Help us build our straw-bale, low-tech home and join our sustainable way of living in Schijndel, Netherlands



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  • Descripción


    This is our sustainable way of living on our 5000m2 property in the south of Holland. We (Peter and Marleen with our 3 children Daaf (14), Emke (11) and Steef (9) ) are building a straw bale house, while living in a temporary house besides the building place. Peter is a arborist, but now only works on the house. We have a large vegetable garden. And furthermore two cats lives here and a bunch of chickens. Piano, guitar, accordion, drum kit, bikes, campfire available!

    We are building a straw bale house low cost, low tech, using natural and used materials. Low cost, because we don't want to have a mortgage, en low tech because we want to make things ourselves. A good example of such techniques is our wood splitter, logging wheels etc. During the building process I have used no crane.

    The straw bales are placed in the walls, and plastered outside. In spring its time to work on the terrain: pruning willows, felling trees and weeding. When the temperatures raise the work at the interior starts: sanding and oiling roundwood, plastering inner walls, fixing the root cellar, building a pizza oven, etc.. We are very interested in helpers that are experienced in or well motivated to learn working with natural building materials.

    We expect from volunteers that they stay connected to our family life: feel free to explore Holland but if you join a meal help cooking or do the washing up or so. You can literally do whatever you want as long as you stay aligned.

    Because of fire risk smoking is not allowed on our terrain.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    You will learn working with natural building materials, understand the benefits of living low cost / low tech. We make decisions with sociocraty (every vote counts). If the school agrees, you might visit the democratic school (students are responsible for their own learning process) where Marleen works. If not; our children will tell you all about :-)

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

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    The help we can use is plastering walls with clay, oiling interior round wood posts, making root cellar ceiling and walls. The terrain can have some attention; a few trees didn't survive the extreme drought last summer, weed control, maintaining the vegetable garden. Mowing, wood splitting (with Ingmars Klyv), etc.

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Holandés: Fluido

  • Alojamiento


    Caravan besides the house on a 1000m3 meadow. It is a small (max 3 persons) caravan, 40 years old but dry, clean, looks as new and cosy. If sharing the caravan is unwanted, the attic where the straw bales are stored in (2/3 empty) is sleepable and we are preparing the kitchen to sleep there during colder periods.

    We are not vegan/vegetarian: we eat eggs, milk, cheese and butter. We don't eat meat except our own chicken, a few times a year...

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    We live near Schijndel, between Eindhoven and 's Hertogenbosch. Bus 2/h to 's Hertogenbosch (20min) with main train station (Amsterdam 1h, Utrecht 0.5h). 's Hertogenbosch has a nice old town center with pubs / restaurants / museums. Eindhoven is famous as Design City. We can bring you there.
    200 meters north of our home is a large (well, for the Dutch...) forest. The environment is nice to bike: forest, meadows, villages with windmills and lots of mais of course. We have bikes and a bike trip map.

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    Un poco más de información

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    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 567483652632