We are hostel in the National Park Mavrovo in the northwest of Macedonia in the village Nikiforovo.
On December 31st, 2015 we opened our doors. We have cultivated a very cozy and warm atmosphere so the volunteers, guests and our friends feel truly at home while they are here. It is a very small and close community so you are immediately received warmly by friendly, generous and hospitable people.
We need help in mandatory functions like cleaning,housekeeping and maintenance. We want people with creative ideas and a passion for ingenuity because we are at a point where developing and implementing ideas.
There are currently projects we need people for and there will be more in the future as we are constantly brainstorming how to make the hostel the best it can be for the guests. The hostel and the region have an abundance of potential to grow as the region is an undeveloped tourist wonderland.
This region is most popular in the winter time for the ski resort in the town of Mavrovo which is 6km away from Nikiforovo, however there are many activities in the summer as well since we are in a national park and only 1km away from the lake.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Volunteers will be exposed to Macedonia village culture. My brother or myself are always around the hostel and we have many friends from Skopje that like to come spend time in the mountains to escape the perils of city living. We also often have domestic guests. The volunteers will be able to conversate and spend time with all these people from around the country and nearby villages to learn about the culture and history of the area and the rest of the country. Things are slower relaxed here in the mountains of Macedonia. Come learn our way of life in the mountains of Macedonia and enjoy peaceful living!
We need help with basic hostel tasks like reception and mostly cleaning common areas, rooms and bathrooms.
One of the current projects is a landscaping project in the backyard. We have a large yard and are working on making some flat areas for lounging and hanging out. Beyond the landscaping we also want to make some gardens for vegetables, herbs, flowers, etc.
More projects will materialize in the future but they are contingent upon how much help we have. We have big plans but just need the time and help!
Volunteers will be accommodated in a staff room and have access to a shared staff bathroom.
We have a fully equipped kitchen with stove top and oven so you will have access to cook.
We are in a very small village 6km from Mavrovo where most of the shops are. There is a small shop directly across the street from the hostel with a few necessities and basics (lots of beer!) but for larger variety and specialized items from the store we can arrange transport to the shops in Mavrovo.
There is so much to do in the area. Just up the street from us are hiking trails that lead in the forests and mountains of the National Park. The lake is 1km down the road the opposite direction of the forests. The lake is an artificial body of water used for energy in the villages with designated swimming areas, fishing and watersports. There is a famous church in the lake that is underwater in the summer and above water in the winter because of the fluctuation of water depth due to energy requirements. We have bikes that the volunteers have access to and we are working on getting kayaks and more. It’s also nice to chill out at the hostel and enjoy the immediate nature in our area. Nice views, large backyard, hammocks in the front yard, bonfires at night… And more to come in the future with your help!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week