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Host ID: 49003
Country: Croatia

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Last Updated: August 2, 2018


FULLY BOOKED – will post info about my fall/autumn as soon as I know what I'm doing.


Hello! Please read carefully all the way to the end: this isn’t your average helpx, but it’s a really BEAUTIFUL OFF-GRID EXPERIENCE for those rugged enough to handle it.

ALL WEEKS ARE FULL NOW — the only way I'll be able to accept any new helpers is if there are cancellations.


FOOD IS NOT INCLUDED: you can buy whatever you need in town and cook it yourself at camp. I provide drinking water, washing water and cooking supplies. You`ll need to bring your own sleeping bag/mat/pillow/whatever, and if you`re traveling with your own tent, great! I have a few spare tents and sleeping mats if needed, but not much in the way of blankets.

WHAT DOES "OFF-GRID" MEAN? In spite of all the stuff you have to do without, living off-grid is really fun – especially if it`s just for a short time and the weather`s nice! What it means is that there`s no refrigeration, no running water (free showers in town, though), and the toilet is a bucket in the bushes with a box over it to sit on and a compost trench nearby. There’s no electricity and no lights at night other than a few solar-powered garden lights, so please bring a good headlamp or flashlight. I have a small solar panel for charging phones.

THIS IS NATURE: there are harmless bugs, also the occasional harmless snake. Seems obvious, but I just want to make that clear.

SORRY, NO BURNING: it's super-dry here in the summer and that would be totally dangerous. You cook inside the little stone shed I call the kitchen.

SATURDAY ARRIVALS ONLY: we all walk up the hill together on an unmarked path through the forest, so I really need for each incoming group to arrive on the specified ferry (see below). The first walk will be the hardest, since it`ll be hot and you`ll be carrying a heavy load. Figure about 40 minutes. We stop at the grocery store in town first so you can pick up whatever you need before heading up. When you`re not lugging a backpack, you can probably go to and from town in about 30 minutes each way.

THE HELP SCHEDULE IS GREAT: only 10 hours per week, broken into three three-hour shifts: Sunday morning, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The last hour of work is for you to do on your own before you leave to make sure the camp is clean. Not just your personal space, but communal spaces as well. This schedule gives you plenty of free time to explore Vis.

WHAT KIND OF WORK IS IT? It falls into three categories: clearing new spaces (bushwhacking), maintenance (weeding, sawing, carrying water, harvesting wild pistachio leaves, also a little camp maintenance if it needs it) and moving things from one place to another (either bottles of water or rocks for wall building and repair projects). Nothing is particularly hard, but it will be HOT, and you'll need good shoes: you can't do this in flip-flops. Lifting rocks is about as hard as it gets. I supply all the tools.

YOUR WEEK ENDS ON SATURDAY before the new team arrives, but you can extend your stay if you’d like. All I ask is one full week`s commitment: if you stay longer you can leave whenever you want.


PICK A WEEK (or more):

week 1: June 23 - June 30 — ferry from Split at 11 a.m. arrives on Vis at 1:20 p.m.
week 2: June 30 - July 7 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.
week 3: July 7 - July 14 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.
week 4: July 14 - July 21 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.
week 5: July 21 - July 28 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.
week 6: July 28 - August 4 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.
week 7: August 4 - August 11 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.
week 8: August 11 - August 18 — ferry from Split at 3 p.m. arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.

Summer volunteering ends on Saturday, August 18: all helpers need to leave by that date.


As for me? I'm from the US and got my first taste of living off-grid at Burning Man (2002-2006). Once I saw the possibilities, I was hooked! I love the challenge of trying to make something from nothing, and of bringing this magical place back to life. I'm also a bit of a hermit, so I hang out alone when we`re not working and have my own separate place to sleep. If you’re interested in helping out, begin your message with "YES, PLEASE!" so I know you've read all this. Also, please tell me which week you want, for how long you think you'd like to stay (you can change your mind later) and whether or not you`ll be bringing your own tent.

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