Come and help with our small NGO and live a more sustainable lifestyle in Võrumaa, Estonia

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  • Description

    Description

    Tere! we are a couple running a small Not-for-profit in the south of Estonia.

    We organise events and workshops to promote more sustainable living and environmental awareness. We currently do this from an old abandoned farm without a shower or running water. We are the right place if you love this simple life . The only place to refresh/wash is the river who is usually quite cold! Be warned! :)

    We are working on making some sustainable solutions to provide a little more ease and comfort, but these will develop over the coming years. We are looking for adventurous volunteers who love to live close to nature.

    Our focus in 2022 is developing our site for more comfortable hosting of small groups for overnight workshops.
    The first priority is establishing the first stages of a 0.5 hectare food forest and some more food production in permaculture/nature inspired gardens. We also will be building something most of the time!

    **On the 21st of May we are having another educational festival. This time the topic is food forests. We have a lot of preparation to do before then. Preparing materials, signs, posters, putting up shelters and preparing the food forest site. If you like building and gardening and would like to come and join in please get in touch.

    Rea loves plants, trees, foraging, gardening, yoga, dancing and making pizza in the old bread oven in our home.
    Justin loves designing garden elements, eco-building and spending time in natural landscapes such as our place. He is currently trying to further his knowledge on mushrooms and passive greenhouses!
    Puri loves people and playing with her neighbour dogs and in the river. (2 year-old puppy)
    Pastinaak is a longhaired cosy and affectionate cat (age unknown)
    Osh-Tisch is funny grey kitten who likes to sleep on her face.
    There are also many chickens with too many names to list and a funny old goose named Rupert.

    The house and old barn sit next to the Piusa river in a landscape protection area. The block of land is 10 hectares, most of which is steep, rolling, forested valley-side rising above the river. Down by the house is a flowering natural meadow. And our garden and little field.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme

  • 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

    Life here is a blend of traditional Estonian countryside life, with some more modern sustainable ideas here and there. (plus an internet modem hanging in a tree). Between us we have fairly wide experience in growing things and building things in more ecofriendly ways but we are by no means experts! These things seem to us best learnt by doing and sharing. Mostly we try to always do something a little new so we are always gaining new skills and experimenting. You might learn about foraging for mushrooms or building a green roof, all dependant on when you come, what we are up to, and what you would like to put your energies towards.
    Rea is an Estonian local so can give some language tips. Justin is still learning!

  • Aide

    Aide

    2022 plans...
    *Plants*
    Food forest planning, earthworks and much planting.
    Experimental low light planting in the forest.
    Propagating and grafting
    More hugelkultur garden beds.
    Enlarging no-dig field
    Mushroom inoculation of living trees, stumps and trenches
    Foraging for forest foods and medicinal herbs

    *Building*

    Finishing touches on our greenhouses
    Timber framing repairs to barn
    Building second composting toilet
    Outdoor showers
    Fencing
    New chicken house

    *Maintenance/General*
    Mowing with scythe
    Firewood cutting and stacking
    Chipping ramial chip for garden
    Cooking
    Painting signs
    Playing with Puri
    Animal care
    General gardening, harvest, seed collection and preservation

    Random tasks around the farm area and river....

    If you have any talents or skills you would like to use please let us know. So we can plan our time together somewhat.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Estonian: Courant
    Italien: Intermédiaire

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    There are a few choices.. You can bring a tent and camp in the meadow near the house. We can provide a tent if you give us some notice.
    We have several unheated spaces in our house and barn you can choose from in the warmer months.

    *Food*

    Our household avoids eating any meat or dairy from the store/mass production. Most of our fresh food comes from our garden, friends gardens or the forest. We don't cook meat but at times fish appears. Our daily diet is usually vegan friendly.
    If you want something other than porridge for your breakfast then please bring your own. We will provide basic ingredients for a hearty lunch and light dinner. We can share cooking between us. We have plenty of teas and chaga (mushroom tea coffee substitute).

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Across the river is this state park hiking and cycling trail:

    If you go north, you reach the Piusa sandstone cliffs and local pottery store, south you reach Vana-Vastseliina and the preserved ruins of a Livonian castle. The town of Obinitsa nearby has an art gallery, seto-culture farm museum, and a dramatic swimming lake.
    There is also much forest to explore on days off.
    Public transport is not great for day trips, but much exploring can be done by bike or foot.
    The nearest village is Vastseliina, library, supermarket, postoffice etc. This can be reached 10km by dirt roads or 15km by walking trail by the river. 30km away is the bigger town Võru and Tartu is 100km north.

    Leaving and arriving is best by train to Koidula station where we can collect you by car. The train website is elron.ee. All Estonian trains have ticket people you can buy on the train or prebuy on the website for a very small discount.
    In summer you can get off at Piusa which is closer but only open in the warmer months. If you prefer we can give you instructions for a 15km walk along forest trails to our door.

    You can also reach us from Võru by a bus to Vastseliina where you will need to hitch or be picked up by us!

    We like to work hard, in summer we rise around 8am splash in the river and plan the day. We appreciate people who put energy and creativity into any task they undertake. Well done if you read all this, we are looking forward to reading about you!

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Must be dog, cat and chicken friendly!

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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