This is Sebastian and Anamaria.
We own two rural properties within the most western Romanian county, Timis county. One of them is currently in use (and that's where we can welcome visitors), while the second one is a house built in the 1950's and never used since. It needs heavy renovations.
We are now, planning to renovate this former farm house that used to belong to our grandparents and start a small animal farm there.
Visiting us could give you a nice opportunity to experience rural Romania and at the same time, due to the proximity of some very interesting urban sites close by, you'd have the chance to visit Timisoara - 55 km away. (There is a daily bus to and from Timisoara while we can also help you, either finding you rides towards the city or drive you ourselves, sometimes). The city of Vršac in Serbia is 125 km South while the city of Szeged in Hungary is 160 km West, away of our location.
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Are you into earthing, forrest bathing, stars gazing ? If so, how about enjoying nature in a Romanian village close to both the Serbian and Hungarian border ?
If so, we are happy to welcome you!
Fairy tale setting with lots of green pastures, deep forests, tranquility and clean air.
We are looking for volunteers who can stay two weeks or more ( starting September 2019), in the commune of Bogda, Timis County, Romania ( a rural settling, documented since 1415).
Both of us have been visiting quite a lot of the EU member countries (more than 50% of them) while Sebastian has also spent more than a year in Asia on a one year study program ( public policy). We are both able to speak English; being Latin we are also able to understand lots of Italian, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Anamaria is also able to speak Spanish.
Timisoara, the largest city close-by, is about to be EU's cultural capital for the year of 2020 while it's also the Romanian city that has sparkled the change of regime upon the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.
- You will need to sign a Volunteer Agreement.
- Hours: approx. 5 hours a day.
- The minimum stay is 2 weeks and can be extended to multiple weeks, if mutually agreed.
- You will be assigned (daily) tasks to perform in accordance with your capacities, but individuals capable of understanding a project and completing it through, without being guided at each and every move are highly preferred. We are looking for people who can do daily physical tasks, as part of the farm restoration project we have in mind.
Primary work shall consist of redesigning the house and the barns for animals. (as such, any of some: brickwork, carpentry, plumbing, electric engineering, etc. skills would be more than welcome),
- Also, sometimes, there is work to be done in the house and the garden, so we are looking for people who love nature and enjoy working in nature, doing tasks (besides construction) such as, keeping the job site clean and organized, helping in our gardens, with herbs, fruits and vegetables, planting, weeding, seeding, harvesting or even, at times, cooking. If needed, cleaning the sleeping place and bathroom spaces may be added to the tasks involved.
Food provisions shall be offered for the whole period of your stay, so that you can invest all of your energy into helping us finish the renovation project of the house :) (sometimes, we might have time to even cook it for you, but sometimes you'll have to cook for yourself).
Note: depending on the tasks assigned (depending on the time of the year), also on the skills of the workawayer(s) and , of course, on the details of the agreement discussed, some pocket money may be offered.
The space we currently can offer consists of a house composed of:
- 3 rooms arranged as sleeping rooms (2 of the rooms with two-seater folding couches and 1 room with a double bed for couples);
- one bathroom (bathing tub & hot water included);
- one tiny kitchenette (fridge, sink with running hot water and gas stove included)
Considering the house' layout, the biggest number of workawayers welcomed simultaneously would be 4 persons (either 2 couples, either one couple and two single persons).
The workawayers shall have to use the bathroom and the kitchenette as a shared space.
We do have Satellite TV, but the area has no mobile coverage for the moment, nor internet. (for mobile coverage, one needs to walk some 1 km away from our house).
Outdoor BBQ area is also available.
Should you decide to visit us:
- the village is located 55 km North-East of Timisoara, so Timisoara it's really accesible,
- Lipova/Radna is 4o km away, as well with the Soimos stronghold, dating back from 1278,
- Charlottenburg, the only round-shaped village in Romania ( placed by the country’s Culture Ministry on the list of historical monuments) is only 7 km away,
- if you're lucky you might also attend one of the many parties during the spring/summer organized at 'The Village'
- should your stay prolongs with us, we might even be able to offer you a small one-room apartment in Timisoara to spend some weekends there, whenever you feel like you miss the city life, but that all depends, on both the timing of your arrival as well as on your intentions.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week