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Creating a communal farm, home and sanctuary in Bastrop County, Texas, USA

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: No minimum

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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a beautiful piece of land in rural Texas, full of lush green hills, towering pines, oak savannahs, and wild animals, about 1 hour's drive from Austin. Our goal is to build a community out here, starting from our extended family and friend group and beyond.

    We've traveled the world volunteering with Workaway, hitchhiking, Couchsurfing, playing music in bands, farming, building, protesting, yogaing, truck-driving, teaching... all kinds of things. Now, we're trying to restore this piece of land to a more balanced state and to build a home, a farm, an apiary, a studio... We want this to be a communal place that fosters creativity, closeness to nature, silence, loudness, peace, chaos, etc.! And we've hosted volunteers from Colombia, Iran, Canada, China, Mexico, Iraq, USA, Korea, Norway, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Italy, and Lithuania.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    There are 3 major cities and tons of natural beauty (Pedernales, Port Aransas, the Colorado River, etc.) within driving distance. For now, we only go to Austin intermittently since we're focused on starting our project. If you want to go more often, you'll need a vehicle. Of course, the big draw here is the natural beauty, serenity, and community building.

    As far as the people here, we've lived our lives based on sharing and cultural exchange and (hopefully!) have something to offer in return :) Maybe you'd like to practice Armenian or Spanish or Arabic, learn how to tour in a band or build furniture or drive a semi, play the drums or the flute or make beats, talk about Mishima or Goethe or Wong Kar Wai, hear about immigrating from Lebanon in the 1970s, walk through some beautiful rolling hills and imagine ways to make "permaculture" more than a buzz word, build a compost toilet or a guitar amp... we try to approach all these things in a humble, open way. Feel free to ask any questions, we can talk about your expectations/hopes/dreams~

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We work hard, rain or shine. People start at 8 AM and do at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, starting the day they arrive.

    Right now, the main work is forestry: clearing paths, cutting and hauling branches, removing invasive plants, planting trees, trying to restore this piece of land. We also have construction projects, gardening, and an apiary (bees!).

    It's often hard work in hot, humid weather. But the place is beautiful, and you will see the work of your hands in front of your eyes, a great feeling. Maybe you'll build something here too someday!

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Armenian: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    --Bed in a private guest house -- typically. If we have many other volunteers (and the guest house is full), we can try to find another space for you! There are big tents as well.
    -3 meals a day, and any snacks you want. What's here is yours. We're mostly vegetarian.
    -Bathroom with shower + compost (dry) toilets
    -16 acres to freely roam

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We need volunteers to be COVID-vaccinated, since we have a 74-year-old with a history of lung issues living here. Thank you for understanding!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our wifi is consistent, but not very fast... we have had people here who teach via livestream or conference, and it's usually adequate. Also, the only reliable phone service here is AT&T.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campers/RVs are welcome. We don't have a hookup (yet), but you're free to use the electricity/water in the buildings. And you can run an extension cord.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets must be friendly with babies, children, dogs & cats. We do have wild animals around, including snakes. Our cat is often out all night and she is ok, but please be aware/careful.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    ~25/week

Host ref number: 434911552194

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