Volunteer on a farm in Crete, Greece



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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

  • Description


    We are Jiannis (63 years) and Monika (57 years) and we live on a organic farm a little bit outside of a small village in Heraklion Crete. Our "regular" jobs are engineer and teacher but we spend a lot of our time working in our garden and with our animals (goats, chicken and pigs) and using our produce to prepare most of our food (we make our own cheese, bread, etc).

    Apart from the farm where we live on we also have some more land in the area. Our son is a farmer and works on this land with us. This land has mainly olive trees, some grapes and parts of it we use to grow seasonal vegetables and frouts. We are also part of a cooperative and spend lots of our time contributing to our community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    Travellers can learn how to collect wild plants and herbs to eat, to cook local, traditional food, how to feed and milk goats and to prepare cheese and yogurt, how to bake bread. Also they could learn some greek, if they would be interested and like to make company with locals. They have also the possibility to take part at local celebrations and learn traditions.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    In the past, we have been helped by quite a few volunteers. The help that we are looking for pertains taking care of the animals (feeding, cleaning the stable etc), taking care of the plants (planting, watering, harvesting the produce), olive picking during December, grape picking in August, various little contructions in the farm as well as cooking and small cleaning chors of the farm living space.

    We don't look for any particular standards in our volunteers (age, profession etc). We are rather interested in meeting nice, creative people that care about nature and have a community spirit. We prefer, however, couples who will stay longer ( more than a month)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our volunteers are hosted either in a room in our farm or often there is a possibility of an RV that is parked in our garden. Volunteers often eat with us in our kitchen if the like.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our island has extraordinary natural beauty to explore in your free time (hicking, swiming in the sea, small trips, etc)
    Crete has a very rich and cultural history and many historical/archeological sites to visit

    There are a lot of options for volunteers when they to visit the cities

    As for transportation there is a bus from the village where our farm is three times a day, but we often drive our volunteers to places where more frequent transportation is available.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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