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Help our family with an ecological renovation project in Elst, in the flemish Ardenne, Belgium

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  • Description


    Our workaway season starts around the end of march :)

    Hello! Our names are Stein and Thamy. And this is our second year of workaway. Summer 2022 we had 6 workawayers from 5 different counties.
    Together with our little daughter Otte we live in a little village called Elst, in the flemish ardennes. We are located in a beautiful area, with lots of nature to go for walks (or bike! Our regions quite known for a big racing bike competition, de ronde van Vlaanderen).

    In september 2021 we bought a little house with big yard. The house was run down, with no running water or kitchen and a big yard full of nettles and brambles higher then Stein (and he is 1m95!), but we fell in love with the view and the possibilities of one day making a food forest!
    The first few months we emptied the house and the shed, cut down a lot of trees (too old, too high and close to the house or sick), made fire wood, put a roof back on the shed and made a playhouse for the little one.

    Juni 2022 we started living in a caravan we put on the property while we worked on the house, we hope to make it livable by next year. We like to do everything as sustainable as possible, we try to build everything with second hand stuff. If second hand is not an option we build as ecological as posible, we even dream to make plaster and earth floor form our own earth. We try to experiment and move self builder boundaries.

    A little bit more about us:
    Stein (32) studied architecture and worked as and architect for years, he also was the property and realty manager of the city Kortrijk. Since july 2023 he is full time working on our home. When he was younger he helped build the house of his parents. You can say he knows a lot about building houses! He has a great passion for bio ecological building and other forms of housing,.. so he's definitely going to try out some techniques over the years at our project. In his spare time he loves to work with wood, spoon carving, making furniture,...

    Thamy (31) works for the city of Oudenaarde at the department for after school care for kids but studied as a kindergarden teacher. In her spare time she likes to draw,make music and her more recent hobby crochet. Oh, and loves cooking! She loves to garden and make things with the produce or can them for later in the year. She loves to try out new fermenting techniques like sourdough, kombucha or ginger beer. She hopes that in a few years they can produce a lot more food for themselves in the garden (her big dream is to have a root cellar that looks like a hobbit house).

    Otte (3) is a sweet little toddler that is going to school, she is quite shy in the beginning but once she gets to know you a little better she is probably gonna smother you with attention (oh and if it would be your birthday when are here. She can sing happy birthday very cute!). Her favorite part about workaway is when you go on the trampoline with her (or if you are a great desert baker).

    Since October '22 we're also housing a stray ginger cat we called Butternut. We gave her food and then she never went away. She is a sweet outdoor kitty that likes snuggles.
    In may '23 we bought our first chickens and a rooster names Peluche, Margritte, Michelle and Gerard.
    A lot of the time we also have the sheep of Steins father living here.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    Aide dans une ferme
    Aide à la maison
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We definitely see WorkAway as learning from one another and broadening our horizon. Learning from other cultures and expanding our friend circle. We really like to get to know you as a person and your story. Getting around the fire and trying some local beers. We love cooking different cuisines but love to bring some local specialities around.

    You can surely learn a thing our two about sustainable building and living with us.
    We are still learning about permaculture and food forestation, but you can definitely learn with us!
    In the summer we always partake in some preserving and fermenting activities and would love for you to join them.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    We did All the work outside (plumming, building the outdoor kitchen, planting trees, preparing for the water purification system).

    - build a fence so sheep can graze the field
    - yardwork: sawing and moving tree trunks for planks, planting and up keeping of the vegetable garden, mowing the field
    - we got chickens and build a coop for them
    - starting with the foundation of the house: cleaning up the house, smashing out walls, removing the old stairs, digging wholes, moving the ground with the wheelbarrow, laying the steelwork for the concreet, putting concreet in the holes,..
    - demolishing an outside part of the house

    This year we plan to further work on the house. We need to make a new roof, make new windows, plaster the outside of the house with lime plaster,...

    When you stay with us it is you mainly help Stein with the house and yardwork.
    It is very physical work, but we make sure to always find something that is in your capacity. We do not except anyone to have experience, only a good work spirit and an open heart to get to know us and other workawayers who are staying.

    You can check our house on instagram - ask us for the link

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant
    Allemand: Débutant
    Français: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    We provide a big Bell tent with beds for you and the other WorkAwayers to sleep in or a trailer where there is a bedroom for one person.
    We have an outdoor kitchen and a shelter for cooking and hanging out. That we will use together.
    We eat vegetarian meals but are open to buy you meat if you prefer that.
    We have a washing machine that you are free to use.
    The shower is in the caravan. Our toilet is an outdoor dry toilet behind the kitchen.
    If you want to take a trip we can drive you to the bus or trainstation to get to your destination. We can Also arrange for you to use one of our electric bikes.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The Vlaamse Ardennes are know for their beautiful landscapes. We are surrounded with nature parks, for beautiful walking trips or you can partake on scenic bike rides.
    For sight seeing we have the city of Oudenaarde where you can go to the museum in the townhall, visit the Archeological Roman museum in Velzeke or discover the craft of milling grains in the boembekemolen.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    You can work from the shelter or the shed. Time to socialise with us and the other volunteers present is really important to us, so we only accept part-time digital nomads, no more than 2 hours/day or 1 day/week.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    6 hours a day, 4 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 222271241179

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