Family living off-grid surrounded with forest near Istanbul, Turkey



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  • Description


    Hi there! We are a couple with 3 years old daughter Ronya. Reşit (34) is working for Médecins Sans Fontières, Gizem (31) is a chef and recently quit job to spend more time for our project. Last summer, we bought a land that just 2 hours from Istanbul and started to built a house with second hand shipping containers. We finished the work for the house but there is a lot to do on land!

    Our land is surrounded by oak and hornbeam trees, it's a 6 decares agriculture land and there is no electricity grid close by. We are using solar power for our energy need. We already plant walnut trees and made a small garden for vegetables, planning to plant blueberries and want more fruit trees. We want to build a dome shape green house for our vegetable garden because the weather is challenging here! The first main work that we are planning now is to make a big deck in front of the house, which we really need a hand with that :) And also, we want to finish the tree house that we started for kids. Plus, to build an other tree house (let's say tree platform!) for adults.

    Our main goal is to share our space with people, share experience and learn together with the volunteers that will visit us. So we are open to any ideas and projects that we can built together. It can be a tree house, discovering trekking roads in the forest, making a henhouse, new approaches and ideas for the agriculture and so on. Which means any kind of idea and hand is welcomed!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It is a open space to learn together. So, it is hard to say what we will experience.

  • Help


    We can shape the details of our need together. But basically; need help with gardening, to build a dome shape green house for our vegetable garden, to make a deck in front of the house and make a tree house. And also we need help for the winter preparations such as; chopping woods, isolating water pipes, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There is a room for 3 people. And if you feel like it, we can provide you a tend to sleep in the forest :) Gizem is a chef, so most of the time she will be cooking. But any new recipes and help is welcomed!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our land is in the middle of forest. To be honest, there are only small villages near by. Besides from beautiful nature, not much to visit. But depending on the work we will be doing on land, we can organise trips around Iznik. For example, there is a big lake to swim which is 45 minutes drive from the land. There is no public transport near buy. But we have a car so we will be helping for transportation.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    We also have a dog which was a wild dog from forest. She is friendly to people, but we are not 100% sure how she will be with other pets... but should be fine :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 976686179988