Volunteer at an off-grid eco campsite in Herceg Novi, Montenegro

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  • Description

    Description

    April 1st 2020 - COVID-19 update

    Government imposed restrictions on travel to Montenegro mean that it is highly unlikely we will be able to host volunteers that are not already in Montenegro. If you are already in Montenegro, you will know that travel within Montenegro is also very restricted so you may not be able to travel to us. If you are already in Montenegro and would like to volunteer with us please get in touch and we will try to find a way forward.

    We operate an off-grid, clothing optional, eco-campsite in Montenegro. We open the site to visitors from May - September and alongside our happy campers, we run educational workshops for school groups, run informal eco tours and host community events with local NGOs. We welcome volunteers to help us develop the site & host our guests.

    So who are we? We are Steve & Denise (& Daisy Marmite, the dog) and we emigrated from the UK to Montenegro in 2006 and realised our dream of opening an off-grid, clothing optional campsite and eco project in 2009.

    Off grid means that we have no mains electricity, sewage or water. We use solar power and a small generator to provide our electricity needs. We have state of the art dry toilets, our water is pumped or collected by hand from local springs, and our waste "grey" water is used to irrigate the vegetable and flower gardens. We are passionate but pragmatic about reducing our impact on the environment and reduce, re-use & recycle at every opportunity.

    Clothing optional means that guests and volunteers are free to choose whether or not they want to wear clothes around the site. There is absolutely no pressure either way. Depending on the weather and time of day/year it is likely there will always be those who choose not to wear clothes. The freedom of choice means that we are a popular destination for those wanting to ease into their first experience of a naturist environment.

    Our main building has a fully equipped summer kitchen, with gas cookers & fridges and unisex shower/WC and washroom area. We have a barbeque area and fire pit (use of this may be restricted during prolonged dry spells). There are covered and open air eating spaces, shaded outdoor lounge areas and an indoor library and games store.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Although originally from the UK we have now lived longer in Montenegro than any other place in the UK and are knowledgeable about the history & the culture. We'll happily share our insight.

    We have a proven record in educating & inspiring people - we love to help others acquire new skills and explore the possibilities of reducing, reusing & recycling. We hope you will benefit from learning about our eco-journey, particularly how adversity can lead you down new roads. We were not eco warriors when our camp began to evolve. We faced practical problems for which environmentally friendly approaches provided pragmatic solutions. As part of your induction into our team we will give you a detailed tour of our facilities so you understand why we chose these solutions and how they all work. We hope that many of the ideas and systems will make an impression and perhaps be relevant in your own life at some point in the future.

    We're often told by guests and volunteers that they enjoy the community atmosphere on-site. We're not entirely sure how this happens but community seems to form when people work together, eat together, share & have fun together. The clothes optional element may be a factor, as we tend to attract open-minded people and we create the right environment for people to relax & be themselves.

  • Help

    Help

    2021 will be a very different year for our little project. Like most people, we anticipate fewer guests. But we feel that now, more than ever, people needs places like ours - in harmony with nature, peaceful & relaxed. So we'll take the opportunity of a quieter year to develop our beautiful site further so we are better equipped to organise educational workshops on eco living & host retreats. We're looking for talented, creative and dedicated people to help us.

    Come & join us on our journey of transformation as we improve our accomodation offer, manage woodland terraces and develop our organic garden. Major projects include: building wooden sleeping cabins; re-designing our shared kitchen, installing a sub-irrigation system in our raised veg beds; woodland management & tree surgery; constructing a roof over our water tank for rain collection and building a compost toilet in our wild camping area. And there's always cooking, cleaning, painting, decorating & gardening to be done...

    We are an English-speaking site, so a reasonable command of English is important. Nudity is not mandatory for guests or volunteers, but our clothing optional policy means you will need to be comfortable living and working around others who may choose to be clothes free. Other than that – everyone is welcome, solo travellers, groups of friends, mixed or same gender couples.

    We ask you to volunteer for 5 hours per day but in practice this may involve a few hours help in the morning before it's too hot, time off after lunch and then help again towards the end of the day when the dog needs to be walked & gardens watered. Some of the work can be quite physically demanding at times, especially in the brutal Montenegrin sun.

    If we're lucky enough to have guests, you can help us create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We strive to create a sense of community on site but respect the space and privacy of our visitors.

    Minimum stay is 7 days - maximum stay... well, that depends on the timing of your stay & the particular skills we need and how well we get along but we really hope to attract volunteers for longer periods in 2021, so we can sustain an informal core 'community'.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Serbo-Croatian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We can provide a tent and comfortable bed and three meals a day that you'll share with us (and any guests who want to join us). If we get some wooden cabins built, they may be available too. Non-alcoholic drinks are available as and when you want them - including an unlimited supply of fresh water from the nearby spring. Our offer to guests does include the rental of our tents if they need them, so if you can bring your own tent & sleeping bag that would be helpful but not essential. We'll ask that you be part of the on-site team for 5 days a week but we can be flexible about when you get days off. We actively encourage you to go out and explore Montenegro on your days off. It is a beautiful country. There are no real set hours. The day typically starts around 8:00 with breakfast and a team meeting and finishes when you want to go to bed in the evening. At the height of summer the day time temperatures can soar and work slows or stops so you will find you will get opportunities to relax in the shade (or the sun) for periods in the middle of the day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you think you would enjoy spending time with us as a volunteer please do not hesitate to contact us. Please do not just turn up. We have a volunteer information pack and guides we can send you detailing how to find us, the transportation options open to you and what you need to bring.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5hrs/5days with 2 days off

Organic vegetable gardens and main facility building at Camp
Your hosts, Steve & Denise and proof that they do get dressed occasionally :-)
Leave your mark on our gardens. If you want, we'll send on pics of their progress after you've left.
The kitchen is installed each year with your help. Here's the before and after.
We love challenging gender stereotypes. If you've never used a tool before we'll delight in showing you how.
We rarely need to use one but this group of volunteers were keen to be shown how to use a chainsaw safely.
... and not just the guys!
There's always something that needs painting. Check out the seedlings in the background waiting to be planted.
A sudden break in bad weather meant it was all hands to gardens to get things in and a chance to start work on the tan lines.
Still plenty of stone dry stone walls to repair. Never done it before? We'll show you how!
Aprons available for the cooks.
This volunteer went from "Never done it before" to an expert in a day!
"You need a herb bed near the kitchen" he said. "Go for it" we said!
Whatever you wear while with us, most find it hard to leave without adding a picture with our sign to their travel photo collection.

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