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We are an artist couple (Englishman/Dutch wife) who live on our hobby farm in Bulgaria. We are developing our land and properties and invite volunteers to come help us. Couples or people travelling together are preferred.
rural, basic living, wood stove heating, little village, be in nature, dog lovers, animal lovers (we have dogs, a pet pig, two sheep and chickens), bird watching, physically fit, non smokers, used to keep a clean environment, healthy living, permaculture, gardening, sculpture, painting, yoga, early to bed & early risers, enjoy cooking, independent, modest with alcohol.
We are considerate, casual people. We ask for around 20-25 hours help a week. Times depends the weather and what else is happening. We will tackle jobs together and we also encourage you to help independently.
We are a married couple of professional International Master Sand sculptors. Remy is Dutch, Paul is from UK. We organize big sand sculpture events all over the World. Often leading a big team of International artists. We are used to guiding a team of people through projects, Paul is the team captain, he leads from the front with the work to be done, hands on. And Remy is an experienced and considered 'team mom'; keeping everyone in her care happy & healthy. She loves sharing her knowledge about edible plants, gardening, health, yoga, well anything really: she is omni talented.
When we do not travel the world for our sand art projects, we charge our batteries on our rural farm in Bulgaria. We love the outdoor life with our animals. Apart from permaculture and becoming self sufficient we are into meditation, yoga and self study. We make our own wine, jam, pickles etc with produce from our hobby vegetable garden.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Computers/ Internet
Live in nature, bird watching (owls live under the roof!), walks. Learn about permaculture, growing food and identifying edible plants in the garden. Experience rural life; observe and participate in the self sustaining life of the locals. They are very friendly and happy to share their extensive knowledge. They have been very welcoming to our previous International Workaway guests. One lady in the local shop speaks Spanish and is happy to chat with Spanish speaking guests, she loved the Latin American couples.
We ourselves make our own preservatives and wine etc.
There are are seven man made mounts of the Mount-builders around the village.
The bigger cities Stara Zagora and Plovdiv are a train journey away; they have lots of history and musea there. Examples are the Roman remains & the oldest Neolithic settlement in Stara Zagora. In the stunningly beautiful old city of Plovdiv you can find the best preserved ancient amphitheater in Europe.
On Friday there is a local market in the small village of Chirpan, a 30 minute train ride away. The indoor market in Stara Zagora, 30 minute train ride in opposite direction, operates every day.
We ask for around 20-25 hours help a week. Times depends on the weather and what else is happening. We will tackle projects together and we also encourage you to help independently.
No specific skill set needed; but you must be able and fit to do physical help with us; carry, lift, saw, rake, shovel etc. Scouts, carpenters and maintenance experts are encouraged to apply 😊
Upcoming Winter projects:
Create a natural fence with branches. Placing poles for the fence (making holes, mixing cement). Clear and create camping spots. Cut firewood logs with chainsaw. General clean up in the garden. Light building; general maintenance on the guesthouse you’ll be staying in. Varnishing outside furniture. We also plan to create earth and cement sculptures once the garden is under control.
This host offers a language exchange
We are up for improving our Bulgarian, Spanish, French and German. We speak English and Dutch fluent and are happy to practice these languages with you.
We have a guest house next to our house for volunteers. Suitable for two couples. The house is a work in progress, but upstairs there are two comfortable finished rooms with wood burners and a communal room. The green room has a big stove type wood burner that is also an oven. Some wonderful pizzas came of of this stove!
The communal, beach themed, room has basic kitchen facilities; fridge, water cooker, coffeemaker, toaster, electric cooker. In the kitchen area there is a big cubboard with all the basic (vegan) ingredients, for you to cook and bake with. There is a sitting area in a sunny bay window with lovely garden views where you can have your meals.
We made it cosy and comfortable and expect our guest to keep it at least as clean as they found it. Making improvements to the guesthouse is encouraged 😊.
We have 25000 Square meters of ground, suitable for camping. With several small forests on our private, fenced off lands. You can pitch your tent, borrow a tent of us or park your (camper)van, if you are into the outdoor close to nature experience. 🌳
A functioning shower and toilet are situated downstairs via outdoor steps. There is also the old kitchen with sink. These facilities are old and basic.
There is WiFi on the porch and sometimes in the corner of the yellow room.
Use of our washing machine.
Cook/prepare your own meals.
We provide a fully stocked kitchen in the guesthouse. With all the (vegan) basic ingredients for you to prepare, cook and bake your own meals with. It helps if you are into cooking and creating meals from scratch, or willing to learn this.
In addition, you can buy your own specific (dietary) ingredients in the three basic village shops in Mihajlovo. Or in the bigger (health food) shops in Stara Zagora or Chirpan.
We will have the occasional meal together and we are interested in learning your cooking techniques. Especially bread and pizza techniques from all over the world.
We eat healthy food, and believe in nutrition above pharmaceuticals.
The village Mihajlovo, district Stara Zagora (Михайлово, област Стара Загора, postcode 6051) has a train station with good connections. There are several trains a day to Stara Zagora, Chirpan, Dimitrovgrad, Yambol and Plovdiv. One direct train a day to Sofia (capital), one to Burgas (black sea cost), one towards Veliko Tarnovo (the spectacular, beautiful old capital).
Our house is a nice 20 minute walk away from the station.
For train schedules check bdz.bg site
Flights into Bulgaria 🇧🇬: the big airports are Sofia, Varna and Burgas. The closest but smallest airport is Plovdiv. From the airport you can take the airport bus to the city centre train station, and from there train(s) to our village.
The village, named after St Michael, lays between the cities Stara Zagora (25 km away, 6th largest city in Bulgaria) and Chirpan. In our small rural village we have 3 shops, a post office and two folkloric dance parties a year (3 March and October). The village is surrounded by rolling hills, agricultural land and small forests with lots of wildlife, we even have a fishing lake and a larger lake at walking distance. It’s beautiful, we love to walk for hours with our dogs through the fields. In the village itself it’s like in the ‘50’s; the locals have more donkey carts then cars and are mostly self sufficient. We buy a lot of local produce such as honey, rakia (local brandy), grain etc. We find it super interesting to watch the villagers do their daily tasks and we learn from their knowledge every day!
Come with us and the dogs on walks, or take a look around yourself. Sit in the guesthouse garden, in a hammock, listening to the birds. Make a little fire in the fire pit, watch the splendid starry night sky. Watch the bats and owls; we have owls living under our roof!
Optional morning yoga with Remy.
Read; we have a extensive library with books on many interesting subjects. We also have a collection of movie DVD’s to watch, bring your own laptop.
Walk through the village, meet the locals and their livestock; there is always something interesting happening here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There will be plenty of time for you to study and work online. There is a weak WiFi signal in the corner of your spacious (yellow) double room. There is a little work table set up for you. You’ll have a stronger WiFi signal on the porch of the guesthouse and a good WiFi signal on a bench in front of our house. You can always buy a local Bulgarian SIM card with data and create your own signal of course. Other online nomads, who stayed in our guesthouse, did buy local data. The telecom suppliers with the strongest signals in our village are Telenor and A1.
We have lots of space and a nice campfire place where you can cook by the fire if you like. The starry nights here are amazing!
Our dogs are friendly to visitor dogs. Our dogs live outside, the guesthouse is not suitable for a dog indoors (allergies for hairs). But your dog is invited to join our dogs, they have beds in waterproof area’s. We keep our chickens and sheep away from dogs with a big fenced off area. When you bring your dog, please don’t let it run around free, on our land and in the village; most villagers have chickens and other sensitive livestock roaming around. The rule is; if your dog is a ‘hunter’ or ‘chaser’ of livestock, please keep it contained/on a leach at all time. For playtime the dog can join our dogs in one of our two huge enclosed area’s. We love dogs! All animals for that matter ♥️
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. In total 20-25 hours a week. We can be flexible on helping hours and days depending on projects.
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