Help us build a "transitional community" - an educational and cultural center in the country outside Lafayette, LA, USA

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  • Description

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    Updated 10/17: Our unique agricultural plantation is both old & new (built in the late 1890's & then we started new in 2006) surrounded by established farm and ranch lands in the heart of Cajun and Creole country of SWLA. We are artists very involved in our creative community, and continually working to build a sustainable rural cultural and educational center (with permaculture & "transitional community" concepts). This is one of our life-long creative projects.

    Our activities for ourselves and our volunteers are diverse: construction, organic gardening, landscaping & property maintenance, pecan orchard development, rain collection program, development of old farm well, cultural and educational programming; such as, blogs, festivals, workshops, retreats, live music & dancing, storytelling, podcasts and live online broadcasting, film.

    WorkAway is awesome! We started with WorkAway at the beginning of October 2015. To give an idea of our diverse projects - our first WorkAwayer from Norwich, England helped us digitize and upload all past issues from 1966 - 1994 and all present issues of a historical journal focused on this dynamic area "Acadiana", AKA the Attakapas country - thus the name Attakapas Gazette. Thanks to our WorkAwayer, The Attakapas Gazette is now a part of a non-profit library of millions of free books, publications, movies, software, music, and websites. How cool is that? And, since, our first WorkAwayer and her mom have returned from England to help us celebrate SWLA culture at the Black Pot Festival, Oct 2016 & 17.

    We also have profiles on other volunteer oriented websites. We have many positive reviews and love meeting new people who share our vision for a literate, peaceful and fun world.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    We are ready to meet the perfect match WorkAwayer(s) for the Winter of 2017-18 and Spring & Summer of 2018 - we are looking for exchangers who are experienced with construction - specifically, electrical and plumbing and carpentry. And, we are looking for exchangers who are experienced with LED stage lighting - DMX controllers and dip switch configurations - to help us set up the lighting in our honky tonk. Organic gardening and landscaping is always on the list... We are still trying to get our old farm well working, eventually solar powered. We have an amazing giant building project (see photo) that we want to move along. We always work on a limited budget so we love clever DIY-ers, tinkerers, hackers - and, of course, the widely experienced handy person.

    It would be great to find a single person or an experienced couple to stay with us Winter and Spring of 2018.

    It is not a requirement, but having a vehicle is a big plus.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Camper/RV, bedrooms in house, bedrooms in unique, one of a kind separate structures (renovated horse barn or private honky tonk), tent camping.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Near Lafayette, Louisiana in the heart of cultural action! Festivals, Mardi Gras, Dancing, Live Music, Amazing Food, Jams, History, Nature, The Outdoors - NON-STOP SOUTH LOUISIANA ADVENTURE.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    From one of our exchangers: "There is something for everyone at their one of a kind property. Beyond any expectation, Jim and Christy shared so much of the local culture and their kind friends. I cannot get close to counting the number of folks I was introduced to. Some of which - Bill - deserve note for generosity of knowledge and enthusiasm for the local flora, introducing me to various trees, plants, and techniques for identification that I suspect I will recall many, many years from now. It was a delight to experience the nooks and crannies of Acadiana and to help in the development of their property. To sum up near three months seems whelming as each day was full of new experiences, learning, and plenty of laughs."

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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