Help in the fourth phase of a self-sustainable building construction in Lebanon



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    Dear all,

    My name is Nizar, I am the founder of the project, the first low-cost house designed to revolutionize the construction industry by producing passive, low cost, fully self-sustainable dwellings with low carbon footprint, using a combination of ancestral building techniques and cutting edge eco-friendly architectural solutions.
    A combination of tradition, and modern scientific knowledge.

    We started the build in October 2017, with a workshop that lasted two months, than a second workshop spread from May to November 2018 and achieved with it the first story.
    A third workshop spread from May to November 2019 and achieved with it the second story shell.
    Now we are preparing for the construction of second story interior work on the setback terrace farm over the 1st story.
    A fourth workshop will be launched when the spring season opens its doors and will last until November 2020.

    On this season list :
    Adobe brick and Glass bottle walls
    Straw-bale insulation
    Earth plaster

    See you there,

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    What you will learn*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️:
    (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️open to volunteers planning on staying 7 days+)
    - The collection of rainwater and its recycling, with all the accessories and lifestyle habits
    needed for the reduction of water consumption.
    - How to reduce power consumption.
    - How to build tire walls; including plastering, and isolation from moisture, water.
    - How to benefit from the soil’s thermal mass to heat and cool the house.
    - How to install an efficient ventilation system that doesn’t affect the inner temperature.
    - How to build glass bottle walls, plastered with mud.
    - How to make rammed earth grounds.
    - How to build a low-cost natural thermal insulated wall from straw bale.
    - Raw earth and lime plastering / painting.
    - Traditional means of food conservation.
    - Water and thermal insulation systems.
    - Adobe bricks walls building technique.
    - Perennial cane insulation technique.

  • Help


    Skilled or unskilled volunteers are welcome to give a hand in building the fourth phase of the build.
    Workshops will consist of:

    - Adobe bricks construction
    - Carpentry and wood work
    - Earth plastering and Floors
    - Lime plastering
    - Glass bottle work
    - Stone work
    - Maintenance of the workshop room
    - Organic Gardening
    - Social media management
    - Other miscellaneous jobs

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We will provide a camping spot during the time of the build.
    Volunteers should bring their own tents and camping gear (sleeping bag, mattress etc.).
    Showers and toilets will also be available on the camping site.

    Living arrangements, Services and Facilities:

    Unskilled volunteers (in construction fields) :
    - Washing facilities
    - Kitchen facilities
    - Drinking water
    - Outdoor Shower
    - Camping site

    Skilled Volunteers :
    - Washing facilities
    - Kitchen facilities
    - Drinking water
    - Outdoor Shower
    - Camping site
    - Budget to cook your own meals (lunch and dinner)
    We recommend that you bring your own assortment of snacks, coffee, etc. that you may

    We don't offer food for volunteers who have no professional skill in any construction field. We give them a fully equipped kitchen to allow them to cook their own meals.
    For volunteers with one or more professional construction skills, we cover the food ingredients expenses. But they have to do their own shopping and cook their own food in the kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    How to get there:
    Once you get to Baskinta Village, take the road leading you to Al Nahr Restaurant (ask
    around). 150M prior to arriving to the restaurant, there is an alley that will lead you to Nizar
    Haddad’s house and land, where the construction and camping sites will be located.
    How to get to Baskinta Village from Beirut:
    Option 1: You have to get under Dora Bridge (North Highway), to the round-about. Right
    after the round-about, there are random buses that stop and are headed a bit everywhere
    north of Beirut. So you have to ask around. These buses usually come every hour (from
    6am to 8pm) and usually wait for about half an hour (bus to be full) before they take off. So
    ask around the buses that are stopped you will surely find one. This is definitely the cheapest
    way to get to Baskinta from Beirut, it will cost you around 3,500 LBP (less than $3) to get
    The bus will pass through the main round-about of the village named as “Stouh lbaladiyeh”,
    and will continue to the left for around 600 meter, or could just stop to the round-about.
    In both cases stop at the round-about of Baskinta and call us, to come and take you from
    there by car, otherwise if you have 45 min to spare, you can ask for Al Nahr restaurant and
    come by walk.
    Mainly from the round-about, you take the left road and keep going straight on the main road
    for 45 min.
    Option 2: Uber, Careem or any other taxi company will take you from Beirut to Baskinta and
    visa-versa for around $25, this is a good option if you are sharing and can afford it or have
    heavy luggage to carry.

    The Lebanese mountain trail passes by the village for people interested in hiking during their free time.
    The region is very green, crossed by a river. You can enjoy these beautiful landscapes.

  • 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

  • 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

Ikki the mascot of the project, supervising the construction
Campsite is top of the picture, over the construction site on kiwi planted terrace farms
This is a part of our campsite, in between Kiwi trees on a mountainside. The site overlooks an amazing view on the valley of Bekaata al Nahr.
Put your hand with us to achieve the first low-cost passive fully self-sufficient house in the middle east made of natural localy extracted materials and scavenged materials.

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