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Stay in our beautiful farmhouse with its extensive gardens, experience traditional Czech life, learn about the culture, food and ways, visit many historical places, castles and medieval towns all close by, plus we are just 45km from Prague with excellent public transport available direct from our village. We are just fifteen minutes from one of the biggest recreational lakes in CZ which has sandy and grass beaches, water sports and clean water swimming, as well as bars, cafes and restaurants - in nice weather we go there a few times each week and can take volunteers in our car.
The main help we are looking for is tidying up the very large gardens and some interior decorating.
In May/June 2024 we will do some weekend yoga workshops and volunteers can participate if there is space.
PLEASE NOTE: July and August we travel and are not at home to support and interact with volunteers. We can accept 2 volunteers who can use a new apartment we made last year, help would consist of taking care of the garden, cleaning, maybe a bit of maintenance and we would provide most of the food ingredients for you to make meals. Ideal for a couple looking for a relaxing break!
We are a British-Czech couple with a 15 year old daughter and our home is a very big renovated 180 year old traditional stone built farmhouse set in a lovely, mature large garden situated in a tiny village set amongst beautiful rural countryside of rolling hills, forests, farmland. We all speak English and this is the main language we use in our home.
Apart from our own living space, we have created three stylish apartments in the house which we rent to holidaymakers during the summer season and volunteers are accommodated in these at other times of the year - volunteer couples will have their own bedroom and others will share a same sex sleeping space in single beds/bunks if separate bedrooms are not available. The apartment have kitchen corner, lounge area, dining table, toilet and shower room.
Close by are other traditional villages and a small town and we are ideally located to visit many fascinating historical ancient towns and cities as well as castles, popular recreational venues and Prague of course. There is public bus transport from our village linking all areas or to the nearest main railway station 10km away in the town. We have archery equipment for use at our house, behind it is newly made tennis court and childrens play area, close by is a rope park, golf course, horse riding, river kayaking/rafting, water sports on the lake such as wind surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, etc. Thirty minutes away is the biggest Water Park in the Czech Republic - check out our photos!
STAY IN OUR OTHER HOME IN THE UK - there is the opportunity for volunteers at our Czech home to also go stay at our home in the UK, situated in the beautiful county of Yorkshire, close to the historical Viking city of York, the UNESCO Lake District, Yorkshire Moors and Dales, Pennine Mountains, fabulous coastline with Victorian seaside resorts and fishing harbours, the vibrant city of Leeds a few minutes away and much more. The house is ten minutes from Leeds Bradford airport [usually 40GBP direct flights from Prague] and volunteers can go there when we are not using it and have it to themselves.
Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizajePráctica de idiomasJardineríaConstrucción y bricolajeCocinar para toda la familiaAyuda domésticaMantenimiento generalAyuda informática
Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje
We are always happy to meet fellow travellers and share experiences - we ourselves travelled extensively throughout South East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and various other places - and we love to learn about places we have not been to.
Likewise we love to chat about our passion for producing travel videos and vlogging - we have filmed and produced travel shows for national TV, many destination guides on Youtube and hundreds of videos for the travel industry.
Our daughter loves board games!
Foodies - we are very interested in world cuisines, are experts at Moroccan cooking (where we spent two years) and Thai food, from where we recently returned. We love to learn new recipes and techniques and look forward to volunteers sharing their knowledge of food and experiences.
Proyectos con niños
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
We are looking for volunteers to help with one or more of the following tasks:
a) tidying up and improving the gardens, helping with the vegetable garden, etc.
b) interior decorating (painting) walls, ceilings and window frames, etc.
c) light renovation/construction work
d) housework and preparing meals
e) introducing us to new world cuisines
f) making a website
g] suggest what you can do!
We do not require volunteers to have particular skills as nothing is too difficult and we are here to advise, demonstrate and help.
The minimum period we host volunteers is 7 days not including the day of arrival and departure.
We expect volunteers to help 4 hours per day for demanding tasks or 5 hours per day for light tasks excluding meal times and breaks x 5 days a week and then take 2 days off - but we can pre-agree on terms depending on what skills are provided or level of physical work. PLEASE NOTE: unless you are working in a team, we are happy for you to set your own 'start' and 'finish' times each day and you can vary these to suit yourself as long as in any 7 days you complete your 4/5 hours x 5 days in total. - we dont care if you start work at 5am or 11am or in the afternoon, its up to you! Also, volunteers can do longer hours per days if they want to have more than two days off in a week.
As already mentioned, volunteers stay in the new self contained apartments if these are not rented out as a holiday lets.
FOOD: Volunteers are provided with three meals a day - we are not vegetarian but we do follow a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, grains, pulses, etc., and eat meat around 3 times a week, although this tends to be more often when we host meat eaters! We like to prepare varied and very tasty food, recreating dishes from around the world as well as letting volunteers experience tradition czech food. We provide ingredients for volunteers to make their own breakfast in the apartments, this light breakfast usually consisting of a choice of cereal such as cornflakes, muesli, oats, which you can add milk or have fresh or toasted bread with butter and jam together with tea or coffee. Lunch is around mid-day and the main meal is dinner early evening. Weather permitting, we like to eat outdoors in the garden, do the occasional BBQ and also make a wood fire to roast sausages on sticks! We have hosted vegetarians and vegans and they seemed to have been very happy with the meals we prepared for them - and we were happy to experience the meals they prepared. Regarding drinks, our tap water is very good and not treated with chemicals, we provide normal tea and instant coffee as well as herbal and fruit mixes for making hot drinks - volunteers can help themselves to drinks throughout the day. Volunteers can buy any special food or drink items, beer/wine, etc., they need for their own consumption from the nearby village - or can join us on shopping trips.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are used to and expect fried bacon, sausages, eggs, etc., for breakfast, beef steaks or salmon for dinner, then you are going to be disappointed here!
Our extensive gardens are very peaceful to relax in and we are surrounded by beautiful countryside with a network of marked walking trails. A small bar/restaurant recently opened in our village, although opening times are restricted and few kilometes away is a nice village with bars/restaurants, shops, supermarket, etc. We may be able to provide transport to visit local attractions, etc., helpers can accompany us sometimes on shopping trips to villages/towns and join us for recreational things like walking in the adjoining forests, light treks and visiting Slapy leisure lake where there are water sports available, restaurants, bars, disco´s and good clean swimming conditions.
For anyone new to CZ, beer and wine are probably the cheapest in Europe! We can also help with organising public transport for trips a helper might want to make on their own. Various activities are available locally, including golf, river canooing/rafting, tennis, indoor pools, gym, rope park, horse riding (can accompany our daughter), etc., etc.
Exact terms of the stay can be agreed.
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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Fergus adventure life!!!! He is a amazing storyteller!! Thanks for open your house and your heart! Soon for more empanadas!!!! 🏻🌸💜🦋
Fergus was very reasonable with the expected work, and very flexible with the hours and scheduling. That
We agreed to host Lilly for a month and her main task was to reconstruct, up-date and re-design our website. She was expert at doing this but also using her business and life experiences was able to
His task was to construct a wooden surround for a plastic tank that would become a plunge pool - to complicate matters we wanted to use up-cycled wooden pallets. Using his incredible woodworking skills he accomplished this even though he had to deconstruct some pallets and solve numerous other
The main task we set him was finishing and painting a partition wall with door in the apartment the volunteers were staying in - this involved cleaning it down as it was made from old wood, filling/repairing woodwork and giving it a number of coats of paint. He did a great
When it came to work Fergus was always attentive and didn't want me to work one minute longer than he had to. My job was to paint a wall.
Fergus is a serious storyteller. All the stories, conversations and travel advice made my stay even more special and fun.
I also had the opportunity to
A change of our plans meant that on arrival we needed them to assist a woodworker who was building a surround for a plunge pool using pallets - Maxine and Daniela did not hesitate, got stuck in and
We were converting an old stone barn into a yoga studio and they did a lot to help with this project, filling in gaps in the big recycled pallet wood flooring, using power tools and solving problems dealing with
There was all sorts of stuff to do around the house, but the hours were very flexible, and we had plenty of time off.
There are several interesting places to visit nearby, and everything is very cheap.
Fergus, your sense of humor, your life story, and the delicious food you cooked all make me look forward to our meal time.
You make me feel at home and let us choose the hours we work. I learned
GETTING THERE: It's easy to get there with a couple of buses/trains from Prague. He sent us instructions, but the day we arrived, because of a slight delay in the train, we
In Fergus place I felt like at home. We were cooking and baking together. I liked that we were having
We pre-agreed with Lisa that her only task would be to make a website for a new yoga retreat project we are working on to provide events at our property. She gave us links to her previous work and we were confident that she
We were converting an old barn into a yoga studio and his main task was to finish the flooring which was of re-cycled wooden pallets. This work involved filling in gaps with correctly cut wooden strips, sanding using power tools and helping the
An incredible chapter I really
There were many tasks that he helped with but the main work involved fitting 50 square metres of flooring in a barn that we are converting into a
The main task we set them was to install ground to roof widows in a barn we are converting into a yoga studio, this involved re-purposing old
They were both hard working, didnt count their hours, were willing to tackle anything and produced great results. They both helped clear up the garden ready for winter, moving furniture and stuff and Jake used a petrol chain saw to cut up big branches for
As soon as I arrived I felt very welcomed, was shown around the house and village by Annie and the whole evening chatting to everyone. I stayed in an apartment on the ground floor of the house,
Communication was good, he arrived on the day arranged and immediately settled in to his role as a volunteer - he was eager and willing to tackle any task we set him, did his very best and even though he had not much experience using power tools, etc., he managed well
Hope we see him again [:
For sure I will visit them again (:
There are so many good
If you are thinking of doing a WorkAway here let
I was happy to offer my hand in gardening, painting, moving stuff, organizing home stuff. Actually, Fergus does not push his volunteers to work more. He gives them the freedom to
Fergus has very good stories about what he has done in his life, how to share with gorillas, his
We share with Fergus, Petra and little Annie a beautiful month in a small, quiet and beautiful village in the Central Bohemian region.
From the first day they welcomed us with joy and made us feel at home.
We shared most of the day with Fergus and Petra was returning from work in the
It’s awesome that i have a chance to stay in Fergus place! First,he replied me really fast and telling me the transportation in details!! He is a nice host always reminds me that I can stop working :joy: Also, he always checking me if I need anything! I did some
This was my first workaway and it was overall a wonderful experience. I received a warm welcome to the family. Fergus, Petra and Annie made me feel very welcome in their home. I stayed a total of 3 weeks with them. During my stay with them I did a variety of jobs of which my
Fergus had a list of work I could choose from, so I adjusted my day work to current weather or my needs. I was amazed that all the health and safety equipment was provided which made the work even more enjoyable.
The meals were delicious [I am vegetarian].
I was super happy that I took my bicycle there as Stranny is a quiet small
Everything was so great !
I felt part of the family as soon as I arrived. I spent most of the time with Fergus as Petra was working and Annie was at school. I really enjoyed our conversations about so many topics and his sense of humour !
The work expected was great and never
Our vegetable plots and herb garden was completely overgrown with weeds and Audrey dug, forked and pulled every single weed leaving the areas ready for planting
The place is in a beautiful and relaxed little village near Prague (with a really good public transport to get there in almost an
The main work required of him was to lay ceramic floor tiles in two large rooms – this was a challenging task as the concrete floor was not perfect and the walls not square,
We dont accept volunteers during winter, she was our last one for this year and the only jobs that needed doing were clearing up the garden and doing a thorough clean of a
I spent 7 short days with this family and my tasks included raking the abundance of fall leaves, helping Annie harvest/carve a pumpkin for the annual contest in the town
We spent three weeks with them building an outdoor balcony and railing on the second story landing. They were very reasonable with our working hours and were so flexible and relaxed and happy to let our hours work in with our plans. They helped us with plenty of suggestions of what to
All my best
Did also did International dinner nights where we
The main work was to clear out a storage room that was full of stuff that had accumulated over a long time and move it all to different storage rooms - all this involved a lot of heavy lifting. Marti also helped with the restoration and upcycling of some old
We stayed for one week.
Fergus is the calmest person ever! We really admire how serene he is. We spent hours and hours chatting about everything, food, travel,
I spend my work time with Fergus how showed me what I had to do.
Such a great time we had; Fergus and Petra are a very interesting and inspiring couple, with so many stories to share, we could spend hours just listening and be jealous :) They have a beautiful daughter, Anny, she is very smart, curious and friendly, just with 9 years old
Overall I was really happy with staying there and I am thinking of coming around again next year.
Fergus is a really nice guy and we had lots
During our time we designed and built a sofa/bed frame out of reclaimed wood. Whilst we were briefed on the style they wanted, we were really given full creative freedom to construct it how we thought best. Which we really enjoyed.
I helped weeding in their garden and small part of their renovation project. Work is not so hard though, Petra took me some nice towns, beautiful castle and circus... I really enjoyed
They are adorable, cute, interesting, empathetic and very active! They have many fun stories about their lives and their travels!
The House in which they
I learned a lot from this family about Czech
We really enjoyed working with them. They took the time to explain us what to do and we learnt a lot. We also did different activities all the
It was my very first time as a workawayer but all the time I just felt I was part of the family.
They are long term travelers, so they are very prepared to receive foreigners. Understanding, patient and open minded to cultural exchange, they were always very kind and