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Grab a coffee or a glass of wine and make yourself comfortable as we introduce ourselves :)
Do you have a minimum of 3 weeks to help us ????
For those of you who need to be out of the Schengen Zone Croatia is still part of the European Union but not yet Shengen.
Covid has brought with it some challenges, we have been trying to keep this in mind when hosting we have had our full vacinations. We will be choosing people who are happy to comply with Covid rules as needed. Due to the quick changes and cancelled flights we are only booking in workawayers a maximum of a month ahead.
We are a down to earth, friendly and at times very loud family of 4 - Mikki (an Aussie) my husband Nikša (Croatian and not home very often as he is at sea) and our 2 teenage sons Jon (21) and Jak (20) living in the Župa valley just 15 minutes drive south from Dubrovnik.
We speak English and Croatian.
PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW - IT IS IMPORTANT !!
We will welcome you not just into our home but our family, so please think about this before applying :)
After years of Hosting we are very experienced with our exchange and would like both sides to get the most out of our time together. So we give quite a detailed description of ourselves and our needs.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL PLEASE LETS ANSWER THEM BEFORE YOU AGREE TO JOIN US :) :)
We would like you to be aware that we eat meat and prefer to not be lectured on this ;) ;)
Although 90% of Croatia is of the Catholic faith, we loosely follow some of the traditions, Xmas, Easter and the many public holidays.
Mikki is not religious and will not be converted to ANY :) :).
Our family MOTTO- Treat people the way you would like to be treated!
Our home does not discriminate, we will not tolerate abusive or violent behavior under any circumstances.
Alcohol on a social level, we prefer non smokers but if you must be aware that smoking is strictly OUTSIDE, NOT DURING WORK TIME and NOT around Non Smokers.
We are surrounded by mountains with the Ivanica border to Bosnia Herzegovina just 8 minutes drive away, 8 minutes drive to Srebreno beach and 40 minutes drive to Montenegro.
I love to find new places around the area and also taking trips further afield so you could be included in these trips.
Accommodation and food:
BY CROATIAN LAW WE MUST REGISTER YOUR STAY SO YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PASSPORT OR TRAVEL IDENTIFICATION, we will be paying your daily taxes BUT you must have adequate travel insurance or be prepared to pay for any medical/dental emergencies.
ACCOMODATION - on the bottom floor of the family home with a seperate entrance.
There is a single bedroom with 2 single beds with access to a very small terrace, a bathroom with shower, toilet, you have the use of a small self contained kitchen with fridge,oven, hotplates and microwave and access to a washing machine (we do not provide washing powder).
We provide linen, towels and beach towels. You will be provided body shower gel and hand wash all other toiletries eg hygiene, hair products, moisturizer you must provide.
The front of the apartment is a work area, which will generally not be used after 7pm or before 7am unless it is an emergency.
There is no lounge area, the kitchen and bathroom must be kept clean and tidy at all times.
Your bedroom does have a key, for your peace of mind.
FOOD - (We provide basics of pantry supplies for 2 people for 1 month) - 2x vegetable oil, 2x plain flour, 4x pasta, 2x plain rice, salt, pepper, 2x instant coffee/turkish coffee, 2x black tea, 2x white sugar, , 3x corn flakes or oats breakfast cereal and 1 tub Honey.
WEEKLY - 2 x litre milk, 1 pack butter, 2 x loaves of sliced bread and 1 pack of our eggs.
Vegetables are provided from the garden or purchased from supermarket ONLY in season fruits and vegetables - NO AVOCADO, TROPICAL FRUITS, ASIAN FRUITS OR VEGETABLES, NUTS or anything out of season.
Meat - 2 small mixed mince, 2 small pack Chicken pieces, 2 x serving fish
(the remainder of food supplied will be agreed upon as to self catering or eating with the family upon your arrival)
If you have special dietary needs you will need to purchase those things yourself.
Gluten Free, Vegan basics such as dry lentils, quinoa, almond flour and any supplements are expensive here and we do not provide them.
Cleaning products will be supplied to keep your area clean, you are sharing the Kitchen with the workspace so it must be kept spotless at all times, this also includes the bathroom area.
Please have a toiletries bag as your personal products can not be on display.
You are expected to wash your linen weekly and keep the area in the spotless and hygienic state that you were provided.
We have a large garden and there is always a quiet spot to sit, we have an outdoor summer kitchen area with a pizza oven you are welcome to use provided you clean up and keep the area maintained and restocked.
We are happy to take you shopping to the supermarket each week.
There is a small bakery within a 5 minute walk which is open daily from 6am until 1pm.
If you a have a car or bike we provide off street parking.
The beach is within a pleasant walking distance.
Household cleaning including windows, ovens, kitchens, vacuuming, cleaning and mopping all tiled surfaces, toilets, bathrooms, washing and ironing, decluttering, reorganizing, moving and restoring furniture.
There will be some cooking or assisting with meal preparations.
Help with shopping and putting it away.
Maintaining the cleanliness of the workshop area, helping with organising and packing away.
Social media/website/computer work.
The gardens are divided into areas, each have common and specific tasks.
COMMON- ALWAYS LOTS OF WEEDING, planting, picking and general clean up of areas.
There is a 50 tree developing Lemon Orchard, although reticulated some additional watering may be require during summer. Trimming and picking of lemons is mostly November - January
There is an extensive vegetable garden which requires pruning, picking and endless weeding. There are some reticulated areas but also daily watering during summer.
The general gardens including a small lawn, potted plants and garden beds need to be maintained.
This area includes Lavender, Rosemary and a variety of herbs which we dry.
Harvesting of fruits and olives in season, we have 4 other plots of land in the area which have olive and fruit trees.
We can not accept animals, no matter how well behaved yours are.
OUR LITTLE RASCAL IS UNPREDICTABLE AROUND OTHER ANIMALS
We have a family dog named Fox, the boys take care of his food and water he is an outside dog and sheds his coat ALL YEAR ROUND :(
He is also notorious for ESCAPING and has "played" with our neighbours chickens once too often so must never leave the yard without being on a lead.
If you would like to take him on walks, play with him you are more than welcome to outside of working time.
We have approximately 40 free range chickens and may include a couple of ducks in the future.
The chicken coop needs to be DRY CLEANED every day this means SIFTING THE COOP FLOOR OR MUCKING IT OUT, eggs need to be collected, water needs to be changed daily in the coop and outside, this includes brushing the containers before refilling. Food needs to be checked every second day.
Weekly the nests need to be emptied and reset and the coop needs to be cleaned and sprayed down with vinegar.
PROJECTS and OTHER TASKS:
Learn how to make beeswax food wraps to replace plastic and recycle old t-shirts for shopping bags.
Learn how to make natural food seasonings by dehydrating vegetables/herbs and assisting with making preserves, we also make our own eco friendly cleaning products.
Teach me how to use social media and how to use use my website.
Video and photography projects.
Painting of property walls.
Painting of interior walls.
So if you are up to some hard work we are open to making your stay happy and memorable.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
All throughout the year there are many cultural activities in the area.
We also make our own Rakija during the grape season, we preserve jams and vegetables.
We pick our olives and send them to the local process man, we also preserve some.
We make natural seasonings, from local produce.
Some of our family members and friends are Artisans and you will have the chance to watch them and even assist them when possible.
Our description on our profile is very detailed and clear, please read carefully.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FRONT SECTION OF YOUR ACCOMMODATION IS ALSO A WORK SPACE WE TRY OUR HARDEST TO NOT WORK IN THIS AREA AFTER 7PM OR BEFORE 7AM. SOMETIMES IT IS UNAVOIDABLE BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE.
The accommodation is clean, cool in summer and warm in winter.
There is wireless internet connection provided.
Although part of the family house it is separate and has its own entrance.
2 single beds with linens and towels.
We are an easy 20 minute walk to the beach, there are many walking/bike tracks around.
There are local busses to Dubrovnik and down to Cavtat it is currently 20 kuna each way and takes approximately 20 minutes to either place.
UBER or EKO taxis are available at reasonable rates.
There will be plenty of free time, we understand and appreciate your wanting to see as much as possible.
We will go out of our way to help you and provide you with great food so we would truly appreciate you putting in a solid work ethic.
If you are not prepared to work hard and are looking for a free place to party we are not what you are looking for.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have unlimited download and wireless connection to internet. There are times when the internet is slowed down especially in the evenings when everyone is home although disconnection is rare it does occur especially if there are strong storms about. During Covid I do not know if it is slower with everyone especially school kids being at home.
We have quite a large area at the back of the house which has fitted a large converted bus it is not under cover, there is an outside toilet close by.
5 hours/5 days. When the weather is unpredictable work hours may need to be split during the day. Should a job need to be completed which runs over the 5 hours that extra time will be returned.
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