Help Duke and Jennie with our project in Mihaylovo, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria




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    We are in the process of renovating and modernizing an old Village house and landscaping the grounds. We welcome Workawayers to assist with the renovation tasks, which can be heavy/hard sometimes, but there's also gardening and other general help around the house and grounds too.
    Currently, most tasks will be focussed on the patio, walls and paths being clad in stone (plotchky)...a bit like crazy paving....but also there is earth to move while we are landscaping and maybe some pointing of brick walls.. so plenty to do this year.
    Helpers may learn some building skills or about local methods or crafts while experiencing life in a rural farming community.
    Another ongoing project for later on is a small relaxation area with pool and decking , it's been started but not finished yet. There are walls to build, painting to be done, carpentry, welding, concreting, fencing....planting, watering.......and all manner of things in between.

    PLEASE NOTE: We are open this year from May until November. Our preferences are more mature singles or couples with useful building or allied trades skills, as in, you have some knowledge of tools and how to use them. We personally eat a mixed diet and have no particular religious interests. We are down to earth, work hard and play later. We tend to start work earlier in the summer months as it gets quite hot, it can be unbearable after 10am for physical work, so 6 am starts are not uncommon, we are early to bed and early to rise when there are things to get done.

    Please e-mail us first if you'd like to come as we need to discuss any useful skills you have, what you are able to do, any dietary requirements, etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers could learn a number of different building and landscaping practises should they wish to, or generally help out while enjoying the fun and easygoing environment. If help is needed with English we are both TEFL qualified.

  • Help


    The tasks are many and varied, from working on the renovation (plotchy, woodworking, pointing, maybe more skilled work if you are able like plumbing, plastering, welding etc) to gardening (looking after fruit trees, weeding, grass cutting, clearing, planting and watering). We have two dogs and older dog and cat and a younger dog and cat – occasional dog walking may be relaxing for you too if you want, over the nearby fields.

    We are on the edge of the village of Mihaylovo, 30 kilometers south of Stara Zagora in southern Bulgaria and we mostly need help this year with building and landscaping/gardening. There is a train station in the village 150m away from the house or collection by car from Stara Zagora could be arranged if travelling by coach or bus from other areas.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Bulgarian: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Food and accommodation are provided – you can prepare and cook your own should you wish to do so, in fact we encourage it. We also need to know about dietary needs if you have them – I cook sometimes when I find the time and I cook a great spaghetti bolognese.. my wife likes to cook vegetarian/vegan, but generally our diet is a mixed one. You would be welcome to cook and show us some dishes you enjoy.

    Until we finish the guest cabin (another project to start later in the year) the current accommodation is glamping in our large enclosed and roofed patio area – nice to wake up are also welcome to relax in the hammock listening to the village sounds outdoors. Summer weather can be quite warm even at night, and sleeping and cooking/eating outside is quite normal for villagers. There is a power supply in the patio and we provide a fan. It's quite comfortable there.You can use the kitchen or cook outside...barbeque perhaps....

    There's wi-fi, an outdoor solar shower and an outdoor toilet for night use.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The village has three small shops for basic items, main shopping is done in Stara Zagora which has plenty of shops, bars and cafes (a 20 minute train trip away ) that are usually open, though the pandemic has affected some. As we are on a good rail route, workaways are encouraged to visit other areas such as Chirpan, Plovdiv or Dimitrovgrad or further afield on free days eg Veliko Tarnovo – all worth a visit.

    Please e-mail us if you have any questions or need directions to find us.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    It's wi-fi here, so when you are not working you can do what you like online.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    As long as it's not too big of course, but a van is OK.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    up to 5 hours a day, mornings generally in good weather, afternoons when cold, but it's all flexible.

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