Natural building help for eco-village in the mountains near Zahle, Lebanon



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  • Description


    I'm Robert, I have a background in engineering and love travelling, languages & natural living.
    I'm leading a team building an Eco-village in the beautiful Lebanon mountains to allow visitors to live, learn, grow and build in a more sustainable way. From June 2021 we plan to construct 10 buildings using local, natural or recycled materials (mainly Straw Bale and Wattle & Daub).
    Come join us to learn and build together!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects

  • 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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You'll be working alongside locals and other volunteers, learning Natural Building techniques and the Lebanese / Syrian culture and language.

  • Help


    We want volunteers who have an interest in Natural Building. Who want to learn and physically help build with us. Previous experience is a bonus (carpentry, general construction, earth or stone works, sculpture).
    JUNE - foundations: lifting, carrying and building stone & lime mortar wall
    JUNE/JULY - Timber frame: cutting, preparing, jointing and fixing wooden posts, beams and trusses. Carpentry experience preferred
    JULY - Roof: preparing wooden supports & skylights, fitting roof tiles
    Walls: prepare & install straw bale
    AUGUST - Walls: earth and lime plaster, mural sculptures, mixing and applying. Installing windows. Carpentry of doors & frames for internal partitions. Straw / Earth benches. Floor: gravel + earth floor. Mixing and applying
    AUGUST - insulation fitting, plumbing, electrical installation, furniture. Carpentry of outdoor shade frame. Stone carrying and fitting for firepit

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Arabic: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I speak English, French, Spanish (rusty) and conversational Arabic. I'd love to help anyone interested in learning levantine Arabic

  • Accommodation


    You'll stay in one of the comfy wooden 'Wild West' style wagons on the site (aka Glamping). Cooking and bathroom facilities are provided along with vegan food. Other food or alcohol needs to be bought by volunteers. There's WiFi.

    The site is on the side of a mountain in a beautiful part of Lebanon. The town of Zahle, with restaurants, shops and bars on one side, open nature and mountains to the other side.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Many opportunities to explore the country and culture. There are many ancient ruins within a 30 min drive (Baalbek, Niha, Anjar).

    A volunteer just arrived from the UK (13 February) and it was all very easy and quick (regarding Covid procedures).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Anything can be discussed. Friendly dogs welcome

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 375419633377