Help us build a cob house and learn about traditional techniques in Piatra, Romania



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    We are Oana and Adrian and are currently building a cob house in a village in southern Romania called Piatra, in the county of Teleorman, where Adrian's mother is currently living. It is a small family house (2 rooms and one large kitchen/living space, plus bathroom).

    Earth used to be the main material for building in the area, but nowadays almost no one is doing it, and even repairs at old earth houses are done with cement - earth is viewed as an inferior material, and the knowledge and craft of building with it are gone.

    We love it though and remember the marvelous smell of the old house of our childhood and want to build a house that takes advantage of the many exquisite qualities of the material. We will use the cob technique for the walls, to be plastered with lime, sitting on a concrete foundation and a wooden structure (chosen for permit purposes, as well as a lack of stone supply and craftsmen in our area).

    We have built the foundation and the wooden structure (you can see some images below); started building the cob walls in mid-July, and we expect it to take through October; we'll mount the roof tiles in September; and most probably do the plaster work next year.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Interacting with people who have chosen to downscale and build a healthy house(hold) from natural materials and learning by applying traditional techniques is the main benefit of this exchange (Besides building the cob walls and lime plastering, in August-September we will also have a local craftsmen build two masonry heaters with glazed tiles and will mount the roof tiles, and you can also join with the process).

    This is very much a family project and hope you will feel among family. You will interact on a daily basis with us (working on the building), as well as with Adrian's mother (who is preparing the meals), and Adrian's brother and his family (living in the house nearby the accommodation). We are also living on the construction site.

    We also want to learn from those which have done similar projects with natural materials and traditional building techniques. We have been involved in other volunteer initiatives in Romania aiming for heritage preservation and a return to traditional materials and techniques and aim for this house project to be the starting point of a deeper involvement in this field in our region in southern Romania, which has seen fewer such initiatives.

    You can also see first hand how current way of life is changing the rural landscape in Southern Romania.

    We are also the co-founding members of a initiative group in the village aiming for community development projects and are currently preparing a local heritage awareness project, in which you could also get involved.

    If you are interested to travel and explore beyond our village, Bucharest is 2-hour drive away and we can also help with accommodation in the city for a few days. The nearby town of Turnu Magurele, a 30-min drive away, hosts remnants of the Frontier of the Roman Empire, part of the long empire's frontier along the Danube, currently in review for UNESCO World Heritage listing.

    If interested, we can also guide you more in the Romanian arts and culture, including contemporary arts (Oana is a cultural manager developing various international cultural projects in the fields of cinema, visual arts and more).

  • 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 are looking for help with the construction of the cob wall (from end of June through end of October), but also other work related to the construction (cleaning older wooden doors and furniture for reuse, dismounting older animal sheds, building a terrace etc.).

    The cob building technique involves throughly mixing clay, sand, straw and water either by foot or with a small machine (we plan to do both), making cob balls and compacting them in the wall forms. Finished wall thickness will be 60cm, height of approx. 275cm. Doors and windows will be incorporated as the wall is getting up from the ground, and small details (alcoves, window borders and benches) will also be constructed as the wall goes up or at the end. The technique is not difficult and is forgiving (as eventual mistakes can be rather easily corrected), but it requires a lot of manual help and attention (particularly keeping the wall thickness even as the wall goes up). It is also very satisfying working with earth and seeing the walls growing and moulding the various elements.

    Plastering indoors and outdoors will be done with lime.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Bulgarian: Courant
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Romanian: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    We offer accommodation in the village in an older family house waiting to be renovated (which belonged to Adrian's great aunts), on the main street of the village, 10-minute walk from the new construction lot (two bedrooms and one large closed veranda functioning as a living area). Conditions are basic, with a sofa bed, table and chairs inside, and outside compost toilet and shower.

    My brother and his family live next door and can help with necessities.

    Wireless internet is available in the accommodation as well.

    We will offer three meals per day, using mostly home-grown vegetables and poultry. We like to prepare local dishes and our favourite meals, so that you can sample a variety of local food. We are also providing a fridge, electric kettle and induction cooktop top in the accommodation.

    We can also accommodate campervans in the courtyard of the construction lot.

    Accommodation in tents in the two lots is also an option.

  • 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

    We have good internet connection at the construction site as well as in the accommodation house.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Depending on their size, we can accommodate campervans in the courtyard of the construction lot, which is larger, or in the courtyard of the old house where indoor accommodation is provided (for smaller campervans). Access to water and outdoor toilet/shower is available in both locations, as is internet.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Yes. Please note we have dogs, but they are leashed.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

N° de référence hôte : 333775669899