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We are Silver and Ester - a couple with a 7 year-old daughter Saskia and a 4-year-old son Leonhard. We have just moved in to a house that we have been working on for the past 6 years. It is a reed/clay/log house with a big greenhouse/solarium attached to the south side of the house.
Our place is a lush "island" surrounded by lots of nature, fields and forests. We have plenty of space, big gardens, fruit trees, berry bushes, flowers, chickens and a cat. There's also a family-shared old traditional farmhouse (built in 1892), summer kitchen/guest house, sauna, outdoor yoga studio, and a few more buildings on the property. 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 still working on our new house, although we already live in it. 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, and it will get finished eventually! 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!
We go dumpster-diving regularly and a lot of what we eat comes from behind the supermarkets. Most of the time there is also some food from our gardens. We get organic milk products from a lovely nearby farm and order whole-grain organic grains and flours from a mill in the south of estonia.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsFarmstay helpBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
The old 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 (available from april to november), 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?
Projects involving children
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UPDATE! We are looking for someone with gradening interest/skills to live with us and mostly commit to garden work.
This position is available from early April and we prefer if you could come and stay for at least few months, maybe even the whole summer.
We need your support with a variety of things. The kind of help we need, depends mainly on the season, and is mostly gardening, construction, cooking, cleaning, forest tasks and babysitting.
Regardless of what kind of chores you will be doing, we would really appreaciate if you could contribute with cooking and cleaning, but it's not a must.
Any amount of time that you decide to spend with the little ones is highly, HIGHLY! appreciated.
There's always stuff to do in the gardens, like prepping beds, weeding, harvesting and turning the harvest into something.
We've got a couple of options, depending on availability and your preference. The 2nd story of our house is ready for guests - depending on other people staying,you might have more or less privacy. There is a guest bedroom, bathroom and an open hall upstairs. We have a tiny cabin, about 50m away from the big house, that sleeps 2.
During the warmer time (may-october) there are more options for sleeping - for example a huge palace-tent set up at Acropolis (that's the outside yoga studio), that can sleep at least 4 people or the upstairs of the summer kitchen. 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 ...
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 10-12pm) and wake up at different times (7-9am).
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
Can possibly accept pets
We can accept the kind of pets that don't eat our chickens or cat.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
5 hours/day, 5 days a week
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I spent my time
It was our first workaway and we couldn't have had a better time.
the place is dreamy, the food wonderful and the family even more incredible. They helped us a lot to know what a workaway is like, they were very kind, patient and made us feel like family from the first moment.
They were always up for the tasks we had for them, doing their work with great commitment. In addition, they
They are truly fantastic hosts, kind, easy to talk to and interesting. The kids are also very cute and we felt a part of the family. We enjoyed spending time outside of 'working hours' with them, in the sauna, chatting around the table and even meeting some of
It felt smooth and natural to have Julie in the house - low maintanance, no stress and good company. She was up for the tasks that we had in mind and showed initiative to learn and do more.
they have a true chill world traveler spirit- I reached out to them last minute and they were incredibly obliging and helpful.
I spent my two weeks there helping with plastering of the walls and helping wall in the front porch. and I really
The labour we provided never really felt like work. Silver and Ester offered plenty of variation in the tasks to ensure we
Ester and Silver are warm-hearted and hard working. On the construction site and also as parents. We enjoyed spending time with them, sharing experiences of living in Estonia and everything else; very inspiring and motivating.
We helped them to plaster the walls of their new
See you again, when We Are Lost in Verona :)
Silver is a very hard worker and he's very helpful. He taught us how to plastering the walls with clay, a simple, fun and rewarding job. Every day we ate together as a big family and in the evening we did the sauna, what an experience! Silver and Ester