15.05. - 11.11.2021
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 The island of Hiiumaa was first mentioned in historical documents as a deserted island called Dageida in 1228.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 13th 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, and EstYES feels particularly proud developing international voluntary projects for almost twenty years there. Besides, for years EstYES has been cooperating with eco-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 on Hiiumaa Island 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. Alliksaare Farm has an important task taking care of coastal meadows which are international birds’ migration area under protection of NATURA Program. Watch videos of past camps http://vimeo.com/55764079 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. BUT 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 independently.
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.
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 helpful 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. NB! The minimum duration of stay on the project is 1 month.
Address: , HIIUMAA, Estonia
GPS: 58.8901657, 22.70960188890278
Alliksaare farm is located in Nurste Kula, Emmaste parish, Hiiumaa island. Hiiumaa is situated in the western part of Estonia, 130km
from Tallinn. More information available on the following websites: www.emmaste.ee, www.hiiumaa.ee, www.visitestonia.com
We ask participants to contribute 100 Euro towards the costs of general administration. Fee does not depend on the duration of
your stay. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp to the following bank account. If you cannot
make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.