Have an adventure helping out with our ostriches and other animals near Varna, Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

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    21/10/2021

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an English couple who left London to begin a crazy adventure building an ostrich farm in Bulgaria. 10 years on, and now with 2 kids (10 and 6 years old) we are downsizing from the commercial ostrich farm though we continue to care for our adult ostriches and a petting zoo garden with lots of animals (Emu's, Rhea's, giant rabbits, guinea pigs, various poultry and a peacock). We also have 4 dogs and 6 cats, so plenty of friendly pets to keep you company!

    We aim to live in a self-sufficient way and we are working on creating a Food Forest with fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs and forage greens. We are cultivating an organic veg garden and frequently make preserves from our produce.

    We ask a minimum of 2 weeks but we really like volunteers who can stay longer. The more time you spend with us the more effective you can be and you will learn a lot. We work a split day during the summer months with a long break through the hot hours in the middle of the day.

    We need dependable, independent and diligent people as you will be responsible for caring for our pets (who all have names!). We can guarantee you will never be bored here and if you can contribute, you will find yourself a valued member of our team. We really appreciate people who are practical and good with their hands. Also, if you enjoy cooking then we would love to have you here!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    We offer volunteers the opportunity to experience life on a farm in a Bulgarian village, while being near enough to Varna to also enjoy city life on your time off.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    Most of the tasks at our farm are with the animals.

    Alongside helping with the animals there are varied things to get involved with, including;

    - Planting trees, bushes and other plants to develop our new food forest

    -Setting up and improving permaculture systems; landscaping, composting and helping on the veg gardens

    - Eco-building: setting up grey water storage and irrigation system for the organic gardens

    - Building a natural outdoor kids playground with balance beams, ropes, mud kitchen, water features

    - Building a guinea pig village

    -Making preserves and pickles from farm produce

    - Re-purposing recycled materials around the farm

    - Building and maintaining animal enclosures and houses

    -Repairs and improvements to living areas

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bulgarian: Fluent
    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent

    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

    Accommodation

    We live on site with our friendly pets - 3 dogs and 3 cats. Our dog Oscar loves playing ball and will be your best friend the whole time you are here! Volunteer accommodation is in a caravan or hut on site. We offer hot shower, washing machine, wifi, hammocks for resting in the shade. Breakfast and lunch are DIY in the volunteers kitchen, and we share cooking for dinner.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our farm is set on the side of a hill in a beautiful valley with open countryside for hiking (and taking the dogs for a walk). Its 10 mins walk to the village with shops, cafe, post office etc. There is a reliable bus service that takes you to Varna in 20 mins, where you can go to the beach with great beach bars, nightlife, shops, roman ruins etc.

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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