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~ PRIORITY IS HELP GETTING WOOD CHOPPED AND STACKED FOR WINTER PLEASE - Hi my name is Sonia, I'm in my 50's, English and have lived in Bulgaria for just over 3 years. I am restoring an old Bulgarian house and would like to keep it traditional as possible with my renovations. I've never done anything like this before so I am learning lots as I go along.
I live in a small, peaceful. rural village 35km from Yambol, the county town, south east Bulgaria and around 60km from the Turkish border crossing. There are 3 small general shops here and a lovely traditional Bulgarian bar where you can sit with the locals and enjoy a coffee or drink, traditional Bulgarian snacks and just relax. There is also a small village museum if your interested and a post office. There is an early morning Bus to Yambol that returns in the afternoon and some wonderful walks around the village taking in the beautiful countryside views.... You can experience the true spirit of Bulgaria here, the villagers are very friendly, they turn their land with a horse drawn plough and a donkey or horse and cart is a popular means of transport.
I have 12 cats, a dog, Ted and a chicken so you must be an animal lover and enjoy walking as Ted loves to go out.
This will be my third year on Workaway and I have met and had help from some amazing volunteers for which I'm very grateful. so i'm very much looking forward to meeting new ones this year.
This year I'm needing some different help from volunteers as I've had some ill health and am not able to do as much as I could at the moment so am delaying some more ambitious plans for the renovation until I'm fitter and am going to concentrate on tidying up the house to make it more pleasant to live in in the meantime so help with general house cleaning, decorating, stripping paint, prepping, filling, painting. Also some help in the garden, tidying getting ready for winter. The wood shed needs some repairs to keep the rain out and chopping and stacking wood for winter. General help with lifting, loading and heavy work inside and outside the house.
I am looking for volunteers that are responsible and mature, that are happy with their own company, that I don,t have to entertain, that enjoy managing their working time and are happy to work alone. Someone that enjoys being with the animals and nature but also enjoys good food and conversation. I have plenty of land to park up for van travelers if you wish.
Due to the covid-19 problems I am looking to host travelers that are already in the country and are looking for a move/change. I am not prepared to quarantine anyone. I will also ask for for stringent hygiene practices in the house as well as social distancing which shouldn't be a problem to sort out as the only small room we are likely to be in together is the kitchen .
In exchange I will provide , hot showers, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also have wifi, washing machine, TV via the internet, lots of books and of course the animals to entertain you! ...... I look forward to showing you around my village and will make you most welcome in my humble home which is basic and needs a lot of work but has the essentials and is comfortable.
Please note I will not be hosting smokers this year. After having to give up a few months ago I can't trust myself not to start again at the moment!
When messaging please say what particular jobs you would like to help with.
I'm not sure what a digital nomad is so havent ticked the box but if you are one please explain when you write.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will see and observe life in a working, rural Bulgarian village, maybe learn a few words of Bulgarian and meet the locals as well as seeing the wide open spaces & beautiful countryside around here. You will experience peace & quiet in natural surroundings.
Garden chores :_
General help :_
Heavy lifting, shifting and loading.
Small DIY projects/repairs
A comfortable, basic, single bedded room for one with a separate entrance to the main part of the house. You have to come down a couple of outside steps and into the main part of the house for the toilet and bathroom.
I don't provide alcohol or confectionery but the village shops & bar sell them.
I am happy to collect and take you to Yambol bus or train station for your arrival & departure.
I am happy to cater for vegetarians although I eat meat.
I do not cater for vegans.
In your free time you can visit Yambol there is a great museum packed with information and history, a beautiful park, cinema and lots of shops to browse as well as some great pavement cafes to have a coffee and watch the world go by. From Yambol you can get the bus or train to many other villages and towns including the Burgas and the coast. There is a traditional Bulgarian bar in the village that serves traditional Bulgarian drinks and snacks and meet the locals. The walks are wonderful around the village. I have internet so you can watch TV on your device and plenty of books to read. The city and coastline of Burgas are around 1 1/2 by train or bus.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space in the garden to park a camper van, use of outdoor tap, electric socket. inside toilet & shower.
Pets welcome that get along with other cats & dogs & chicken
4/5 hours a day/ 25hrs a week
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