Learn about Croatia and help to renovate a limestone house and barn in beautiful Istria, Croatia

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  • Last activity: 28 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    *** Next Availability May 2023 ***

    Hi, my name is Jeff and I am from London. Come and help me to renovate a traditional Istrian limestone house & barn and clear some land opposite. I will also be checking out local restaurants & tourist attractions as well as walking paths and out of the way beaches & villages. We are within walking distance of a beach bar and the sea.

    I will also be tidying up a winehouse and attempting to breathe new life into an overgrown vineyard. It would be great if someone had some pruning skills and were familiar with vines and their management.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am keen to learn more about Croatia and the local area. My village has a bar/ restaurant and two supermarkets and lies midway between Pula and Rijeka.

    Eventually I would like to offer my accommodation to tourists so I am keen to explore local facilities by car and on foot so I know what the area has to offer. The house is on the old coast road prominent in the village not isolated. There is a bus stop opposite where you can get buses to major towns or even hitch-hike (Croatians are very laid-back).

    It would help in this part of Croatia if you could speak some German or Italian but this is not essential as English is widely understood in most towns & tourist areas.

  • Help


    I need help clearing the spare land of weeds & small shrubs. It would be particularly useful if someone could research how to repair dry-stone walls as there is one which surrounds the land which has partially collapsed in places over the years. There is an old outhouse/ chicken coup which I would like to renovate and make weather tight.

    There is work repairing & painting wooden shutters and staining the original ceiling beams. There is also a project on change-of-use converting a small barn to a habitable building.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The house has two large upstairs bedrooms and another room used as a separate bedroom downstairs with comfortable beds & mattresses. You would be staying in one of the bedrooms. There is a shower, washing machine and gas cylinder for cooking. There is no broadband in the house (although a Roaming signal is always available) but there is free internet a short walk away at the Tourist Information Centre, also in most bars & restaurants in nearby towns & villages.

    We usually share the shopping and preparation/ cooking of meals. I will provide one main meal per day but only require a maximum of 15 hours project work per week not necessarily spread evenly, although different arrangements could be adopted to suit your requirements. Quite informal.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest town is Labin about 9 km away where there are many shops and bars. Old Labin is an interesting medieval hilltop town with good views, restaurants in the main square and a picturesque 2km walk down to the main resort of Rabac where there is a marina and activities available such as scuba diving and boat rental.

    Plomin is another picturesque hilltop village (within walking distance) that is seeing a revival with artists & craftsmen taking up residence, renovating old stone buildings and changing the ambience of the place.

  • 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

    Any size of campervan or motorhome can be accommodated.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    2-3 hours a day (providing 1 main meal a day), 5 days a week

Host ref number: 465762548735

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