Help us build a bamboo and creative up-cycling center in Chiang Mai, Thailand



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  • Description


    This is a hub, for exploring all the modern ways to use bamboo and creative upcycling. Emphasis on zero waste lifestyles, wether at home or on the road. Currently developing a series of bamboo games and interactive challenges for all ages, that will bring an empathetic community together at our digital detox playground. The ultimate goal is to inspire enough innovations and invite visitors to play and see the LOHAS life as easy and fun for all... This is based on a sacred commerce model that rewards we over me.
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  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    DIY and life hacks! Cradle to Cradle resourcefulness. Kaizen mindfulness of improving yourself and your surroundings.

    We are creating a real-life example of best practices for balanced self sufficient living.
    Minimal resources turned into abundance...

    A generosity of spirit is required alongside a curiosity and appetite to learn and grow. A certain joy in serving others is welcome. Desire to help and share should be your default setting. You must care for yourself first to care for others and the earth. Develop the competence to look, learn and practice new skills daily. Be a proactive and vocal team player in offering help and ideas before needed.

    Be frugal with daily commodities. Avoid all single use plastic purchases and learn a zero waste lifestyle. Where something can be made ourselves, we avoid buying, especially natural cleaning products for house and body.

    We are building, in bamboo, a digital-detox playground for inner kids of all ages. We practice mindful usage of devices and smartphones. With bans on screens during work and meal times. We will establish time banking systems to motivate flexibility and delegate to all equally.

    Develop a daily flow and life rhythm that starts with making one’s own bed and feeling the buzz of achievements throughout the day.
    Project based work, to completion, individually or as a team is expected. Learning a new craft and bettering your skill sets is the personal reward.

    To give the group the best experience we are currently taking maximum 2 people at a time, who will stay a maximum of 2 weeks. Anyone who is accepted to join this community will undergo a trial period of 3 days to see if it is a good fit.

    We would prefer to have vegan volunteers as it will be easier for us to choose.
    We emphasise healthy food prep such as organic gardening, sprouting, fermenting, dehydrating, steaming, stir fry and baking. And welcome all new ideas around the joys of plant based living.

    Also would like volunteers to be conscious about their consumption and responsible for their own plastics, bottles and trash because there is no proper recycling systems in Thailand.
    Repurposing is our daily goal. .

    Minimum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Cumulative or consecutive. Time spent cooking and cleaning and daily maintenance chores are not included in the work hours. We will also volunteer time with local charity projects and even swap work with other Workaway locations nearby.

    Please only apply if you are ready to live a simple and healthy lifestyle in a small community. We are looking for people who want to live in an intentional way with the earth, and are open minded to new ideas.

    We reserve the right to cancel any workaway agreement immediately, at our discretion. If we think someone is not contributing or respecting the project or its hosts or guests, you may be asked to leave gracefully. Joy and flexibility for all.

  • Help


    Hands on use of simple tools to create a mini golf course that is entirely bamboo and upcycled ingredients.
    Basic skills:
    Cutting, drilling, steaming, bending, binding, sanding and finishing, etc.

    A creative mind paired with practical disciplines of a work place are welcome.

    Workshop area will expand with more advanced tools and those with engineering competence are encouraged to learn and lead projects.
    Advanced skills needed like construction, electrician, sewing, soldering, welding, laser engraving, CNC routing, wiring, weaving and website building.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Punjabi (Eastern): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    So far, the Premesis has a double bedroom and single bed on upper floor with bathroom. Lower floor has a Tipi and bathroom. Plenty of space for camping in the orchard. Bananas, mango, jackfruit and longangs growing in abundance.

    Vegan kitchen with ample storage for individual pantries and a shared refrigerator. Vegan fare welcome only.

    We suggest the volunteers to help us with a donation (foraged or bought/bartered) for the communal food and accommodation. There will be communal meals cooked and cleaned together. And separate baskets for each person to fill with their own goodies they may desire

    Elixir bar with juicer and blender

    Emphasis on DIY food crafts such as sprouting, dehydrating, pickling, kombucha, live cultures, fermenting, probiotic coconut yoghurt, etc

    Several local organic farmers markets nearby throughout the week.

    Exploring the abundant vegan options in Chiang Mai is also fun and educating.

    One biogas digester needs to be built. Also adobe oven still planned

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Small fleet of two wheels:
    Honda Motorcycle
    Honda Scooter (automatic)
    Bamboo mountain bike
    Folding bicycle

    And one sidecar with roof attached to automatic scooter. Can seat 5 people or take 2 X 50 gallon drums and cargo. Very useful

    There are plenty of resources within walking distance. Less than 20meters: A famous noodle shop (open til 4pm) massage (140 baht/hour), solar systems supplier, window workshop and Thai food cafe open until midnight.

    Across the canal road within 150meters is a 7-11 (open 24 hours) a bicycle shop and several other restaurants.

    Behind Orchard is Baan Nae Fun which has a Spa and a large salt water swimming pool open for daily rate visits. Bar and Restaurants also

    Royal Project grocery and cafe are less than 2km away. Ratchapruek Park is 1km away. Chiang Mai Night Safari is nearby also, which has regular shuttles passing the house going into the old town of Chiang Mai.

    Airport is 10 minutes away and Old Town is 15 minutes away

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Minimum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 797877853551