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We are a couple from two different continents (Europe,North America) who managed to find each other on a third continent, South America. Four years later we have found ourselves in the beautiful Ozark hills. With raw wooded hills we managed to clear a building site, very large garden and orchard area. Spring 2021 we are welcoming any volunteers for help with completing a straw bale house. You will learn about clay plastering, building with cob, a living/green roof and have the confidence to do it yourself! This area of the US provides with plenty of natural materials for building with. Our experience as a builder, organic farmer and linguist have allowed us to travel around to different continents while exploring different cultures and adopting new ways of construction.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
The rural life is quite beautiful. The landscape, friendly people, and unusual wildlife might be something you have never experienced. We are very easy going open minded and not really defined by any culture. We are non judgmental and allow people to be who they are. We will share with you our home and spaces. Our ways of cooking and living. New ideas about life, knowledge of building materials, construction techniques, growing food, and food storage. We can help you to improve your English, German, or Spanish.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are building many natural structures. Mostly including cob, straw, light straw clay, roundwood timbers, and dry stacked stone foundations. We need the help of others for many tasks. Most of the projects around here are infrastructure oriented. Some help in the garden, land clearing, harvesting stones, digging, compacting soils, erecting dry stone foundations are some of the daily works that take place. There will always be something to do. All help here is very basic. Keeping it simple and enjoying the surroundings.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
We have a one room cabin that can sleep up to 5 people, tent camping, and a fifth wheel camper that sleeps 3. Composting toilet. Hot showers. All basic food provided. We can accommodate most diets with no problem. We will be cooking most the time, but you are encouraged to cook for everyone as well. We like to have fun too!!! We are still young and enjoy some drinks and a good bonfire.
There are a lot of things to do in our surrounding areas. Bennett Spring State Park with trout hatchery, trout fishing, hiking trails and a gorgeous Spring leading into the Niangua river is 5 minutes away. Floating, canoeing, kayaking in the crystal clear Niangua river only minutes away. Lead Mine Conservation area is 10 minutes away and includes over 10 miles of hiking trails. We have a high Amish and Mennonite population in the area. You can go visit their stores or eat at their restaurant. We buy 90% of our food from them. We are happy to arrange transportation to the river, the spring, any hiking trails, and would be happy to join when possible. The nearby town of Lebanon is located on historic Route 66 with a museum in town. The Lake of the Ozarks, and Springfield, MO are reachable within a one hour drive. St. Louis and Kansas City are about 2.5 hours away from here. Keywords: Natural Building, Roundwood, Timber Frame,Cob, Light Straw Clay, Straw bale, Strawbale, Roundwood, Lime Mortar, Lime Plaster, Cave, Permaculture.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have great internet connection for anyone who needs to work on their own time.
We have electric hookups for campers and RVs. We also have water hookups. We do not have black water hookup. Grey water is ok to let into grey water plant area.
Yes we allow pets. Just remember we have plants that dogs can run over and dig up. Also this is the countryside so we have ticks and other insects that like dogs.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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