Creative English/Dutch couple with retreat in Fruska Gora National Park, north Serbia

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    Last Updated: 3.NOV.2023
    We are a young couple from England/Serbia and the Netherlands (with a dog and cat) and work in teaching and theatre. We have finished our renovation after all these years, with the help of WorkAwayers as yourself!

    We are currently looking for a couple or two friends who are willing to help out for a week or two, from mid November onwards. The work is cutting and (re)moving wood and branches, and also some digging and other autumn clearing tasks in our slopy and sloppy orchard. It's physical work, but it is rewarding.

    You'll get your own appartment, and if they are being rented out in the weekend, you'll move to our spare room in the house with us. Please check out our website to understand better about the accommodation.

    You must have wellies or working/hiking shoes; we will provide the gloves ;)

    We are one hour from Belgrade and 45 minutes from Novi Sad. But let's have a video chat first!

    Vivien and Kalki
    balkan-retreat.com

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The first time you visit Serbia (as a Westerner) you might expect Eastern European poverty, signs of a recent civil war and NATO bombings. This is true and it is false. People have mobile phones, there's wifi everywhere, most people drive mostly modern cars, but yes, some vehicles wouldn't be allowed on the road in Germany. Roads can be bad, roads can be really bad, but new roads are also being built. Although Serbia lies in the heart of Southern Europe - in between Italy and Greece and South of Hungary - it has been a candidate member of the EU since 2012. Being outside of the EU means you can still smoke cigarettes in cafes and restaurants though, it means that 14 year olds can sip their first glass of beer on the terrace, it means that every farmer can still sell their own goods at the market without having to have the right permits and paperwork, it means that there's a little less regulation, a little bit more of an accepted anarchy, in short: a lot of things in Serbian life make a little more sense :)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    Gardening tasks depend on the season. We follow the principles of permaculture. We might also do basic building works, like taking down an old roof, or building some simple (animal) housing using reclaimed materials.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Serbian: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We rent out two newly renovated apartments in our stable for holidaymakers, and we organise courses and activities for theatre professionals. When you will be here, we might have guests in the weekend, and you might have to move back and forth between your own apartment, and the spare bedroom in our house. The place is big enough, so that shouldnt be a problem in terms of privacy, but we might be housemates for a few days.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Apart from taking a dip and a cool-off in the lake down the road, you can take walks or cycle routes in the forest, discover the caves and monasteries of the area, go on a wine-tasting tour around the local vineyards, take a bus to the local town (and cheap taxis!), and from there you can get buses and trains to Belgrade and Novi Sad which have all the usual attractions of cultural cities. The local town has Roman ruins, a river with a beach and fishing.

  • 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

    Please check our website balkan-retreat !

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 937174278744

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