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Kyrenia, North Cyprus
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: up to 12 people
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18688
Country: Cyprus

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Last Updated: March 4, 2016

*If you're a Smoker, please do NOT apply*

**Please read our ENTIRE PROFILE**

Our Garden is located in Northern Cyprus. We are a sponsored nonprofit garden based off Permaculture Principles which is located in Girne (aka Kyrenia). We organically grow a wide variety of food plants. We have citrus and olive trees throughout the property. We also have chickens, ducks, dogs, and cats. None of the animals live indoors.

Our Garden has a base community of a few people, some living on the property and some with a less active role.
We have 2 managers who live on the farm: Ihsan & Aleksandra. Another key member is Dervis, who lives in nearby Lapta.
Our Garden also consists of a revolving group of International Volunteers from all over the World.

We have a lot of On-Going Projects in addition to our Garden.

We have recently built our first Aquaponics sytem in order to produce our organic fish and vegetables in an integrated-system. This first system is a trial and we hope to improve and expand it over time. We are also breeding meal worms.

Although management guide the project and have a roadmap for future projects, some of our best ideas originate from volunteer suggestions.
Many Volunteers often have great insight and are a valuable resource, so we encourage input and idea sharing.

Previously Ray (RayChel) was heading this project but she has gone to the United States to pursue other projects and only returns to Cyprus periodically.

Throughout the year, we are looking for people to come to help us with everyday work in the Garden & help us develop our goals. This would mean that duties could change on a daily/weekly basis.

We prefer long-term Volunteers, one month minimum is ideal as it takes time to acclimate and learn, which occupies the first week or two.

Most Foreigners can stay up to 3 months without a visa, but the rules are different for Citizens of Specific Countries sometimes ranging from 15-30 days.

Our Garden/Farm is expanding, so duties could change on a daily/weekly basis which range from animal care, seed germination, planting, pruning, harvesting, natural pest control, watering, weeding, soil preparation, composting, etc.

Volunteers may also use their exchange hours towards non-gardening activities, such as:
---Walking dogs (7 large, strong dogos that need daily walks)
---Yoga (willing to teach/inspire)
---Vegetarian/Vegan cooking with our Vegeatbles
---House Keeping Manager
**However, you will still need to participate in other garden tasks as well...

In exchange for volunteer work, we will provide:
-Housing (bed, pillows, sheets, clothes rack)
-Food (own-grown, minimal budget for foods)
-Yoga classes (typically 3x a week)
-New Experiences
Please understand that all amenities are very basic

Our Property has an outdoor lounge area with hammocks.
We have an outdoor kitchen, with a cob pizza oven. We have a solar oven and solar dehydrator.
We also have an outdoor shower, small sauna, & compost toilet.

It's very important that you let us know what limitations you have or chores you feel could be below you. We've had few volunteers who were VERY picky and only wanted to work on their own art projects. We encourage art, but we also ask that you respect our goals and help contribute on prearranged working dates as you also have the time and space to pursue that.

We also ask that you are respectful to everyone one working here and respect the rules of the house:
---KEEP TIDY-------------------
---WASH your DISHES---------
---NO SHOES in the HOUSE---

You must work the hours we agree to each week, not showing up will not be tolerated and volunteers that need babysitting will be asked to LEAVE. We have has a few bad experiences with volunteers, but 95% have been wonderful!

We offer some flexibility with creating your own schedule- WITHIN REASON. Each sunday we plan out what you will be doing and when for the following week, we try to accommodate which days you want off and how you'd like to manage your hours.
There will be times that we need you for certain hours.

We currently have 2 permanent managers working (long-term volunteer/employees) with us. Ihsan is a hard-working young man from Pakistan who keeps the farm flowing and our animal care-taker. Aleksandra is from Russia and originally came as a volunteer, but has now taken a more permanent role at GROL Garden. Dervis is a local Turkish Cypriot student who lives in Lapta, a nearby city. Dervis has a lot of knowledge about local plants and traditional uses.

The number of Volunteers we have fluctuates week to week, from 2-12 people. We can house up to 12 people at the moment. We are in the process of adding more accommodation.

Volunteers to go on excursions in their free-time and are encouraged to enjoy the towns, local life, historical sites, and nature areas.

There are lots of things to do. We are less than 1 km from the Sea. And only a few kilometers from sandy beaches. We are located in town and it is very easy to get around by walking or bus.

If this opportunity interests you, please check out our website and facebook page for pictures & more information.

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