Welcome to our profile. We hope you'll take a minute or two to read it thoroughly and we hope to hear from you soon, as we are looking for immediate volunteers before winter sets in 😊
The Property & Us
We are mother and adult daughter who bought 5 hectares of land in an abandoned village in the spring 2021. The property is mainly forest/overgrown for 30+ years and there are no house or buildings, yet. We envision a place where we live in harmony with God's word and the nature around us. We are a Bible believing family and our daily life and our vision for this place are based on our biblical beliefs and calling - This being said, we do not expect you to share the same viewpoint as us, but kindly ask that you respect our beliefs while staying at our place.
We want to live sustainable, grow our own garden, raise our own meat and take care of the nature around us. Everything here is off-grid, with water from our own well/rainwater and solar powered electricity, therefore, the electricity is also limited at the moment - you can charge your phone without problem.
Our property is located remotely - 6km down a forest road, which means we live 6km from the nearest paved road and any form of transport (or cross through the forest by foot and shorten the road with a few kilometres). From there, there’s around 5km to the nearest town, Glina. In Glina you will find a collection of local shops and a nice café street in centrum, and a good local pizzeria who make a mean kebab, but nothing big. There’s 70km to the capital city Zagreb and 50km to Sisak. There are buses in either direction.
We are surrounded by forest and wild nature, therefore, it’s important that you feel comfortable and can live without being surrounded by people (nearest neighbour is 1.5 km away), things to see, places to go and modern day technology. There's plenty to do here in the nature, but we expect that you can "entertain" yourself in your free-time, as we won't always have time to chat or hang out, due to our own work. We will, at best, try to accommodate several workawayers at once, so there are more people to interact with during your stay, but this cannot be guaranteed.
We currently have two goats, two horses (one in training for carriage driving), two dogs and three cats.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
We are not Croatians ourselves so, unfortunately, we can't give you an insight into the Croatian culture per se, but this is a great place to have some "you-time" in nature. You'll get the opportunity to work with different projects and try your hand at many things, depending on how long you stay 😊
Right now we have a couple of projects planned out and preferably to be completed before winter. We don't have a plan for what to do everyday of the week, but work according to our power and what the weather permits. The current projects are as following.
- Compost toilet and shower house
- Dry paddock and winter shed for our two horses
- Natural wood fence around the camp
Besides the above there are also everyday chores like watering and feeding the animals, etc.
You will have a caravan at your disposal, or a camping hammock equipped with mosquito net and rain-cover, if you feel adventurous. If there are more workawayers at once, we will provide accommodation in a shared 5m/diameter canvas tent, as it allows for more beds and space. There are heating for the cold nights.
Workawayers get their own chemical camping toilet for shared use, until the compost toilet is ready.
We cook meals together and we do cook with diary products and meat (not a lot of meat, maybe twice a week), and are currently not able to host vegans. We can work around a vegetarian diet, but we do use eggs and diary products.
If you would like to come and join us for a minimum of 4 days, please send a personal message with a few details about you and your travel dates.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
You're welcome to bring along a dog, but it should be friendly towards other dogs and people, and not bark all day and night. If the dog has a tendency to chase cat's, we will ask you to keep it in a leash, so our cat's are not stressed at their own home (they play around a lot and will run away from dogs they don't know).
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week