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Karnobat
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 7500
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 54192
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: May 29, 2017

Welcome and thank you for browsing our profile.

Location and about us:-

We are located in beautiful rural South Eastern Bulgaria in a Village 15 minutes drive from Karnobat and 45 minutes drive from Burgas and the Black Sea. We are located right out on the edge of our small village with views towards the Central Bulgarian Mountains. We have a large plot of land with a stream running through so plenty of opportunities for solitude or socialising during the evenings in our Gazebo. Our village is an ideal location for travellers going to or coming from TURKEY.

The Team is comprised of Robert an Englishman although, he considers himself more European nowadays and former British Army; Sasha is Robert's young Russian Wife who graduated from Moscow State University where she studied History. We are supported by Timo a German man and his Girlfriend Ivi a Bulgarian and therefore, we are a multi-language small community with our 7 dogs and 3 cats. We are fairly easy going sociable people, but we respect that sometimes other people just wish to be left to be quiet and we expect the same in return from our Volunteers as not every evening can be a party.

We state from the outset that TWO of us are still SMOKERS and if you are offended by cigarette smoke then this Host location is not for you however, it is possible for Volunteers to not be subjected to any passive smoking as they choose.

Accommodation:-

We can offer a caravan where a couple or a single can use. The Caravan has basic amenities, but the flush toilet, shower and washing machine are located in another building nearby. Volunteers also have use of the summer kitchen for preparing food and/or BBQ facilities around the territory.

Food:-

We are old fashioned insofar as we expect Volunteers to sing for their supper, no work, no food is my motto, we want our Volunteers to feel welcome, but this is not a holiday camp where one can laze around all day and eat your fill. We offer three square meals per working day whether that be self catering or a collective meal for everyone. We do not cater for special dietary requirements, but allow Volunteers to make their own special foods using the facilities provided. We offer refreshments and do not mind you drinking a couple of our beers or, a couple of glasses of wine, but within reason.

We have 7 mixed breed rescue dogs who will not harm you, but who seek attention, so, if you're terrified of dogs then, this place is probably not for you. However, if you are nervous of dogs and wish to build your confidence with canines then, this is the place for you.

Work:-

We have many varied projects on-going and new ones too; during 2017 we will require Volunteers that are prepared to continue to ram earth into tyres around our Living Pond project. We have large growing areas and we will require Volunteers who like gardening, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting food as the growing season progresses. We always welcome skilled Volunteers such as metalworkers, woodworkers, bricklayers, stonemasons and any other special skill too. We expect 4-5 hours work per day from our Volunteers.

We have a power tool for almost everything, we have a Mini Tractor and a Midi Excavator and a job that always needs doing albeit, we do not exert pressure on anyone to get something finished in a rush.

Other:-

Due to the nature of the tasks we have, the power tools we use and the fact that we have 7 friendly dogs on-site, we do not feel that our location is suitable for children under the age of 14 years of age.

Bulgaria can be very cold during the Northern Hemisphere winters and very hot during the summers so, please bring clothing appropriate for the climate. During the months of July and August it is better to start work very early, have a long midday break and continue in the evening. We always recommend good footwear when on location here as opposed to sandals.

Please feel free to browse my YouTube channel website link above, for more idea of what we have done so far and what we are doing in our village location.

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