Looking for help transforming the old village house into a guesthouse in the historical village of Zhulat, Albania

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  • Last activity: 19 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    The project is looking for like minded people who would love to join and live with us and help us revive the old house of our grandparents in the historical village of Zhulat, nestled in the mountains of the south. The village is a magical place, isolated from the world and mountains view like a big natural amphitheater. It has lost ruins of the antiquity and reached the 90’ with 1200 inhabitants while only 40 live today. People are very much connected with the nature for their food, flocks and housing. Fatmir, a tour guide for many years is spending his time on renovation and putting his energy and presence to create accommodation and food to host the guests.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers who love nature, mountains and Mediterranean climate and cuisine to help transform the old village house into a warm place. Our dream is bring back life in the village. There is so much to explore, meditate and enjoy the moment cut out from the carbon. You can learn the history, or learn to cook some traditional dishes and some Albanian too.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We want to preserve the architecture, drain walls, water and gardens. All this work is done by sweat and passion. There is wood, stone and sand from the riverbed. We like to master the old building skills, with ecological impact on the environment. We are lucky to live here. Whoever who want to join, whoever wants to get things done by hand, carpentry, stone, art, the door is open.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am open to learn new words/expressions from other languages and to teach some Albanian too.

  • Accommodation


    There are 2 shared rooms with comfortable single beds and a shared bathroom. We have a kitchen to cook with fire or gas. We enjoy life in community, simple life in the village, cook for ourselves, preserve food, slow down to simple things.

    Food is not included. We provide a kitchen to cook the food together and essential local food. Anything extra must be provided by the person himself.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During our free time and weekends we love to do outdoor activities like walking, hiking, river walking(during summer), fishing, birdwatching, camping or just relaxing in the hammock, meditate, doing yoga, listening to music, watching the stars, reading books and cooking delicious and seasonal food. Sometimes we also enjoy city walking in Gjirokaster or enjoy sunny rays by the beach in Sarande or drive in the surrounding areas to explore our nature and history. There is transport to Gjirokaster everyday, or if you want to reach for Sarande you should set off from Gjirokaster or try your luck with passing by cars.

  • 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

    There is space for 2 to 3 people working online. There is no WIFI but we usually use the Mobile Data Hotspot which usually is fast (4G). Sometimes the electricity goes out so be prepared if your battery is not strong enough for a 1-2 h interruption.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is enough space for 2 Medium/Large campervans next to the house, or bigger campervans can be parked in the center of the village 7 minutes walking from the house.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Any pet which is not dangerous to other pets/animals and surroundings, which is well behaved and can live in Mediterranean mountainous climate is welcomed. We love cats & dogs!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 593945124992

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