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



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    We are a couple of people who have a dream about creating an eco village on our land!
    We are right now an international group of 8 adults and 6 children involved in the project, but the group keeps evolving and we hope to be around 10+ families (+ 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 (4 buildings has been taken down and has to be rebuild from scratch).

    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

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

  • 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 and are happy to share!
    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.

  • Help


    We need a lot of different help. The main project is building the space and the buildings, but we are also a living and growing community, and need help with everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning.
    We have a group of wonderful kids who also needs attention and a garden that needs watering and a forest full of berries and cherries and wild greens that needs harvesting and processing.
    We are building the space from scratch and still don't have electricity and only one outdoor tap with water, so there are still many tasks to get everyday life working smoothly.

    We have children and happily host families. We will find a solution if you have small children and are less able to work.

  • Languages spoken

    Danish: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    As we are on the very 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 only provide a space for tents (lots of space ;) ) - and in case of emergency we may be able to provide sleeping space in the communal building.
    We have lots of mattresses and covers and may be able to provide a tent too, but ask us first to be sure.
    We have compost toilets and cook over fire and simple gas cookers.
    We get our water from one main tap on the land.
    We don't have electricity and no hot showers (yet)!!
    Be prepared for wild camping conditions!!
    We cook communal meals twice a day (lunch and dinner). We mostly eat vegan/vegetarian.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have meetings every monday afternoon where we discuss the various issues and progress on the project and plan the week. We have a board where we pin our names to the various tasks of the week (here you can fill out the blank spots and see what projects are going on!)

    We currently don't have WiFi and phone reception is limited. We have a few solar chargers where phones can be charged.

    As a volunteer you will have the weekend off 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 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 endless!
    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.

    From Denmark - there are cheap bus tickets from Copenhagen (centre 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 Friskoven - there are no easy public transport the rest of the way, but we will be happy to pick you up 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

  • 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

Aerial view, summer
Nina, Freja, Willow, Roberto, Ida and Balder - the founders of the project
Elis in the Fire Kitchen
Pizza party!
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