Help us build our house ad make a garden at the Ida mountains, western Turkey

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Turkey

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    08/10/2021

 
  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Come and join us up at the mountains where we are surrounded by oaks, pines, mullberries and more, listen to the songs of the birds and crickets, enjoy the company of chickens, cats, dogs and bees, get your hands muddy plastering walls and making seed balls :)

    *** We are looking for people that can stay at least for a few weeks and be a part of the organisation of the work. We want to have a balanced division of labor and for you to be the responsible executer of your help. ***

    Hello traveller! Welcome to our land. Following our years in a communal life in an ecovillage, we have recently moved as a couple to this beautiful village and we need hands and hearts to support us to build our house, garden walls/fences and outdoor leisure areas using hand tools.

    We love being in the nature, working with our hands, making music, sharing our experiences and ideas about living in a collective, building a life that is respecting the world around us, creating spaces that nourish the people and the nature. We need to nourish our bodies and souls as well so we need help with cooking, artistic explorations, singing, moving our bodies, playing games and meditating. Also our old car needs some love and care, if you know about cars, she would appreciate it ;)

    We mostly eat vegetarian (aside from occasional sustainably caught fish for omega3) it is okay if you are not, but vegetarian diet is what we support in our land, and we would be glad if you join us with that.

    Main accomodation will be tents and camper vans while we are building the house. There is a room in the house we are renting right now so you can stay when it is too rainy or cold and you can shower there (yay hot water) as well. It is not available for long term accomodation since we live with our landlords and they prefer to have the place less crowded.

    Every Wednesday we go downtown for shopping and socializing. The nearest town is 30kms away.

    There are many similar minded people living in other villages that are closeby, that we meet, share, play and work together. We also have friends that are soon joining us in the village to bring a communal dream to life: Creating a large foodforest ecosystem and restoring the old school building to transform it into a cultural hub!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    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

    We love what we are doing here and we like to share what we know. We also encourage you to share what you bring with yourself. You can join activities like hugging, trekking, music jams, meditation, painting, yoga, mushroom hunting, gardening during your time off.

    We are learning Italian and Swedish, so if you know either of them and interested in teaching we appreciate your contributions!

    We love making music together, so if you have any instrument please bring whatever you have and join our jams :) We play trumpet and ukulele and we have some more instruments that you can try.

    We also have some painting supplies and some art projects in hand (and mind) so bring your paints, brushes and skills with you if you can!

    Depending on the season, weather and our motivation we make wine, beer, sour dough bread, water kefir. We can share what we know and we can ask you to help us with what we are doing.

    We love hunting wild mushrooms, growing mushrooms. You can be part of these activities as well, of course all these activities are seasonal.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Help us with building our home! Bring in your hands and your heart! There is a job for everyone and the more the merrier! :) You can bring your child and/or pet if you want, they are all welcome )as long as your pets are not interested in our chickens :))

    Main tasks:

    Cooking - the most important task! Keeping everyone well fed and happy. We have a vegetarian and dairyfree diet so please be prepared to cook and eat in that way. We prefer not to have meat cooked, you can bring dairy products if you want. On Wednesdays in the town you can have your dose of meat if you really need it :)

    Landscaping/Gardening - Cleaning vines, making fences, preparing and caring for the garden

    Carpentry - Roof, floors, furniture, doors

    Plumbing - Indoor water systems, vermicompost toilet system, outdoor toilet and plumbing

    Masonry - Building brick walls, stone walls, roads etc.

    Plaster - Dirt sifting, mixing, plastering

    Car mechanics - Our car, a mitsubishi l-300 (her name is Bishi, not that creative but we love it ;)) needs some love and care, there are some rust spots on her hood and she have some minor mechanical issues (like the auto windows not working properly) and some bigger issues (one of the doors is not closing properly). So if you have any experience on working with vehicles, that would be more than welcomed.

    Help is done on a voluntary basis so you can take time for yourself, we believe that the best work comes when you feel good :) That being said we wish our volunteers to share the workload so around 4-5 hours of help a day should be expected. During the summer time to avoid overheating, we start early in the morning around 8ish, eat some fruits and work till midday to take a break between 12:30 to 16:30 (eat and have some free time) and work again between 16:30 -19:30. If you don't want to be a part of building projects, you can help us with cooking or gardening or something else that we can decide together.

    We have a small seed bank and we would be immensely happy if you bring your favourite plant's seeds to share with us. We can also share with you what we have :)

    If you want to join us please contact us and provide your full name, date of arrival, your travel situation (due to COVID-19 we need to know your itinary and health situation) your skills/ interests and how long you plan to stay as far in advance as you can.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent
    Swedish: Intermediate
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Primary accomodation is tents and own means (van). We can find a few tents but if you can bring your tent, it would be great. Long term volunteers will be prioritised if the rental house is available for stays.

    The rental house has its own bathroom and shower that you can use for warm showers. There is also an outdoor cooking area available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    How to get here
    We are located in Osmaniye village that lies in between two towns, Çan and Bayramiç (Provinces of Çanakkale).

    On a wednesday we can pick you up from Bayramiç since it is our shopping day. Take a bus to Çanakkale (6-7hrs from İstanbul) and a bus to Bayramiç from Çanakkale. We can meet at the center of Bayramiç. You can use Truva Turizm, Pamukkale, Kamilkoç for the trip.

    On any other day take a bus to Çan (Kamilkoç is the only company) and from there take a minibus to Bayramiç (Starts at 9 and ends at 17 everyday so plan the first bus accordingly). Tell the driver that you will be getting off at Yaniklar Village intersection. Now you are 9kms away from the village! :) From there you can hitchike or we can pick you up.

    Facilities
    The nearest small shop is 7 km away from the village. We will provide food so you don't need to worry about that but if you have special requirements, you need to take care of them yourself. We will be visiting the market every Wednesday where you can get what you need.

    Internet
    We have decent internet

    Expenses
    We have a gift box to cover the expenses of internet and gasoline. It is donation based.

    Looking forward to meeting you!

  • 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

    We are also freelancing online so we have a decent connection for uploads,downloads and video chats in the rental house

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is a roadside parking space to host a caravan that is not directly on the land

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    As long as your pets are not interested in our chickens, we love them :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Host ref number: 882285146174