Help with the garden and enjoy a cultural exchange in Zhelen, Bulgaria



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    My name is Miwa, Bulgarian, from Sofia, intercultural mediator and anthropologist. I have spent 12 years in the Amazon rainforest in Peru where I actively dedicated my life to create cultural centers in native communities and poor neighborhoods. My mission was to encourage children, young people and adults to be proud of who they are and give them tools to research their own culture and folklore and explore the ethnical, linguistical and biological diversity of their territory, which for its biodiversity has been declared “capital of the biodiversity of Peru”.

    I have come back to my roots in February 2019 and my idea is to transform this Villa to a healing place for women who are interested in natural gynecology, female gatherings and a garden full of medicinal plants for women.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The region (Iskar Gorge) is well known as one of the most beautiful canyons in Bulgaria, 40km from the capital, passing through the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina). There are plenty of mountain trails, rocks, caves, it is full of water springs and streams, you can practice rafting, go fishing or even enjoy a hot spring .

    I can host you in Zhelen (the name of the village, next to Svoge) and show you around some splendid places and cultural events such as folclore festivals, concerts, exhibitions, etc.
    I have lived 12 years in the Amazon rainforest in Peru, so I can share my experience both about Bulgarian and Amazon culture.

    You can use my property in Sofia also.

  • Help


    I am looking for nice positive people who would like to help me with the garden or with some cosmetic repairs of the house in Zhelen.

    There are 9 beds in the house, a kitchen, big garden, but no place for shower for example, so we need to construct one. I am also planning to make a greenhouse with medicinal plants, repair some parts of the fence, there is a lot to do in the garden.

  • Languages spoken

    Bulgarian: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Russian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    I offer accommodation in Sofia and in Zhelen. The Villa in Zhelen there is a separate room for guests, on the third floor, there is a kitchen and an outdoor bathroom, but still no shower. We use sun showers or boil water, until we fix the issue.

    The distance between Sofia and Zhelen is 1 hour, both by car or train ride.

    I don´t like fixed rules and severe time schedules, but I believe in personal responsibility and common sense.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Since the place is very close to the capital, you can enjoy both city and mountain life. The village of Zhelen is also full of young people, each one unique in their activism and lifestyle. In the city I could also offer a bike and tell you about interesting places to visit around.

    I don´t like fixed rules and severe time schedules, but I believe in personal responsibility and common sense. I am very open-minded and free spirit, so do not expect me to give you orders and fix your work, I would rather talk about it and decide with you. Really love creative and self-organized people!

    Sincerely, I prefer people who do not smoke cigarettes around me!

  • 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

  • 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

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