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Permaculture and organic farming in a quaint village near the country's second largest city Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria
  • 433 “me gusta”
  • Última actividad: 23 sept 2023



 Estancia mínima:  Sin mínimo



  • Descripción


    We are Justin and my sons Joseph- 10 years old and James 7 years old, Summer the gorgeous Bulgarian Sheepdog and Pickle the mischievous, affectionate cat We live in a beautiful, peaceful quaint village near the country's second largest city Plovdiv, in the centre of the country, so a good place to base out of to travel to the rest. We are near hot mineral water, hiking, swimming, river, mountains, spring mountain water,electric mountain bike(my small emtb tourism company ), mountain biking paragliding center and others.

    We are practicing organic gardening and permaculture, Justin is a permaculture designer, Justin is the chef but we are still learning and trying to develop a more simple life. We need help with house restoration, our gardens, children playing and teaching, cleaning, building things, cooking, animal care.

    Our routine is:
    -5 days working from 8:30-10:30 and 18:00- 21:00 in the summer( about 5 hours) and from 9:00-12:00
    and 17:00- 20:00 in cooler seasons
    -2 days off
    Some time each day will be spent with my sociable, fun loving children and on household tasks
    Everybody helps with preparing the table for eating and clears afterwards and we take turns washing the dishes

    Description of the help we need is below.


    - planting seeds for winter vegetables
    - planting winter vegetables
    - collecting seeds
    - collecting fruits, herbs and vegetables and preserving them
    - weeding and cutting grass
    - watering

    - planting trees, bushes,
    - digging swales (water catchments)
    - preserving food for the winter
    - building hugelkultur raised beds
    - constructing gray water system

    - designing gardens and food forest
    - sowing seeds, planting in pots, planting in the gardens
    - planting trees, bushes, perennial herbs
    - digging swales (water catchment)
    - building hugelkultur raised beds
    - building herb spiral
    - making a small pond
    - pruning trees, bushes (roses, berries, vine bushes)

    - renovating
    - plastering
    - sanding
    - roofing

    Building stuff
    - 2 chicken tractors
    - 2 rabbit tractors
    - shelves for the tool room
    - bar for the back garden
    - fire pit with a shelter
    - building rocket stove for outside cooking

    - drawing signs and painting murals in the gardens
    - making the place more beautiful
    - creating children games from natural materials

    - creating toys with the children
    - engaging children in the gardens
    - cooking with the children
    - painting, drawing, music...

    - cleaning
    - feeding
    and many others.
    We prefer people to stay for at least 2 weeks
    We will feed you 3 times a day, teach you things about permaculture, show you how to make sour dough bread, cheese, yogurt, soap,winter jars and so on.
    We also want to build a rocket mass for the rocket stove and a clay oven.
    We love listening good music, having good time with good people, drinking beer and we have Wi-Fi.

    Helper: angelina
    From: Hong Kong Date: May 28, 2016
    Staying with Justin and Nadia were just awesome. I helped them with weeding, mulching and planting for a week. The food was so good. The boys are cute. We always have good chat and beer. Thanks so much Justin and Nadia!

    Helper: Victoria and Seamus
    From: Canada Date: December 2, 2015
    We cannot say anything else that hasn't been said already. We had a great time with Nadja, Justin, Joseph and James (and Johnny!) We helped turn the soil in the sunshine garden, and pulled down the ceilings in the second house.we were fed a lot of food, and it was all delicious. Joseph is a bundle of energy and we got some play time in as well. If you want some down time out in the country, this is a great place to go.

    Helper: Bernardo
    From: Italy Date: September 2, 2015
    Imagine the best experience you could have. This is something better. Good persons , good food , very chilled out place, they are always there when you need them. Stay at justin's place is not just an experience is a way of life. Thanks for everything i hope to see you guys soon!

    Helper: Elise and Maxime
    From: France Date: June 25, 2015
    We spent almost two weeks with Justin, Nadia and Joseph in their "paradise" in April. It was our first volunteer experiment in Bulgaria and was perfect for a start. We discovered the countryside living and its highlights (markets, hotbath, pub and shops...). Working with Justin and Nadia was rewarding and never too hard. The Easter period was really nice, beacuse we got the chance to cook and eat bulgarian meals and meet a lot of their friends from diferent backgrounds.

    Thanks for this time !

    Helper: Roeland
    From: Belgium Date: June 20, 2015
    Right, this review is well overdue, shame on me. I stayed with Justin, Nadya and little Joseph for 2 weeks in May and I absolutely loved it. Me and an other helper did a lot of grass cutting and weeding, some wood chopping and mending of a chicken house. They give you everything you need and more, they will take you to hot springs and local markets, Justin even called one of his paragliding friends for me and I had an amazing experience, floating trough the air. The food they make is always, and I mean always, delicious and more than enough. Go help these amazing people!


    Helper: Roeland
    From: Belgium Date: May 28, 2015
    Spent 13 days with Justin Nadia and little Joseph and i had an absolute blast. They don't ask you to work very hard, they will take you to hot springs, they will contact their friends to fix you a paragliding trip (which was the most awesome thing I have ever done) and they will give you so much healthy food straight from the garden that you start to feel bad about your previous, more unhealthy, habits of eating. Don't hesitate to contact hem, they're lovely.

    Helper: Olof and Anna
    From: Sweden Date: April 8, 2015
    Justin, Nadia and little Joseph gave us a very warm welcome to our first help exchange in Bulgaria. We had a great time with them, learning how to build trellises for their raspberry bushes in their food forest, we also helped out with their seed planting for spring. We learned a lot about how the permaculture movement in Bulgaria is taking shape and managed to tie a lot of connections / contacts to other practitioners in the association. We also helped with their lovely son Joseph who was very entertaining and always wanting to play. Nadia and Justin are great cooks we got a chance to sample delicious traditional Bulgarian dishes like Bob, very tasty Bulgarian bean stew. We spent the nights having very in-depth conversations about life permaculture and much more.

    Thanks so much for a great experience and good luck with your future plans :)

    Anna & Olof

    Helper: Glenn
    From: Australia Date: March 21, 2015
    I had a wonderful introduction to permaculture during my stay with Justin, Nadia and Joseph. These guys went out of their way to make my experience unforgettable with their superb cooking, and Nadia's patience in teaching me how to make home made bread, cheese and yoghurt. We shared a lot of interesting chats around the kitchen table. Thanks guys for your hospitality and kindness, I will highly recommend helping these guys, they have big "realistic" dreams ahead a lot of work to get them fulfilled. Please do not miss this opportunity to learn the permaculture way of life and also local hospitality at its best. Good luck for the future guys.

    Helper: Ming-hui
    From: Taiwan Date: December 7, 2014
    I am really happy that Justin and Nadia were my hosts. I had really great time here with them and the lovely kid. There are really nice and gentle to me. And they are both amazing cookers. The food was wonderful and tasty.

    They have many plans and things to do about the garden and the houses. Its really a beautiful thing they are doing and I am glad that I was part of this way of life. When I worked with them, I didn't feel like I was working. Cause they are pretty relaxed and I felt like I am willing to do this good thing for them.

    Although I only stayed for 2 weeks. But it's definitely one of my best experience. If I came back to Bulgaria one day, I'll definitely visit them again.

    Helper: Lily
    From: Australia Date: July 15, 2014
    I had a really lovely stay with Justin, Nadia and Joseph. They have big dreams ahead of them and it was wonderful to see those dreams in action plus a lot of planning!

    Staying in the small village was a wonderful experience and I am really glad that I spent some of my time in Bulgaria in this way. Walking around the village with any member of the family means that you are covered in smiles and constant welcomes into people's gardens- a very different way of life to what I am used to in the city!

    The food here was excellent. Both Nadia and Justin are fantastic cooks and I was lucky enough to taste (and learn how to make) some delicious traditional Bulgarian dishes.

    I have to thank you too for boosting my confidence levels regarding hitchhiking in Bulgaria. I had a really great experience traveling to my next destination and wouldn't have gone this way if it weren't for them.

    Helper: Steven
    From: Malaysia Date: March 19, 2014
    my original plan was staying there for a week but ends up a month there! it was really fun time with Justin, Nadia and of course their little Russian James Bond son!
    Ivan Vazovo is a nice little village surrounded by nature, friendly locals, nice food, amazing hot spring water and much more! definitely recommend their place for the helpers who like to find out their simple way of living and awesome healthy salads from the garden! Big Thanks again for the Hall's family : )

    Helper: Jerome
    From: France Date: February 18, 2014
    the other people tell the truth,i recommend this place!!!!!!
    All is perfect.

    Helper: Marie-france
    From: Canada Date: October 25, 2013
    I really enjoyed my stay at Justin and Nadia's place. And their son Joseph is a lovely little tornade. And, now I know what a Hooligan is.

    I painted and helped them prepare their new house for the winter. I also helped them making the big autumn cleaning up of their summer house. I liked their rhythm of life, their gentleness and their opened mind. I took some nice photos of them and their village.

    Wish you gook luck and happiness in life. Take care!


    Helper: Lauren and Didier
    From: United States Date: September 30, 2013
    We loved being a part of Nadia and Justin's beautiful life project. Their houses are in a beautiful area of the Bulgarian countryside. There is a lot of work to do, but the atmosphere of the entire village is very relaxed. We enjoyed our painting, digging, and gardening projects, and we really enjoyed the time we spent getting to know this wonderful family. We stayed one week an shared many delicious meals, great conversations, and were sad to leave so soon.

    Helper: Gina and Chris
    From: United States Date: September 5, 2013
    We stayed with Justin, Nadia, and Joseph for a little more than 2 weeks and had a really lovely time. They are very generous people and they instantly invite you into their family. The work is very laid back and there isn't much structure - you just kind of work at your own pace and help around the house. There is plenty to do, so they would always appreciate help. And there is a large variety of work to do, from cooking, baking, babysitting, gardening, home restoration, etc. The village is a fun place full of interesting characters as well. Justin and Nadia want to make sure you are having a good time. They even took us to see the local sights, like the mineral spa and gypsy fair. We had such a great time and feel that we really became friends with them. We highly recommend this place for volunteers.

    Helper: Andrew
    From: New Zealand Date: November 14, 2012
    I have had a amazing time in Ivan Vazavo. I originally came for one night to couchsurf but ened up staying about 10 and could stay longer. Justin and Nadiya opitimise the idea that this is a cultural exchange, I learnt a lot from them about permacutlure and all things life related. The food was amazing and there were always plenty of beers and rakia on offer.The surrounding area was beautiful and there is a free thermal bath near by.
    The work is meaningful as they need to get a new place liveable, including the garden and the house so it really feels like you are helping out and the hours were very reasoanble.
    I would recommend a visit to Ivan VAzavo even if you can only spare a couple of days as I had a great time there and im sure that Justin and Nadiya will appeciate the help. They have space for a few peole so dont hesitate to get in touch with them.

    Helper: Miwa
    From: Japan Date: October 2, 2012
    I had really great time with Justine&Nadia&sweet cats.
    In Bulgaria, I had bad experiences before I had been there.He warlike a my rescuer from awful situations.
    First I just thought staying less than 3weeks,but actually I stayed over 2month.There was too amazing tome to leave.
    I got a lot of experiences with them.They were always taking care of me very well.And also I met their wonderful friends ,include Annelies&Tim!!!
    I could get a lot of things from them and their life.
    They gave me a lot of love.
    I have been missing them....This host is one of my favorite host.I will visit again;)

    Cheers Miwa

    Helper: Annelies and Tim
    From: New Zealand Date: August 16, 2012
    Justin and Nadia were wonderful people to stay with and very kindly took us in on short notice. We had a great time with them and they were very generous with their time and energy, really making us feel comfortable from the first day. Nadia is a fantastic cook and I already miss the delicious meals! And Justin even managed to arrange some paragliding for us which was an amazing experience.

    We really enjoyed our stay with them and I'd definitely recommend them to anyone who likes good conversation, good food and genuine people.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda informática
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    Houses are slowly being reconstructed, so need help with light reconstruction work. We are also learning about permaculture and organic farming, so it could be a good educational experience. We need help with the garden and perhaps occasional child-sitting. They're great kids!

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Bulgarian: Intermedio

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  • Alojamiento


    Rooms with beds in house detached from the family home. Two or more rooms available with two single beds in each which can be pushed together to form doubles. Shower available, bathroom in the main house. In a beautiful, peaceful village. Hot mineral springs and small river nearby and lots to do here.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    There is a hot mineral springs in the next village which is a real treat. This area is called The Valley of Roses and because of the really clean air, it produces about 90% of the world's rose oil used in the production of perfume. Quaint little village but with lots to do here. Sheep, goats, horses and hens roam freely through the dirt streets. Feels like you've gone back in time a few hundred years.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Este anfitrión ha indicado que le encanta acoger a nómadas digitales.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

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  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

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  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

  • ...

    Horas esperadas

    25 hours a week max

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 17262943784d

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