Come help us with gardening, building, taking care of animals and kids in our community in the hills of Balșa, Romania

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello everyone!
    We are Iris (26) , David (30), Felix (4) and Norah (1) from the Netherlands and we own a really nice, small house with around 8 hectares of fields and forest in Balșa, Romania. Here we live with our dogs, cats, chicken, ducks, turkeys, goose, goats and sheep.

    We've been looking for a piece of peace for a long time already and now five years ago we decided we found it.
    In the hills of Transylvania where it sometimes feels like time has stood still. In a good way!
    So many mysterious and interesting natural places around us we have yet to discover. What we've seen so far makes us confident we will have a never ending adventure here.
    We don't like to give a name to what exactly we are doing but we could try to make it a bit more clear. We live in a community. Not a community where everybody lives together and shares everything, but more a village with people that like each other and have more or less the same ideas about life. About why we live and what's important to teach our children. Within this village we can share, help and learn from each other. We're super happy that this community is really happening right now. Many people here now with many languages :) At this moment Davids father bought the neighboring house. Friends of ours, with their daughter and son have built a house on land which we sold them and two other families bought their lands a little bit more up the hill. All the kids, 9 in total, vary from 0 until 5 years old. So it's the ideal place for families!
    We have a really nice spot over here and we welcome everyone to visit and help create an even more beautiful piece of earth.

    Things we would really like some help with are:

    - REPLACING THE ROOF MAN, ITS RAINING Inside! Just kidding. it just could use some insulation and some straightening up.
    - Building a nice stable for the goats and sheep
    - Digging and constructing a cellar with a bathroom on top, attached to the house
    - Cooking (we love you if you can cook or like to do dishes)
    - Gathering Fire Woodz
    - A little bit of gardening
    - Feeding the animals and every now and then clearing out their night shelter

    David is very handy himself and we have all the tools we need to work efficiently.
    There will also be a lot of fun and games and music and dances and fun stuff to be done.
    All the other families here have many many projects. If we have things to do you don't like, or when we don't have anything to do at all, they could also use help. Everyone's on workaway too if u want to check them out just write us and we will link their profiles.


    Practical stuff:

    - We prefer a minimum stay of two weeks or longer. In our experience we noticed it takes around a week to get used to each other, after that it gets more relaxed and things start to run smoothly. If this is not possible for you, just let us know so we can figure something out.
    We are not to strict with most stuff as long as we're moving forward and getting things done everything is hunky dory.

    - Your stay will most probably be in a guestroom, caravan (with woodstove) or tent that we will provide, including a comfy mattress and all the blankets needed. The main house is being renovated so there's (almost) no place to sleep inside unfortunately. But we'll discuss this before you arrive.

    - Our farm is situated on a 15 minute walk (2 km) uphill, away from the village. This is a very bumpy and dirty road so for normal cars or a van it could be a problem to get up to our house. However, we have a 4x4 and could pick people & their luggage up when needed. Many people with a van made it up all the way to our house, but it has to be in a period without rain. The rain makes it super muddy and slippery and almost impossible to drive (and walk :))

    - Depending on your standards we would consider our house and conditions basic. We are quite chaotic and that shows in our garden, house and kitchen. If you are a super tidy person our place might be a bit too much for you, especially in the cold months. We have hot water most of the time. Our internet is working but its very very slow. Our kids are naked most of the time.

    - Something we learned while hosting volunteers the last years is that we appreciate honesty. Especially David is very direct and honest and we would like to ask you to be that as well. Something not right? You hate the place and want to leave immediately? (yes, that happened already more than once) Just tell us.

    Please don't hesitate to write us regarding any questions you might have.

    David, Iris, Felix and Norah






    tags: self sustainablity, self sustainable, permaculture, self sufficient, organic, homesteading, home schooling, unschooling, rural, nature, DIY, family, community village, camping, wild, climbing, walking, falling in really deep holes, dry toilet, natural building, clay, straw, woodworking, carpentry, holland, nederlands, familie.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    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

    This place is a multi cultural community. Languages you can hear or find here are: Dutch, English, German, Romanian, Spanish, French, Swedish, Finnish, Latvian and Russian. Everyone has their own background and own story to tell. There have been a lot of volunteers, friends, family members and other random guests here and we expect this to continue all the time.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    Like mentioned above, we do not expect anything. We could use help with keeping the kids happy, fixing the house, gardening, make plans with the land etc!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Romanian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Do you speak Romanian? Please come and teach us... We could use some lessons. In exchange we can teach you one of the most useless languages existing: Dutch.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have all the sleeping equipment. Air mattresses, lots of blankets and pillows. Last year we moved a caravan here with a comfortable 2 persons mattress and woodstove!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area is very beautiful and i am sure we have not discovered all of it ourselves. We are not that far from Deva and Hunedoara which both have big castles.
    There's a beautiful walk you can have, it goes through the river in the village, through the hills, to another village. There's a big cave to explore.
    We have bicycles which you could borrow if you want to.

  • 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

    The road to our house is especially in winter not use able for any vehicle that does not have 4 wheel drive. Campers can be safely parked in the village.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If your pets are 100% surely okay with kids, other (big) dogs, cats and chicken then it's fine!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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