Come and learn a unque style of woodwork and alternative way of living in Estcourt


South Africa

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    Hot off the press! We are currently looking for someone with horse training skills to work with a few horses keeping them fit as well as a foal that needs some love and attention. We are very into the softer horse wispering, natural horsmanship
    way of doing things. If this is something you would love to do and are able to ride and have some horsy skills then this is the workaway of a lifetime for you.

    Otherwise we offer visitors a unique opportunity of learning our unique style of woodwork and alternative building. Its difficult to say exactly what you will be doing but we integrate volunteers into these sustainable projects that we run. While there might be a little bit organic gardening, firebreaks or helping out at the lodge mostly we try not to replace local jobs by using volunteers. I used to volunteer all over the world 30 years ago and loved the experience and this is something we have created to give something back.

    And if you have any skills that you would like to share I am sure that I can find someone who would like to learn from you. South Africa in general has a huge lack of skills and any skill development that takes place will be helping uplift peoples lives. We have had chefs teaching cooking, an architect that has helped to change some of our ways of doing things, horse trainers that have worked to improve horse care and the list goes on.

    If you want to work with me (Andrew) you will find that I am mostly busy in the workshop. We do various artistic woodwork and alternative construction. Its dusty so make sure you bring cloths you don't mind getting dirty. And this is where I think the real opportunities are to be found as you will actually learn to make things from wood

    Otherwise we look for opportunities to keep you busy in the lodge or in the garden. We generally try to see what you want to do and then make that work.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

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    The essence of our volunteer program is the unique style of wood work that we do and the alternative building style that we have. Volunteers can look forward to learning the way we do things, working on one of our sustainability programs or alternative building project. Yes we also have horses and you will get to ride and possible even fly in my microlight with me but this must not be considered as the work exchange rather as benefits of staying here.

    We offer accommodation and food in exchange for your contribution of effort. This is not about cheap labor and nor is it about cheap holiday options. We prefer to take volunteers for longer than 3 weeks at a time. We dont respect weekends at all and you will find that we often work harder then. Its the nature of the tourism industry.

    There is a lot for you to explore in our amazing surroundings and popular tourist sites. This includes hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains, horse trails, viewing bushman rock art or just chilling out with a great book. Volunteers will be hands on and would need to get their hands dirty.

    There are difficulties if you decide to come here. There are limited public transport options and there is no access to things like pubs, clubs, movies and sopping centers. We really are located in the middle of nowhere. And then we integrate our volunteers with our lodge which means you always need to put any needs of our guests first. That means things like you get dinner after the guests and if there is a shortage of couch space you need to get up and let them use that space. But I dont really see these issues as huge hardship.

    To get involved please send me an email letting me know what you would like to do, what sort of skills you have and when and how long you would like to come for. We only have limited capacity so the more notice you can give us the better.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German

  • Accommodation


    we swap accommodation and meals in exchange for time volunteered

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in the middle of nowhere very rurally. Its not the nightlife and party scene that will attract you here. We earn our income from a lodge based on tourism. so just remember that the lodge comes first. And we use the excess resources of the lodge to accommodate our volunteers. Should the lodge accommodation be fully booked then you might end up in a tent for a night or two but this doesn't often happen.

  • 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

    varied max 25h

some more of the farmyard
some of the friendly farmyard
andrew and conny are your hosts and we both love having people around to share in the paradise we have created
Hiking in the Drakensberg is pretty much something that every volunteer has done a bit of so far
it does not always happen but if you are lucky you might be able to get to fly in a hot air balloon. sometimes for free or at a very reduced rate. But you need some luck here as its only if the are spare seats going
a straw bale building. Another opportunity for volunteers to get involved is in our alternative eco building styles
from the front lawn
a view in the area
While you are here Kamberg is a definate place worth visiting where the best rock art in the Drakensberg can be viewed
flying passed vultures retreat at white mountain. we often fly in the same thermals as vultures here.
Some of our volunteers love the horses. Some just go for a ride occasionally. But Anke really got into the horse wispering way of handling horses. She has been here 4 times and will be back again in july 2014
A volunteer made this chess set in less than a week of being here. But I will say this young woman from germany really seemed to have a nack for learning these kinds of things
a bathroom in the lodge and you can see the self made mirrors and and toilet holders
Mosiac is another of our creative volunteer projects. I scraped this one off the wall 4 times before it was what we were looking for
Andrew has a microlight and a landing strip on the farm.He often takes the volunteers for a ride that is if the weather is perfect for flying. So far there has always been a demand for these kinds of activities
Some door mechanisms and wood carvings
2 volunteer produced lamps. Its great to see how someone with no experience and a bit of motivation can produce such wonderful pieces of furniture. All it takes is a little bit of guidance
Carved out of one piece of wood. My dad did this while on holiday here. Maybe not a real volunteer but as good as
Ok so I helped quite a bit on this project. Mostly with the stained glass but essentially also a volunteer project
entrance door of the lodge. Quite a few volunteers worked on this project which took nearly 6 weeks. Note the wooden hinges and wooden locking mechanisms. Well done guys
a wooden foot that is part of a towel rail mad by a volunteer
a cupboard made by a volunteer

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