Learning about forest preservation with our family in Viljandi, Estonia.



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    Half of our 60-acre property is a national reserve area. There is a hiking trail along the forest valley and a camping site on the grounds. The bigger part of the rest of the property used to be a field of a collective farm and is now a new forest that desperately needs maintenance. The former vacation home in the middle of it all is currently being built as an all-year-round accommodation and plans for another living house are in action. Occasionally we do some gardening and keep bees.

    The main goal is to carry the small trees that were cut down to let some light into the growing forest and pile them up along the roadside. In the state that it is now, the forest is not passable by people or animal.

    Helpers can stay in the cottage in case they like some rustic idyll (a wood stove and an outhouse) but could also ride along to the nearby smalltown Viljandi to stay with the owners in different apartments they have there. The meals can be eaten together with the hosts or separately. We could adapt the meals according to your dietary needs or you could prepare your own meals, provided with ingredients.

    The owners are all creative people - father is an architect and a specialist in clay building techniques, my brother Erik is a physicist/movie maker, I am an art teacher with a building hobby. There are 3 more (creative) brothers, but they are not involved with this property.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Estonia is a country where approximately 50% of the land is under forest, wild animals and forest ecosystems still intact. Our property also has a forest preservation area with uninterrupted forest life. Urbanization in Estonia is still a fairly new phenomenon, so every family still has relatives who live in the country and keep the farming and gathering know-how alive. This know-how was very helpful during the Soviet time, where it helped people to survive. In case you happen to visit us during some building projects you can witness some real ingenuity at work since my father likes to try out different unorthodox methods. We could also introduce to you the small Hanseatic town Viljandi, teach you drawing/painting/photography/movie editing, etc.

  • Help


    Working in the forest, piling up branches, building fences, etc. An opportunity for people who want to try out using an ax, a saw or a chainsaw (using those tools is not mandatory). Patience is a useful trait in this line of work. You could make as many bonfires as you want (in a designated area) as a treat. Couples and groups of 3-5 people are preferred.
    Recommended time of staying is 3-7 days, a longer stay can be negotiated.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some German, very little Russian, Estonian obviously.

  • Accommodation


    The cottage at the property has a very spacious modern and beautiful sleeping area under the gable roof, with room for at least 8 mattresses. The ground floor houses a very basic kitchen and a sauna. The composting toilet is in the shed attached to the main house.

    If these conditions are not attractive, you could be housed in some of our town apartments (depending, how many of you are visiting). All these apartments have hot water, water-closets, and modern kitchens.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Depending on how many helpers we get, we could lend bicycles. 3 km of rustic country roads from the property take you to Paistu, to the closest shop. A 20-minute walk through scenic landscape takes you to a bus stop that buses transit through almost every hour, and the bus ride is free of charge! The closest town - 11 km away - is Viljandi that alongside the ruins of a medieval castle offers shopping centers, pizza and burger places, a cinema, fitness clubs, yoga centers, bars, and restaurants and even an organic food place.
    Entire Estonia is covered with mobile service so mobile internet is not a problem. There's currently no wifi on the forest property.

  • A little more information

    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

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