Experience rural life on our organic smallholding in Popovo, Belgium

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Bulgaria

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  • Description

    Description

    We host volunteers from April to September.

    Please note meat is a big part of our diet so we do not cater for vegetarians.

    We live in a small village in Bulgaria, 10km from the nearby town of Popovo. The village is a friendly place, with 3 bars, shops, post-office and a library with internet access. The village has a regular bus service to Popovo, from where connecting buses or trains connect to the rest of Bulgaria. The village has a lively traditional folk-music and dance troupe, and there are plenty of opportunities to see them perform at the many local festivals throughout spring and summer.

    We moved to Bulgaria in August 2014 and are busy establishing our organic smallholding. We have built beds for growing our vegetables in and have planted various fruit bushes and trees along with the mature trees we all ready had, these have allowed us to now be self sufficient in fruit and vegetables for the last 2 years. We have raised our own pigs and ducks for meat and our supplies of beef, goat and lamb we get from our neighbours in the village. Currently we have ducks and chickens for eggs, and a couple of geese. We also have 2 dogs and 2 cats that share our house with us.

    After taking a year out from the garden and having volunteers in 2018 (so we could concentrate on getting the house renovated} we mainly need help in getting the garden back into production. This will include planting, weeding, picking and preserving our crops depending on what time of year you are planning on coming. We have some work to finish on the house, mainly involving wood working and decorating. When the house is finished which will hopefully be at the beginning of the year we plan on building a summer kitchen. this will involve ground clearance, a timber framed construction including roofing and a patio.
    We hope to be able to tailor your stay here to suit what you want to get out of it. There is lots to do, plenty to get involved with, just let us know what you hope to gain by volunteering with us and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

    A typical working day is that we start early in the morning especially in July / August as it gets far too hot to be working outside past 10a.m., then we'll have a main meal at lunch time then the rest of the day is your own and you can raid our cupboards to take back to our guest house what you would like for your evening meal.

    We offer helpers use of our Summer House and all food provided in exchange for working 5 hours a day, five days per week, we prefer it if people can stay a minimum of 2 weeks. Volunteers will be expected to get themselves to the nearby town of Popovo where we can pick them up. There is no internet at the Summer house,but you are welcome to use ours to check emails, facebook etc but we have a limited connection so if you need a regular connection you can get a data sim card in the nearby town of Popovo.

    Sorry, we don't have a TV at the guest house but with all the wonderful scenery and wildlife, who would need one!?

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Animal Care

  • 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
  • Help

    Help

    We need help with a wide variety of activities, including wood-frame construction and maintenance, helping with growing vegetables, forage crops and fruits in our organic smallholding, and other projects as they come up.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Bulgarian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a self-contained basic cottage with twin room, living room and kitchen, electricity, running cold water, outside toilet, 5 minutes walk from our main property.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a small village in Bulgaria, 7km from the nearby town of Popovo. The village is a friendly place, with two bars, shops, post-office and a library with internet access. The village has a regular bus service to Popovo, from where connecting buses or trains connect to the rest of Bulgaria. The village has a lively traditional folk-music and dance troupe, and there are plenty of opportunities to see them perform at the many local festivals throughout spring and summer.

    The nearby town of Popovo has a thriving night-life ,cafes and bars, and many good restaurants to eat at. It also features a museum, cinema, leisure park and outdoor swimming pool.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Richard removing the old kitchen ceiling
June crushing grapes
Erica and Drew with the BBQ they built
Danni and Richard with the completed fence and gate
Clara walking the goats
Our smallholding from the field in front of the house





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