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

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  2021 

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcoming more young and energetic workawayers right now and until mid-August. This summer the formula is communal living/mixed dorm accommodation.

    We need helping with vegetation control and other practical help outside.

    We are a 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 25-hours a week schedule. Right now we're working 4 hours in the morning (from 8.00 till 12.00 o'clock) and either one hour more from 18.00-19.00 (for those who want 5 days work week/2days off), or we skip the one hour (for those who prefer 6 days work week/1 day off).

    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.
    Also, the tasks might change from day to day (or during the day), all depending on the wheather, logistics or our (the hosts’) own availability/being busy with other tasks, so you have to be ok with that, too. It could be chaotic at times, so bear with us 😊
    Some of the work sessions are with all workawayers but we’ll also have some individual tasks for you (working alone).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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 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.

  • Help

    Help

    There will be a lot of gardening work, like vegetation control and landscaping.
    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, etc.
    If the weather is bad, we can do 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. 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?)

  • Languages spoken

    Bulgarian: Fluent
    Danish: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Farm-type/rural accommodation in a separate house (from ours) with an inside toilet and shower. In the summer months we'll host all the workawayers in one house (2 dorm-style bedrooms and one big living room), so it will be more of a backpacker/low-key style. It's important that you are social/can get along with people because we might have 4 or 5 people at the same time. But we'll also make sure there are plenty of spaces to sit outside or in another house, etc if you need to get away, sunbathe or read a book in peace.

    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 will be a lot of mosquitoes in the evening (as the village is on the river)- and the municipality might from time to time disperse some gas-like repellents in the area.

    There is a fridge and ventilators in the house, as well as 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 😉. There is 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 (lunch/dinner) at our house. But whenever there are a lot of workawayers at the same time, we understand if some want to take the occasional break from the rest. Please, let us know in advance about your socializing habits or social quirks, and we can devise a schedule that fits all of us. Breakfast could be at our house, or at the house where you'll stay (we'll provide the food).
    Some of the dinners could be with some of the other villagers or our extended family/visiting friends.
    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.

  • 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. 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 afyernoons and days off, you could plan excursions in the area, mostly to the neighbouring vilkage (5 km) where there is a nice and popular beach. 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.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Averagely 25 hours

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