Co-create with us a center for sustainable practices & wellbeing in Eastern Macedonia



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    We are a couple Simona and Borche (both from Macedonia) who is working on the creation of a center for developing ideas and projects about permaculture, community living, sustainability and eco-villages.
    The future center is located in a village called Star Istevnik. The village is 15 km away from the town Delchevo and 15km from the town Berovo, but belongs to the municipality of Delchevo. The village is almost abandoned, it has arround 20 people left. Most of them are elders, who don't speak or understand English, only Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian and Bulgarian. More info on how to reach us, we can provide later on during chat or a call conference.

    We have a small property with an old house which is built only with natural materials (clay, straw, wood, lime, stone) in which we have made many improvements in the interior.
    So far, since we started working on this idea, we have been giving everything from our selves, mostly the two of us and with the help of some friends and volunteers (great thanks to them), to make the house livable and comfortable and set the minimum conditions of a normal rural household.
    Until now we have set 3 sleeping rooms, 1 kitchen, living area and a dry compost toilet which is part of the house.
    For the spring and summer period 2021, ideally we want to continue with building showers and toilettes with an appropriate system for the waste water and stuff. Also, we want to remake the facade of the house (again with clay and straw and maybe we'll experiment with adding lime).
    Parallel projects are upgrades in gardening and improving the look and functionality of the yard.
    *One important project, as well, will be inventing a solution for the lack of water during the summer season.

    One of the goals is to make this place to be self sufficient and zero waste.

    About us:

    Simona (25) is partially working as a translator and writing projects. She is caring and open minded. Healing properties of plants and herbs are her interest. She has level 1 in Reiki, likes to explore and try different well-being practices.
    She likes to make macrame in her leisure time, enjoys walks in nature, enjoys good quality conversations with people, likes to travel and explore new places, but needs to spend some time alone for recharging as well...
    Borche (29) is the guy with the ideas, the PR manager :) He is also open minded and friendly. He loves to be around people. He also likes to travel, to daydream and observe. On the other hand, he is experienced in gardening and building with natural materials. Now he is employed and will try to balance between the work and his actual desires of the heart, which is this life-long project of ours.
    The both of us have been part of many youth exchanges, training courses and EVS trough the Erasmus+ program. This means that we are comfortable with an international environment and we have experience in work with people.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    -As volunteers in this initiative you will have the chance to experience the Macedonian culture and traditions.
    -You will have the opportunity to test yourself if you are able to live and share with other unfamiliar people as a community, as a family. You have this opportunity to be more humble in your wishes and try to live sustainable lifestyle.
    -You'll be able to learn the traditional methods that has been used in agriculture, but also try new ones and experiment in gardening.
    -To learn a bit of the Macedonian language.
    -To enjoy the peace and quiet in the village.
    -To enjoy the benefits from the clean water and air.
    -To be 24/7 connected with nature.
    -To do arts and designs for the esthetics of the place.
    -To meet other international volunteers (if we have them around).
    -To explore and discover more about yourself.

  • Aide


    So, as the house is built only with natural materials such as clay, straw, sand and wood, If you have skills and experience with work like this it will be excellent, if not, it is not a problem, it's enough to be motivated and willing to learn.
    *Mainly we will work 5-6 hours a day, but the schedule depends much on the weather conditions. We like the people to feel free and enjoy, but also to give their support for the project. We all have lazy days, but when there's work to be done we expect you to have the common sense and participate in the activities.
    *Cooking and planning of meals is always a great help, so if you have cooking skills, you can join in the kitchen.
    *If you are practicing some wellbeing techniques and you want to share them with us, we would like to learn :)
    *Since the cultural life in Delchevo is in stagnation and is lacking diversity, If you feel like to organize workshops and events downtown to raise up the spirit of the cultural life, we would be happy to support it, but that depends on your motivation.
    *We like to go with the flow, so most of the activities will be coming day by day, there are things that can not be planned.
    It's always good to have less expectations and let yourself be surprised. Also, try to fit in the daily flow.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Bulgarian: Courant
    Anglais: Courant
    Croatian: Courant
    Macedonian: Courant
    Russe: Courant
    Serbo-Croatian: Courant
    Espagnol: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    -Shared rooms in the house and tents. We have 2 bedrooms with 3 beds in each. Everything depends in which period you will come.
    -The food depends on the season. We are orienting with the nature. We tend to eat the food from the garden we've produced, but if this resource is not available, we buy from the local green market. We'll be collecting forest fruits and mushrooms. Sometimes we help in our neighbor's farm and in exchange we get milk and cheese. Since this project is not funded yet by any grant and so far we are all volunteers, we will have a jar for donations for the food. We share everything we have, but if this is not enough, feel free to support the kitchen jar for the things we can not grow :)
    -There is a dry compost toilette as part of the house, there's another outside toilette and an improvised shower for now.

    *So far, we have been giving all of our time, energy, finances, will and soul for this place. We kindly expect that you are aware of this and treat everything that's here with attention and respect.
    All the damage done by you, should be covered accordingly!

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    In your free time you can explore the area. Also you can go on a trip inside the country to see some other nice places.
    About the transport: To go to the town you can go with us by car or hitchhike. It's only 15km.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

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      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

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    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 864114699365