Help us out in our community-run school and farm in the countryside of Latvia




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  • Description


    We are an intentional community-run christian school situated in rural Latvia (We welcome people of all faiths, but take this fact into account). Our school has 20 pupils ages 7-16 which allows us to maintain a close-knit family atmosphere. Most children stay in our school dormitory during the week. Next to the school is an apple orchard and almost a thousand bushes of currants.
    At a distance of 30 km from school (6 km from local municipality Madona), we have a small organic farm where we grow food for our own consumption. Children are also involved in community life and farming activities, learning how to grow plants and take care of the animals. We cook our meals using mostly our own home-grown fruit and veg. Everybody's favorite is the home-made ice cream made from our milk and school garden grown berries.
    The buzz and activity in the school and the peace and serenity of the farm provide a nice contrast. In the farm, we have cows, chicken, goats, and 2 ponies.
    Besides farming, children are involved in other activities like music (We have a brass band), arts and crafts, sports (cross country skiing in the fields next to the school and ice skating on the local pond).
    So whatever your passion and preference (Be it teaching, arts and crafts, music, construction, gardening, sports, animal care etc.) we will find ways for you to contribute and express yourself, and in the process enrich the lives of everyone here in the school.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    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

    Workawayers would be able to learn various gardening, farming, construction, food preparation and conservation, and child care skills and make their valuable contribution to a community and school that has been running for more than 25 years (We are the first private school since Latvia's independence from the USSR!). We have many friends from Norway, Germany, Russia and other countries so you'll be able to meet them.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We have 4 main work segments. School, Farm, Construction work, and Maintenance. Workawayers can work with children in school and plan after-school activities and teach;
    Work on the farm, take care of the animals and tend the garden;
    Do construction work helping us to improve our living conditions and build our new community center;
    Perform various maintenance tasks such as cleaning, or chopping wood for heating. All four segments are somewhat intertwined.
    Our teachers also work in the kitchen (assist primary cooks in cooking for school students and teachers) and do farm work. You'll be doing mostly one thing, but you'll be asked to help out with other things too, like in any household. We also have a garage and woodworking equipment. So if you're technically inclined that can be done too.
    You will have a seat at the community/teacher table eating 4 meals a day.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Dutch: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have multiple guest rooms in a 2 storey building near the school. There are two bathrooms and showers, one on each floor. Since the house is not otherwise inhabited by our community members you might be asked to heat it in the winter. We have another room for 1 person or a couple near the farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    School holidays are quite long in Latvia. If you want to work with kids make sure you're with us from September until mid-June. In the summer we mostly do construction and farmwork.

    Getting here: Volunteers can buy a bus ticket from Rīga to Barkava. Bus fare at the time of writing (11.2018) is 7.90 €. Buses on this route depart from Rīga bus station twice a day at 15:25 and 17:40. Someone from the school will pick workawayers up with a car. The school is about 6 km from Stalidzāni bus stop.

    A better option is to go to
    the closest town to school - Madona approximately 2.5 h (3h by public transport) from the capital Riga.
    This is a bus schedule for a weekday
    Holidays and weekends have different schedules you can find on the same website.
    On Fridays there's also a train to Madona at 6:51 PM.
    Again someone from school can pick you guys up in Madona. So if you fear you might miss a small bus stop such as Stalidzāni, just go to Madona. All Intercity buses in Latvia have WiFi.

    Cross-country skiing, biathlon, and orientation are popular activities in our region.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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