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Karez
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Persons: 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 35744
Country: Czech Republic

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Last Updated: July 1, 2019

My name is Jam, I'm running this project, living here in Czech many years as a musician and seller of vintage stuff. Originally from Australia.

update for this summer. In late November early December the replica train of the czech legionnaires will arrive here at the station for a week. So preparations need to be made. Plenty of restoration work that really needs doing. So please make an application here.


About the place. The place is located between Prague and Plzen. A direct train will take you to Prague in an hour, to Plzen in 45 minutes. Historic castle in Zbiroh, on a hill 3 km away, plenty of lakes around. Some really great places to walk and ride. We have bikes you can use.


This year (2018) a non-profit organisation started within the station. The general mission statement of the organisation is this. For the last 3 years volunteers have helped with the re-birth of the old railway station, that is a cultural monument. The non profit organisation is a means for more people to get involved, a foundation for the building and a way to bring events to the community. I don’t run this organization.. just help and support. When you volunteer, your volunteering to help out with both business and restoration of the building.

About the station: The station was built in 1910,and taken off the tracks in 2012, I moved here in December 2014, have been living in Czech for more than years. Karez Station is the nearest working train station, it's about a 10-15 minute walk away from the station. A lot of varied jobs at the station, focusing on restoration & refitting the place and creating new uses and I still sell vintage things on ebay. The main income for the building is short term rental of the flats to tourists, and its going really well. So jobs revolve around these two businesses mostly and the gardens.

I have a lot of ideas on how to organise the station and what to set up here. A gallery, a stop over point for bike riders, a community workshop area with café, maybe even brew our own drink. What ideas stick with the place who can say, yet many things are possible, plenty of space to do things.

non-drinking & vegitarian place. more meditative vibe, than hostel situation.

I've mostly been using workaway for volunteers, yet now I move towards helpX. I've found that people on workaway, are not so serious with their volunteering experience, I have to source better people here. With idea to build more of a community here at the station, with people that have a shared vision.

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