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  • Dr.Ian Sanders, Catriona Brady, Ina Kliss
    Below is the text version of the WWOOF Bulgaria newsletter with important information regarding funding for WWOOF Bulgaria. You can view the printable version
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 13, 2008
      Below is the text version of the WWOOF Bulgaria newsletter with
      important information regarding funding for WWOOF Bulgaria. You can
      view the printable version at the following link
      Happy winter and happy reading

      WWOOF Bulgaria newsletter November 2009

      If you would like to comment on any of the articles in this
      newsletter, or would like something included in the next newsletter,
      please email wwoofbulgaria@... or write to WWOOF Bulgaria,
      Cherni Kamuk, Zhelen, Svoge, Sofia or telephone 00359(0)888518578one
      00359 (0)

      EVS funding for WWOOF Bulgaria

      There is now a funding scheme within WWOOF Bulgaria for volunteers
      and hosts. The funding comes from EVS (European Voluntary Services).
      WWOOF Bulgaria is working with CROP Foundation, an accredited EVS host
      organization which is also an official Bulgarian not-for-profit NGO.
      This project has been accepted by the national EVS office in Sofia,
      and we now have to find the appropriate volunteers and hosts who would
      like to take part and benefit from this funding.

      CROP Foundation can submit five applications per year, for a total of
      100 funded volunteers, per year, for the next 3 years. 50% of these
      volunteers will be accommodated at the listed member farms in WWOOF

      The funding will be divided into the following costs: volunteer
      travel, language tuition in Bulgaria, personal mentor support for the
      year, accommodation for the year, food for the year, administration
      costs. The first group of EVS volunteers for WWOOF Bulgaria will
      arrive 1st May 2009.

      A two months language course will be provided to each volunteer which
      includes all materials, theory and offsite practical sessions. This
      course will run for the first two months, at the end of the two months
      the volunteer will gain a certificate of attendance.

      Travel funding covers: costs for travel from the volunteer's place of
      residence to the venue of the project and return (one return ticket).
      Use of the cheapest means and fares (economy class flight ticket, 2nd
      class train ticket) only. This cost will be reimbursed to the
      volunteer on arrival at the CROP Foundation farm. There will also be
      a travel allowance for their internal travel costs to and from the
      other farms in Bulgaria.
      Health and travel insurance for the year will be covered by the EVS
      National office. This will cover travel from their residential home
      and within their stay in Bulgaria for the year. The host farm will be
      responsible for having them registered at the local police and the
      local doctor. The host farm will also be responsible for knowing
      where the local hospital is and for organising emergency transport if

      A personal mentor will be provided by CROP Foundation and the mentor
      will be responsible for providing personal support to the volunteer
      throughout the year. The volunteer can turn to the mentor in case of
      any problems. The budget for accommodation and food will be: 12 leva
      per night for accommodation and 7 leva per day for food. The host farm
      will be paid this amount monthly for the volunteer at their farm. The
      volunteer is responsible for their food budget and can make
      arrangements with the host farm for food.

      A little more about what the volunteer should expect: They will arrive
      in Sofia and they will have an introduction week, hosted by the EVS
      national office in Sofia. Within this week they will meet other EVS
      volunteers arriving in Bulgaria and they will also meet their
      Bulgarian mentor from CROP Foundation. Their first two months will be
      spent between a language school in a small town in the Iskar Gorge
      and at the CROP Foundation farm a little further up the mountain.
      They will gain knowledge of Bulgarian and also training in organic
      farming and permaculture from an agricultural scientist who
      specialised in organic farming. There will also be a chance for the
      volunteers to help with presentations to promote the EVS WWOOF project
      and organic farming, to small communities in Bulgaria. Within these
      first two months they will also have time to work with their mentor
      and decide which other WWOOF Bulgarian farms they would like to
      volunteer with.

      The work that the volunteer will do will differ on each farm. The
      volunteer will gain good knowledge and experience of organic,
      permaculture and biodynamic farming. The hours of work will not
      exceed 35 hours work per week. The volunteer will receive two
      consecutive days off per week and acquire two days holidays for each
      month of service.

      Applicant must be between the ages of 18-30, male or female, want to
      volunteer for a year in Bulgaria, with a genuine interest in
      sustainable farming and able to live in rural farming communities (not
      all farms are in rural communities but some are. You will be informed
      which farms are by your mentor). Any sustainable farming. animal
      husbandry or tree skills would be an advantage but not necessary.
      For more information on how to apply please contact
      wwoofbulgaria@... we must receive your e-mail of interest
      before 15th December 2008. The information we require in this e-mail
      is the following:-
      Family name, First name, full address, telephone number, contact
      e-mail, Birth date dd/mm/yy, Gender f/m, Emergency contact details
      Be prompt with this e-mail and information because administrative
      deadlines have to be met within the EVS. There are 5 deadlines per
      year and many applications. Below is a list of all the countries that
      can take part in this project. Thanks.
      European Union member Countries
      Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
      Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
      Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak,
      Republic, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

      European Area member Countries
      Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway

      Participating countries which are candidates for accession to the
      European Union

      Countries participating in the Stabilisation and Association process
      South East Europe
      Albania Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Former, Yugoslav, Republic of
      Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Serbia

      Countries participating in the European Neighbourhood Policy
      Mediterranean Partner Countries
      Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian,
      Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia

      Eastern Europe and Caucasus
      Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine

      Other Partner Countries of the World
      Afghanistan, American, Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda,
      Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin,
      Bolivia, Botswana, Brasil, Brunei, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cambodia,
      Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros,
      Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo (Republic of the), Cook
      Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East
      Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
      Fiji, Gabon, The Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Republic of
      Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong-Kong, India, Indonesia,
      Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan,
      Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali,
      Mariannes, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,
      Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand,
      Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea,
      Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis,
      Sainte-Lucia, Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao
      Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore,
      Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Suriname,
      Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga,
      Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United States, Uruguay,
      Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, The Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia,

      This project has been funded with support from the European
      Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only
      of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any
      use which may be made of the information contained therein.'

      Living inside out
      Just before the ferry took us across the Danube to Bulgaria, a border
      officer approached us. Curiously looking upon our loaded bikes, he
      asked: "Why do you make such a trip?"
      If the rain pours down for days and you push your heavy bike over mud
      tracks and gravel roads, with a line of crazy dogs behind you. When
      you crawl up endless steep hills or get pushed off the road by big
      trucks. When you ride village in, village out, being looked at by all
      the old men on the square, as if you were green and came from mars.
      Then you damn yourself and declare yourself a fool. Then you damn the
      whole world And the stupid wet weather And the cars which soak your
      left leg And the horseshit you've just ridden through. But especially
      your own self, who really wanted to take those little Romanian
      mountain roads, and is bearing the consequences now. So why again were
      we doing this travelling?
      The question kept us company along the beautiful river valleys in
      northern Bulgaria and over the amazing dry and hot mountain peaks
      above Sofia. And of course, the sun came back. In fact you've known it
      all the time: she always returns, you only don't know when.
      After some years of having a busy working life, we realized it was
      "now or never" to get back in touch with nature. September 2006 we
      started cycling from Belgium, heading south and later east, to make
      our very own kind of tour d'europe.
      Now there are only the bicycles, the tent, and each other. No house,
      no car, no luxury, but instead the world as our garden of life. We
      camp in nature, cook on a little gas stove (wild salads and mushrooms
      are part of the menu) and wash the sweat away in cool rivers.
      Living with the seasons. Our life now is depending 100 percent of
      them. We realize there are so many circumstances to complain of: too
      cold, too hot, the rain and wind, too much traffic, climbing, roads in
      bad condition, technical defects or our own body which simply lacks
      energy sometimes. Travelling in this way is a lot about stamina,
      pushing your limits, discovering your strengths and weaknesses and
      learning to accept. When a situation turns against you, and it's not
      in your power to change it, you can do nothing but accept. In the
      "other world" (which seems already far behind us) life's about
      controlling everything. Air co in summer, walking inside in T-shirt in
      winter. It's raining but you want to go out? No problem: you go from
      your house, with your car, to the cinema, then have a drink in a bar
      and drive back home. Everything is possible. And maybe we even envy
      this on certain moments.
      But at the same time we know something essential has been lost.
      Travelling by bike is in many ways another experience. Instead of
      going by car or bus and seeing separate places, our aim is the journey
      itself and being everywhere we happen to be. We reach places where
      cars cannot go. In comparison to hikers, we don't have to carry the
      luggage on our backs and we go faster, just the right speed to feel,
      see and smell the landscape. And isn't it great to discover the world,
      spending very little, and polluting almost nothing?
      In the meantime we meet people from all walks of life. Travelling by
      bike is in a lot of countries still a curiosity and it opens many
      doors. A Portuguese man offered us the only bedroom of his sober
      house, two Slovenian families offered us a traditional breakfast at
      the same time, and a Romanian man came to our tent with a bottle of
      Tuica to have a drink together. Hospitality doesn't know any borders.
      Now and then we feel the need to stay in one place for a longer time
      as well. As we both are interested in organic agriculture and plan to
      have a bio-garden back home, we work as volunteers in organic farms on
      the road. In these WWOOF places - World Wide Opportunities on Organic
      Farms - we've found a lot more than biodynamic knowledge. We picked
      and pruned olives, made mosaics, lived in families and communities,
      met people living in tipis, yurts, tree houses and straw bale houses,
      learned to make preserves and traditional recipes, and so much more.
      You travel from place to place, everything is changing, but you always
      take yourself with you. Living in harmony with nature, without clock,
      without influence of the media, your true self comes floating to the
      surface. You feel the vibrations of life with all your senses. The
      bond between yourself and the world around you. Oneness. Everything is
      connected. You know and feel with all your pores that you are part of
      something bigger.
      Korneel Moreaux and Sarah Goethals, 2008, from Belgium WWOOF Bulgaria

      New WWOOF Bulgaria host farms
      WWOOF Bulgaria is growing! The following hosts joined this year.
      Welcome to the wonderful world of WWOOF! Full details for all farms
      can be found at www.wwoofbulgaria.org
      Carol at Number 27
      Organic farm, 3000 square metres with the most stunning views in a
      secluded spot. A Yoga Teacher who is developing a retreat centre and
      organic small holding. The project is in its early stages but the old
      traditional house has been renovated and currently working on guest
      and volunteer accommodation, a covered space for yoga practice and
      developing an organic garden. I am interested in sharing the space
      with others and would welcome volunteers to get in touch. Help with
      gardening, clearing land, building etc. website: www.inneryoga.co.uk

      Chudna rabota
      Permaculture herb farm, forest garden and beautiful, secluded and
      remote. 9,000 square metres surrounded by woodland. There is lots of
      work for dedicated volunteers willing to rough it a little. We will be
      constructing geodesic domes, and making a bathing area, as well as
      working in the gardens and woodland. Digging canals for water supply,
      making herb gardens, forestry: www.geocities.com/chudnarabota

      Dream home
      Vegetable gardens and trees, 3,500 square metres, on top of a small
      mountain. Air is pure and the landscape amazing, days are quiet and
      beautiful. Camping space, please bring your own tent. Making fences
      and garden work. This farm is following the philosophy of Masanobu
      Fukuoka. They try to integrate the garden in a natural ecosystem :
      without working the soil, or only working the top layer ; leaving
      other plants and insects cohabitate with it, trying to do as less as
      possible, but always covering the ground with straw. They also adapt
      the moment they plant or harvest to the moon cycle. In a word, they do
      a 'biodynamic permaculture'.

      Edna vrata na harmoniyata (One Door To Harmony)
      1,000 square metres, of cultivated garden producing organically grown
      fruit and vegetables, with chickens and ducks to provide eggs and
      meat, pigs to provide piglets and meat for market. Two geese for
      security against predators and trespassers. They make preserves,
      jams, pickles, chutney & wine. The project started in October 2007 so
      is in the early stages and there is a lot more work to do. They can
      accommodate a volunteer couple; at the moment they only have one
      double room available. The work is varied according to the season.
      The pig area to be increased for breeding, polytunnels need to be
      erected. Outhouses converted to washroom, storage, workshop and
      accommodation. rebuilding stonewalls. Gardening; weeding (always!!)
      debugging. Future phase involves: Sinking a well. Increasing solar
      power. Introducing wind power. Setting up Hydroponics growing area.

      Happy hippy's eco hostel
      Eco hostel with organic gardens. Rooms in an old school house being
      renovated room by room. Will house up to 60 people when complete.
      There are many beautiful hikes, rivers, forests, mountains, springs,
      caves, crystals, ancient ruins and places of interest, spas, horse
      riding you name it. A great time is guaranteed for all.

      Permaculture and bio-intensive farm needing help with building,
      gardening and a wide variety of other tasks.

      Sharena puteka
      House, craft shop, organic garden and woodland. Needs help with
      gardening and tree care.

      Volunteer Feedback

      It's getting to the time of year when many Bulgarian farms close their
      doors and look forward to the season of snow, rakia and pickles. Many
      volunteers also are heading for warmer climes (although we have been
      surprised by the number of volunteers wanting to stay over winter, and
      some farms may well be looking for house sitters or other helpers over
      winter, so we mustn't generalise). So this is a good time to ask all
      you volunteers for some feedback on your time in Bulgaria. Please let
      us know about your experiences, good or bad, and if you want to write
      a review of a host farm for the website this would be greatly appreciated.

      Webpage & Administration news

      The guestbook on the website will be removed and replaced by a
      volunteer comments page which will be moderated against spam. If the
      hosts have any comments or grievances regarding volunteers please
      bring this to our attention via wwoofbulgaria@... or telephone
      us direct on 00359 (0)888518578. If anyone reading this has web
      design skills, especially php programing, we would very much like to
      hear from you, as there is paid work available for the renovation of
      the website, no time wasters please. It has come to our attention
      that too many unwelcomed visa enquiry e-mails are being received by
      WWOOF Host farms. To stop this in the future we will be changing the
      registration procedures for WWOOF Hosts and Volunteers. This will
      take the form of a free annual membership registration starting in
      January 2009, more information regarding this will be online at

      Please be aware that membership of the WWOOF Bulgaria yahoo group does
      not imply that you are a automatically a WWOOF Host member or a WWOOF
      Volunteer member. All volunteers must register at
      www.wwoofbulgaria.org and all hosts must be listed on the approved
      www.wwoofbulgaria.org host list. We do not accept any responsibility
      for volunteers working on farms not listed on www.wwoofbulgaria.org

      If you would like your advert here, please contact us before the
      deadline of 1st Feb 2009
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