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Rethymnon/Crete
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 7000m2
Persons: 2-5
Category: Other
Host ID: 9816
Country: Greece

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Last Updated: October 12, 2019

As our Biotopoi will be closed from end of October till March, we"ll take helpers again from March 2020:)
We can offer a stay on our farm instead for 1-2 helpers during the Cretan wintertime!
We'll set up another profile for that soon

Our Nature Park is a beautiful wild Cretan ecosystem with the plants and the small animals of the Island. We take care of the park with the participation of our helpers.
From April till October, we guide our guests through it, exploring and learning about the Cretan Flora and Fauna. Because our guests are from different parts of the world, we need a few volunteers with different languages to communicate with them properly. The volunteers’ help with the guided tours is very important. Often we need to do some construction work or repairing, cleaning, painting and whatever else the park needs to be ready for the visitors. The park is not a botanical garden and not a zoo; it is more of a protected and enriched natural area, with only necessarily applied changes to make it easier to visit and safer for the species that it includes. For volunteers, there are good organised camping conditions with tents or caravans, food is included and the working hours are 4-5 a day(also changeable, depending on the needs of the park and yours). There is free Wi-Fi, PCs and some sports facilities for your free time in the park, the 15km beach is close and there is also a walk to the beautiful Venetian town of Rethymno(1,5km downhill), or an excursion to other parts of the island, which is something we suggest our helpers to do.

The park is a non profit organization, built from friends and volunteers.

We need helping hands mostly for gardening, watering, taking care of plants and animals, building, painting and cleaning common areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms. For the Cretan spring-and wintertime we prefer a handy man or woman!

In the experimental learning center, we have school excursions visiting, in the summer holiday program, starting in June, there are 40-50 kids(age of 5 -12), during the day, which ends in Sept,11t. They do handcrafts, music, theater, constructions, sports, team building games, and nature activities, like gardening, collecting herbs, making oil or feeding the animals. For this we have employed Greek trainers...

Our place offers many different possibilities to be creative so that you can lend your talents and nourish them. This park is the perfect environment for independent people with initiative who like to be outdoors, feel alive and do something meaningful. Because of the diversity of things going on at the park, we like our helpers to know that it`s not a place to just `work` your hours and leave but is more of a space to immerse yourself and get involved

Basic breakfast and lunch is inclusive! We all share the cooking responsibility and we`ll have more than enough good food to enjoy together

"We are looking forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your stay with us!"

reviews (52)
Helper: Karolina Serafin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: November 14, 2019
What Susanne & Mihalis created there is not only a very special piece of natu... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Le Calvez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 4, 2019
So much generosity in such a small island ! I didnt expect to be as moved by... view complete review

Helper: Anni Talts Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Estonia Date: November 1, 2019
I spent 4 weeks here, what really helped to widen my inner boundaries as was ... view complete review

Helper: Cesar Camacho Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: October 19, 2019
First of all THANK YOU, GRACIAS, for the opportunity to be part of this wonde... view complete review

Helper: Flora Simon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 17, 2019
J'ai passé un bon séjour dans le parc. Le travail proposé est très intéress... view complete review

Helper: Stan Vista Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: June 26, 2019
I learned a lot about the plants. I loved sharing all what I learned with the... view complete review

Helper: Mario Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: June 25, 2019
I've been at the Biotopoi Park from June 3rd to June 17th, and I totally reco... view complete review

Helper: Kay Lindstrom Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 31, 2019
I had a good experience here. Susanne is a marvelous person, very kind, wise,... view complete review

Helper: Adam Elliott Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 13, 2018
I only came here because someone else cancelled on me... and boy was I happy ... view complete review

Helper: Alena Merendova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: November 1, 2018
I stayed in the park one month /17 Sept-17 Oct/ and I was very sad while lea... view complete review

Helper: Julien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 25, 2018
I spent an amazing time in the park (September 2018), I learned a lot about t... view complete review

Helper: Elena Ilyina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: August 17, 2018
We with my 7years old dauggter spent 3 weeks at the park and it was an amaz... view complete review

Helper: Margaret Marlow Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 23, 2018
I spent 8 weeks at the park and this was a wonderful place to volunteer at, ... view complete review

Helper: Pupu & Coco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 11, 2018
Meeting Susanne was something magical in our life. She is an amazing shinning... view complete review

Helper: castaldi Tony Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 10, 2018
Suzanne and michalis are very great peoples. I stayed 3 weeks with them and ... view complete review

Helper: Roseanne and Michal Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 24, 2017
The nature park is a unique place where everybody feels at home. You will ha... view complete review

Helper: Emily and Johannes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 22, 2017
We stayed here for only a couple of weeks but it was such an amazing experien... view complete review

Helper: Shannon Ormiston Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 5, 2017
This place is now A safe space of mine, where knowledgeable and curious compa... view complete review

Helper: Anne Eglin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 27, 2017
This is helpx at its best. For 4/5 hrs (who's counting) working in the natu... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 8, 2017
Susanne and Michalis are very friendly hosts. It was my first experience like... view complete review

Helper: Rita Sterczel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: December 30, 2016
I spent 2 beautiful weeks in the nature park that I will never forget. Amazin... view complete review

Helper: Matthew and Joanne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: August 26, 2016
The stay here was amazing. Helpxing here was a definite experience, learning ... view complete review

Helper: Sianne mccarthy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 13, 2016
The nature park is a special place, a beautiful landscape rich with diversity... view complete review

Helper: Debbie Hall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 15, 2016
The hosts are lovely people Michalis knows so much about flora and fauna of C... view complete review

Helper: Cynthia and Nicholas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 13, 2016
We enjoyed 4 beautiful weeks in the park during the Cretan winter. We partici... view complete review

Helper: Alex Trillo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 22, 2015
My brother and I stayed with Susanne and Michalis in September and October of... view complete review

Helper: Savvas spanoudis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Greece Date: August 7, 2015
Natural park is an awesome place. I was stayed a month there and got some man... view complete review

Helper: Vanessa RUBINI Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 1, 2014
As many have said before me the nature park is a wonderful place for a helpx ... view complete review

Helper: Antonino Campo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 31, 2014
My first Helpex job and how lucky I was ;) I can't say enough good about... view complete review

Helper: Dave Hirtenstein Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 28, 2014
What a great place, with a fantastic ethos. Susanne and Michalis are full of ... view complete review

Helper: Liudmila Reva Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: May 24, 2014
I think this place is definitely suitable for all volunteers ! If you are a s... view complete review

Helper: Sabine Janz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 20, 2014
Dear Susanne and Mikaelis, I really enjoyed my time in your nature park by... view complete review

Helper: Claire Hardy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 25, 2013
I had a really amazing experience at Biotopi. I was with Susanne and Michalis... view complete review

Helper: Irina and Gabriel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Romania Date: March 11, 2013
Our experience at Biotopes was a positive one. We have been there for abou... view complete review

Helper: Diwen Tan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 15, 2012
I’ve stayed in this wonderful place only for 3 weeks in September which i hop... view complete review

Helper: Laura Holland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 12, 2012
I spent 3 lovely weeks at the biotopes nature park. Upon arrival, I was greet... view complete review

Helper: Markus Mueller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 25, 2012
I have spent three and a half weeks at this wonderful place during August... view complete review

Helper: Nicole Betts Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 20, 2012
I had a wonderful HelpX with Susanne and Mihales, they were so welcoming and ... view complete review

Helper: Stanislav and Maja Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Serbia Date: September 16, 2012
The Nature Park will always remain in our memories as a place of learning, un... view complete review

Helper: Andrew Spiteri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 4, 2012
Had a very momorable 3 weeks at biotopoi in April. I didnt get very engaged w... view complete review

Helper: Anouck and Léa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 15, 2012
First, we both really enjoyed working in the Nature Park. We used to do the w... view complete review

Helper: Emilia Glud Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: August 13, 2012
There comes moment in your life when you meet people who really impres you. P... view complete review

Helper: Vladimira Bravkova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: August 7, 2012
The nature park is a very nice place, it is not big - more like a garden full... view complete review

Helper: Jinny Lau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: July 3, 2012
I travelled around Europe 3 months. I just came back home to HongKong last we... view complete review

Helper: Grant Percival Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 4, 2012
The Nature Park is an easy enough place to get to, but a very difficult place... view complete review

Helper: Corinna Länger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 5, 2011
My first helpx experience was with Susanne and Mihalis and it couldn't have b... view complete review

Helper: Natalie Setz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 27, 2011
I stayed with Suzanne and Michalis on their beautiful piece of Crete of 10 da... view complete review

Helper: Christopher and Megan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 20, 2011
We have just finished helping Susanne and Michalis at the Nature Park. We sp... view complete review

Helper: Ana and Alexandre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Portugal Date: June 15, 2011
We planned two weeks and stayed one month with Susanne and Mihalis in the Nat... view complete review

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Helper: Marisa Bennett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 8, 2011
I have been staying here at the nature park for about 2 months now. I have lo... view complete review

Helper: Lisa and Tanita Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 8, 2011
This was our first helpx of our trip and we automatically fell in love with t... view complete review

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Helper: Alex Bevan-Baker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 26, 2011
I feel quite honored to be the first official 'Helpx Helper' at Susanne & Mic... view complete review

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