Help us at a little farm in the countryside in Valga Parish, Estonia

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Estonia

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    27/10/2021

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Imbi and Andres and we've been living in the countryside with our two sons for 6 years. We have a small farmstead and enough land to grow food for ourselves. Our farmstead is in the southern part of Estonia 4.5 km from the Latvian border. The nature is beautiful of course.

    Our main goal is to develop our handicraft cottage and be strong community members. There's a video on youtube where you can see a bit of the surrounding nature: Tule kuidas tahad by Tulekuidastahad Valgamaa.

    We are experimenting with permaculture and hope to be someday as self-sufficient as possible. We have vegetable garden, goats, chicken, cats and a German Shepherd. Our food is 70% organically grown (more during the harvesting period, less in the winter and in the spring). We would like our food to be 100% organically grown and most of it from our garden. We use meat (rarely), dairy and eggs in our food.

    Besides growing our own food we are occupied with crafts and all kind of dealings with the farmstead. We've been teaching different crafts in workshops for years (e.g. wood crafts, pottery, glass, metal). We study and revive old crafts and other skills. We really appreciate traditional folk music, dance, culture.

    Our mother tongue is Estonian. Andres speaks Russian fluently, a little English, understands a bit German. Imbi speaks English fluently, a little Russian, understands very little German and French.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    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

    You can learn about Estonian culture, nature, living in the countryside, native crafts. We can teach you some basics in wood and birchbark crafts (e.g. carving a spoon, weaving a salt cellar).

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for short term volunteers and for long term volunteers (preferably a couple because our neighbour can offer one room for long term volunteers). One long term volunteer would be helping mainly Andres (e.g. with building projects, chopping wood, harvesting materials for crafts) and the other would be helping Imbi (e.g. gardening, cooking, housework).

    You might like being a volunteer with us if you want to try living a simple life in the countryside, if you like to work individually and with the family or other volunteers.

    Bigger projects:
    building traditional lath fence
    building a little guesthouse by permaculture principles (probably not this year anymore)
    insulating the main house
    starting with a new permaculture field
    new compost toilet

    Smaller projects:
    chopping, collecting and stacking firewood, harvesting natural materials for crafts, harvesting berries and mushrooms, canning food, smaller repair and building projects

    Daily tasks:
    taking care of animals, gardening, housework, cooking.

    Actually the list is endless when living in the countryside.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Estonian: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    German: 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

    Dry toilet outside. Water comes from a well. Washing in sauna (no running water for shower), clothes can be washed in the family laundry machine.

    Long term volunteer/volunteers(if a couple) have a private room in neighbour's house with their own entrance.

    Short term volunteer/volunteers can stay above our workshop.

    The meals can be arranged together (NB! we are not vegans and the food we buy is not yet 100% ecologically grown; we don't have coffee at home, please bring your own!)

    Wifi in the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Fishing, hiking, horse riding lessons, taking part in local social events, swimming in lakes/rivers.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

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