a living experience for the new generation, a new self sustaining mini society - flevoland



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  • Description


    This is a new self sustaining tiny community where young sensitive people can feel that they can let go of tensions and blockages that have been build up in the urbanized society. We assist them to discover ways to use their sensitive qualities as something meaningful.

    Jaap and Joanne bought a piece of land In the second half of 2017. Now we live together with a group of 8, mostly young adults. We are still in the pioneering phase, learning a lot about community. There is already a beautiful veggie and flower garden (outdoors and in a greenhouse), which makes us self sufficient for most of our food. We are still living in Trailers, a gipsy wagon and Yurts, which gives a special flavor to the community.
    In June 2019 we start the building of a beautiful community building, called 'the Lightship'. A very interesting project where even more experienced carpenters will learn a lot about sustainable building with straw and lime. We are searching for a hands-on type of volunteers, who can help in the construction. A minor part is work in gardening and cooking. We prefer volunteers to stay for a minimum of 3 or 4 weeks, to give us an opportunity to to get used to each other and to build up a healthy and social community. And for you as a volunteer this will give you an amazing learning experience in community living and in construction, while working together with a professional construction company specialized in straw building.

    At the moment we have a cosy community Yurt where we cook and eat together and which gives a warm space to relax after our working day. We have a warm shower, toilets and facilities for laundry. Volunteers sleep in a trailer or gipsy wagon. It helps us when you are able to bring you own sleeping bag. Around October, the roof of the Lightship will be ready, so more work inside during winter. We hope to finish our new community building in April next year, to provide a beautiful accommodation for our community. We live close to a nice forest (hiking) and a big canal (swimming). There is place for a campfire to have cosy evenings together and you can join our daily yoga routines when you want so.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project

  • 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

    We are a young project. A lot of what we do is based on our own creative thinking. This includes shaping our property, as well as finding new ways for decision making and every day social interactions. We have learned a lot from trial and error and we are very open to the input and expertise of our volunteers.

  • Help


    Your main activities as a workawayer will be the same as ours:

    - Helping out with building our community building of straw, wood, glass, and solar panels, which is coordinated by a sustainable construction company
    - working in our community vegetable and flower garden in both the greenhouse and the garden
    - cleaning and decorating our property
    - enjoying nice moments together, sharing your stories, life visions, fun group activities

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, German and a little bit of French

  • Accommodation


    You sleep in a caravan or gipsy wagon. Please bring your own sleeping bag. There is plenty of space outside. We share a very well isolated community Yurt for gatherings, cooking, eating and chatting together.
    All food is shared, we eat vegetarian and partly vegan, and we eat as much as possible organic food, if possible from our own garden.
    Good for you to know that this is a drug free community.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in Almere Oosterwold. An area were a lot of interesting new living projects are starting. We are amazed about the speed in which the houses are popping out of the ground. We are surrounded by families and communities who try to live in a more ecological and often more communal way. There is a small forest close by and a canal for swimming in warm summer days. We have a fire place outside for evening campfires and a trampoline to challenge your acrobatic skills.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    We work 5 days a week 4 to 8 hours a day. Working times vary and we'll always take your limits into account

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