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Experience rural life while helping in a guesthouse close to Tirana, Albania

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    This is a guesthouse/social project located 20 Km South East from Tirana at a village called Pellümbas. The project aims to immerse and to sensitize visitors in the daily life of the village.

    The project started by renovating an abandoned stone house on the property, which, with the collaboration of volunteers and locals, became a lovely guesthouse that has hosted travellers and volunteers for the last 5 years. The house is a traditional Albanian stone house that has belonged to the same family for over 60 years.

  • 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
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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're looking to welcome volunteers who feel comfortable in nature and genuinely enjoy rural life. You will be relatively close to Tirana, the capital city of Albania, but still Pellümbas is a 500 populated village with 3 coffee shops and 2 groceries stores.

    Pellümbas or The Village of Pigeons has several trekking trails with mesmerizing views. The one that stands out the most is the trail that takes you to The Black Cave (Shpella I Zi), a karst cave that is one of among six karstic caves that exist in Europe. The Cave has a length of 360 m with a width which can vary between 10–15 m and a vertical range of 45 m. It takes about a 40 min. walk to get there. Also, you can go for a 25 min. walk to the Erzen River and have a refreshing swim.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    Currently looking for help with:

    Cleaning Chores: As we're welcoming guests and volunteers, we need a hand with simple cleaning chores like hanging, folding, ironing bed sheets, preparing the rooms, sweeping, moping; in general, keeping the place tidy and clean.

    Construction: We're still renovating and decorating the guest house and finishing mud houses that we have constructed; volunteers with carpenter skills and with the capacity to use tools are very welcome.

    Gardening: We have a big garden and a lot of fruits trees. We plant vegetables and we would like to continue creating more orchards around the land. We have made a few raised beds, so planting and taking care of the veggies during spring/summer will be the next step to follow.

    Sewing: We are still putting finishing touches to the interior of the guesthouse/mud houses, i.e. curtains, seat covers etc.. If you have skills and ideas to contribute we can provide the necessary tools to work with.

    Volunteers are not expected to take part in guest's food service.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Albanian: Fluent
    Serbian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We really like languages, both as a practical communicative tool, but also as an object of study to learn about the connections between them.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The guesthouse has 3 guestrooms, in each room there is a double bed and a bunk bed. In Winter, we offer a bed in a room that will be shared with other volunteers or guests. During summer, the idea would be that the volunteer room is only used when it is not booked. We have plenty of tents and hammocks that can be used outside, which provide a nice environment to sleep given the warmth that this beautiful land is surrounded by.

    Regarding food, breakfast and dinner are provided every day. During the days that no guests are coming, it is likely that volunteers will need to cook and manage themselves. The guesthouse will always provide vegan food and/or ingredients for cooking vegan meals.

    We have a well equipped kitchen, a cozy dining room and a comfortable living room. On the property there is also a beautiful garden, 3 small mud houses and a terrace where to enjoy sunsets and mountain views. We have more than a hundred fruit trees and a storage/workshop area with several tools to create.

    Please, include the name of the village "Pellumbas" in the title of your message, so we know that you have read up to here.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We would like to add that this is a vegetarian guesthouse and we require that no meat, chicken or fish is cooked in or brought to our premises. The shared meals tend to be vegan. We try to respect all dietary requirements.

  • 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

    There is no WIFI in the house. However, volunteers who work online have bought their sim card with the local provider "MyOne" for 20 Euros 30G with a great connection to work online.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a lot of space in our garden, so camper vans are welcome. :)

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a female dog, Blacky and a cat, Monster. They love meeting new people but since Blacky has had puppies, she hasn't been extremely receptive to other animals. I do think that we can definitely work something out :)

  • 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

Host ref number: 896927791956

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