Help with housework and permaculture in a friendly authentic village in Yambol, Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

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    05/05/2022

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  • Descripción

    Descripción

    Are you interested in permaculture, gardening in harmony with nature? Do you have knowledge and experience, or do you want to learn the practical skills?

    We've bought a house with 2 decares of land which we are gradually turning into a permaculture project. We've planted a 'food forest' (polyculture orchard with plums, apricots, peaches, cherries, sour cherries, pomegranates, apples, pears, quince, persimmon, walnuts, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, aronia, goji berries, tayberries, jostaberries, gooseberries and more... surrounded by a flowering/fruiting biodiversity hedge that will provide food for us, attract bees, and shelter wild birds.

    We grow without weedkillers and pesticides. We have raised keyhole beds for vegetables, a drip irrigation system fed by a groundwater pump, a composting toilet and composting bins. There's always a lot of work to be done,especially in spring and autumn. Do you want to help us with this?

    You don't need to have previous permaculture or gardening experience (though if you have, great!) because we can train you. However, you have to be willing to do physical work, e.g. turn the compost heap and dig planting trenches.

    Some of your help will be in the house. There's always a lot of cleaning and tidying to do.

    If you have special skills, we'll be happy to allocate you relevant tasks. For example, you may be able to build a wooden plant trellis, connect gutters to the roof for a rainwater harvesting systme or instal a solar energy shower, do small repairs around the house, paint walls, restore old wooden furniture, teach us yoga and tai chi, groom and train our dogs, do some social media posting, cook (mostly vegetarian) meals, make jams and fruit preserves, give us physiotherapy or create a mosaic from collected ceramics shards.

    If you're a couple, you can divide the tasks between you, e.g. one does the gardening, the other the housework.

    I'm a writer, and will often sit at my desk to work on a book while you get on with your tasks in the kitchen or the orchard.

    It's quiet and peaceful here. The main sounds you'll hear are birdsong, the humming of bees, the chirping of crickets, the 'clapclapclap' of storks' beaks in early summer, the 'toctoctoc' of woodpecker's beaks in the winter, the moo of cows and the meeh of sheep, interspersed with goat bells and dogs barking. The location is rural and ecologically fairly clean (though some rubbish gets irresponsibly dumped). The village economy is based on sunflower-growing and solar energy harvesting.

    If you like, we can introduce you to the people in the village, who are really friendly and helpful, though they don't speak English. You can get an insider experience of local traditions the way no tourist ever will.

    We can host in the winter months, but most of the tasks during this time will be indoors (housework and cleaning) rather than gardening. We can't plant trees when the ground is frozen. Do you want to give our home a thorough clean? :-)

    We have hosted many volunteers over the years (not just through WorkAway) and are quite good hosts to work for :-) However, we won't tolerate dishonesty of any kind. If you pretend skills you don't have, fabricate lies or plan to deceive - don't come here. (We had to ask one dishonest volunteer to leave to protect ourselves and our home. Her review dragged our feedback rating down. :-( The real volunteers have always given us top rating.

    Does this sound good you? If yes, tell us what interests you about this placement and what skills you can contribute. Please be honest about yours kills and everything else. We look forward to hearing from you.


    Rayne

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Jardinería
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general

  • 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
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    We'll be happy to tell you about Bulgarian life and culture, introduce you to local people, and help you in becoming a temporary part of an authentic Bulgarian community. We can also practice German or English conversation with you. We can train you in practical permaculture and gardening skills (depending on the season).

  • Ayuda

    Ayuda

    Gardening (planting, landscaping, digging, weeding... depending on the season), DiY/building/construction/home improvements (depending on your skills), cleaning, tidying, cooking, shopping,. If you can train my dogs, teach me yoga, instruct me in personal fitness, give me physiotherapy or do social media posting, that would be great.

  • Idiomas hablados

    Alemán: Fluido
    Inglés: Fluido

  • Alojamiento

    Alojamiento

    We have a nice comfortable guest room with a large bed, suitable for a couple. There's a shared bathroom.
    If you want to live in your own tent or camper van , there's space to set it up or park it.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    There are several buses daily to the towns of Elhovo and Yambol, but the bus stop is 2km away. Taxis are cheap, and I'll pay your taxi fares where needed (e.g. to bring home shopping).

    The village itself has two shops, a post office and a library (which stocks a few English and German books).

    The landscape around the village is mostly flat with some hills, with a river and small lake nearby. A large nature reserve is nearby. We're not far from the Black Sea and the Turkish border, so you can go on excursions there.

    Internet is overall good with occasional outages.

    The assignment would best suit a couple. It's great for a single, too, as long as you like the quiet life, are content to be alone much of the time and don't require entertainment. If you're a group, you would need to be willing to 'rough' it for the accommodation, i.e. bring your own tent or sleep on the floor in the house.

    Please don't apply if you're not vaccinated against Covid, or if you dislike (or are allergic to) cats or dogs. :-)

  • 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

    If you plan to work on your own projects as a digital nomad, that's fine - but remember that you owe us 25 hours work per week. Doing both may not leave you with much spare time for sightseeing and leisure. Internet is very good, with occasional brief outages.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    We have space for a campervan, but it's not a dedicated campsite with facilities. Also bear in mind that Bulgaria is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    If your cat or dog is used to travelling and at ease in new surroundings, and gets on well with other cats and dogs (ours), we're willing to consider them. The dog will have to stay outside, not allowed into the house.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

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    Horas esperadas

    25 hours per week, flexible schedule

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Precisión del perfil: (4.0)

Intercambio cultural: (3.5)

Comunicación: (3.0)





Número de referencia de anfitrión: 244427674225