ThePOOSH,org (People’s Organization on Sustainable Housing) is a free to join website listing sustainable build projects around the world. In return for their help, self-build project hosts are encouraged to offer to volunteers food, accommodation and share sustainable self-build techniques. Current projects listed include a rice hull earthbag house in Thailand, a cob cottage in Arizona and a straw bale horse stable in Germany.
Born out of a meeting through another hospitality exchange site thePOOSH.org is a relatively new work exchange site for virtually anyone, anywhere in the world wishing to participate in, or start their own sustainable build project.
The site was started when its founders, including James Self and Eric Puro, met through Couchsurfing when James was invited by Eric to stay in an off-the-grid community in Oregon.
When members of that community conspired to avoid returning to the city by creating their own sustainably designed and constructed building they turned to existing hospitality networks for volunteers but were concerned their project was not being exposed to its correct audience.
Join up at www.thepoosh.org.
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