Help us with DIY and gardening in Crete, Greece

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a couple (Vassilis and Irini) living in a small and beautiful coastal town in Crete: Agios Nikolaos. Our children are living in Athens studying at the University. We both like traveling and meet new people, their cultures and habits. We live with dog Sara.
    We like when our guests tell us their experiences from their travels.
    We are experienced in hosting people.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Living with us is a great way to experience Greek daily life; we are always interested to learn about the culture and daily routine in your home country and to share ours. There are always some events going on like national days, meeting friends etc. and we are glad to take you.
    Our workawayers can learn how to cook and bake traditional Cretan food.
    I (Irini) usually cook once a day, I am vegetarian, Vassilis eats meat.. We use to cook meat once or twice per week. Generally we try to reduce animal fats and eat healthy. As a vegan or gluten free you would probably need to cook for yourself often as we use flour, dairy and animal products except meat.
    You are always welcome to join our family-meals - help yourself at all other times or pack a lunch when leaving for a trip.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for help with:
    1) daily chores OR
    2) various renovation projects
    OR a nice mix of both
    3) picking olives (just Nov & Dec)

    1) Daily chores

    - Daily house cleaning and arranging
    - cleaning dishes (I really dislike doing that ;)
    - vacuum cleaning once a day due to the dog hair
    - cooking, preparing/ processing veggies/ fruits
    Additional non-daily tasks in the house: ironing, cleaning the whole house thoroughly

    2) Renovations (March – September)

    We have different apartments that are still under construction or have to be renovated. If you have experience or an apprenticeship in constructing walls, ceilings and floors, laminate, as a plumber or in electronics you are more than welcome to help us.
    Unexperienced workawayers can help with:
    - painting walls inside and outside of the house
    - repairing old furniture (sometimes)
    - arranging storages

    3) Picking olives (just between middle of November and December)

    If you want to see the procedure of making olive oil in a traditional way you are more and welcome to join us to pick olives in December. This is manual work and as it requires a lot of energy we love to do a traditional picnic in the olive groves at lunch time. One time we deliver the olives to the factory and you are invited to join us there – when you are lucky we can taste the freshly pressed olive oil.

    Other works:
    Many times we help our parents in the fields and we participate in it. You can follow me when we help them. They have a garden during the summer, pick grapes in October etc.. My parents live close to nature and near them you have the chance to experience the real Cretan life.

    You are going to offer five hours of work per day and the programme will be flexible in order to have your own time to enjoy the area. You can work independently or collaborate with us.

    We offer food and as I like cooking. Our guests will have the opportunity to taste local dishes. We like to treat our guests as members of our family.

  • Languages spoken

    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There is one bedroom for 2 people and a couch 2 people in the living room. Bed sheets and towels are provided. The rest of the house is shared: big living-/ dining-area, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, terrace, garden, WiFi.
    We never invite 2 workawayers not travelling together to share the same room.

    Although we work every day we usually try to spend time with our guests in order to explore the area and have interesting conversations with them.

    Our volunteers will have their free time to spend as they like. There are nice villages near the town that you can explore. The weather is very nice so you can enjoy the beaches around at all seasons. The beach is just 10 minutes walk from us.

    What else ...

    I am sorry, but we can only accept you if you have a valid health insurance that covers Greece.

    If you would like to stay for a longer period: If you haven't got a European passport: Be aware that it is very difficult to stay in the European Union for longer than 3 months.
    Please don't hesitate and ask all the questions you have. It is important to know all aspects in advance - for both sides.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a dog
    Smoke-free home (for smokers: we don’t mind outdoor smoking)

    You are welcome to participate in our meals but I (Irini) realized recently that I am an Overeating person!! I have joined the team of the Overeater Anonymous. I can’t resist when I have food in front of me!! This means that although I love cooking I try to avoid it. For this reason, I don’t cook so often anymore.
    So we will provide you with the necessary ingredients which means:
    For breakfast: dry or normal bread, margarine, marmalade, or honey.
    For cooking: pasta, rice, potatoes, and some vegetables to cook by yourself.
    Sometimes there are other kinds of food at home or in the fridge, PLEASE ask before you use it.

    Keep the place where you sleep (in the room or the living room) in good condition which means tidy and arrangement. We don’t like (Irini more than Vasilis) to see clothes and other staff on in mess the floor or on the table.

    Keep in mind that as most of our guests fall in love with Crete it is something common to ask to leave 1-5 days earlier (it depends on the duration that they offer) to visit other parts of the island. Of course, we always agree as we understand this need, and a nice relationship has been created with all of them but sometimes it is a problem as the project doesn’t finish.
    So please fix your departure day in advance

    Plan B
    Both of us need to have a plan B so if our collaboration doesn’t work well from both sides we can use it.
    We kindly request, please don’t use your mobile phone during working hours. We will appreciate it a lot.

    AN "IDEAL VOLUNTEER" for our family is reliable, self-initiative, and can work on her/ his own if needed.
    As I am sometimes a bit introverted person it would be a big plus if you are not super-shy.
    In any case, if you think it would be nice to live with us for a while, please do not hesitate to contact us! I gladly answer all personal messages.

    When you want to volunteer with us, please read our full profile and then contact us.
    We expect workawayers to be willing to help and not to be lazy.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, sometimes one day more work and another less or a free day in exchange.

Host ref number: 954881266312

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