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Persons: 6
Category: Other
Host ID: 30405
Country: Slovenia

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Last Updated: March 13, 2019

You are most welcome to join us again in March 2019.

This is a charity project in a beautiful Istria peninsula. Our primary objective is to help the local community in Istria region. We support them in any way we can, especially their sustainable activities such are sustainable tourism, ecofarming and preservation of local natural and cultural heritage. There is a huge potential for sustainable development in the region, but new knowledge and young energy is needed to move forward. This is exactly what we would like to bring here.

In the last five years we have hosted more than 800 volunteers from 46 countries and created an inspiring space of cooperation, creativity and harmony among volunteers and the locals. In 2017 our project received Energy Globe Award, one of the most important international environmental awards, as the best environmental project in Slovenia.

There is a great variety of things to do, so if you want to bring out the hero in you and experience living in luxurious simplicity, come and join us!

You can join us in a beautiful area, with one of the best climbing sites in Europe within a walking distance.


In 2019 our main focus will be to finish with renovation of an old building in Kastelec village, that will become a volunteers` home and our project`s headquarters. Volunteers will be welcome to help and learn some basic construction skills in the process.

Besides that, we will continue to help people in need, help locals with farming and renovation of traditional stone houses, organize workshops for kids, help in an animal shelter, help local Red Cross organization, participate at local cultural events, clean overgrown terraces and paths, organize clean-up actions...To do all that we need many helping hands.

Our work is really diverse, so we are not looking for specific profiles, but we are searching for volunteers who have enthusiasm, motivation and will to learn new skills.

We decided to dedicate our work to non-profit charity activities only. This makes us different from most other hosts, but also means that we do not create profit to cover volunteers` costs. Therefore we kindly ask volunteers to contribute 10 eur per day towards the costs of their food and other expenses.


Volunteers will stay in volunteer house in village Kastelec. We have a dorm room with 6 beds for volunteers, toilet and shower, a kitchen and beautiful surroundings. Till summer we are going to renovate a second house of volunteer centre where we will be able to host up to 20 volunteers.


In the free time after lunch and in the evenings we share with one another our knowledge, talents, play social games, walk on slackline, go swimming, rock climbing (there are great climbing sites nearby), play volleyball, basketball, read, watch movies and talk. You are welcome to share your talents, skills, stories…

Our surroundings, Istria, is a fine region to practise hiking, biking and climbing, as much in the mountainous inland as in the coast. Istria is one of the Europe`s top locations for culinary experiences.

Adriatic coast is near.

There is a regular bus to Koper that takes 30 minutes.

About half an hour car drive from us are:
- The old Venetian town of Piran
- Škocjan and Postojna caves.

Towns of Venezia, Ljubljana, Pula, Rovinj and Julian Alps with Triglav national park are 1 to 2 hours away.

For our volunteers we organized charity discounts for some of Slovenia's most interesting activities, such are Soca Valley's rafting and canyoning and hiking in caves of Postojna and Škocjan.

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