Experience building a sandbag house on our smallholding in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


South Africa

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  • Description


    We are a Dutch-South African family with three kids working towards a self sustainable lifestyle. Two year ago we changed our lifestyle from city to farm life. My husband is active with community development and handymen work on our farm. I do homeschooling, take care of my kids (9,6,4), grow vegetables and take care of the other animals. We are Christians.

    We have goats, chicken and pigs, all free range. We also have a vegetable garden.

    We live on a 9,8 hectare land with a stream and forest down hill. We have a nice view down the valley.

    We are 25 min from a beautiful beach and half an hour from Port Elizabeth.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Want to have a break from the busy life? Experience a lifestyle more in harmony with nature? We are working towards a self sustainable lifestyle. You can learn and experience about growing veggies , how to make yoghurt, butter and cheese. How to bake your own bread. Besides to use our natural resources as much as possible like trees and stones.

  • Help


    We can use help with:

    No prior experience needed:
    We are currently building a sandbag house.
    You can help with filling the bags with sand and making the ground level. You do need to be fysical fit. This is quite heavy work.

    No prior experience needed
    -growing vegetables,
    - cooking food for volunteers and our family.

    No experience needed, just general handyman skill and physical strength
    -making fencing from invading trees like black wattle,
    - fixing stables,
    - cutting down invading trees like black wattle.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, Afrikaans

  • Accommodation


    You can bring your own tent or sleep in a dormitory room which we use for camps
    There is a toilet available.
    We can cook together and share lunch and evening meals during the week. We eat lots of vegetables and have regular a vegetarian meal. You will take care of your own breakfast, weekends everybody takes care of themselves.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Eastern Cape has a warm summers and mild winters. There are stunning beaches, beautiful mountains and a relaxing atmosphere.

    We go regular to Port Elizabeth we could give you a lift or if you have license you can use our car.
    We live 15 min away from a beautiful beach with huge sand dunes.
    There are a number of hikes available.
    Addo elephant park is 40 min away.
    Surfing, fishing and swimming is done at different beaches.
    We have a pony available for horse riding.
    There is plenty of wood to make a fire and just enjoy the sound of nature.
    Explore The Hills And stream, do rock climbing,
    And just enjoy life😃.

  • 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

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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