Tiny house and cat refuge project on Vis Island, Croatia




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    LGBTQ+ fam welcome!



    This is a somewhat extreme Workaway because the living conditions are rough, but if you're independent people who love cats, hiking, living off-grid surrounded by nature and you think you could handle doing all that with minimal (but decent) shelter even during stormy weather when it gets dark at 4pm, read on.

    I live in town from October through May, and hiking up to the land every day to feed my cats is difficult for me. I need people living on the land to take care of the cats during the eight months when I live in town, and to help me with land maintenance.

    I’m only accepting teams of TWO PEOPLE at a time because you’ll need each other for company. Vis is desolate in winter, and you’ll be almost alone on the land. My neighbors will be there too, but they have their own lives and you won’t have much interaction with them unless it happens organically.

    I would like each team to stay for at least one month if possible. Ultimately I want people to settle in and stay for longer periods, if I find people who are the right fit both for them and me.

    This offer will be available every year from October through May. Check my calendar and / or the NOTES section at the bottom of this description to see which periods have already been booked.

    Loving and being attuned to cats is the NUMBER ONE qualification for this offer. Everything else is secondary.


    My land is about a 40-minute hike uphill from the port of Vis. It's a nice walk uphill to the edge of town, then along a relatively flat dirt road with a great view of the bay, then uphill again on a footpath winding through a forest, then finally along the crest of the hill on a very rocky footpath that slopes gently into the valley along the edges of fields.

    The Earth Garden consists of the tiny house, its backyard, a couple small fields and a tiny forest. It sits on the edge of a small valley where my neighbors have a family farm. They also have a big, loud generator they run for a few hours every night, usually sometime between 9 and midnight. If you're lucky, the wind will blow the sound away from you. If not, you should be able to escape it once you're inside, or on the other side of the structure. And if you listen to or play music it might not even be a problem, since your music will be closer.

    A small solar panel provides minimal electricity (light and plugs), and you can get a signal for mobile data, but sometimes it can be glitchy. There's always free wifi in town, though.

    There's no fridge yet, but there’s a gas-powered cooker, as well as a small cast iron wood stove for winter heating and cooking. I'll provide kitchen equipment and drinking water, but you'll need to provide your own food.

    There are two single beds, bunk-bed style, with bedding.

    The composting toilet is outside in the bushes, and there's a rainwater cistern where you'll get water for bathing.

    The most beautiful part of my land is the Sea Garden, where you can go to enjoy a view across the sea to Hvar, Brač and the mainland mountains in the distance. There’s also a rough-cut walking path nearby that can get you down to the water (the bay of Rogačić) in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how athletic you are.

    I'll be living in town and available to help you out with any glitches you may encounter while living on the land.


    Your main reason for being there is to provide a human presence for the cats, to feed them every day and to give them some attention. I'll provide cat food, of course.

    The cat work is most important to me, but it’s probably also the easiest. You'll just need to walk over to the nearby Sky Garden every day, where I camp from June through September. The 15 or so cats who call that place home may not all be there at the same time, but that’s about how many come there to eat. I’m hoping that you'll also enjoy spending time with them and giving them some attention. They'll probably end up wandering over to the Earth Garden and I don’t mind if you give them treats there too, but I'd like to keep the main feeding spot in its established place.

    There’s always a bit of land and path maintenance to do as well (weeding / trimming / processing dried branches and leaves), and from November through April we can have outdoor fires to burn some of what’s been cut throughout the year – that's always fun!

    I'll come up to work with you for a few hours at least one day each week (often Saturday afternoons), and will give you tasks you can do while I’m not there, too. I can't imagine we'll ever be doing 12 hours of actual work each week, but that would be the max.


    Fall, winter and spring on Vis have many sunny, mild and beautiful days, but there are also dark, cold, windy, stormy, rainy and occasionally even snowy days too. I've camped on the land in a festival tent through the end of November and again in early spring, so I know what I'm asking people to deal with. The tiny house is the best thing I've ever had, shelter-wise: you'll be in relative luxury compared to my crazy adventures.


    If you love hiking, you’ll be in heaven here. Vis has many hiking trails through hills and valleys, often with stunning sea views along the way.

    Exploring the island by bicycle or scooter is also fun. The tourist agencies will probably be closed, so we’ll have to try and find someone to rent to you off-season, but I think that’s possible. 

    Walking all around the bay of Vis is nice at any time of year, and there’s a bus to and from Komiza every morning and evening, so you could go to the other side of the island and walk around there too.


    I don't expect to get lucky and find anyone who wants to stay for the full eight months, so if you've read this far and are interested in any time period (I prefer a minimum of one month), reply with YES, PLEASE! in the subject line.




    Current openings are from October 2022 through May 2023.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Mantenimiento general

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    This workaway is about getting back in touch with nature, so the only person you'll be dealing with directly is me. I'm an introvert, so I don't hang out much outside of work, but there's an island full of Croatian people for you to go out and meet, if you're into that sort of thing. Download a language app, learn a few words and phrases then go out out and practice! People always love when you try to speak their language.

  • Ayuda


    Cat caretaking, tiny house finishing, general land maintenance

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Francés: Fluido
    Español: Intermedio

  • Alojamiento


    A stone shed with a fold-out sofa-bed

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    The island of Vis is a nature-lover's delight.

  • 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

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

    12 max, probably less

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Precisión del perfil: (5.0)

Intercambio cultural: (5.0)

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 586875764165