Help us develop alternative solutions for a changing world in Elena, Bulgaria

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  • Description

    Description

    Здравейте! Bonjour! Hej! Hello! Hallo!
    If you are looking for a place to prepare for the world that is being shaped right now, this it it!
    Freedom, resilience, independence, common sense, peace, honesty, integrity, trust, humour are some values we share and strive to keep from going extinct. It takes courage, mental and physical strength, determination, patience, empathy, focus and humility: but it is worth it.
    We are not trying to get the most likes on Facebook or the record of smiles on Instagram.
    We are not trying to be cool, or original, or trying anything at all!
    We just do the things we need, and the things we like, and make sure we can keep doing them on the long term.
    It involves growing food, building and maintenance, taking care of animals, playing music, doing sports, hiking, watching movies, discussing topics and new ideas... developing a plan B for the long term, which involves no more electricity, internet, gasoline, tap water...
    Without ideology, without taking sides, just with our good old common sense and a sense of humour!
    We strive for balance between the old, traditional ways, and the modern comfort.
    If you wish to take a break from the insane pace of the modern world, if you like to do real, meaningful stuff, if you like to be among humans, animals and nature, if you want to help and be helped, confront life, yourself and others without denial or correctness, and if you are looking for a place to build your own resilient future, please do not hesitate to contact us!
    We are a bunch of really kind people living in a small Bulgarian village, with nature all around. All of us are very different, but we share these values mentioned above. But most of all, we want freedom, and peace.
    We speak many languages and there are many, many different things to do around.
    There is space for short and long stays, and even some houses and land plots for sale... ;-)
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Pierre & Co

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    Just from the fact that we are Bulgarian, French, Swedish from different generations and backgrounds gathered in one place makes it really enriching.
    Also the Bulgarian countryside is very unique by the peace, safety, freedom, and inspiration it provides.
    The Bulgarian people are such warm-hearted, communicative and honest that they cannot leave you indifferent...
    We all have lots of stories, lots of ideas and lots of questions... and lots of time for exchange and share. Time for being here and now, time, this precious, almost extinct luxury...

  • Help

    Help

    - Cutting trees, gathering and cutting wood, mulching branches, making compost, scything, making hay;
    - Building furniture and other woodworking tasks;
    - Maintenance and organizing of tools, putting buildings in order;
    - Taking care of chickens, sheep and in the future horses;
    - Taking care of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, fruit trees, picking fruits and mushrooms;
    - Cooking meals, processing and conserving food;
    - Developing alternative solutions to short-term modern standards;
    - Helping the elderly and neighbours in the village;
    - Playing music, watching movies, playing board games, shooting the bow, playing football and boxing, discuss things around a nice drink... :-)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bulgarian: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We all love languages here! It would be wonderful to add more to our list!

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There is a guest room in our comfortable house, we are also planning to have a caravan in the yard so it can host people. We can also free a room in our second house just on the other side of the street.
    Meals will be shared, we will organize it on the spot, we're real easy and generous, and it's really no matter demanding complex solutions!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a car that we share with our neighbour, we do not use very much so it will be at your disposal when it's available!
    The closest town, Elena, is very pretty and calm, and about 15 minutes away. There is also a village down the road with a small store for basic products. The nearest city, Veliko Tarnovo, is about 35 minutes away, and is magnificent.

    The forest and (low) mountain is just down the street so there is a lot of hiking around, fishing, mushroom and fruit picking, bathing (river and dam), we have bikes, bows, punching bag, an air rifle, music instruments, art material, woodworking tools and machines, and hopefully soon even horses!
    Every Sunday morning we go the the local food market and then we play a bit of football for fun! Needless to say, boring does not belong to our vocabulary.

  • 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

    I (Pierre) am personally working online for a call center, so does one neighbour, and we actually have 2 available internet connections that are pretty decent. One of them is actually very good considering the location.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is plenty of space to park around!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This is probably easier to discuss case by case!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    A half day of work, 5 days a week seems fair. We are very, very easy and flexible.





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