Help us to restore a historical house and create a permaculture project in Surmene, Turkey



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  • Description


    It is a project of a charity Foundation which is established in Surmene 35 km east of Trabzon. We own 2 acres (8000m2) of land and 150 years old characteristic black sea house and a newly built country house for accommodation. We need volunteers to work on this project in order to make the old house habitable, design the land according to permaculture principles, and create an eatery (preferably vegan) to generate income for the foundation. My name is Ahmet and I am the director of the foundation. I created retail concepts in London and Istanbul.
    We expect our volunteers to set brainstorm meetings and act rapidly to put the ideas into action in return we can provide accommodation and basic food supplies until we start to grow vegetables and fruits from our land by ourselves.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Surmene is a small town by the sea. Our land and houses are 2km from the town center on the hill surrounded by forests. The population is mostly consisting of local people and almost no international immigration or even very few people living from other various cities of Turkey. The majority is Muslim with quite a few rigid conservatives however the people are very welcoming and sympathetic to newcomers. There are still living pure cultural practices, unexplored cuisine, beautiful green nature, and beaches. I will encourage social blending gatherings with locals around the fire every night.

  • Help


    The Foundation is in the ongoing restoration process of a traditional Blacksea house. Our goal is to make this house habitable so that the volunteers can live in. During this process, we expect the volunteers to set meetings for DIY plans (such as sanding and polishing the old wooden floors), setting a fireplace for cooking, designing a food forest, social media campaigns and produce artwork to organize exhibitions.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Initially, we can accommodate 5 to 10 people in the new house which was owned by the foundation. Our aim is to accommodate 20 people in the old historical Foundation house when we finish refurbishing it. I can provide basic supplies such as fruits, vegetables, oils, pasta, rice, bread...etc. however, cooking is expected to be performed by the volunteers. The new house is the accommodation place for the volunteers and owned by our charity establishment. In the future, we will improve the interiors of the old historic house to become our permanent Foundation accommodation space. This year volunteers will stay in the new house as the image can be seen on the profile.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off there are countless activities to choose from. Sumela Monastery is a world-famous monument which is 60 km away from our place. Swimming- snorkeling-fishing in the sea, trekking in the forests, rafting in the rivers, passing time in the cool cafes of Trabzon and Surmene and other neighboring towns, amazing local food and so on and on and on...

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have 4.5 G phone cards which you can buy gigabytes on your own cost.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space for any of the vehicles.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets are welcome if brought to the country according to national quarantine rules.

  • 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

Host ref number: 555335367882