Help building our home with straw, cob, earth and clay in the middle of a forest close to Warsaw, Poland

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  • Last activity: 3 Jun 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Hi we are in Poland
    Our natural straw bale house is in the middle of a forest with Moose, wild boar, dear, foxes, rabbits, pheasant, mushrooms, many wild berries and friendly neighbours. We are a Polish, Beata and English, John, couple. We are learning to live a healthy natural lifestyle in harmony and self sufficient with our local environment. Our passion is art, cooking, music, films, gardening, yoga and meditating. We live less than 40 minutes from Poland's capital Warsaw. Warsaw is a cosmopolitan, historic, cultural city with many interesting sites, restaurants, theatres. Having regular festivals of music, theatre, film and food. Close to us is the birthplace of Chopin where weekly free Chopin music concerts are held as well as in Warsaw. Our house is a continuous evolving project and we are wanting to develop a permaculture garden and build a natural, self sustainable summerhouse/greenhouse earth ship house. We want to run learning workshops using these projects as practical examples.
    Our main project this year is a summerhouse/greenhouse earth ship.
    We now hope to build between May and October 2023 and would like 4 people at once (4 people per day) over that period of time. The exchange is accommodation and 3 meals a day for helping Monday to Friday 9am to 2 pm generally and weekend free. Occasionally this could be a little longer to complete a task depending on the weather.
    We would like to share and participate in cooking and cleaning tasks.
    Accommodation, we have four places in the house and also plenty of space for camping & camper vans.
    We are looking after our eco waste system and use eco product wherever possible..
    Travel expense will be your responsibility.
    The consumption and possession of drugs is prohibited.
    Appropriate dress ware for building work will be required for the project.
    Desired attitude would be a positive, have a go and can do approach.
    Do you have green building skills (masonry, carpentry, structural carpentry, straw bales, lime/clay plastering, heating, electrical, plumbing and at what level, eg I don't know anything, I know something, I know a lot, I could lead a team a little).
    Please comment on any other skills and those you want to develop.
    Please supply us with what food you like and any intolerance, allergy or illness.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Develop an understanding of Polish language, history and culture We are happy to exchange in Polish and English. You could have the use of bikes and car for local exploring journeys. As mentioned Warsaw is a short distance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for friendly people with good communication skills who are willing to help, learn and assist in all the house building cooking and gardening projects. Specific skills of natural house building in straw, cob, earth ship, clay and lime plastering, carpentry, roofing, plumbing, painting and decorating. Anybody that is willing to learn and help in the house, cooking and general house maintenance.
    Due to the economic situation we have delayed the project for 12 months
    Time frame: update April 2023.
    May, Earth moving, Foundation.
    June, Drainage, waterproofing and base platform, together with starting the wooden frame.
    July, Wooden frame, intermediate ceilings.
    August, Roof structure, straw bale infill and inner partitions.
    September, Strawbale wall infill, waterproofing and window.
    Further requirements depending on the speed; Clay inner and outer lime plastering internal plumbing, electrics and final fitting.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Polish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Beata my wife speaks Polish, English and a little Russian, I speak English and a little German and am learning Polish

  • Accommodation


    We can accommodate 4 people, single or couple, and you can use our garden for a your tent, We are having 3 shared a day. We mainly eat vegetarian, vegan with occasional fish and meat, let us know if you have any preferences or allergies.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Warsaw is 40 minutes away by train and we are 3 km from the station. Where we can drop you off or use the bike and car. You can join us for us for mushroom and blackberry picking, sightseeing and local concerts. We are easygoing and friendly family. We respect and accept differences in cultures. experiences and beliefs and expect the same. We are non smoking family home.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I also work on line and would welcome others

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have lots of parking space if required

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can talk about it, we are pet friendly.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 659375536918

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