Come and help with our small NGO and learn about the sustainable lifestyle in Võrumaa, Estonia

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  • Description

    Description

    **Sorry we are away working and fundraising 1st Nov 2019 - 5th April 2020**
    Write us for any other dates to see if we are home!


    Tere! we are a couple running a small NGO in the south of Estonia.

    We organise events and workshops to promote more sustainable living and environmental awareness. We currently do this from an old abandoned farm without a shower or running water. We are the right place if you love this simple life (if only in the warmer months). The only place to refresh/wash is the river who is usually quite cold! Be warned!

    We are working on making some sustainable solutions to provide a little more ease and comfort, but these will develop over the coming years. We are looking for adventurous volunteers who love to live close to nature.

    Our focus in 2020 is developing our site for more comfortable hosting of small groups for overnight workshops.
    The first priority is establishing the first stages of a 0.5 hectare food forest and some more food production in permaculture/nature inspired gardens. We also will be building something most of the time!

    Rea loves plants, trees, foraging, gardening, yoga, dancing and making pizza in the old bread oven in our home.
    Justin loves designing garden elements, eco-building and spending time in natural landscapes such as our place!
    Puri loves people and playing with her neighbour dogs and in the river. (1.5 year-old puppy)
    Pastinaak is a longhaired cosy and affectionate cat (age unknown)
    Osh-Tisch is funny grey kitten who likes to sleep on her face.

    The house and old barn sit next to the Piusa river in a landscape protection area. The block of land is 10 hectares, most of which is steep, rolling, forested valley-side rising above the river. Down by the house is a flowering natural meadow. And our garden and little field.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life here is a blend of traditional Estonian countryside life, with a some modern sustainable ideas here and there. Between us we have fairly wide experience in growing things and building things in more ecofriendly ways but we are by no means experts! These things seem to us best learnt by doing and sharing. Mostly we try to always do something a little new so we are always gaining new skills and experimenting. You might learn about foraging for mushrooms or building a green roof, all dependant on when you come, what we are up to, and what you would like to put your energies towards.
    Rea is an Estonian local so can give some language tips. Justin is still learning (not an Estonian)!

  • Help

    Help

    2020 plans...
    *Plants*
    Food forest planning and planting.
    More hugelkultur garden beds.
    Enlarging no-dig field
    Mushroom inoculation of living trees, stumps and trenches
    Foraging for forest foods and medicinal herbs

    *Building* (If some funding applications come through we will attempt all, if not we will do what we can)

    Yoga platform
    Outdoor kitchen
    Timber framing repairs to barn
    Insulating ceiling of house
    Building second composting toilet
    Fencing
    Chicken house

    *Maintenance/General*
    Mowing with scythe
    Firewood cutting and stacking
    Cooking
    Painting signs
    Playing with Puri
    Gardening

    Random tasks around the farm area and river....

    If you have any talents or skills you would like to use please let us know. So we can plan our time together somewhat.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Estonian, some Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    For now we ask that you bring a tent and camp in the meadow near the house. We hope that soon (maybe with your help!) we can clean out the attic area above our one room house and make sleeping space there. We also have a mosquito-proof hammock up in the forest for the single and adventurous!
    We have plenty of spare blankets.

    *Food*

    Our household avoids eating any meat or dairy from the store/mass production. Most of our fresh food comes from our garden, friends gardens or the forest. We don't cook meat but at times fish appears. Our daily diet is usually vegan friendly.
    If you want something other than porridge for your breakfast then please bring your own. We will provide basic ingredients for a hearty lunch and light dinner. We can share cooking between us. We have plenty of teas and chaga (mushroom tea coffee substitute). We don't often have coffee around so if it is part of your routine then bring it along.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Across the river is this state park hiking and cycling trail:

    If you go north, you reach the Piusa sandstone cliffs and pottery store, south you reach Vana-Vastseliina and the preserved ruins of a Livonian castle. The town of Obinitsa nearby has an art gallery, seto-culture farm museum, and a dramatic swimming lake.
    There is also much forest to explore on days off.
    Public transport is not great for day trips, but much exploring can be done by bike.
    The nearest village is Vastseliina, library, supermarket, postoffice etc. This can be reached 10km by dirt roads or 15km by walking trail by the river. 30km away is the bigger town Võru and Tartu is 100km north.

    Leaving and arriving is best by train to Orava station where we can collect you by car. If you prefer we can give you instructions for a 15km walk along forest trails to our door.

    We like to work hard, in summer we rise around 8am splash in the river and plan the day. We appreciate people who put energy and creativity into any task they undertake. Well done if you read all this, we are looking forward to reading about you!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The meadow
Beginnings of our hugelkultur beds.
Paastinaak and Puri
Piusa Jõgi next to our house. (and Justin's father)
Vanaema, the grandmother pine above the river.
The land we reside upon.
Rea and Tuue
Justin
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