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Bodrum, Mugla
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 16.5
Persons: 3-5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 43955
Country: Turkey

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Last Updated: December 25, 2015

Hello, We live at the farm in Bodrum Ė Mugla, South-West of Turkey. We have vineyards and around 2000 olive trees. We also have goats, ducks, chickens, cats and a lot of work to do everyday.
Our main productions are wine and olive oil. Also we have fruit trees to make jams. We are making fresh pasta and sourdough bread with our own wheat to serve with our own wine to our guests who come to the farm for the tasting events.
We are not using pesticides or any other industrial farming techniques.
Recently we are taking care of the land in general. Weeding, planting, taking care of the animals, preparing the farm for winter. We have a list of work to do together with you.
We can offer you a room to share with other volunteers. Also 3 times meal per day. And we are expecting you to become one of us and work with us minimum 6 hours per day, 6 days per week.
We live 2 km far from the nearest village, and 5 km from a town and 30km far from Bodrum and around 12 km far from the see. If you donīt have a car you can come to town with us when we go
Please do not apply if you can not share with us a minimum of 1 weeks, minimum 2 weeks would be perfect. Your maximum stay under the Helpx agreement is 2 months. We welcome all, but we are not a holiday destination. Pro-activity and an inquisitive mind is a must for successful co-creation.
Volunteer guidelines and The List of Works to do
To do list of work (December to March)
Trim (Olive Trees, Grapes, Fruit Trees)
Weeding (Vineyards, Strawberry and Vegy Fields)
Building the Duck Pond (Most of it is ready)
Fresh Pasta Making
Sourdough Bread Making
Vinegar Making (Filtering)
Making Grape Jams
Helping During the Workshops If Needed
Hosting the Visitors at the Wine Cellar
Cutting Woods
Planting (Roses, Rosemary, Lavender, Wild Grapes)
Cleaning the Storages
Fertilising the Trees and Plants
Taking Care of All the Farm Whenever it Needs

Previous experience has shown us that it is best to put down in writing some of the important things which we expect from someone staying at The Selia, in order to avoid misunderstandings or to help clear them if they arise. Forgive us if some of the items below seem very obvious, and/or if the tone appears a bit stern. If you find yourself flinching at some of the items listed below, then it might be better to listen to your own instincts, as they might be telling you that our place is not for you.
During your stay here, we ask that you:

1.Keep your accommodation clean and tidy, as you might be sharing it and other spaces with others, and many will follow after you.
This includes washing up regularly after meals and putting dishes away, sweeping the floor, emptying the bins and compost collector on a very regular basis, i.e before it becomes full. Make sure that your personal belongings are kept in your own area and not in the common areas, etc. At the end of your stay, we ask you to make sure that the accommodation is left in a better state as you found it.

2. Help with the washing up. (Please note that these two items above are not considered Ďworkí, but part of living in a larger community of people.)

3. Put anything you use, particularly tools back in their place immediately after use, so that the next person that needs them can find them easily, and leave the tools you used and the working area clean and tidy. This is part of working in a larger community of people.

4. Not invite anyone to stay in the accommodation without checking with us first.

5. Be flexible as regards meal arrangements. Depending on the number of people here at one time and the time of year, meals might be taken communally, or helpxers make their own meals with ingredients which we supply (*note however that this isnít a license to raid our food-store). Often meal arrangements will be a combination of the two options: occasionally having meals together with our people, self-catering on the other days. During our busy season, everyone eats together.

IMPORTANT Please note that although we donít have a strict no-alcohol policy, we take a negative view of heavy drinking and will not tolerate substance abuse under any circumstances.

6. Come here with appropriate gear so as to be equipped to work outdoors (proper clothing and waterproof boots). If you donít then you might have to do without. Make sure you bring your own torch (its dark after dark) . We provide working gloves, but again, it might be better for you to bring your own rather than have to use old/sweaty/dirty ones.

7.Not to be clock watching as regards when to finish work. The working day is not a set 9 to 5
On average you can expect us to work all day everyday. The minimum effort we expect you to put in is about 6 hours every day. If there is bad weather, or if there is a specific job or project that has to be finished that day, the working day could be much shorter or longer. We ask that you are flexible with your work hours and we will endeavor to balance out any imbalances.
Also remember that your days off are not always our days off, if it is we don't mind giving the occasional lift to town, but remember that we donít run a taxi service and value our private time.

8. We use our own source water. Use is very consciously. Be aware of your energy consumption. Please switch off lights, donít fill a kettle to the limit and then only use half a cup, etc, and use appliances sparingly. Unplug anything that is not in use. Please be mindful of the amount of woods you use to heat. If you are feeling cold, do you need to burn more wood, or can you put another jumper on?
Know for yourself that you really don't need to wash those three items, you can wait until there is a full load? Please ask us if we have things to wash (we always do) as there is only one washing machine. We supply the washing powder.

9. Respect the value and integrity of the exchange. A successful exchange works both ways: We are always very happy to share any bit of knowledge or know-how with people staying here, and please donít hesitate to ask. For our part, we must also feel that we are receiving useful work back in exchange for the food and accommodation.

10. Communicate with us as to how you are feeling about the work/the place/ us. If you feel that the exchange is not working, please let us know. Generally speaking we expect you to be open, honest and truthful in all your communication with us and with other people staying at the Selia.

If you are interested in coming as a helpxer, please write via the helpx website with details of your relevant experience (if any), the reasons why you're choosing our place over others, and the dates you would be available. If you can, also send us a photo (or a link to one on the Internet), as we like to know what prospective helpxers look like :)

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