Our community is a vibrant community for adults with mental disabilities in Sighnaghi municipality, Georgia. It is located 4-5 km away from the city Sighnaghi. It is a therapeutic residence that nurtures, supports, and celebrates the uniqueness of every individual. The community was founded 20 years ago and its final goal is to overcome the stigmatization of people with disabilities in Georgia. We pursue this goal mainly on a grass roots and regional level. We believe that providing a real, tangible example an integrated environment is of utmost importance in today’s Georgia. We have 16 staff members. 5 of them work in administration and technical support. The rest are caretakers for residents.
Our community consists of:
The household area, where 28 residents live in Three houses.
Social cafe, where we welcome guests, bake pastry and sell our handmade souvenirs.
We have following workshops:
WOOD SHOP − we make toys, chairs and tables for sale
WEAVING AND HANDICRAFTS − we do felting, weave natural cotton fabric on our own looms, make beads, earrings and other souvenirs.
FRUIT DRYING WORKSHOP − we make dried fruits and fruit leather from our own harvest for sale in the town. We plan on adding dried medicinal herbs and herbal teas.
GARDEN AND GREENHOUSE − we raise vegetables for our own use.
FARM -we have pigs and chickens
We are also active in art. We have a music ensemble, we do paining, theatrical performances with local youth, celebrations of holidays, excursions, joint photography exhibitions, etc.
Help with Computers/ Internet
Volunteers will get to know Georgian culture, Georgian traditional songs. You can take part in the excursions, outings, everyday social activities. We can share love and care.
We have organic garden, with vegetables and are looking for someone who could help several hours a day there. We are also in need of people who are skilled in carpentry, drying fruits, knitting, embroidering in the workshops. We have equipment in the which gives the possibility to realize different project. We would appreciate someone with creative ideas. We need some help in the garden, at the workshops, sometimes at the social cafe. We expect a volunteer to be responsible, respectful, tolerant and clean. Drinking and drugs are not allowed. If you smoke you can do it outside of the community area.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
Please contact them directly for more information.
Volunteer will have a separate room with shared bathroom and toilet. Volunteers will eat with residents three times a day. We eat meat, but there is possibility to offer vegetarian food. If you are vegan, you can cook your food in the kitchen, we provide the ingredients.
Our community is located outside of the city, 4-5 km. On your free time you can visit Sighnaghi, Bodbe Monastry, visit museums, go hiking. There are beautiful protected areas within 30 km.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week