Stay at a traditional farmstead and help us plaster our dream house with clay near Tallinn, Estonia

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Estonia

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Silver and Ester - a couple with a 3-year old and a baby. We live in a typical Estonian farmstead, sharing the space with parents, grandparents, few more members of the family and friends who come to help/visit.

    Our place is a lush "island" surrounded by lots of nature, fields and forests. We have plenty of space, big garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, flowers, chickens and a cat. There's an old traditional farmhouse (built in 1892), summer kitchen/guest house, sauna, outdoor yoga studio, and a few more buildings. It's a special piece of land, shared between 4 generations. The whole family is contributing their work/ideas/projects so that we could all enjoy this place as it is today.

    We are currently building our dream house at the plot just next door. It's quite an ambitious project and sometimes feels more like a life project rather than a house that will get finished one day. But we've come a long way! We do all the work ourselves, using already existing materials, stuff we rescue from demolishions, logs from our woods, reeds (type of a straw), clay and anyting really that we can get our hands on :) It's an adventure!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The farmstead is, in a way, a glimpse into the past. The whole house is designed and built in a way to support the rythm of the 4 seasons, harvesting, processing grains and sustaining a family.

    We love our sauna, which is and has always been an irreplaceable element of our culture. It's especially nice to introduce the real sauna experience to foreigners, who might not be so faimiliar with it. Sometimes they even say that they're not into it. Guess how many rounds in there it takes, for them to reconsider their opinion?

  • Help

    Help

    Currently we need help with plastering our walls with clay . It's quite simple, fast to learn and pleasing job. There's also other jobs at the building site, depending on what's going on, but plastering is the bulkiest job at the moment.
    If you have special skills/knowledge (carpentry, plumbing, electric works, ventilation etc) about construction, then your help/advice is extra valuable to us.

    We really appreaciate if you can contribute with cooking, but it's not a must.

    Any ammount of time that you decide to spend with the little ones is more than welcome.

    There's always stuff to do in the gardens, like prepping beds, weeding, harvesting and turning the harvest into something.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Estonian, English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We've got a couple of options, depending on availability and your preference. We have a guest bedroom on the second floor of the summer kitchen. We have a 2-people tent, pitced on the second floor of the main house. There's a huge palace-tent set up at Acropolis (that's the outside yoga studio), that can sleep at least 4 people). There's also an old log-cottage, that can sleep up to 4 people. Few more suitable corners for sleeping here and there....

    We provide 3 meals (or ingredients for meals) a day. We eat mostly vegetarian, with some meat here and there. Eggs from our chickens, milk products from a nearby organic farm. Whole grain products from organic growers. We can easily accommodate vegan/vegetarian diets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is quite easy to reach us. The place is just a 40-minute drive from Tallinn. There are frequent trains from Tallinn to our closest town, Kohila (7km from us). There is a river nearby, where you can dip in. There's a picturesque bog nearby(good berrypicking!) with a beautiful lake that is good for swimming too.

    We are quite hard-working, but it's not so bad, because it's work we enjoy doing. So, expect to be rather busy here, though you are always welcome to take your own space and just enjoy being in the nature. We go to bed quite early (around 10-11) and wake up at different times.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days a week

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