Help develop a beautiful ferrocement house and gardens near Nimbin, Australia



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    We are Mattias and Faith, a Flemish / Aussie couple with two little girls, recently returned from five years living and traveling overseas. We've recently purchased a 5 acre share on a lovely, friendly community half way between Nimbin and Lismore and are looking for people who would like to come and help us develop the property and build our home.

    Matt has worked his whole life in the construction industry and is skilled in many areas including plumbing and carpentry. He has experience working with natural building techniques including earthships, composting toilets, earth bags and cob. He speaks Dutch, French and English. Faith has many years experience teaching and living in communities, most recently the Wilderland community in New Zealand where she managed the education program and gardens.

    The property has a wide range of sub-tropical fruit trees, natives and ornamentals and terraces have been developed to improve drainage and for passive irrigation. The soil is lush and plants grow prolifically. Wallabies, birds and many other forms of wildlife also make this land their home.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs

  • 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

    We ask that you contribute ten hours per week to the project but when you work those hours is negotiable. While you work you will be learning valuable skills. The rest of your time you will have off to relax, work on your own projects or explore the surrounding area. We are only about half an hours drive from beautiful swimming holes, waterfalls, cafes and local markets. We are 25 mins from Lismore, a large town with all amenities, and just half an hour from Nimbin. The beaches of Byron Bay are about an hour away.

  • 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


    Work is varied and may include:

    Bush regeneration
    Assisting with the build of a new ferro-cement outdoor kitchen and bathroom
    Propagating and planting many different types of plants
    Mulching and fertilising fruit trees
    Mowing and brush-cutting
    Helping take care of Freya and little Aurora (if you have experience)
    Constructing a chicken house, vegetable garden and other small projects

    Ultimately we would like to develop vegetable gardens, raise chickens, revegetate the creek and under-plant the fruit trees with productive under-story, but for now we are focused on the build of the outdoor kitchen, as well as maintaining the orchards and existing gardens. We will also be doing a fair bit of tree planting early in the season.

    At the moment we have dragon fruit and many citrus fruits ripening, as well as lots of organically grown greens and culinary herbs that you are welcome to share. We have a large greenhouse and love growing!

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Our girls are currently learning French so would love french speakers to spend time with them. We can share English, French and Flemish (Dutch).

  • Hébergement


    We offer a large, fully equiped camp with a large two-room tent and awning, sink, stove, tables and chairs, esky, camping gear and cooking equipment, a double bed, simple solar lighting and good internet access. There is room to settle in and spread out. We also have all the necessities including hot shower, washing machine and unlimited fast wifi. The bathroom is shared at present, but you have your own access at the back of the house.

    It is also possible to park a van on the property and camp in your own style.

    We provide simple groceries for three meals per day, including oats, nuts, rice, canned beans and tomatoes, bread, weetbix (if you like them), eggs, fruit and vegetables and occasional meat if you want it. We are very open to incorporating your food preferences and/or dietary requirements.

    The property is a little out of town, so your own vehicle is an advantage, however hitchhiking is also very possible after a walk of about 20 mins. During the school term a school bus passes by in the mornings and afternoons, traveling to and from Lismore. During the holidays there is a bus from the main road and we can arrange to drop you there and pick you up if you want to visit town.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We prefer a mature single person or perhaps a couple traveling together, however we have also enjoyed hosting families. If you have skills in carpentry, natural building, plumbing, painting, alternative energy, cooking, baby-sitting, gardening or bush regeneration we would love to hear from you! But we are also open to anyone who is keen to learn. We prefer a two week minimum stay with longer stays (up to six months) possible for the right people.

    If this sounds like something you’d enjoy please email us with a little about yourself, including your skills and experience. As backpackers we've worked both with and as wwoofers ourselves, so we know how to make your stay fun, affordable and interesting.

    This is a long term project and people come and go regularly so please contact us re availability.

    We look forward to hearing from you :)

  • 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 a good wifi connection that is accessible from the camping area. Unfortunately we cannot offer an inside work area.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Travelers with their own van, camper and caravan are our preference.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    10 hours per week

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N° de référence hôte : 941915729294