Help me to prepare my pension for opening - gardening, cleaning in Osturňa, Slovakia


Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

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    With the help of many people, including several WorkAway guests, Penzión Európa opened its doors on July 14, 2016. Now in operation for almost two years, we have adjusted for seasonal needs and no longer require the support of outside volunteers, including WorkAways.

    However, if you are traveling around Slovakia or southern Poland, you must come to experience our idyllic village of Osturňa. If you come during low season (not July or August), mention that you're a WorkAway and you'll receive a good discount for accommodations and meals.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Osturňa is the most westward Ruthenian village in Europe. Unlike surrounding Polish and Slovak villages, Osturňa has its own culture, traditions, and dialect. It is a small and fascinating community of people.

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    I currently live in the pension along with my dog, Perun. He may bark, but has never bitten anyone.

    The entire pension has been refurbished. There is new furniture in every room, a redesigned bar area, and the creation of a formal dining room. The kitchen has all new appliances and now a separate area for dirty dishes. Upstairs, the new beds are certainly the most comfortable in the entire region.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, slovenčina, français

  • Accommodation


    has 8 guest rooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Osturňa is an enchanting village in the Carpathian Mountains, just north of Ždiar and south of the Polish border. Its full-time population numbers only 325, although there are many vacationers during the warm months. However, unlike its neighboring villages, it has virtually no commercial tourist industry. There is one grocery store and one bar in the center of town.

    Osturňa is the most western Ruthenian village in the world, and villagers speak a dialect that is a mixture of Ruthenian (a.k.a. Rusyn), Polish, and Slovak. The village is a historic folk architecture reserve, with over 150 log cabins dating to the 1800s. It is glorious in its simplicity and a must-see.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

This is me and my dog, Perun. This is his way of requesting a belly scratch.
The hallway on the 1st floor.
View of the staircase from the 2nd floor to the 1st. It looks scarier than it is.
Room #5 before the new beds arrived.
An old photo with old beds.
One of two small rooms that have small balconies facing the street.
An old photo prior to the new fence.
All single beds are replaced with comfy king and queen size beds.
The is an OLD photo of the house before the neighbor put up a fence...
Room #3 - all the single beds in the pension are being replaced by very comfortable king and queen size beds.
Another OLD picture of the backyard. The pond no longer holds water, the bridge is dangerous to cross, and the swimming pool is nonexistent.
This is an OLD picture of the backyard. Unused and unkempt for years, the backyard is a dreadful mess that needs your help to restore.
View from the bar towards the stairs. There is a new door leading to the toilets and outside on the right. The large opening has been transformed into a formal dining room. The sofa area now contains a large counter to be used for the breakfast buffet. The kitchen is to the left.
This area is across from the bar. The furniture is being replaced with another long counter top and bar stools for additional seating.
This is St. Michael's Church, in the center of town.

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