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Category: Other
Host ID: 90497
Country: Turkey

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Last Updated: April 11, 2020

We are a natural building team based in Turkey. We essentially build with earth, straw and wood, usually housing in the countryside. We have worked with volunteers for years now, and it is partly thanks to them that our buildings have become reality. We are looking for people who want to perfect their building skills, or beginners ready to get their hands dirty and get an overview of what alternative building is about.
Please visit our website to learn more about what we do.

Our current project is located in the countryside near the town of Saray which is roughly 130km west of Istanbul. We expect 6 hours of work daily with a fixed schedule, and we provide three meals a day + basic accommodation (bathroom/toilet/kitchen). One day off per week.
Important: You will have to bring a tent.

Volunteers will be totally immersed in the construction process, working alongside the team and learning from the actual work, on a daily basis. This work can be physically demanding and we are looking for people with a high interest in craftsmanship. We see volunteers more as apprentices willing to learn the skills than free laborers.

The main techniques you might experience (depending on the time you are joining) are:

- rough earthen plastering
- fine earthen plastering
- carpentry
- earthbag
- cob
- slip straw
- tadelakt plastering

Accommodation for volunteers will be completed this year. At the moment there is a bathroom/dry toilets building available but volunteers have to come with their camping equipment.
Other buildings on land include a kitchen, a greenhouse and storage buildings.

A basic internet connection is available. Both the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea coasts are less than an hour drive away. Istanbul is an hour and a half away by bus. We can offer transportation to and from the closest village.

Don't hesitate to apply!

IMPORTANT: Apply only if you can come between May and early November.

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