We are a group of people who are working on creating and eco-village on our land in the forest on Bornholm.
We are right now a group of 20 adults and 22 children involved in the project, but the group keeps evolving and we hope to be around 18-20 families (or individuals) living on the land as the project grows.
Where most eco villages spend 2-5 years planning everything before buying land - we did the opposite! We just bought the land in an almost spontaneous way and then had to figure out everything!
The space is a 12 hectare piece of land in the forest on the Danish Island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. It was built as a work camp in 1939, and has since been a boarding school for kids from Greenland and then a "production" school. It has been empty for around 10 years and left to severe neglect and vandalism. There is one very big building and several small ones. All of the buildings will need to be seriously renovated.
We want to rebuild the houses with natural building materials, as local and sustainable as possible. We want to open the space for children and adults to spend time in nature and share workshops, food, music and creativity. We want to include many rooms and spaces for people to have a place to realise their dreams together with the community.
We need many hands and hearts to realise this dream, and we hope that you want to take part!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Come and live in community in the middle of the wild forest and see how we realise our dream of living a simple life in the forest in close contact with the land and each other.
You can learn about natural building and community life and meet some wild unschooled forest children!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The main project and what we need help with most, is building the space and the buildings. You will of course be guided, and don't need any special skills, but a bit of knowledge in building construction and the courage to try something new is very valuable! There will both be demolition work to be done, building with natural materials such as straw, clay and wood, and also some more traditional building.
We also need help with everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning - usually volunteers will have one or two cooking days a week (you will cook together with one or two others).
General forest work like clearing, cutting and stacking wood is always needed.
The place still has many empty walls, so art projects and general beautification is welcome!
Taking care of kids and work in the garden can also be needed, but less frequently.
Creativity and bringing your own skill is very welcome! Don't be shy to tell us what you are good at!
This host offers a language exchange
At the moment we have Danish, Dutch, German and Italian nationalities (one Danish/Italian child) in the group. The kids are in the process of learning English, so please just talk to them, that will help them learn :) (The person who responds workaway mails speaks just Danish, English and a little Italian, so won't be able to reply you in Dutch or German ;) )
As we are on the very early stages of this project, we haven't yet build "real" accommodation for volunteers. This we hope to do in the near future, maybe with your help!
For now we have two caravans - one for one person and another for couples. Then we have a small former sauna that is now turned into a volunteer hut. Furthermore we have spaces for tents and motorhomes.
We have compost toilets, a communal kitchen, living room and shower.
We cook communal meals once a day 5-7 days a week (early dinner around 17:30). We mostly eat vegan and vegetarian.
We dumpsterdive as our main source of food! But please ask if there is anything you need in the kitchen and we can buy it for you.
Every Saturday we have communal workday where everybody meet up and work on different communal projects together. On the other days of the week, the members of the community will mostly work on their own projects and as a volunteer you will be working with the other volunteers on communal projects. You choose yourself which days of the week you want to "have weekend" in and coordinate that and what work you do with one of us.
**VOLUNTEERS WITH CHILDREN**
We are happy to host volunteers with children, but to balance the fact that families with small children are usually not able to work as many hours and are also more mouths to feed - we ask that families take care of their own breakfast and lunch. In that way we can also afford to host big families and you won't have to feel bad about not being able to work as much and instead take time off to care for your family!
As a volunteer you will have 2 days off a week (you choose) to explore the island, which has many treasures to offer! To mention a few there are sandy beaches with some of the worlds finest sand, to the dramatic cliff coasts in the north. All the coastal villages are very charming and almost all have a fish smokery where you can taste the traditional smoked fish from Bornholm.
Bornholm is a holiday island, so the possibilities of what it offers are many!
Walking distance from the land is the great Almindingen forest (which we are inside) with Ekkodalen - a rift valley through the forest, and the Almindingen Bisons, which few of us has yet been able to spot!
We strive to be able to provide bicycles to be able to explore the island further.
**GETTING TO BORNHOLM**
*From Denmark*: there are cheap bus tickets from Copenhagen (central station or airport) to Bornholm, which takes you over Sweden and the ferry from Ystad to Rønne - tickets at bornholmerbussen website ( bornholmerbussen (dot) dk )
There is also possibility to take a night ferry from Køge (good option if you come with bike)
There are ferries directly from Germany (Sassnitz) and Poland (Swinoujscie).
From Sweden there is easy access with the Ferry from Ystad. All ferry tickets on bornholmslinjen website (dot dk)
There is a national airport on Bornholm too (Rønne) - the closest international airport is Malmö or Copenhagen.
From Rønne on Bornholm you can take a bus to Åkirkeby Terminal. From there it's 4 km to here - there is no easy public transport all the way to the place, but we can pick you up by car in Åkirkeby.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have lots of space for Campervans and motorhomes, so please bring your mobile home and park it in the volunteer area :) We don't have a set up system for plugging your campervan to electricity atm, but maybe it can be arranged. You are of course able to use the communal kitchen, shower and toilets as much as everyone else.
Dogs, or whatever lovely exotic pets you might have, are very welcome, but have to be friendly with children, as we have a lot of free range kids running around! We have 4 cats, 5 chickens and 5 ducks.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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