Help with permaculture and natural building in the Groot Marico River Valley, South Africa


South Africa

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  • Description


    Nestled in the Groot Marico River Valley in the North West Province of South Africa you will find a space in the bushveld where some crazy guys are doing some crazy permaculture, natural building and working towards a self-sustainable future. Although much of the observation and experimenting has been dealt with in the past few years there is still a lot to learn and do and as much knowledge to share.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Help


    We usually start the day just after sunrise and work until the sun bakes the fat out of our bodies. We then spend doing odd tasks in the shade of trees or just lay about doing our own things like reading or having lively discussions until about 3PM.

    Harvesting also happens early mornings in order to prepare the produce in whatever way it needs to be preserved, this include natural fermentation of vegetables (Kraut, Kimchi) or dehydrating in the solar dehydrator.

    You will also be asked to help with school groups who come over weekends for a introduction to permaculture workshops. Meals served are the same as for the permanent members on the farm and predominantly vegetarian.

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers are offered tented accommodation with clean bedding on arrival. Hot water is provided by solar geyser for a sunshine shower after a days work on the farm. Dry composting toilets are available as well as a orchard toilet which gets moved about in the fruit forest.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On days off or time off we usually go fishing and swimming in the river or take a walk to the village. Other activities include day trips and picnics to beautiful nature spots in and around Groot Marico, Day trips to the Nature Reserves in the area can also be arraigned.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 221561949449