Interested in wine-making or recycling? Join hobby winemakers in Vrav, Bulgaria

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  • Description

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    Closed down for the winter!
    Will start again in March.

    Danish/Bulgarian family, part-time residents in the village of Vrav, Bregovo Municipalicy, Vidin District, Bulgaria. The village is on the Danube river (EuroVelo 6).
    We are hobby wine-makers and recycling enthusiasts. We have a lot of renovation, gardening and clearing tasks, so bring your work clothes and comfortable shoes :-)

    We can offer you free accommodation and 3 meals a day, in exchange of 5 hours work a day, 5 days a week. Or, if you prefer to work on a 25-hours a week schedule (and decide yourself the hours), we can also do that.
    You can also work less hours a day, if you take care of some of your meals.
    Vegetarians and vegans are welcome.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You'll get to try our wines from previous years, as well as Bulgarian (or Serbian wines). You will learn about the whole wine-making cycle, the fermentation process, local grape variaties and various wine terms.
    You’ll meet our fellow villagers (both Bulgarian and foreing) and experience the local folklore.
    We like long dinners, good conversations, comparing cultural experiences, discussing world and national politics and recent history.

  • Help

    Help

    The wine-making phase in March involves tapping last year’s wine and bottling it or storing it into different containers.

    There will be a lot if gardening work, like clearing the old wine sticks and some general vegetation clearance in the plots, getting ready for spring.

    We’ll also be doing some other work outside, like sorting different building materials that can be re-used, fixing fences, cutting tree branches, grinding branches (with a machine) and making woodchips, landscaping and flower gardens, etc.
    If the weather is bad, we can so some painting inside.
    Let us know if you are extra handy with power tools or have carpenting,etc experience, and we’ll easily find you a project.

    Let us know if you prefer to work together with others or (occasionally) alone. We’ll try to make a list of tasks, so you can choose and manage the work yourself or in combination with others. We are normally also participating/working alongside but we also have to take care of other logistics at the same time, so it is best not having to wait for us but carrying on or taking the lead and organising the other workawayers on the next task.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Bulgarian, English, Danish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Comfortable beds. For couples- please let us know if you prefer a double bed or single beds. Inside toilet and shower, fridge and a oven/stove inside the house. We might put you in a house with another workawayer/another workawayer couple- but you will get your own room. If you insist on being alone, we might find another accommodation solution in an older house but it won’t have full amenities (like kitchen or internet).

    Internet access in the house/s can be limited (we have a mobile internet solution, which we could lend you, but the mobile cover in the village varies a lot, so connection is not stable). You can always use the internet in/around our house during the day hours/early evening (it’s cable). If you want to watch an important football game on the tv, or borrow a DVD or a book, we can help you with that.

    Joint dining (lunch/dinner) at our house, as a rule. Breakfast could be at our house, or separately (we’ll provide the food supply). Some of the dinners could be with some of the other villagers. We are meat-lovers ourselves, but if you have special preferences, we’ll make sure to provide other choices.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The village is on the Danube, so visiting the beach of walking along the river bank is a nice past-time.
    There are two shops in the village. It is possible to buy from the villagers eggs from free-range chickens and goat/sheep cheese, as well as some seasonal vegetables.

    On your days off, you could plan excursions in the area.
    The distance to the Serbian boarder is only 12 km, and 25 km to Negotin, which the closest provincial town on the Serbian side.

    Vidin, which the district town on the Bulgarian side (30km from the village), offers several sightseeing options, including the Baba Vida Fortress and the Konaka town museum. There is a nice town garden/alleys along the river, with restaurants (including fish restaurants on the water).
    We go often to Vidin for shopping or eating out, so we could definitely give you a lift for free, if you are flexible with working around our schedule. Otherwise there is a bus line (not too often) or taxis.
    A bit longer distance but definitely worth visiting in the Vidin distrikt are Belogradchik (small town surrounded by stone formations and a breathtaking 360˚ view from the medieval castle) and the Magura Cave.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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