Have an adventure helping out on our ostrich farm and petting zoo near Varna, Bulgaria




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  • Description


    We are an English couple who left London to begin a crazy adventure building an ostrich farm in Bulgaria. 8 years on, and now with 2 kids (7 and 3 years old) we have an established ostrich farm and a petting zoo with lots of animals (Emu's, giant rabbits, guinea pigs, mini goats, turkeys, geese, ducks and an aviary of exotic birds). In the summer months we are a popular tourist destination for summer schools, groups and families from Varna.

    We have been a host farm through another website for the last 5 years, which we love. Last year we also decided to join the Workaway network.

    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 about farming life.

    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 we are mostly caring for animals. We can guarantee you will never be bored here and if you can contribute, you will find yourself a valued member of our team.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

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

  • Help


    Most of the tasks at our farm is with the animals:
    Feeding and caring for the ostriches, and all the animals in the petting farm.

    In the spring and summer we will be collecting eggs for incubation, hatching and raising baby ostrich chicks.

    Alongside working with the animals there are varied tasks to get involved with, including;

    - Repairs and updates to farm buildings

    - Designing and building a natural outdoor kids playground with balance beams, ropes, mud kitchen, water features

    - Helping out with open days and kids tours

    - Building a guinea pig village

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

    - re-purposing recycled materials around the farm
    - Setting up permaculture systems and helping on the veg gardens
    - Building and maintaining animal enclosures and houses
    - Planting lucerne (alfalfa) and clover feed beds

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Greek, Bulgarian

  • 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 workers 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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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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