Come and help us build an eco village in the forest on Bornholm, Denmark

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a group of people who are working on creating a learning- and living community on our land in the forest on Bornholm.

    We are right now a group of 14 adults and 17 children involved in the project, but the group keeps evolving and we hope to be around 17-19 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 now we have 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!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    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.

    We are still learning, but we hope to invite professionals to teach both you and us about natural building. As the progress moves on we will be able to teach you as we learn.
    We are very passionate about wild edibles and knowing the forest.
    We grow our garden inspired by permaculture and in harmony with the soil and plants and want to teach a general way of living close to and with nature.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We need a lot of different help. The main project is building the space and the buildings (especially the space for volunteers!), but we are also a living and growing community, and need help with everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning.
    General forest work like clearing, cutting and stacking wood is always needed.

    The place still has many boring empty walls, so art projects and general beautification is welcome!

    We have a group of wonderful kids who also needs attention - most of us do homeschooling and anything you could imagine teaching the children would be super valuable and appreciated! We have a garden that needs tending and watering and a forest full of berries and cherries and wild greens that needs harvesting and processing.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Danish: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Right now we are a mixed group of mostly Danish and one Dutch family. The kids are in the process of learning English, so please just talk to them, that will help them learn :)

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    As we are on the very early stages of this project, we haven't yet build accommodation for volunteers. This we hope to do in the near future, maybe with your help!
    For now we can possibly provide a caravan, and definitely space for tents!

    We have compost toilets and a small communal kitchen.
    We cook communal meals once a day 5 days a week (early dinner around 17.). We mostly eat vegan and vegetarian.
    We dumpsterdive as our main resource of food! But please ask if there is anything you need in the kitchen and we can buy it.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Every Tuesday we have communal workday where everybody meet up and work on different communal projects together.

    **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. There is also possibility to take a night ferry from Køge.

    There are ferries directly from Germany (Sassnitz) and Poland (Swinoujscie).

    From Sweden there is easy access with the Ferry from Ystad.

    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.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    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.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    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 3 cats, 5 chickens and 6 ducks.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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