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EST MTV 05 ESTONIA Alliksaare farm is located in Nurste Kula ENVI 27/07/2020 30/09/2020

NB! It is possible to adapt the dates of stay and its duration to your availability.
Hiiumaa according to the Nordic sagas emerged from the Baltic Sea as a small islet more than 10 000 years ago. The
island of Hiiumaa was first mentioned in historical documents as a deserted island called Dageida in 1228. The first
inhabitants settled down at the end of the 13 th century. Nowadays Hiiumaa is the second biggest island of Estonia with
the area of 965 sq. km and the population around 10 000. It has many historical and nature sights, and there are kind
people known for their hospitality and good sense of humor. The island is referred as a remote area of Europe, so EstYES
feels particularly proud developing international voluntary projects for dozen of years there. Also, for years EstYES has
been cooperating with farms all over Estonia for solidarity, respect and practical support to local people who work in
agricultural sector keeping traditional life style and developing new eco-farming despite of all difficulties. Alliksaare Farm
is one of such projects. This is an organic farm promoting sustainable lifestyle, and this camp is proposed for volunteers
who appreciate and share its values, want to learn more about it and to help hard working people. In addition to
agricultural activities, Alliksaare Farm has another important task taking care of coastal meadows which are international
birds’ migration area under protection of NATURA Programme. Watch the short movies of last year camp here
http://vimeo.com/55764079 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEAc2Sch6f8
Alliksaare Farm’s main direction is horses and cattle farming.  At the moment there are over 70 horses and around 100
cows on the farm. Generally, the work will be to take care and maintain the pastures located by the sea - clearing around
the pastures, building or removing fences, repairing fences. Another work is cleaning the coast nearby the farm from
rubbish brought by storms. There can be some work for preparing food for cows and horses for winter time. You can
work also with horses, take care of them and together with the host train horses. If you know how to ride and know
more about horses it is possible to go on trail rides and work with horses more. If you want to learn how to ride there is a
possibility as well. There are young and older horses so it’s possible to learn how to take care and train horse of any age,
starting from training foals how to walk on the lead rope and getting them to trust humans as well as riding some
troubled horses or training horses to ride under saddle or front of the carriage. The work will be mainly
outdoors. Working time is 6-8 hours a day. Work will be done under the supervision of the host as well as
The accommodation conditions are very simple - in caravans, however beds are provided. Please bring your sleeping bag.
Toilets and showers are available on site. There is a kitchen with all necessary equipment for cooking. Ingredients for
food will be provided.
Alliksaare farm is located in Nurste Kula, Emmaste parish, Hiiumaa island. Hiiumaa is situated in the western part of
Estonia, approximately 130 km from Tallinn. More information available on the following websites: www.emmaste.ee,
www.hiiumaa.ee, www.visitestonia.com
Airport, harbour, bus station in Tallinn. From the airport, bus nr 2 or tram nr 4 going to the city centre stops at the Tallinn
Bus station. From the bus station buses go to Hiiumaa two times per day taking you straight there (including ferry
transportation from the mainland). Timetables are available online at www.tpilet.ee
Special requirements
You have to be open-minded and ready to adapt to the simple conditions of the common life in Estonian countryside. Be
ready for independent work staying without permanent supervision. Please consider that the work is mainly farm work
which can be hard sometimes. It would be great if you have experience with horses and/or cows. It is great if you have
some technical skills: repair machines, building, use chainsaws, etc. Driving license is an advantage. Smoking and drinking
alcohol are not permitted on the farm.
Leisure time
There are a lot of interesting natural picturesque sights on the island as well as good possibilities for swimming in the sea
or hiking in the forest. It is possible to visit other parts of Hiiumaa island on the week-end, which is planned by the host.
Hiiumaa offers a lot of various cultural events in summer time and volunteers will have the possibility to join some of
them. This camp is perfect for people who enjoy being close to the nature and are interested in traditional way of rural
Participation fee

There is participation fee of 150 Euro which has to be paid by volunteer upon arrival to the project. It covers the whole
period of stay regardless of its duration.