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Host ID: 49003
Country: Croatia

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Last Updated: August 20, 2019


Hello! Please read carefully all the way to the end: this isn’t your average volunteer exchange, but it’s a really BEAUTIFUL OFF-GRID EXPERIENCE for those rugged enough to handle it. Check my reviews if you want to see what some of the past helpers have to say. One week is the minimum stay, but I love when people stay longer and really get into the groove.


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 (schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available). The first walk will be the hardest, since it'll be hot and you'll be carrying a heavy load. Figure about 45 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: usually that'll be Sunday morning, Monday evening and Tuesday 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.


week 1 : arrive Saturday June 8, leave Saturday June 15

FULL /// week 2 : arrive Saturday June 15, leave Saturday June 22

FULL /// week 3 : arrive Saturday June 22, leave Saturday June 29

FULL /// week 4 : arrive Saturday June 29, leave Saturday July 6

FULL /// week 5 : arrive Saturday July 6, leave Saturday July 13

FULL /// week 6 : arrive Saturday July 13, leave Saturday July 20

FULL /// week 7 : arrive Saturday July 20, leave Saturday July 27

FULL /// week 8 : arrive Saturday July 27, leave Saturday August 3

FULL /// week 9 : arrive Saturday August 3, leave Saturday August 10

For weeks 1, 2 and 3, you need to be on the 11 a.m. ferry from Split, which arrives on Vis at 1:20 p.m.

For all other weeks, you need to be on the 3 p.m. ferry from Split, which arrives on Vis at 5:20 p.m.


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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