PS. Not accepting volunteers ATM. Sorry!
An old historic Manor in beautiful central Estonia is looking forward to start blooming into life again after 7 years of complete silence after an orphanage moved out.
The first mentions of the manor are already from the Middle Ages when it was a fortress and first mentions as a manor are from 15th century.
I'm Susanne and I am an adventurous soul and patriot of Estonia. In spring 2019 I returned back home from traveling for 1.5 years where I did quite a bit of Workaway myself. Now I’m back in homeland and together with a friend and business partner, we see a huge potential in this manor and therefore, we’ve just started to build up this complex to show our local and foreign guests how beautiful and clean is Estonian nature and what an interesting history it hides.
We see this place as a getaway from the city life, where we value history, nature and openness. Coming from startup world, we work on the manor project with the same mindset which means crazy and fast ideas and actions. In the summer we probably organise some open and closed events and all year round there will be several constructions works going on outside in the park and in the buildings. Therefore we need a great amount of help in cleaning, gardening organising and in general bringing life back to manor :)
We have lots of ideas and enthusiasm and it’s a perfect chance for our volunteers to be part of the beginning of something great!
We are crazy and open, yet selective on people and events/ideas we take in !
The complex restauration is still in progress and in the baby shoes which means that probably there might not be a lot of people most of the time. Though there are neighbours around, so it’s not a scary place in the middle of nowhere ;)
We are building it on mutual trust and it requires a lot of independence, creativeness and initiative from our volunteers.
Most of the work though is around organising, cleaning, preparing, carrying stuff etc. Maybe smaller works in the park and in construction, but not in the manor's main building, as it under the heritage conservation and every tiny thing needs a project, acceptance and professional workers with a licence.
As the place is not open yet and doesn’t have a cafe/restaurant or active in-house chefs, we will give you weekly pocket-money and you will be taking care of your own food in cooperation with other volunteers!
There is a small shop ca 4km away from the manor and bigger better store ca 7 km away. You can use a bicycle to do the grocery shopping or public transport which might take more time.
Ideally we see at least 2-3 volunteers there at the same time as we'd like to build a nice community feeling. But please let us know, if working alone in the big manor and park is not a problem for you.
We would love volunteers to commit at least for 2 weeks.
If you're in the capital, Tallinn then we'll agree the date&time and I will pick you up and take you to the manor. The manor is located in Maidla (Raplamaa county) and is around 50min drive away from Tallinn. Or you could also catch a train to Rapla and we'll meet there.
What to bring:
If possible bring rubber boots with you as it's a countryside and can be very rainy at times. Very good for outside work too. Bring clothes from bathing suits to rain coat. The Estonian summer can be quite tricky, it might be sunny +30°C or 10°C at night, plus windy and rainy.
In the clean nature there are always mosquitos, so bring a repellent.
We'd love to read the 'WHY' when you're applying to the volunteer position. If you’ve got any specific skills, please mention them when contacting us.
We would like to have a call beforehand to get to know each other!
Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will learn about Estonian history and nature while working in the manor. It's a beautiful place in the nature and you'll be in the peaceful village away from the crowds. We are happy to give you tips and recommend places to go and things to do in Estonia.
PS. Estonia has one of the cleanest foods and in the summer almost every household grows many things in their own garden, so after the summer it will be very hard to go back to eating grocery store strawberries for example ;)
- Outdoor work - getting hands dirty in the park and around the lake. You'll get lots of fresh air while fixing up the manor park, weeding, planting, doing bonfire, mowing the lawn etc
- Cleaning & organising - lots of cleaning and getting rid of trash from the buildings and organising stuff around the building.
- Co-organising events - we need help on the events
- Taking good care of the manor and park in general and adapting to the tasks given on spot
The exact tasks will be given each week and depend on the amount of volunteers and events happening.
- Good communication & English skills
- Independence, creativeness
- Not afraid of getting your hands dirty & keeping yourself busy during work hours and in your free time.
In the free time you could do reading, painting, cycling, yoga, meditation and just chilling would be your main free time activities probably :) If we agree on days off, you can feel free to explore the rest of Estonia.
Estonian, English, tiny bit of Russian and eager to learn Spanish
You will be sleeping in a 2-floor renovated side-building (yellow house on the photos) in a shared room (bunk beds) with other volunteers.
During the events we might have to re-organise the sleeping arrangement.
On your days off, you can explore all the Estonian cities and towns as everything in Estonia is super close-by. There are buses, trains and ferrys. If you're eager to save money or have some adventures, then hitchhiking is totally doable in Estonia as well.
We're happy to provide you a list of the festivals as in the summer there are many events happening on every weekend. Summer is the busiest and best time of the year in the Baltics for sure! We have the longest summer nights which you'll be missing once you've experienced it ;)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week