Help needed for organic gardening and natural buildings in Northern Thailand

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  • Description

    Description

    We've started to set up a learning centre near Chiang Rai to promote natural building techniques mainly utilizing earth, straw, timber and bamboo. We also want to become a place where local people and foreigners can discover and learn about eco friendly, economical and easily replicable ideas, systems and techniques (solar panels, wind turbines, earth ovens, rocket-stoves, solar heaters etc. We are only a couple (French, Thai) and really need some help from motivated volunteers to help us to move forward faster and make our (ambitious) project come true as soon as possible :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    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

    Volunteers will learn natural building skills suitable in various climates and part of the world, as well as organic gardening skills. We usually spend with volunteers hours of discussion about some local/global issues, Thai culture, ways people can become more self-sufficient and self-reliant.

  • Help

    Help

    We need help from September 2019 to build several earth and bamboo buildings on our new land and also to start to growing organic veggies, plants and fruit trees. The new land is only 50 meters from our current place, so we will be able to work by using the existing facilities (dormitory, relaxing area, kitchen, bathroom, tools shed). The work proposed to volunteers will be mostly gardening and finishing the new buildings (mostly to make the walls and/or the roof).
    More specifically, for September 2019:
    - Making together a terrace vegetable garden
    - Planting, preparing new garden beds and preparing compost
    - Plastering earth walls, completing an earth and bamboo outdoor shower

    We accept volunteers for at least 5 working days (check-in one day before).

    We are about 30 minutes from Chiang Rai. You can get there by taxi (about 400 baht, 13 USD). Otherwise – if we are available – we can pick up volunteers at Chiang Rai for a fee (300 bahts, 10 USD).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Thai

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Simple but comfortable accommodation in a dormitory or - if you prefer - a private tent (one or two person).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers who stay more than 5 day can visit the surroundings during day off (meditation center, organic farm, local market and temples). Otherwise, after work, they can walk around the place and see lovely rice paddy fields and fruit trees plantations.
    Meals will be mostly vegetarian with some meat and fish options.
    Wifi and electricity (220 V) are available.
    We ask all volunteers to have their own health insurance, and be sure they are physically fit for such work.
    We ask all volunteers to refrain from any illegal drug use or excessive drinking in our centre.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Charles, Bryan and Manon assembling the bamboo 'flex-yurt'
Time to lift the bamboo roof !
Preparing the earth mix
Doug and Adrien preparing cob patties
View of our new land
A lot of bamboo on the land, for shade and construction
Thai winter
Fon making fire to get warmer and preparing Thai-style breakfast
Guiding volunteers before starting the day
Lunch time with volunteers
Just need to cut to make the yurt door
Thai diner: vegetarian 'kebab' and more
Visiting Chentawan Meditation Centre in the week-end
Feeding pigs in a nearby eco-resort
Our bamboo structure yurt finished in just 6 days !


Host ref number: 856771263686