we are Saulius and Kamilė. We are living our dream in a homstead and managing a camping and a hostel in the same land. During the summer we have many nice and good people around us. Everyone is welcome to join!
Saulius is very passioned about traveling. He even had a bycicles' fixing workshop in the capital. Saulius visited a lot of places around the world and he (now both of us) have a lot of friends from different continents and he is always ready to tell you some interesting stories and share advices. Saulius is very creative, kind, open-minded and hard-working and he has a lot of experience in different fields: plumbing; contructions, woodworking, restaurations, renovations, fixing, building; decorating; radio technology; farming in general, gardening, tractors, apple farming, making drinks from apples; work with electricity;
Kamilė is passioned about traveling, cinema and art in general. She has about 10 years experience in art of photography. She also has experience in working with tourism, as a receptionist, housekeeper; with media, wordpress, graphic design; organising festival and other events, gatherings; decorating spaces indoors and outdoors. She really likes gardening, farming and renovating old furnitures and interior/exterior details. She describes herself as a self-educator and she loves the idea of DIY. At the moment she is tlearning more about carving, woodworking, working with epoxy resing, about sustainable living.
We grow our own food: vegetables, fruits and herbs. We are collecting herbs, berries and mushrooms in the woods, making teas, tinctures. We live according to the principles of natural medicine, we respect the nature and we expect the same attitude from our helpers. Help with gardening and farming is needed all the time. We expect people who are passioned about that living in alternative ways. We also like Zero Waste idea ( mostly we buying second hand furnitures, interior and exterior details, decorations). We are passioned about history of Semigallia (Žiemgala) lands and we are focused on its traditions, beliefs and life-style.
We are looking for volunteers who would like to contribute to the development of a campsite. The camping site is in a beautiful apple tree garden next to Šiauliai-Riga road (E12/E77) connecting Lithuania and Latvia. We are located 19 km away from the Hill of Crosses, one of the main tourist attractions in Lithuania.
We aim to develop village tourism and support village communities through employing local people and buying locally grown / produced food from them. We are passionate about cycling and have quite a few bikes that we can lend to volunteers.
Next to the camping site, there are old wooden hostels (one used to serve as a post office building 100 years ago) where we work as a hostel during high season and host different private events and celebrations. Our main target is to develop campsite and its environment.
Every August (mostly 3rd weekend) since 2008, we are hosting a music and art festival with many concerts, workshops, lectures, competitions and lots of fun! On June we celebrate Midsummer (Rasos/Saulėgrįža/Joninės) and on August 15d. we have a celebration named Žolinė which came from ancient Baltic traditions.
Moreover, in 2019 we became an Albergue for Pilgrims who participates in Camino Lituano route/trail. We are the second stop in the route, which starts near Latvia border and goes down to Poland border. Camino Lituano connects Camino Latvia and Camino Poland routs and they all lead to Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Unfortunately, we answer only for serious WORKAWAYERS requests. The best way to prove your interest in volunteering is to tell about yourself as much as possible. Of course, we don‘t expect motivation letters or CVs, but we do prefer to know what you are able to do by your own hands, your experiences in practice, your knowledge. Also, we would like to know what is your intention coming here, why you choose us, what you want to learn, what you expect and how you can help? Moreover, it would be nice to know little bit about your personality. Adittional question: what is the most complicated work/thing you have ever done in your live that required great responsibility? If you will answer these questions, we will understand that your interest in our activities is real.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS:
-positive and open-minded
-reliable, responsible, honest and trustworthy
-not afraid of hard work, dirty work in different weather conditions
*Driving license is an advantage
*Cooking, organising food is an advantage
*Fast problem solving is an advantage
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You may meet volunteers from other countries or Lithuania helping on our site with whom you can chat and learn not only about Lithuanian culture, but also how we do certain works here (e.g. make apple wine in a non-industrial way, hand made wooden furniture). On long summer evenings we enjoy dinners together, chatting and tasting home made wine in a good company. If you stay here long enough, we can also teach you to cook some Lithuanian meals and speak some Lithuanian!
As we mention before, from 2019 we became an Albergue(Guest house) for Camino Lituano trail participants, so you might meet pilgrims from all over the world.
Daily tasks may vary based on the skills and preferences of the volunteer, as well as the season. We need help with general maintenance in the house such as changing sheets, washing, hanging, tiding, organasing, cleaning spaces and surfaces, taking care of indoor and outdoor plants.
You may also engage in some creative projects like drawing / painting on the buildings, signs or anything that may fit in the current surroundings. Help may be needed with farming in our apple garden (whitening the tree trunks, collecting apples or simply cleaning up the old leaves in autumn or after winter). There are always some things to do around the house, like fixing or re-painting the fence, cutting grass, etc.. The oldest house needs repair.
It would be a pleasure to invite volunteers with skills such as:
-paining, drawing, knowledge of paints and oils
-cutting wood, working with other woodworking tools
-building, contruction works, fixing
-renovating and restaurating furnitures and other interior/exterior details
-mowing the lawn/grass, trimmering
-cleaning, tiding, organising, washing, hanging, making food, etc..
-filmmaking, programming (IT), digital photography
-organic gardening (watering, weeding, planting, taking care of greenhouse, raised beds with vegetables, apple trees, flowers, other places with different types of plants)
-farming, digging, shoveling,
-working with electricity
If you are here around the festival time, there are a plenty of organizational tasks (like creating projects, spaces, communicating with visitors, working with stage mics, coordinating, combinating, building, painting, etc..) to do. For this time we are searching for really gifted and hard-working people.
*We respect people who respect our environment by not wasting water, electricity, gass, soap and other liquids, paper, paints, oils, paint brushes, other tools or materials, food, sorting the garbage, compost, etc.. For us it‘s very important to have around us people who are responsible for their own actions.
*Volunteers will be provided beds with clean bed sheets in a shared space (no private rooms). Workawayers must take care (tide up, clean up, do not overload common spaces with their belongings) of the space they are living in. If you wish, you can also stay in the tent (or in a van if you have) in our beautiful apple tree garden. An hour of silence in a hostel and camping starts from 11 am (unless we have a party at reception's building or the hostel building, where volunteers stay, is empty).
*Hot showers and clean toilets are guaranteed. Towels as well.
*We do not cook for volunteers but we share our kitchen and provide plenty of products for cooking. In the kitchen we have everything that is needed for cooking. We support our village community by buying local and ecological products like eggs, dumplings, milk, cheese, butter, sour cream, curd, vegetables and fruits. Mostly we don't eat/buy meat, unless it‘s from known farms/people.
*WiFi is available, smoking allowed only in the designated places outside.
We do not expect volunteers to help more than half a day (but if you are able, we would be happy), so you will have a plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings, including the Hill of Crosses (one of the main tourist attractions in Lithuania located 19 km from us), Jakiškiai Manor House (5 km from us). If you are a nature lover, you may be interested in visiting Žagarė National Park. A great way to travel around is by bikes that we will be happy to lend you; there are special paths & routes or you can cycle along village roads wherever you like. The 4th largest city of Lithuania Šiauliai, offering a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, is only 28 km away from us. It is a perfect transport hub if you would like to continue your trip by bus or train. Joniškis city (the nearest one, 10 km) in the past was a Jewish city, so many visit places there too. Muša Tyrelis swamp with a wooden path for tourists is about 15 km from us. Sometimes our friends and volunteers hitchhike to Latvia to reach the sea shore (100km from us). In administration building we have a spot we call info center where you may find interesting information about surrounding places.
Joniškis region belongs to Žiemgala (Semigallia) lands and it has a lot of mistical and magical old sacred places, stones, woods, trees and hills. We have an informative map with such places and we can recommend the good ones.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Any size campervans/motorhomes is okay.
Only if the dogs are friendly with cats. We have 3 nomad cats and they are living comfy life here at the homestead. We don't want to disturb.
More than two
maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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