Come and learn about straw bale eco building in Baal, Belgium

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  • Description

    Description

    We have built a straw bale house .Part 1 is now almost finished. This summer we want to work on the outside of the house, the garden, the chicken area will be bigger, we will make a stone pad around the house, a wild flower field, working on the threes, the vegetable garden....Experience is not necessary, just a good pair of hands and a willing mind.

    We are a Belgian family of 5, kids are 23, 21 and 15 years, living on the countryside. We bought our house after returning from almost 4 years of living in South-Africa , where we volunteer for a Belgian NGO. Our family is growing so we need to expand a bit. We chose the most ecological and budget-friendly option.
    We want to exchange our culture and experiances with new people from all around the world. In the years passed, we had a wonderfull time with workawayers.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Us sitting on the terrace, after a good day's work, have some wine, and discuss life and the world. We traveled a lot ourselves, the best moments were the moments we stayed with families and close to local people. It broadened my view on the world.
    This is an opportunity for travelers that are interested in building with straw and clay first hand! Manual building techniques, some gardening. You are welcome in our family, and we can exchange a lot.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    The two rooms on the second floor are finished. Next are the first floor and the bathroom. Cobbing again, ceiling, some minor details on the walls, placing the floor tiles. Cutting open the walls between the old and new part. Some adjustments at the stairs. After that we will place the (recovered) kitchen. Next will be the ecological bathroom: We're thinking of tadelact (North African technique) as a finish
    There's also work to do in the garden, since we don't use any pesticides it mostly labor to keep it weed-free.
    If we get this far this year, we'll start the foundations of part two...

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

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  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide a small caravan and a tent in the backyard, with electricity. We provide meals at our place, toilet and shower is in the house. There is also a fireplace. I've extended the wifi up to the backyard now.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in a rural area, but there are good transportation connections close, bus connections at less than 2 kms, train station at 4 km, you can use a bike (it's flat here). Just 35 mins by train to Brussels, Leuven, Antwerp. So if you want to take a day off, no problem, We will mostly be busy in the mornings and have free time in the afternoon, have dinner in the evening.

  • 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

    We extend the WiFi to the back of the garden so no problem to have internet during your stay

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have enough place to park a motorhome, only the entrance is limited,so vehicles up to about 6-8 metres long (there is a short turn to enter the place)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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