Help growing trees and build a family camp in our ecovillage in Kovalevka village, Russia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We're a family of 4 people: Vladimir (38), Julia (31) and our two kids. We live in an ecovillage, re-inhabiting 5 abandoned villages, wich were abandoned for almost 30 years. Since 2012, on this land we're building a new ecovillage ). We have a lake near us (1 km), young forests, a national park (4 km), no big cities (30+ km).

    Our family is mostly into growing trees, biodiversity and community building. We have 4 ha of land (10 acres) on which we have a tree nursery where we grow hundreds to thousands of trees yearly, plant them nearby and sell some.

    We also grow some vegetable to feed ourselves and our helpers. But we're not a sustainable farm and we don't grow all our food — we mostly buy it, because it saves us some time to work with the trees. We plan to become sustainable in the future, but we're farm from there yet.

    In 2019, our top priorities are tree care and building a family camp. When we're done, we'd like to set up two trails 5 and 13 km long, a botanical garden, a large playground for local children. We'll also do occasional farm keeping and construction work at our community site and neighbors, harvest herbs, berries and mushrooms, etc. If you like animals, we families with goats, cows, birds and a horse, who'd love to get your help.

    That's what we do and need help with. Planting trees, growing some vegetables, cleaning up forests, construction work, etc. If that sounds interesting — welcome! We will let you know everything we know about growing trees, permaculture and (almost) autonomous living. We speak English, but if you're learning Russian, we'd be glad to help.

    We're a last minute host also. If you have a Russian visa, but your host changed their plans -- feel free to come to us. We're open from April to September.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • 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

    Many people visit us, all with different backgrounds. They learn agriculture and permaculture specifically, learn about growing trees and forests, and teach each other whatever they know, like irish dancing, performing with poi or how to make a bow yourself.

  • Help


    Pplanting and nursing trees, building a family camp. Construction, farm keeping.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a campsite where helpers stay. We have a tiny earthbag house where 4 helpers can sleep, a patio like common space with a kitchen and a fireplace, some wooden tents. If you have a tent, please take it with you (and a sleeping bag and whatever else is needed). We provide vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner (3 meals a day), days off as needed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a lake near us (1 km), a national park (4 km), Sebezh (an old small town) in 30 km, Belarus in 15 km, Latvia in 50 km.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our hostel burned down on June 18th, 2017. We're building a new one now.
Planting tree seeds and mulching.
English oaks, 2 years old.
Preparing clay for a small building.
Ginkgo tree seedling.

Host ref number: 824565478613