Help on historical rustic homestead, on organic family farm and with a music and art festival in Gataučiai village, Lithuania

  • Lituania
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  • Última actividad: 25/01/2023




  • Descripción


    we are Saulius, Kamilė and Namėjus. We are living our dream in a homstead and managing a camping on the same land. During the summer we have many nice and good people around us. Everyone is welcome to join!

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    About Saulius:
    Saulius is very passioned about traveling. He even had a bycicles' fixing studio/workshop in Vilnius. Saulius visited a lot of places around the world and he have a lot of friends from different continents and he is always ready to tell you some interesting stories and share advices. Saulius is very creative, kind, open-minded and hard-working and he has a lot of experience in different fields: plumbing; contructions, woodworking, restaurations, renovations, fixing, building; radio technology; farming in general, gardening, tractors, apple farming, making drinks from apples; work with electricity;

    About Kamilė:
    Kamilė is passioned about traveling, gardening, growing food, farming, foraging, collecting medicinal herbs, crafts (weawing, basketry, woodworking, wood carving, lino cutting-printing, renovating old furnitures and interior/exterior details, etc..), organising workshops. She describes herself as a self-educator and she loves the idea of DIY.

    Namėjus is our son (born 2021.12.28) and he would be happy to have other toddlers around.:)

    We grow our own food: vegetables, fruits and herbs. We are collecting herbs, berries, mushrooms and other wild edibles in the woods, making teas, tinctures, other goodies. We live according to the principles of natural, slow and sustainable way of living, we respect the nature and we expect the same attitude from the people who live with us. Help with gardening and farming is needed all the time. We expect people who are passioned about living in alternative ways. We also like Zero Waste idea (mostly we buying second hand furnitures, interior and exterior details, decorations; during festival/other celebrations, we make our own decorations from wastes/useless things..). We are passionate about history of Semigallia (Žiemgala) lands and we are focused on its traditions, beliefs and life-style.

    We are looking for volunteers who would like to contribute to the development of a campsite. The camping site is in a beautiful apple tree garden next to Šiauliai-Riga road (E12/E77) connecting Lithuania and Latvia. We are located 19 km away from the Hill of Crosses, one of the main tourist attractions in Lithuania.

    We aim to develop alternative village/rural tourism and support village communities through employing local people and buying locally grown / produced food from them. We are passionate about cycling and have quite a few bikes that we can lend to volunteers.

    Next to the camping site, there are old wooden houses (one used to serve as a horse post-office building 100 years ago) where we accommodate people during high season and host different private events and celebrations. Our main target is to develop campsite and its environment.

    ![We have a break from festival this year, 2023] !
    Every August since 2008, we are hosting a music and art festival with many concerts, workshops, lectures, competitions and lots of fun.

    On June we celebrate Midsummer (Rasos/Saulėgrįža/Joninės) and on August 15d. we have a celebration named Žolinė which came from ancient Baltic traditions.

    Moreover, in 2019 we became an Albergue for Pilgrims who participates in Camino Lituano route/trail. We are the second stop in the route, which starts near Latvia border and goes down to Poland border. Camino Lituano connects Camino Latvia and Camino Poland routs and they all lead to Camino de Santiago in Spain.

    Unfortunately, we answer only for serious WORKAWAYERS requests. The best way to prove your interest in volunteering is to tell about yourself as much as possible. Of course, we don‘t expect motivation letters or CVs, but we do prefer to know what you are able to do by your own hands, your experiences in practice, your knowledge. Also, we would like to know what is your intention coming here, why you choose us, what you want to learn, what you expect and how you can help? Moreover, it would be nice to know little bit about your personality. Adittional question: what is the most complicated work/thing you have ever done in your live that required great responsibility? If you will answer these questions, we will understand that your interest in our activities is real.

    -positive and open-minded
    -reliable, responsible, honest and trustworthy
    -friendly, sociable
    -not afraid of hard work, dirty work in different weather conditions
    -being initiative

    *Driving license is an advantage
    *Cooking, organising food is an advantage
    *Fast problem solving is an advantage

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de 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 con ordenadores/Internet
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    You may meet volunteers from other countries or Lithuania helping on our site with whom you can chat and learn not only about Lithuanian culture, but also how we do certain works here (e.g. make apple wine in a non-industrial way, hand made wooden furniture, basktery. On long summer evenings, sometimes we enjoy dinners together, chatting and tasting home made wine in a good company. If you stay here long enough, we can also teach you to cook some Lithuanian meals and speak some Lithuanian!

    As we mention before, from 2019 we became an Albergue (Guest house) for Camino Lituano trail participants, so you might meet pilgrims from all over the world.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

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

  • Ayuda


    Daily tasks may vary based on the skills and preferences of the volunteer, as well as the season. We need help with general maintenance in the house such as changing sheets, washing, hanging, tiding, organasing, cleaning spaces and surfaces, taking care of indoor and outdoor plants.

    You may also engage in some creative projects like drawing / painting on the buildings, signs,creating decorations for events or anything that may fit in the current surroundings. Help may be needed with farming in our apple garden (whitening the tree trunks, collecting apples or simply cleaning up the old leaves in autumn or after winter). There are always some things to do around the house, like fixing or re-painting the fence, cutting grass, etc.. The oldest house needs repair.

    At the moment we need a little bit of help with our new website. We plan to make it on Wordpress, so any knowledge would be useful.

    It would be a pleasure to invite volunteers with skills such as:

    -paining, drawing, knowledge of paints and oils
    -cutting wood, working with other woodworking tools
    -building, contruction works, fixing
    -renovating and restaurating furnitures and other interior/exterior details
    -mowing the lawn/grass, trimmering
    -cleaning, tiding, organising, washing, hanging, making food, etc..
    -filmmaking, programming (IT), digital photography
    -organic gardening (watering, weeding, planting, taking care of greenhouse, raised beds with vegetables, apple trees, flowers, other places with different types of plants)
    -farming, digging, shoveling,
    -working with electricity

    If you are here around any celebration time, there are a plenty of organizational tasks (like creating projects, spaces, communicating with visitors, working with stage mics, coordinating, combinating, building, painting, etc..) to do. For this time we are searching for really gifted and hard-working people.

    *We respect people who respect our environment by not wasting water, electricity, gass, soap and other liquids, paper, paints, oils, paint brushes, other tools or materials, food, sorting the garbage, compost, etc.. Caring about shared spaces. For us it‘s very important to have around us people who are responsible for their own actions.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Lithuanian: Fluido
    Ruso: Fluido

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  • Alojamiento


    *Volunteers will be provided beds with clean bed sheets in a dormitory room, shared room, sometimes a private room or a caravan trailer. Depends on availabilties. Workawayers must take care (tide up, clean up, do not overload common spaces with their belongings) of the spaces they are living in, eating, showering, working. If you wish, you can also stay in the tent (or in a van if you have) in our beautiful apple tree garden. An hour of silence in the homestead and camping starts from 11 am (unless we have a party at reception's building or the other building, where volunteers stay, is empty).

    *Hot showers and nice toilets are guaranteed. Towels as well.

    *We do not cook for volunteers but we share our kitchen and provide plenty of products for cooking, mostly seasonal and local. In the kitchen we have everything that is needed for cooking. We support our village community by buying local and ecological products like eggs, dumplings, milk, cheese, butter, sour cream, curd, vegetables, berries and fruits. Mostly we don't eat/buy meat, unless it‘s from known farms/people. But we do love wild fish.

    *WiFi is available, smoking allowed only in the designated places outside.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    We do not expect volunteers to help more than half a day (but if you are able, no problem), so you will have a plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings, including the Hill of Crosses (one of the main tourist attractions in Lithuania located 19 km from us), Jakiškiai Manor House (5 km from us). If you are a nature lover, you may be interested in visiting Žagarė National Park. A great way to travel around is by bikes that we will be happy to lend you; there are special paths & routes or you can cycle along village roads wherever you like. The 4th largest city of Lithuania Šiauliai, offering a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, is only 28 km away from us. It is a perfect transport hub if you would like to continue your trip by bus or train. Joniškis city (the nearest one, 10 km) in the past was a Jewish city, so many visit places there too. Muša Tyrelis swamp with a wooden path for tourists is about 15 km from us. Sometimes our friends and volunteers hitchhike to Latvia to reach the sea shore (100km from us). In administration building we have a spot we call info center where you may find interesting information about surrounding places.

    Joniškis region belongs to Žiemgala (Semigallia) lands and it has a lot of mistical and magical old sacred places, stones, woods, trees and hills. We have an informative map with such places and we can recommend the good ones.

  • 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

    Wi-FI works good at Reception building.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Any size campervans/motorhomes is okay.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    Only if the dogs are friendly with other animals. We have 4 nomad cats, 1 dog and some chickens/ducks and they are living comfy life here at the homestead. We don't want to disturb.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 638487222538

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