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Help us build a whole off-grid eco-village near Suhum in Ghana

  • Ghana
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  • Last activity: 8 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    Hello my name is Joshua and I’m living in the land left in heritage by my ancestors here in Ghana.

    The land is located in the rural, lush and farming area of the easter region, approximately 1.5 hrs away from Accra (the capital and main airport)

    When I first moved here everything was bushy and barely untouched. And after 2 years of hard work, using local indigenous building techniques, organic farming ways and a all-natural and “recycled” approaches, I managed to build my own mud house, to eat from my own organic garden, and to create a mini-personal eco village.
    I also get the chance to create workshops throughout the last years. Teaching people from all over the world in order to learn and embrace this harmonious and earthly way of living.

    This very land is located a few minutes ride from the main village of Mankrong, a small farming community made up by 800 people circa, this is my closest community not only physically but also personally, since it has been partially founded by my very great grandfather.
    A few of the elders were also involved teaching sustainable ways as herbal medicine or ancient pottery during our workshops.

    Has been a whole blessing and also a whole challenge to create and to put all of this mainly alone.
    Is now time to expand the vision and to add more appropriate natural facilities in order to transform this personal-eco-village to a solid natural-living model from where many others can be educated, inspired and growing from.
    A natural-sanctuary with the function of an educational-center to embody the change we all need to see for the benefit of Mother Earth, our society and ultimately for our inner peace.

    In order to do that, I need physical support, from individuals interested in learning, working and help with the various new upcoming projects.

    5 hours of activities are requested everyday for 5 days a week.

    The activities that you will be requested to take care of are of 360 degrees range:
    from natural building to cooking, from washing and cleaning toilets to gardening, from general maintenance to online tasks, from natural food processing to cleaning common spaces.

    If we will be both interested in each other, a call phone will be clarify more details.

    So far, all the best


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    Each student/participant will learn a numerous skills in accordance to the activities predominantly made during your stay.

    -Natural Building
    From how to build with local techniques to how to build with cob, from how to tatch a roof with grass to understand the properties of natural paint, from how to work with earth bags to learn about foundations.

    From planting new seeds to transplanting, from harvesting to natural food processing.

    -Cleaning and maintenance
    learn about the actually activities that it takes in order to keep an eco-hand/made village alive.

    -Overall you will learn how to live an off grid and self-sustainable life.
    You will not only learn it theoretically but deeply practically through hands on experience.

  • Help


    The large vision aims is to build extra natural structures as in private huts, dormitory, bathrooms and halls. All with natural resources. Experimenting and implementing ancient traditional techniques also as recycle and permaculture techniques.

    Also the we will be focused on the maintenance and expansion of the garden as in planting new veggies and trees.
    Hand-weeding and also natural food processing and composting.

    As well as cleaning the already existing toilets, open halls and the various common places/area you will be all using.

    Online activities will also be included as in managing the social media page, uploading the website or crowd funding page.

    5 hours of activities are requested everyday for 5 days a week.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    -The land is located in a fully off-grid settings.
    About 30 min walking from the main a village.
    We are now working towards a fully sustainable solar system, but until then,
    electricity will be provided throughout the use of car batteries and inverters.
    (To keep in mind that these batteries can only charge phones and low Kilo-Watt accessories.

    -The water will be collected from the sky in tanks.
    Safe to drink (but always good to boil).

    -Camping Tent will be the accommodation of each student/participant.
    The tent is equipped with mattress, bed sheets and pillow.
    (Which will move in the dormitory once the building process will be completed)

    -The shower and toilet will be very simple yet with the essentials, the both will be shared among the group.
    •The toilet will be a compost toilet.
    •The shower will be a bucket system (to keep water consumption monitored)

    -The food as in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be brought from the local market every week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    How to get here:
    from Accra (including airport)
    Uber and Bolt and private Taxis are available.
    Both can bring you here in 1.5 hrs.
    Trotro is also available: is the name of our local “public” mini-bus service that connects the whole of Ghana.
    It can get you here in a bit over 2 hrs.
    (More details will be provided once on board)

    -What to do during a day off:

    Apart from staying in the land and relaxing or embracing the time you can also go to the close by village of Mankrong where there is a nice little tiny waterfall during the rainy season.
    It is quite, peaceful and very meditative.
    Also there is a close by creek/river not too far from it.

    About 2 hrs away from here there is a very tall and beautiful waterfall called Boti waterfall. It can be quite or a bit crowded depending on the season. But its beauty it’s outstanding regardless

    Ghana is overall approximately reachable everywhere within a day by bus/car or in less than a hr by airplane. There are many different and beautiful regions that can be visited on weekends or appropriate arrangements.

    Last but not least: as mentioned, Accra is only 1.5 hours from away, and it is surely a crowded city with lots of different scenes.
    There are gardens, museums, universities, neighborhoods and plenty restaurants that you might want to visit, plus Accra night-life can be often legit specially on weekends.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 816356779837



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