
More than two
5-6 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week