Volunteer and learn how to forage in an Estonian Forest

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Help at Pillapalu Forest Retreat in Estonia

Volunteering in Estonia โ€“ We are super friendly if you are ๐Ÿ™‚ – We have travelled all over the world and so understand the needs of travellers and volunteers. We are a small family business, including Cookie & Poppy (the dogs), plus some friends help out now and then. If you enjoy nature and don’t mind hard work this is a great place to volunteer ๐Ÿ™‚

What type of host are you?
  • Private/Individual/family
What are you looking for help with?
What’s the mission of your community? ๐ŸŽฏ

We are setting an example of how forest owners can produce revenue without cutting down trees. Our services and products will be replicable and help protect forests.
We do this by creating a wide range of NWFPs. NWFPs are non-wood forest products (and services) such as botanical products made from flowers, roots, berries and mushrooms. Our services will include foraging, cooking, spa and other nature-related packages and experiences for family, friends and business groups.

How many volunteers could you host?
  • Up to 10 volunteers
When would you need volunteers?

All year round but some dates are closed. Details on application.

How many hours of help per day?
  • 6 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week?
  • 5 days per week – 2 days off
Volunteers with disabilities

Volunteers with disabilities are welcome โ™ฟ โœ…

We accept volunteers with disabilities but please note we are in a forest and the building has stairs so this is not a wheelchair-friendly location, unfortunately.

Note about the volunteer work and other expectations

We expect flexibility, hard work, kindness and a peaceful experience. We are not a party place.

Are accommodation and food included?

Yes, we offer food and accommodation

What type of accommodation can you provide?
  • Private Room ๐Ÿ”‘
  • Dormitory/shared rooms ๐Ÿ›Œ

Diet – nutrition information

We can accommodate vegans and vegetarians but we are omnivores.

Fees transparency ๐Ÿ†“๐Ÿ”

Zero fees but we do not provide alcohol

VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?

No! we cannot help with Visa/invitation letters – similar requests will be ignored. โŒ

Volunteers’ benefits:
  • Peaceful surroundings with friendly people.
  • Learn about Chaga and other medicinal mushrooms and plants
What to do in your free time ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšฃ

Hike, swim, cycle or take day trips to Tallinn or Tartu. We are 12km from the nearest shop so can you deal with that?



English mostly


Estonia is a cold climate. Ice and snow in winter. We suggest you google more for more info.

How to get to your site

Train to Aegviidu from Tallinn the we pick up by car from there

Is there internet access?

Yes, sadly…


Hostname ๐Ÿ“› Pillapalu Forest Retreat
Host Email โœ‰ visit@pillapalu.ee

See more volunteering opportunities in Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

Visit the Retreat Section ๐Ÿง˜

Author: Voluntouring staff

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2 thoughts on “Volunteer and learn how to forage in an Estonian Forest

  1. Hello there !
    Estonia has been on my wish list for long, and I am pleased to see that there is a meaningful and fun volunteering option available out there. As I read that you need help with foraging, wild food, near zero energy nature activities – I felt Estonia could not get better ! To meet and work with people who care for nature is exciting for me. Hence I am writing to you. Given the Covid situation, I dont think it’s safe (or even permissible) to travel at this point of time, and of course this is still winter – we ourselves have several feet of snow since the last 2 weeks. If we have a discussion and find each other suitable – I could plan a visit to volunteer for about 2 to 4 weeks in the summer this year. I will be in a position to spend about a week or so alone and a week or two with my husband – Dr Iain Colquhoun who is a wildlife ecologist. We live in the country in Central Scotland and will be able to host you anytime you wish to visit Scotland. I am also seeking volunteers for my vegetbale garden and landscaping. I am an Inadian woman married to a Scotsman. I have participated in Couchsurfing and Workaway in the past.

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