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Area (ha): 1.5 acres
Persons: 10+
Category: Other
Host ID: 7731
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: June 28, 2016

We could really do with extra hands
All helpers are invited to come spend some time with us sharing their stay between helping, exploring and relaxing. I can offer basic accommodation, which with your help will become more comfortable as it still requires renovating.
Whilst we understand you would like to also explore, we would ask for fairness, come help us out for a few hours of hard work a day and enjoy the rest of your time.
Our main home is being renovated at present, and offers basic facilities to helpers, including, washing machine, and bathroom and wifi
We have recently taken on the an additional property within the grounds and a large piece of untouched ground which both require working.
There are several projects that are available for helpers to choose from.
Project 1 - The property
Whilst 2 of the 4 rooms are livable, there are a further 2 rooms which require work, we are hoping to Remove the ceiling which will expose the original beams, and clear the Walls surface back to original stone, this will give the property a rustic look we are hoping for, donít worry if you have not done this before, we are at hand to show you how.
Project 2 - Outside Toilet and Shower area.
We are hoping to erect a usable French style eco shower toilet area, which can be heated by the sun and compost pile, It would be great if it could blend naturally into the grounds, there are plenty of materials on site, and after a plan has been drawn up and agreed by both host and helpers, project 2 can be started. Helpers will be asked to come up with a simple idea of the building with the help of the internet, check which materials on site can be used and put the plan into action.
Project 3 - Extension and swimming pool
For this we are looking for builders, bricklayers, carpenter roofers labourers etc
Project 4
Set within the village is a secondary property, which always requires work, this project covers a long list of needs including gardening, plastering, tiling, brickwork, roofing etc. which will allow for more creativity.
Project 5 Ė The grounds
There is always gardening work to complete including clearing or old materials I,e wood, brick rubbish weeds each of these items require depositing in the place required weeds to the compost pile, usable wood to the wood pile etc.
Depending on the time of year will depend on other ongoing projects mainly Gardening( and lots of it), animals care, general maintenance, cooking, building, wood cutting. Building work is always taking place. seeding, harvesting bulk food preparation and jarring, sheep shearing etc all of which are everyday works which any helper is welcome to join in
With so many tasks, there is sure to be something available for everyone, tasks change frequently.
Building materials and timber are always available for anyone who likes to be creative.
Basic facilities available include sleeping area, toilet and shower facilities are at present and until project 2 is completed are in the main house.
We offer food, company and basic accommodation, safety and freedom within a beautiful Bulgarian village, in return we expect a little dedication, pride in work carried out and expect helpers to join in with work required, a minimum of 4-6 hours per day is required, with 2 days off in every week, allowing plenty of time to visit the larger towns and cities. There is no set time for meals, this is normally organised the day before on the day itself, there is wifi available within the main property and food galour.
A banquet will be prepared in celebration if goals and projects are achieved. Daily and weekly goals always set and agreed by both helpers and host.
To do list - Achievable goals -
Build external fire area
Plan and create 2 new seating areas, one for relaxing and one for eating
Plan and create a communal external cooking area
Plus much more.
We are looking for people who are able to assist, who can create and achieve goals.
It does not matter what experience you have , together we can achieve, single or couples can happily visit.
If you are interested in joining in as one of the team then get in touch, it does not matter what experience you have as long as you are willing to join in and either share your experience or build new experiences. Everything from collecting fruit, preparing dinner, building, animal care it is all here for you to help. In return for your help and willingness we offer accommodation and food. Whether your plan to come for a week or a month we can accommodate you, offering experience whilst showing you what Bulgarian lifestyle is like.

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