La Mamaia

La Mamaia
Contact person: 
Dumitrascu Radu
Languages spoken on the farm: 
Romanian, English, Italian, French
Description of the area: 
This is going to be very down-to-earth… Rolling hills, patches of forests and vineyards in a place where time seems to have stopped a century ago. Take a journey through time and discover the real Romania on a cultural back-to-basics style trip through the Moldova region.You’ll be transported deep into the heart of Romania’s rural countryside with its vast expanses of wild nature, cultural sites, old churches and clusters of peasant villages.Staying in simple traditional house and hosted by locals, you are warmly invited to share peasant customs and traditions typical of Moldovan village life such as helping farmers make wine or picking walnuts. We are doing our best to maintain the house as our grandmother and grandfather had it when they were alive. Many of the carpets you will see on the walls were made by the family in the 60’s and 70’s.
What do you grow on the farm: 
Grapes - and we make wine, fruit trees, walnuts
Farm size: 
4000 square metres and there is another half a hectare at the edge of the village
Months when they accept voulteers: 
August and September
Volunteer activities: 
Picking grapes, making wine. Picking fruit, making jam. Picking walnuts.
Accommodation: 
Very basic, in a a traditional house.
Diet: 
We try to cook mostly vegetarian food.
A few words about the family: 
The household dates from 1955, when Marin and Vasilica Moraru built the house with their own hands and support from the villagers. The land around the house covers about half a hectar and includes a small vineyard, a walnut orchard, and a rustic martial arts dojo. The village is in a hilly region of Southern Moldavia, about 3 hours north east of Bucharest.
Pets: 
We have a dog and a cat. When we are not home, as no one lives permanently there, they are in charge.