Help out in the city of Portland and in the woods nearby, in Oregon, USA


United States

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    I'm looking for 5` 10 COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS to work on numerous projects this summer. In Portland we'll be working on a newly established urban ecovillage building a sweat lodge, tending the garden, setting up a composting toilet, and outdoor shower. Out in the woods, we'll be cobbing, putting in brick paths, masonry building, wood chopping, etc.. I will accept stays for the entire summer, but not shorter than 2 weeks. You can alternate between the city and the woods and you'll have the camaraderie of fellow workawayers to enjoy working with and solving the world's problems and sharing our diverse cultures over the campfire in the evenings.

    The natural beauty of the Pacific NW around Portland, Oregon is simply breath-taking with the backdrop of Mt. Hood and the ocean, and hot springs close by. The woods are just an hour away from the city. We'll take some outings. Those who wish to participate in the Oregon Country Fair for at least a day to witness the wildest, wackiest fair in July in Oregon may do so.

    Seeking carpenters, masons, cobbers, laborers - cutting and moving trees and firewood, building a hot tub, a shower and outhouse, and a good cook to feed the volunteers in the big Solar Eclipse weekend August 18th - 21st!

    It's a rustic setting in the woods with no running water, (but water tanks and outdoor latrines. We usually hammock or tent camp. I have a few sleeping bags in case you don't want to fly with the extra baggage as well as hammocks. If you have a US cell phone, there is good reception and internet connection with your data plan. If you need access to internet, we'll head into town to go to the library a couple of times a week.
    In the city, you'll camp out in the backyard and have ample access to internet, shower and a kitchen.

    Our main Liberation is: THIS IS A DRUG, ALCOHOL, Cigarette, and MARIJUANA FREE ZONE!!! And still a TON OF FUN~! If you must smoke - please do so across the street, off the property. Occasionally we'll go into town and have a beer or wine, but none on the property!!! KINDLY respect this policy.

    Please write which tasks you are most attracted to putting your energy into. Looking forward to making new acquaintances - see you soon!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • 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

    My household is very multicultural. I speak German and French. my husband, who is from Tamil Nadu in India, speaks Tamil. I've traveled to 22 countries and love interacting with people from all around the world.

    Interacting with several volunteers makes for a wonderful, interactive, cooperative and FUN time!

  • Help


    If you possess any of these skills, please contact me:

    1. Carpentry skills to build a deck, put up a gate, build an outdoor shower.
    2., A mason for walkways and an intricate fireplace and fountain, and sitting area as well as designing a hot tub for 25 people with a fireplace in the middle of it!
    3. A Cook to make nutritious meals for all of us!
    4. A dog lover to care for my dog and work with training her. (Sadhana is just over two years old).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French, Tamil

  • Accommodation


    Bring your own sleeping bag and tent or let me know if you want to try hammock camping.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We will occasionally do some outings to local attractions around Portland like a day at the Oregon Country Fair, or Bagby hot springs. The beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the Pittock mansion, the zoo, the coast, or Mt. St. Helens are all popular destinations you can plan in your itinerary that are close by. You'll be expected to chip in for gas and other expenses for any outings we do together.

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Majestic Mt. Hood, Portland, Oregon USA Eco-village project.
Workawayers solving the world's problems and making friends around Campfire.
Chilling with fellow workawayers at the creek.
The earthbag cottage before it was plastered!
Make lifelong friends!
Rested and Rejuvenated after a night's rest in a hammock!
Fiona up on the eco-roof
Fiona and Don in the Tiki light glow after another great day workin.
Get lots of puppy loving from Sadhana!

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