Learn about Estonian life and enjoy beautiful nature at our home in Elva

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Estonia

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  • Description

    Description

    A small house in a small town in a small country in Eastern Europe. Town where there is nothing to do - only beatutiful nature, 5 small lakes, bird song and four seasons. And wi-fi all around you (maybe not all around but in our house and free certainly). It's 25 km from a little wooden town - university-town Tartu with cinemas, theatres, art gallerys, pop-up caffees and there really is free wi-fi all around you. Transport by bus is free of charge!
    We live in a hundred year old wooden house - family with 2 middle-aged women, suave teenage girl, two dogs and a cat. We are friendly with bohemian vibe, like to meet new and friendly people. We are in the middle of renovating our house. We use natural/traditional/recycled materials as much as possible. There is a lot of different things to do. We can show you how to mix and use natural paint with pigments (egg, caseins etc), we can teach you how to make wallpaper. There is plastering, painting and a little woodwork inside.
    We have a bigger project in mind - to have a rocket stove heated floor outside under a dome. We are willing to learn tips and tricks and stuff about doing things differently.
    But if you aren't interested in serious projects like that you can teach us your language, cut grass, walk the dogs or play with our cat. You can go fishing (two of these lakes are at the centre of our town, one of them only 2 minutes walk) or go hiking with bicycles.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Estonians are considered to be quiet and reserved, ecpecially with new people. Maybe we are. Maybe not :D
    We are looking forward to meet new people from around the world with different kind of culture and are happy to learn everything new. Not only languages but cuisine, traditions, life styles etc.
    We love reading, photograhy and painting, bicycle trips and cooking, boardgames and entertaining friends.
    We have a lot of friends with different backrounds and skills and hobbies. One of our friends is a neighbour with exquisite collection of board games and we can book a 12 h gamenight with him :)

  • Help

    Help

    As mentioned above:
    *️️️️️️renovating - there is plastering, painting and a little woodwork inside and outside
    *️️️️️️rocket stove heated floor outside
    *️️️️️️exchange of knowledge, tips and tricks of eco-friendly/natural/historic renovating
    *️️️️️️learning about different cultures, languages
    *️️️️️️meeting new interesting people
    (you are welcome even if you don't know a thing about renovating or don't want to participate in doing this)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    estonian, russian, english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer you a private room with double bed. All other fascilities are shared.
    We eat everything but vegetarian cuisine is an option.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Elva is a town ment for nature lovers. Hiking trails, lakes, this is the finishing spot of Tartu marathon (cross-countyi skiing). Parks, lakes, river and even a forest inside our town makes it the best place for all kind of leisure and activities. If you want to see a bit more crowded places, then second largest city of Estonia - Tartu - is only 45 min trip by free busride from here. There is also a train station to go for longer trips to Valga or Tallinn or even Riga.

  • A little more information

    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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week or less

Lill, Jaile and one of our dogs
2015 our house before the renovation (we bought the house that other people may have demolished but it had the vibe and feeling that this is the one we want to live in)
This is the house now. After 4 years all major things are done, more than half of interiour work also done, but there is still a lot to do
Our livingroom in 2016
Part of our living room today
Milvi
Tuudur and Tont
One of the smallest of our 5 lakes - Jaanijärv
My favourite lake Umbjärv
Stream to our nearest lake Arbijärv (2 min walk)
Autumn near railway station
Winter and our shed
One of our previous projects in august 2018 - cupboards in our kitchen

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