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We are a Danish/Bulgarian family, part-time residents in the village of Vrav, Bregovo Municipalicy, Vidin District, Bulgaria.
We’re welcoming workawayers from 10th of October, and we'll be making wine between 16th and 24th of October. We are also recycling enthusiasts and have a lot of renovation/demolition/clearing projects.
As per WorkAway standard rules, we offer free accommodation and 3 meals a day, in exchange of 25-hours a week schedule.
We are a family of 4, with two teenage boys, and we normally host several workawayers at the same time, so it is very important that you get along with other people and that you are flexible/tolerant to other prople’s views and lifestyles.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
You'll get to try our wines from previous years, as well as Bulgarian (or other regional) 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.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We have a lot of renovation, gardening and clearing tasks : wood chopping, vegetation control and landscaping (digging, moving earth, removing pebbles and broken roof tiles from the earth). Other practical tasks outside (moving things, arranging construction materials we want to re-use) and inside (painting, clearing, etc) might also come up.
Let us know if you are extra handy with power tools or have carpenting, etc experience, and we’ll easily find you a project. We really like recycling/upcycling, and we have loads of reclaimed wood, and many other materials.
Plus, there might be a few demolition/stripping old paint projects, or plastering/masonry (if you’re good at that?)
Farm-type/rural accommodation in a separate house (from ours) with an inside toilet and shower and a kitchenette.
Right now we host all workawayers together, so it’s a mixed-dorm living arrangement. It's important that you are social/can get along with people.
If you have asthma or allergies (dust, hay/grass, lime paint) or are afraid of house spiders or bugs, etc, please consider well before coming (we are really out in the countryside).
There is a mobile (3G) internet modem that is limited to around 60 GB per month, so your digital habits/consumption need to be coordinated with the others staying in the house 😉. We can provide you with an old TV and a DVD player, and a range of films, as well as we can lend you some books in English. Please, bring your own tablet or laptop, and of course, download beforehand whatever films or series you can, as streaming won't be an option.
Eating arrangements: As a rule, we aim for joint dining at our house or you can have your dinner “to go”.
We are meat-lovers ourselves, but if you have special preferences, we’ll make sure to provide other choices or agree with you to take care of your own cooking (and bring food to the common meals).
If you are vegans or smokers, please stock up before you arrive, as the choices in the local shops are limited or non-existent.
The village is on the Danube, so visiting the beach of walking along the river bank is a nice past-time. The river current is very strong, so consider well before going for a swim!
There are two shops in the village (no cigarettes sale, though).
It is possible to buy from the villagers eggs from free-range chickens and goat/sheep cheese, as well as some seasonal vegetables. There is no ATM in the village and the nearest one (in the neighbouring village) doesn’t always work, so plan your cash situation before you arrive.
On your days off, you could plan excursions in the area. We'll lend you an old/well-used bike for daily use. The dirt streets in the village don’t make for a pleasant ride (and often further damage the bikes), but it should be good enough for short rides (within 5-10 km radius).
If you want to do picnics or BBQ/camp-fire at the beach, we can help with with some equipment.
In Novo selo (5km away) there is a municipal sports complex, with a tennis court and a basketball court (you can lend the sports equipment from us).
The distance to the Serbian boarder is only 12 km, and 25 km to Negotin, which the closest provincial town on the Serbian side but you have to check the current corona-related restrictions for entry and return to Bulgaria (NB ** sometimes it's after nationality and not "arriving from")
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, 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 district are Belogradchik (a small town surrounded by stone formations and a breathtaking 360˚ view from the medieval castle) and the Magura Cave.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Any campervan size is fine. We’ve actually had one workaway couple sleeping in their van in the yard and using the facilities in one of the houses, and it worked out fine.
More than two
Averagely 25 hours
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