Come and help a young family with building a straw bale house in Saint-Jean-de-Paracol, France



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  • Description


    We are a young family with a 2 year old boy, I'm from Belgium and Matt is from Australia. We're building a straw bale house in the south of France. We aim to use natural or recycled materials only. At the moment we have finished the car tyre foundations, the wooden structure and the roof. The next step will be the straw bale wales, which we hope to finish before the winter of 2018.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help with Eco Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We usually take helpers out to local rivers and lakes for a swim after helping us. Helpers can learn about natural building, architecture, solar passive housing, using recycled materials, permaculture and much more!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need help with putting up straw bale walls, rendering, building a rocket mass heater, so mostly help with cob, which is easy to learn, as long as you don't mind getting dirty!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We provide a caravan or tent on side (there are 5 sleeping spots in the caravan but helpers might prefer the privacy of a tent if there are some other helpers). We provide We have a compost toilet and a shower space made from wooden pallets but there's no running water. If you like more luxury, have some spare cash, there are relatively cheap holiday houses for rent in the village. We provide 3 meals a day, fully vegetarian and mostly vegan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a local 1 euro bus service which runs from Carcassonne (nice medieval city and also airport/train station) to a nearby village from where we can pick up and drop off helpers.

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    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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 658989454948